Hey South Africa. Yes, we’re a day late with this, but, well reasons. We’re sorry. Please still love us. Please…
This weekend, Sattar Hoosein represents SA FIFA players at ESWC in Paris. He is the second place player from the recent SA qualifiers who had to step in after winner Waseem Moerat could not attend. We wish him all the best for his group phases and hope to see him in the playoffs.
If you missed the news about and from the local scene over the past week, here’s what you missed:
- Dexerto: South African Interviews – Astra Infinite and EN F34R
- G3AR: Playstation 4 Custom Faceplates Coming to South Africa
- Geek Node: Events: Megarom Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Launch – In Pictures
- Lazygamer: The Super Lazygamer Rocket League Championship: finally… enough VROOM to swing a cat!
- Lazygamer: Players–Always seek legal advice when receiving contracts
- Lazygamer: Does eSports in South Africa belong on TV?
- Lazygamer: The PlayStation 4 is now R5499 locally
- MWEB GameZone: Regarding SA’s high tick rate servers for Battlefield 4
- MWEB GameZone: PS4 10 day promotion announced for South Africa
- MWEB GameZone: Here’s every 1TB console available in South Africa
- MWEB GameZone: PS4 custom faceplates coming to South Africa
- MWEB GameZone: Syndicate SA Launch Gets A Touch of English High Society
- rAge: rAge Expo 2015 [Photos]
- SA Gamer: Is the Rand killing gaming for you?
- SA Gamer: Custom PS4 faceplates heading to South Africa. Retails at R299
- SA Gamer: South Africa Prepare for the Splatoon War!
- SA Gamer: South Africa receives an official PS4 price drop – R5 499.99
- SA Gamer: South African Game Revenue ranked 50th in the world… behind Pakistan
There’s a decent weekend of gaming in store, but some are private events that only invitees will be able to enjoy. However, there are a few happening that is open to the public and demand your attention.
- Canal Walk Gaming Expo: this event is already underway at Canal Walk and features many of the distributors and their latest products that retail at BT Games. The expo is in the Centre Court and rubs until Sunday. Best of all, it’s free. More on the Facebook Event Page.
- Jukes Club and eSports Lounge is hosting a ‘League of Legends Worlds 2015 Finals Viewing Party’ in Pretoria on Saturday (29 October). The entry is R20 and there is a cosplay competition for the best dressed which features R1,000. More information can be found here.
- Cold Fusion LAN is on from 30 October to 1 November at Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Entry is R60 per person and “awesome prizes” are promised. More information is available on the Event Page.
- Zombie Fest is the after party for the annual Zombie Walk in Cape Town on 31 October, and will feature gaming, brought to you by us, the zombies. More information about the gaming can be found here, while details of the Zombie Fest itself can be found here.
- CS:GO DreamHack JHB closes out the weekend and is a viewing party for the final day of DreamHack’s CS: GO tournament. There is a R25 entry and the event will be hosted at Paddy’s Corner Restaurant from 12:30pm on Sunday. Details are available here.
- There are a few events slightly further in the future that you may want to book in your diary:
Competitions & Giveaways
- G3AR: Freebie Friday – win a Coolermaster Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones Set
- MWEB GameZone: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Hamper Up for Grabs
- SA Gamer: Free Games Friday – WWE 2K16
The Canal Walk Gaming Expo is ‘powered by BT Games’ and features a number of the distributors whose games and products are sold at the retailer.
The event kicked off Tuesday and runs until Sunday, and along with the ability to get some hands-on time with games such as Guitar Hero Live, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Halo 5 and more, there will be demo events on stage, as well as a few tournaments and competitions.
On Friday, a FIFA 16 (or ‘football’) tournament kicks off with playoff one, and is followed by a second playoff on Saturday. Players will need to return on Sunday to finish the battle for what is rumoured to be an Xbox One (but we will try to confirm).
There will also be competitions for Forza 6 competition (Sunday), Guitar Hero (Sunday), WRC 5 (Friday and Sunday), Skylanders (Friday) and Splatoon (Friday). There is also a cosplay event scheduled from 2pm and prizes will be up for grabs.
Entry to the expo and the tournaments is free, so there’s no reason not to be there.
More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.
- MWEB GameZone: Canal Walk’s Gaming Expo – Everything you need to know
- MWEB Gamezone: Canal Walk Gaming Expo – Here’s what you’re missing
- MWEB GameZone: Canal Walk Gaming Expo [Photos]
Clan EPiC (or eRSA) will be hosting “the first Black Ops 3 Lan in S.A.” on the 5th of December. [Making it at the very least the second LAN actually – Undead Ed].
The tournament will be limited to 16 teams and will allow teams to bring along two subs to play. Entry is R100 per player (R400 – R600 per team) and spectator entry will be R50 pre-paid or R60 at the door.
The prize pool features a guaranteed R2,000 to start with and will increase based on entry fees generated.
The tournament will be hosted at 148 Rabie Street, Highlands Centre, Centurion and is a bring your own event (although it seems screens may be supplied).
Details and registration can be found here.
The MSSA has announced the South African Protea eSports Team that will compete in League of Legends, StarCraft II, and HearthStone at the IeSF World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
Nathan ‘StatiC’ Anderson will represent SA in StarCraft II, while Wynand ‘ViViD’ Meiring will wear the Protea for Hearthstone.
League of Legends team will be captained by Maryke ‘Ykie’ Kennard (right) and features players from Cape Town and Pretoria.
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Through hard work, dedication and sheer perseverance, Mind Sports South Africa has carved a solid reputation for eSports both internationally and at home in South Africa.
eSports in South Africa has grown from being a mere activity to being a fully-fledged-accredited-sport for which players may earn Regional, Provincial, and/or Protea Colours.
MSSA, as a member of the International eSports Federation (IeSF) has been party to seeing eSports being accepted by the Olympic Committee of Asia and TAFISA.
Thus eSports is now accredited at every level as a sport.
And, at this time of the year, MSSA once again selects its team that will sally forth to do battle on foreign fields and represent South Africa against the best that other nations have to offer.
This year the IeSF’s World Championships is being hosted in the heart of eSports, that is, Seoul, South Korea.
The game titles in which the MWEB South African Protea eSports Team will compete are League of Legends®, StarCraft II®, and HearthStone®.
MSSA is glad to have Wynand ‘ViViD’ Meiring represent South Africa for HearthStone®. Wynand has proved himself at the 2014 S A National Championships, Gauteng Provincial Championships, and National Team Trials to be a very tough competitor. MSSA is confident that Wynand will deliver solid results in Seoul.
Nathan ‘StatiC’ Anderson has once again been selected to represent South Africa in StarCraft II®. Nathan is now a seasoned warhorse when it comes to international competition having represented South Africa in Bucharest in 2013 and in Baku in 2014. This selection is the third year that Nathan has been included in the Protea team, and has thus earned himself 9 ‘caps’ making him second only to Robert ‘PandaTank’ Botha.
MSSA is particularly proud of its League of Legends (LoL) Team. The team is well known in South African competitive circles, and the members of the team have all been in the various winning teams that have won at the various Provincial and National Championships as held by MSSA.
The team, captained by the ever efficient Maryke ‘Ykie’ Kennard is bound to make the other teams sit up and take notice as once again South Africa builds on its solid reputation.
The full team is as follows:
|Maryke ‘Ykie’ Kennard||Team Captain & LoL||Tuks Mindsports||Pretoria|
|Nathan ‘StatiC’ Anderson||StarCraft player||Knights Mind Sports||Betty’s Bay|
|Wynand ‘ ViViD’ Meiring||HearthStone Player||BerZerK Gaming||Pretoria|
|Taylor ‘elis’ Rose||LoL player||Knights Mind Sports||Cape Town|
|Matthew ‘Feno’ Smith||LoL player||Knights Mind Sports||Cape Town|
|Vasudev ‘Paga’ Stringer||LoL player||Tuks Mindsports||Centurion|
|Cameron ‘SexyB’ Tilley||LoL player||Tuks Mindsports||Hatfield|
|Johan Uys||Coach||Tuks Mindsports||Pretoria|
|Ryan Boyes||Manager||BNKR Gaming||Witbank|
As manager, Ryan Boyes lead the team to a very credible finish into 13th place overall among some very tough competition at the 6th World Championships which were held in Baku, Azerbijan. When one considers the handicaps, in terms of connectivity and the likes, the position that South Africa holds shows that South Africa is punching far above its weight.
The MWEB Protea eSports Team shall officially be awarded their colours at the official award ceremony that shall be done just prior to departure.
You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our events calendar. If you want all the news about goings on in South Africa, simply click on the SA flag to be whisked to the most comprehensive coverage of South African gaming that you will find on the internet. You may just be surprised by how much is happening around the country.
Know of anything gaming related happening or happened in South Africa? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to cover it.