If you have a look at the list of local articles and events planned for this weekend, you should realise there is plenty happening in South African gaming. If you complain next week that “nothing ever happens in South Africa”, you’ve only got yourself to blame.
Some local content from other SA websites over the last week:
- Zombiegamer: Telkom DGL Masters programme announced with R1 million prize pool
- Zombiegamer: MWEB GameZone Black Ops 3 First Recon Registrations Now Open
- Zombiegamer: Orena announces CS: GO Invitational LAN
- GeekNode: Events: There’s A Storm Brewing By The Fireside This Weekend At Games On
- GeekNode: Events: Battle Bunker Cavendish Is Bringing The Mother Of All Tournaments To The Mother City
- GeekNode: Podcast – Episode 12: Baka Sakura, Cape Town’s Queen of Cosplay!
- GeekNode: eSports Press Release: Ghana has an eSports Federation!
- Lazygamer: Orena announce the Century Cup, something different for South Africa
- Lazygamer: Where is South Africa’s fighting scene?
- Lazygamer: Has the South African Heroes of The Storm hype died?
- Lazygamer: FFD: Is South African eSports set to explode in 2016?
- Lazygamer: Let’s talk Universities and eSports
- Lazygamer: The Southern Barbarians are back on the Battlefield
- MWEB GameZone: The DGL Masters – A closer look at the pros and cons
- MWEB GameZone: Orena announces R30 000 CS: GO tournament
- MWEB GameZone: eSports is growing in Africa
- MWEB GameZone: SA gamers to pay over R1000 for Quantum Break – Sign of things to come?
- MWEB GameZone: Orena levels up to take on SA eSports 2016
- MWEB GameZone: South Africa’s first R1 million eSports tournament announced
- MWEB GameZone: MGMS First Recon Registrations Now Open
- MWEB GameZone: Halo World Championship – SA’s Vinco Gaming is heading to Europe
- Telkom Gaming: Behind the Lens of ReDeYe
- Telkom Gaming: Telkom DGL Masters Round-Up
- Telkom Gaming: DGL 2016 Details Revealed
It’s a good weekend for gamers, especially if you’re a Call of Duty fan, with two tournaments kicking off this Friday.
- Make Games SA is hitting Cape Town for their first event of 2016. Be at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock from 6:30pm tonight and find yourself surrounded by plenty of like-minded gaming industry sorts. More information can be found here.
- E-Sports South Africa is hosting their inaugural Call of Duty tournament which is a 4v4 Black Ops 3 one on PS4. Matches run until 12 February with some matches being streamed live. Up for grabs is a prize pool of R2,000. Keep your eye on their website right here for more.
- GO Gaming kicks off their 2v2 Black Ops 3 tournament on Friday with the final on Sunday. Registrations have hit capacity but keep your eye on their website for live bracket information and upcoming tournaments.
- Game Arena JanLAN: 48 hours of LANning can be had at the Pretoria venue from 5pm on Firday and Sunday at 5pm. Entry is from R200 per person and their will be prizes up for grabs and the Oculus Rift on demo. Hit their Facebook event page for more.
Games On Gaming Lounge is hosting (in conjunction with WeeklyLevelUp) a Hearoes of the Storm and Hearthstone doubleheader event on Saturday from 10am. More information can be found on their Facebook event page.
- Survival of the Fittest: If Ark: Survival Evolved is your game, then the Gaming Evolved event of Sunday from 7pm to 9pm is for you. Find out more here.
Keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
- 5 to 7 February 2016: GAC LAN
- 5 to 6 March 2016: Gaming4Charity
- 18 to 20 March 2016: rAge Cape Town
- 29 to 31 July: EGE
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Competitions & Giveaways
- MWEB GameZone: 10 rAge Cape Town Family Day Passes Up For Grabs
- SA Gamer: Free Games Vrydag – Life is Strange
White Rabbit Gaming have announced that they have secured the “first major sponsor” in the form of ASUS.
The MGO is one of the eight teams participating in the new Masters programme of the DGL, so the timing of this sponsorship is perfect.
Details of what the sponsorship includes we not revealed, but you can find out more about what the team and their sponsor have to say about the partnership by hitting the press release below.
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WHITE RABBIT GAMING WELCOMES ASUS AS ITS FIRST MAJOR SPONSOR
Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 January 2016-01-19
It is seldom that an MGO gets to make a truly momentous announcement. From time to time a premier roster changes or a stalwart player resigns or retires, but big announcements are few and far between. That said we have had more than a few in the last 6 months or so, and this one blows the others out of the water.
White Rabbit Gaming is proud to announce that it has come to an agreement with ASUS as its new major sponsor. White Rabbit Gaming and ASUS have been on a journey together for the past few months and are ready to throw our collective weight behind making South African e-Sports even more entertaining, professional and competitive.
“Any MGO dreams of being backed by major sponsors and it doesn’t get any bigger than with ASUS. This sponsorship will allow White Rabbit Gaming to grow their business, teams and the industry as a whole. For White Rabbit Gaming it’s a major step in the right direction of where we want to be as a growing MGO. The sponsorship from ASUS shows their commitment to the industry and making e-Sports even bigger than it was before in the country. We have some great plans scheduled not only for 2016, but also beyond and would like to extend the right hand of fellowship to the guys at ASUS (specifically Frances Lombard and Reuben Naude) for their role in this process.” said Alwyn “SwiTch” Venter, Owner and Managing Director of White Rabbit Gaming.
When asked about the sponsorship of White Rabbit Gaming and their vision for e-Sports in 2016 and beyond, Frances Lombard, Country Product Manager at ASUS had the following to say: ”This year is our 10 year anniversary of the Republic of Gamers brand, the iconic “ROG eye” gamers love and trust, so our commitment to gaming has always been a key pillar of our success as a brand. We are very excited about localising our passion with White Rabbit Gaming. E-Sports in South Africa, we believe, is on a tipping point with increasing competitor platforms as seen from Telkom, Orena and the addition of a Cape Town leg to rAge. With White Rabbit Gaming our success will go beyond the podiums, our goal is to evolve with gaming by including gamers at every level and promote the ever changing landscape of E-sports”
“Many MGO’s approach us at ASUS and it is very difficult not to be able to say yes to every team no matter how much we want to support everyone in the community. White Rabbit Gaming managed to tick all the boxes as a Gaming Organisation and share in our vision to grow E-sports and add value to the Republic Of Gamers community as a whole. As the number one gaming brand globally as well as the number one motherboard manufacturer, it is a key priority for ASUS to support and grow gaming in South Africa to a level that can take on international engagements and see our gamers victorious. We are very excited about collaborating with WRG and to see what we can achieve with our joint efforts. ” added Reuben Naude, Marketing Specialist for ASUS.
With premier teams for CS:GO, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, 2016 is looking to be White Rabbit Gaming’s best year yet. The MGO has finalised its line-up for all its premier teams and will be announced within the next week.
With the announcement of the sponsorship, the MGO is also proud to reveal its new logo which is not a major depart from what people know, but is more aligned to the ASUS brand in terms of look and feel.
There are great things and many more BIG announcements down the road! Follow both ASUS and White Rabbit Gaming on their social media accounts to stay in touch or visit their websites for any additional news!
About White Rabbit Gaming
White Rabbit Gaming is a registered, competitive e-Sports organisation (Reg Nr 2015/316623/07) and is passionate about its players as well as the titles it participate in. The company values and mission are grounded in growing e-Sports in South Africa as well as promoting players locally and internationally.
White Rabbit Gaming (Pty) Ltd. was formed in 2010 by Alwyn “SwiTch” Venter and in 2012, Martin “SwithiN” Beukes joined as vice-captain. Both players are passionate gamers who have a heart for the community and a vision of growing e-Sports and it’s participants in South Africa with the aim of competing abroad with the world’s best players.
We currently have a strong list of premier and competitive players as well as teams in Dota 2, CS:GO, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. We also have an extensive roster of social players as we believe building a community with similar beliefs is the key to success.
White Rabbit Gaming Directors: Alwyn Venter (Managing Directors), Martin Beukes, Wayne Edwards, Rowan Hammond
TKC Clash Season 2
The Killah Clowns have hosted the second season of their Battlefield 4 tournaments in aid of CANSA. The winning team was Team Innovate (iVe) who defeated Semper Vincemus Gaming (SvG-eXplicit) in the final.
Dark Warriors Electronic Sports
The ominously named ‘Dark Warriors’ have announced their first CS: GO ladder tournament.
The tournament is free to enter and you can find details about it – and sign up – here.
Sim Race South Africa
If you’re in to racing games that are more sim than arcade, we would like to point you in the direction of Sim Race South Africa who host regular events and almost have their entire year mapped out already.
Head here to find out more.
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Aperture Gaming at last year’s BHG LAN.
Well, not Cliff Central like it’s the main thing, but the fact that Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner and Steve Whitford wer on the Futurology show discussing “eGaming”.
Give the show a listen here.
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.
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