SA Gaming News Wrap

Considering we’re rushing headlong towards the end of the year, there’s still plenty happening in South Africa. Stay informed by finding out all about it right here.

Some local interest articles you may have missed from those interested in what’s happening locally:


Upcoming Events

This weekend looks set to be the one that ends the year with a bang. There is plenty on offer around the country, so get yourself off to one of these events to show your support.

  • Game Arena_01Cooler Master Hearthstone December Cup: The action kicks off on Thursday already with Game Arena (which is now ‘unofficially’ open in Pretoria) hosting a Hearthstone tournament from 6pm. The tournament forms part of a six month series for Hearthstone fanatics. Details of Thursday’s event can be found here.
  • GAC LAN hosts their final event of 2015 (fear not, they will be back in 2016) from Friday (11 December) at 5pm until 8am on Sunday. Entry is R200 for a PC seat and R70 for spectators at Abe Sher Stadium in Bothasig, Cape Town. You can find out more on their Facebook event page.
  • BHG LAN is probably this weekend’s biggest event. The LAN at Vodacom World will feature tournaments for CS: GO, Dota 2 and Battlefield 4 with a variety of cash and product prizes up for grabs. The action kicks off on Friday at 6pm and runs until Sunday. All the details can be found here.
  • Mindstorm LAN is the second LAN event for Cape Town this coming weekend. The LAN is in Brackenfell and will cost you R80 but is limited to 60 seats. Mindstorm starts at 6pm on Friday and runs until 8pm on Saturday. More information can be found here.
  • MSSA National Championships: The matter of winning National colours is due to be addressed this weekend with the National Championships scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying players will need to be at HTS Witbank to claim the green and gold. Keep your eye on the MSSA Facebook page for more.
  • GameLocal are hosting – at least according to their original calendar – a FIFA 16 tournament with R10,000 up for grabs in George this weekend. Do we actually think it will happen? Nope. But keep your eye on their Facebook page for more information.
  • MK X December Cup is on at Game Arena in Pretoria on Sunday. The face kicking starts at 12pm and entry is R60. There are cash prizes up for grabs for the top three players. Details can be found here.

Competitions & Giveaways


UCON 2015_Photo_01UCON 2015

The (almost) annual anime, gaming and geek culture convention hosted by the UCT Genshiken Society happened this past weekend. As always, there was the usual parade of cosplayers, gamers and other interested attendees enjoying the various activities on offer, which included plenty of vendors, a maid cafe, foods, demonstrations and a whole lot more.

We were on hand to offer some gaming action of both a competitive and casual nature. While the Ultimate Gamer and Duo Day were the two themes over the UCON weekend for the gaming, the Oculus (supplied in conjunction with TGN Racing Simulators) proved immensely popular with three different applications being run – Back to Dinosaur Island, Project Cars and Showdown by Epic Games.

For us, the weekend was another enjoyable one that would not have been possible without plenty of help and support from humans and undead alike, so a thanks to every attendee that visited us in the gaming, as well as a huge thanks to the awesome team of people that helped us look after all the people and pack everything up.

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We also have ongoing support from Raru, Asus South Africa, MWEB GameZone and Scoop, and to you all, we say thank you from the bottom of our undead hearts.

The winners of the various tournaments all won vouchers sponsored by Raru:

  • Ultimate Gamer: 1st – Brandon Bowers | 2nd – Izak van Niekerk | 3rd – Thomas Prins
  • Call of Duty: 1st – Tristan | 2nd – Izak | 3rd – Shakeel
  • FIFA 16: 1st – Brandon | 2nd – Thomas | 3rd – Waseem [Tournament Bracket]
  • MK X: 1st – Aidan | 2nd – Joshua | 3rd – Kyle [Tournament Bracket]
  • FIFA 16 2v2: 1st – London Derby | 2nd – Devil Bird | 3rd – Talieb + Mobi [Tournament Bracket]
  • Halo 4 2v2: 1st – Tormentors | 2nd – Rayaan + Shakeel | 3rd – SoT [Tournament Bracket]
  • Just Dance 2016 (High Score) – Kombokitten
  • Guitar Hero (High Score) – Jeremy Kyle
  • Forza (Fastest Lap) – Kruger
  • Random Draw 1 – Venessa Hussey
  • Random Draw 2 – George Mullins

Our photos from the event can be found here. And here.
Photos by Genshiken can be found here.

Coverage Elsewhere:


Fairmont_Dec_01Fairmont High FIFA 16

Yes, this is some more self-promotion, but if we don’t do it, who will?

On Tuesday 8 December we joined some of the pupils of Fairmont High School to host a FIFA 16 tournament to see their year to its conclusion. 27 players competed for cash and Raru vouchers and in the end it was Daniel de Abreu that went through undefeated in the double elimination tournament to snatch first spot in an exciting final against Cameron Phyfer.

Our album of photos from the tournament can be found here. The tournament bracket can be viewed here.


Call of Duty Black Ops 3

The local console Call of Duty scene is getting plenty of love these days if you haven’t noticed it, with this weekend seeing the Pretoria LAN completed (photos here) and Ozone Tournament SA hosting their online tournament from 10 December. Then there is also R4ZR Sharp Gamerz ZA online tournament kicking off 11 December. It generally appears to be a pretty good time to be a console Call of Duty player.


MSSA SA Flag LogoMSSA

The National eSports team have completed their tour of duty at the IeSF World Championships in Korea and have returned seeing the country’s world ranking improve from 13th to 12th – in relation to other federations registered with IeSF.

The League of Legends secured a win over Iran, and while the team lost their other matches, reports suggest it was not without a fight.

South Africa was represented by Nathan ‘StatiC’ Anderson in StarCraft 2 who secured one win and two losses.

In HearthStone, Wynand ‘ViViD’ Meiring picked up two wins, but that was not enough to see him make it out of the group stages.


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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