It seems the action around the country is starting to pick up now that all that holiday nonsense is done and dusted. If you’re keen to keep up to date with it all, you know where to be – right here.
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The first news bite of this week is the pretty sad announcement that South Africa has lost another gaming website. This time, egmr (or #egmr or egamer) have called it a day after joining the scene in 2009. Cheers humans, we hope to see you around still.
Sadly, the bad news doesn’t stop there. Jukes Club and Esports Lounge has also announced that it has closed down. In a short Facebook post, they said: “It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that Jukes has been closed down. We had great times and have lots of memories to share. We want to thank all of our supporters and wish everyone a great 2016 going forward! We will miss you guys!”
I’ll say this again – and I suspect it will again fall on deaf ears – start fully supporting the venues and organisations around the country before there is no-one left standing.
If you’re available at 4pm today (Wednesday), tune into SABC 2 for Hectic Nine-9 where you will catch a zombie and some humans chatting eSports. Frightening I know.
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- MWEB GameZone: January 2016 SA Gaming Events Calendar
- RetroEpic: Applying to Work in the SA Game Dev Industry
- RetroEpic: M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle | Vehicles in Afghanistan ’11
The action kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) already with a very busy Game Arena over the next few days. FIFAChamps brings some FIFA action to expectant FIFA players and the local Halo players get a shot at qualifying for a spot in Europe as part of Halo World Championship.
- Game Arena has the following events planned. For more on each of the events, follow the links.
- FIFAChamps are back with their first FIFA 16 event of the year. Up for grabs is a total of R1,750 in cash. If you’re keen to battle for your share of the prizes, be at Lounge Relax Play in Canal Walk at 10:30am on Saturday. You can keep up to date with information by liking their Facebook page.
- There are a few events slightly further in the future that you may want to book in your diary:
This weekend (Saturday 16 January in fact) sees the final eight teams face off in the South African final of the Halo World Championship, where the winning team will head off to Europe to face 11 other teams in the EMEA finals.
The action will be streamed live via the ESL Twitch channel, so make sure to support the local teams as they battle for the top spot from 2pm.
The DxRacer chairs – which are used in ESL and other major tournament events worldwide – are coming to South Africa via Techlounge.
If you have R5,000 spare (or R4,500 if fully paid up front), you can pretend to be a ‘pro’ player in your very own room.
The gaming chairs are available in a variety of colour options, or at least black with another colour trim to go with your home decor, so if you’re keen to pick one up, you can place you order here.
If you’re wondering who the Digital Gaming League is, it’s the DGL with the ‘Do’ now ‘Digital’.
The DGL is looking for new “committee members to assist as volunteers to further develop and improve the South African eSport scene” across almost all of their titles supported.
If you feel like getting involved there, you can “apply for a position on the committee by contacting the DGL Live support between 9am and 4pm this week” via the website.
Registrations for the ‘Hades League’ which forms part of local Dota 2 tournament, ‘The National’, is still open for registrations, however, there’s also a very good chance that the team cap has been hit by the time you read this.
The league starts in February and acts as a qualifier for The National. The 32 teams in the Hades League there will be playing for around R18,000 cash if the tournament hits its team limit.
EAX Battlefield 4 League
The Early Axes Battlefield 4 League on Xbox One has kicked off with six teams battling for “honour”.
While we suspect that the opportunity to participate in the current league is over, interested future participants should keep your eye on the organisation’s Facebook page for information on future tournaments.
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.