Another week, another SA Gaming News Wrap. Because, if we freakish zombies elves don’t do it, who will?

Some articles you may have missed from elsewhere around our sunny shores:


Upcoming Events

Here’s what you can expect over the next week:

  • MGMS is around half way through with the 28 February rand final looming for the teams. You can keep up with the results of the matches here.
  • E-Sports South Africa sees their Call of Duty Black Ops 3 continue this week (although it does appear to be running well behind schedule) with some of the matches being streamed live. You can keep updated via their website with the bracket available here.
  • Also ongoing at the moment is the EAX Battlefield 4 League on Xbox One. Currently, Retribution eSports is running things with their table-topping spot with two wins in two matches. Matches are being streamed, and you can find out more here.
  • MSSA has their online inter-schools championship scheduled for Saturday 20 February. At the time of writing, that is all she wrote on the matter, so we suggest that you keep an eye on their Facebook page.
  • FIFAChamps are hosting a FIFA 16 tournament at Lounge Relax Play in Canal Walk from 10:30 am on Saturday 20 February. Entry is R80 and the cash prizes up for grabs total R1,750. Head to their Facebook page for more information.
  • Halo 5 gets a run this weekend with the community banding together to get a tournament off the ground. And we happily decided that we would offer up some prizes in the way of Raru vouchers. Details can be found here.
  • Game Arena are hosting a King of Brawlhalla tournament. Entry is R25 per player with the action kicking off at 1pm at their venue in Pretoria. More information via their Facebook event page.
  • The Crucial Cup gets underway from this weekend with Battlefield 4 and Dota 2 running. Streams are likely, so head to their website to keep informed.

Keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:


Competitions & Giveaways


DGL 2016_02Digital Gaming League

The new look Digital Gaming League is kicking off 2016 with a number of pre-season cups before the first of their more formal legs start.

Sign-ups for Dota 2, CS: GO and Hearthstone have hit the team cap of 64, while others like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty and League of Legends are struggling to even make double figures.

If your team wants to compete for what appears to only be bragging rights, you can head here to sign up. Please note that registrations close on 1 March.


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rAge Cape Town is just over a month away (yes, it’s that soon), and there is still more unknown than known about what will be available at the event. The NAG LAN has been known about for quite sometime, but as to what attendees will see remains a little bit of a mystery still.

However, some of the first details are making their way out to the public, and rAge announced via a press release that there will be an Artist’s Alley, cosplay, home_coded, NAG Jam and training colleges – all part of the support of the local industry.

rAge will hit the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World on 18 March and run until 20 March.

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rAge SUPPORTING LOCAL INDUSTRY

The really Awesome gaming expo (rAge) is more than just an exhibition of the latest and greatest in the gaming and technology world – it’s also a space where you can find out all there is to know about the exciting careers and opportunities available in the local gaming industry.

Artists’ Alley and cosplay

The Artists’ Alley is where local independent artists get to shine and show off their work. From Cape Town’s hottest new anime and comic artists to old favourites, Artists’ Alley is the creative hot spot where rAgers can meet their favourite illustrators and buy some local artwork.

rAge is also a great opportunity for cosplayers to dress up as their favourite fantasy characters, and most of them are happy to engage with the visitors and have their photos taken.

home_coded

home_coded was started by NAG in November 2012 to help showcase the very best in local game development talent and promote growth in this exhilarating industry. Visitors can meet and talk to local developers, play their latest games – even the ones still in development! – and find out why being a game dev in South Africa is the coolest job around. rAge provides floor space for home_coded at no cost, and has also secured stand construction and basic facilities like lighting and electricity at minimal cost, giving local game devs creative freedom to drive this industry into the future.

NAG Jam

Imagine creating a kick-ass game in 72 hours… and then seeing it come to life! That’s NAG Jam. Participants are invited to create a semi-functional game around a specific theme within a tight time limit, just weeks before rAge, and the best games submitted are selected to be put on display at the NAG Jam/Intel stand. Keep an eye on the NAG website if you’re interested in participating in the Jam – http://www.nag.co.za/category/games/game-dev/

Training colleges

Employment in the local game development industry has grown by 5%, with the growth in its estimated value increasing 82% during 2014. This relatively small industry shows tremendous potential with sustainable career opportunities. rAge is committed to growing the industry and will have a variety of exhibitors such as colleges and training institutions from around the country that offer courses (like animation and game development) for breaking into the gaming industry.

Expo tickets for Cape Town can be purchased at Computicket outlets and online at www.computicket.co.za or at the door.

For more information on rAge, please visit www.rageexpo.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

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Coverage Elsewhere:


Southern Barbarians_01Southern Barbarians

The Southern Barbarians completed their first match in the ESL Nations Challenge last Thursday and it was a very comprehensive display by the South Africans over Portugal.

The overall score after two maps went a staggering 747-0 in favour of the team from the south, including a 299-0 win when playing on the Portuguese server.

Up next is Greece, and at the moment the match is scheduled for Sunday, but still to be confirmed. You can keep up to date with the action via their Facebook page.

Coverage Elsewhere:


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Orena have announced the return of the Orena University League (OUL), which appears to be kicking off with Dota 2 for 2016.

It starts on 29 February and runs until 15 May, and it promises “some healthy rivalries being built aswell [sic] as a being treated to a plethora of intense matches throughout the course of the season!”

The OUL is a collaboration between the Founders of Orena and the Founders of the Mzanzi University Gaming League (MUGL).

Details, as well as links to registrations can be found here.


Mad Hatters_Prizes_01MaD Hatters

The MaD Hatters are hosting not one, not two, but three tournaments on the extra day of the month of February – that’s 29 February in case you were confused.

The titles on offer are League of Legends, Rocket League and Brawhalla, and the organisation has seen their prize pools added to thanks to NerdNab and Roman’s Pizza.

Now, who wouldn’t want to win a crate with geeky goodies or a pizza voucher for playing their favourite game? I didn’t think you would object.


MSSA

The MSSA has released a press release detailing the North West Championship scheduled for 5 and 6 March. It will be hosted at St Conrad’s College in Klerksdorp and will feature both eSports and board games.

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The North West Championship shall be played on 5 & 6 March 2016.

The championship also counts as a qualifier for all MSSA’s National Team Trials.

Registrations are thus open for MSSA’s MWEB 2016 North West Championships. Registrations will close on the 1 March 2016. Players who wish  to compete in any of MSSA’s Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may registered as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All entries must be submitted  in terms of the new administrative procedures.

All gamers are reminded that the North West championships is an open championship.In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:
Hosting Club: St Conrad’s College

  • Venue: St Conrad’s College, Klerksdorp
  • Date: 5 & 6 March 2016
  • Entry Fees: R60.00 per Registered Player per Period
  • Computers: Bring your own. Please ensure that all game updates are done prior to arrival. No updates shall be done at the event.
  • Schedule: The schedules are:
Board gaming
Period CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED
Saturday
ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5
Backgammon 10H00-10H45 11H00 – 11H45 14H00 -14H45 15H00 – 15H45 16H00 – 16H45
Checkers 10H00-10H45 11H00 – 11H45 14H00 -14H45 15H00 – 15H45 16H00 – 16H45
Draughts (Brazilian) 10H00-10H45 11H00 – 11H45 14H00 -14H45 15H00 – 15H45 16H00 – 16H45
Draughts (International) 10H00-10H45 11H00 – 11H45 14H00 -14H45 15H00 – 15H45 16H00 – 16H45
Morabaraba 10H00-10H45 11H00 – 11H45 14H00 -14H45 15H00 – 15H45 16H00 – 16H45
SesothoMorabaraba 10H00-10H45 11H00 – 11H45 14H00 -14H45 15H00 – 15H45 16H00 – 16H45

Figure gaming

Period CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED ON BOTH DAYS
Saturday Sunday
ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5
Ancients – DBM 3.2 9H00-12H00 13H00 – 16h00 17h00 – 20h00 9H00-12H00 14H00 – 17H00
Pike & Shot – DBR 9H00-12H00 13H00 – 16h00 17h00 – 20h00 9H00-12H00 14H00 – 17H00
World War II – Flames of War 9H00-12H00 13H00 – 16h00 17h00 – 20h00 9H00-12H00 14H00 – 17H00
eSports
SATURDAY:
Time StarCraft II Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare League of Legends (LoL) HearthStone Ultimate Street Fighter IV
09H00 Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts
09H45 Round 2 Starts Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 2 Starts
10H30 Round 3 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 3 Starts
11H15 Round 4 Starts Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 4 Starts
12H00 Round 5 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 5 Starts
12H45 Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues
13H00 LUNCH
Time TEKKEN 6 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (continued) LoL (continued) HearthStone (continued)
14H00 Round 1 Starts Round 4 Starts Round 4 Starts Round 4 Starts
14H45 Round 2 Starts Round 4 Continues Round 4 Continues Round 4 Continues
15H30 Round 3 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 5 Starts
16H15 Round 4 Starts Round 5 Continues Round 5 Continues Round 5 Continues
17H00 Round 5 Starts
18H00 Awards Ceremony
19H00 Doors Close
SUNDAY:
Time DotA 2 CounterStrike: GO BLACK OPS FIFA ’15 Trackmania Nations
09H00 Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts
09H45 Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues
10H30 Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts
11H15 Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues
12H00 Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts
12H45 Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues
13H00 LUNCH
Time Dota (continued) CounterStrike  (continued) BLACK OPS
(continued)
FIFA ’15 (continued) Trackmania (continued)
14H00 Round 4 Starts Round 4 Starts Round 4 Starts Round 4 Starts Round 4 Starts
14H45 Round 4 Continues Round 4 Continues Round 4 Continues Round 4 Continues Round 4 Continues
15H30 Round 5 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 5 Starts
16H15 Round 5 Continues Round 5 Continues Round 5 Continues Round 5 Continues Round 5 Continues
17H00
18H00 Awards Ceremony
19H00 Doors Close

Rules and Regulations: All Rules and Regulations are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.

The following Medals shall be awarded:

  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three primary school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • UNIVERSITY:Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are currently registered at any officially recognised University, provided the players have not received any Premier Medals.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in all three categories.

Colours and National Team Trials:

  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship.

Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

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