SA Gaming News Wrap

Missed out on what is happening in South Africa, or even what is coming up in the next few weeks? We have you covered then.

A few articles that you may have missed from elsewhere around the country:


Upcoming Events

As things edge even closer to the end of the year, the last weekend of November throws up a few extras for gamers.

  • Make Games SA kicks things off from tonight already with a Cape Town community night at the Bandwidth Barn on Albert Street in Woodstock. It starts at 6pm, and if you’re interested in the event, you should head to their event page.
  • Cause Gaming LAN hits UCT from Friday night until Sunday for their charity LAN event. We will also be there hosting a Black Ops 3 and FIFA 16 tournament. The PC LAN starts at 9:30pm on Friday and runs until 1:30pm on Sunday. Tickets for Gigabit seats are R150, while our tournament fees are R80. Details of the LAN can be found here.
  • Cold Fusion LAN is hosting their Xmas Edition LAN event at Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park. The event starts at 6pm on Friday and runs until 9am on Sunday. Entry is R75 per person and details can be found here.
  • AIX LAN forms part of the AIX Geek Mini Expo and runs from 9am until 9pm on Saturday. The LAN is at Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre in Kibler Park and tickets cost R130 (which includes entrance to the expo). You can get your tickets here.
  • George LAN: Apparently this is the ‘fifth (and final) LAN for 2015’ and is hosted at the George Civic Centre from 10am on Saturday. If you’re in the area and keen to join the LAN, details can be found here.
  • GameLocal is scheduled to host one of their R10,000 FIFA 16 tournaments in Potchefstroom on Saturday, however, there is very little chatter about it on their Facebook Page, although an event page still exists for it.

Competitions & Giveaways


ZG_SW_01Gigabyte Star Wars Launch

This past Friday saw Star Wars Battlefront (and Star Wars in general) celebrated at the MWEB Mcave. The event was sponsored by Gigabyte, and supported by Loot.co.za, and saw a number of expectant attendees enjoy and win at the event.

With over R20,000 in prizes up for grabs, including a BenQ gaming monitor and a Gigabyte graphics card, many got to leave a lot happier than when they arrived, but the event itself saw plenty of smiles as attendees got to try out the new game, show their dancing skills with Kinect Star Wars and target shooting with a Nerf Gun. Cosplayers were on hand to add to the atmosphere… as was The Imperial March.

You can read more about the event on the MWEB GameZone site. Our photos from the event can be found here.

Coverage Elsewhere:


rAge CT 2016_01rAge Cape Town 2016

Tickets to rAge go on sale this weekend.

EVENT DETAILS:
When: 18-20 March 2016
Where: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Goodwood, Cape Town
Times: Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
Ticket prices: Day ticket – R100; Weekend ticket – R250; kids under six enter free

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rAge CAPE TOWN LAN AND EXPO TICKETS – AN AWESOME STOCKING FILLER

The hottest gaming event in South Africa is on its way to the Mother City! Capetonians will soon be able to immerse themselves in the best and latest video games, technology and geek culture at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. rAge Cape Town will build on the 13-year history of awesome rAge events, with its own unique feel so gamers can get their geek on in true Cape Town style.

What can Capetonians expect? Michael James, rAge Senior Project Manager, says, “Our aim is to deliver a rAge experience to Cape Town on a smaller scale at first, but eventually nurturing it into something enchanting in its own right. We don’t know what it’s going to look like and we don’t know who’s going to be there, but we do want it to be so impressive that even the Johannesburg crowd, who’ve grown so accustomed to rAge rolling around every year, will also want to attend.”

rAge Johannesburg attracted 35 000 people over three days this year and, as with all rAge events, rAge Cape Town will bring together developers, manufacturers, avid gamers and fans, with attendees getting first access to the latest games, comic books, digital lifestyle gear, collectible card games, trends and more. Visitors can also join the wildly popular NAG LAN in Cape Town, where over 500 gamers will spend an exhilarating 52 hours enjoying a truly epic gaming experience.

For 2016, rAge ticket prices for both Cape Town and Johannesburg will remain the same as 2015. What self-respecting Capetonian geek wouldn’t love to find a rAge expo weekend ticket or NAG LAN ticket in their Christmas stocking!

NAG LAN tickets for Cape Town will go on sale at 9am on 28 November at Computicket outlets and online atwww.computicket.co.za<http://www.computicket.co.za>.

Expo tickets for Cape Town go on sale on 1 December 2015 at Computicket outlets and online atwww.computicket.co.za<http://www.computicket.co.za>.

For more information on rAge, please visit www.rageexpo.co.za<http://www.rageexpo.co.za>.

For more information on NAG LAN, visit www.naglan.co.za<http://www.naglan.co.za>.

EVENT DETAILS:
When: 18-20 March 2016
Where: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Goodwood, Cape Town
Times: Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
Ticket prices: Day ticket – R100; Weekend ticket – R250; kids under six enter free

Coverage Elsewhere:


BHG LAN_01BHG LAN

The BHG LAN in Gauteng is scheduled for 11 to 13 December at Vodacom World in Midrand. There will be a CS: GO and Battlefield 4 tournament running on the weekend with cash prizes totaling over R30,000 sponsored by MSI, Steelseries, Gigabyte, Exceptional Events, ZAGamer and more.

Details of the event can be found in the press release below.

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BATTLE HARDENED GAMERS (BHG) LAN EVENT – 11-13 DECEMBER 2015

In a little less than a month the BHG LAN Event kicks off in style at Vodacom World Events a lifestyle destination, renowned for its 5-star events facilities. Vodacom World is conveniently located in the Midrand area. BHG will be hosting three tournaments at the event namely; Battlefield 4, DOTA2 and in proud partnership with nAvTV host and stream Counter Strike: Global Offensive on the http://www.hitbox.tv/navtv-cs channel. Spectators can also track the tournament on http://csgolounge.com/

The event will offer gamers three areas – the LAN area, a breakaway area and a spectator area with two large screen projections of CS:GO and BF4 Competition for spectators to enjoy. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue.

Vodacom are supplying the awesome internet connectivity so get ready for some epic online gaming! The connection per user is outstanding having pings of 5 or less to online servers.  Yes, you can update Steam and Origin our only restriction would be torrents.

As one of the expert leaders in the networking space, D-link is serious about the gaming community.  With the review done on the DIR-890 gaming router D-Link have set the benchmark to prove that they are capable and proud to be sponsoring events such as the BHG LAN.

Read more about D-Link’s latest gaming router:  http://www.mweb.co.za/games/view/tabid/4210/Article/21815/D-Link-AC3200-Wi-Fi-Router-Lets-Fly.aspx

Prizes up for grabs include R 20 000 cash for the CSGO tournament sponsored by MSI and Steelseries, R10,000 cash and vouchers for the Battlefield 4 tournament sponsored by Gigabyte, Exceptional Events and ZAGamer. The DOTA2 tournament prize pool is currently at R 5 000, winner takes all. Also up for grabs a Roccat Kone Pure – Core Performance Gaming Mouse Valued at R 1,150 for the Best PC Build Competition, Roccat Apuri Active USB Hub with Mouse Bungee valued at R420 for early bird registration, ZAGamer gift vouchers, T-Shirts and More.

Virgin Active Vodaworld has kindly offered all attendees of the BHG LAN the use of their shower facilities during the LAN weekend.  All gamers with accreditation that wish to make use of the shower and gym facilities at the Virgin Active Vodaworld will gain free access by showing your LAN accreditation/wristband, ID and signing their visitors register.

SteelSeries, MSI and Evetech have arranged for 10 awesome gaming PC’s to showcase Call of Duty – Black Ops 3 for spectators, LAN ticket holders and members of the public to experience this brilliant action packed shooter from Activision in a 5 vs 5 PC setting.

Steelseries will be hosting a competition to allow all attendees to enter a draw for a chance to win SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset.

Event Information

Please note that a pre-booking is required to attend the LAN event.  Seats are limited so please book in advance 

Date: 11th December 2015 – 13th December

Time: 18:00 – 18:00 respectively

Weekend pass entrance fee (R250) covers the following:

  • Entrance into the event
  • Dedicated seating (includes table, chair, LAN point and power)
  • Entrance into the LAN tournaments
  • Prize Support for the LAN tournaments
  • Use of Virgin Active facilities

Spectator pass entrance fee (R60) covers the following:

Entrance into the event

Date: 12th December 2015 – 13th December

Time: 09:00

Tournament Entry Deadline:         30 November 2015

Venue:                                               Vodacom World

082 Vodacom Boulevard, Midrand 1685

How to register: Team captains must email mandy@exceptional-events.co.za with the following details:

– Team Name

– List of players, including names, surname, age and alias (gamertag)

– Clear indication of captain within the team

What to bring:

  • A PC, monitor (27” largest allowed), keyboard/gamepad, mouse, headphones, power cord for pc and monitor. Please note power cords must have a red plug with the flattened earth pin. This will be monitored. Cellphones may only be charged via USB.

Please note: Teams confirmed for registration (paid for tickets) will be listed on the tournament hosting website. When registering, players must send the proof of payment.


Prodigy LAN_01Organised Chaos

It seems that Organised Chaos is no more. After their heyday and start/stop attempts in the last year or so, they announced that “OC might NOT be running LANs anymore” on Facebook. However, there was some good news as one of the ex-OC gamers will be flying the flag from next year with the Prodigy LAN.

The LAN is scheduled for for 5 to 7 February 2016 at the Sunningdale Sports Complex in Cape Town with a seat costing R200, and entry for spectators costing R50.

You can find out more about the Prodigy LAN on their website and Facebook Page.


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 info@zombiegamer.co.za and we will do our best to cover it.

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