SA Gaming News Wrap

It’s the South African news wrap, where everything that’s happening around the country in gaming gets a chance to shine. Because we care.

This weekend’s big event – or at least, the biggest one we’re involved with… – is Gaming4Charity. You can find out more and register for the various tournament which include Call of Duty, FIFA 16, Halo 5, Fighting and more right here. There are cash prizes up for grabs.

Some news from elsewhere around the country’s sites:


Upcoming Events

Alongside Gaming4Charity this weekend, there’s a few more things happening:

  • E-Sports South Africa sees their Black Ops 3 tournament still behind schedule and ongoing. You can keep updated via their website with the bracket available here.
  • Crucial Cup is ongoing still for the entire month with both their Battlefield 4 and Dota 2 events. There is tens of thousands of Rands up for grabs, and you will be able to watch some of the action unfold live via streams.
  • Game Arena are hosting the MarLAN (or March LAN if you’re confused) from Friday to Sunday. The action starts at 5pm and runs for 48 hours. Entry is R200 and if you require more details, you can find them here.
  • Fibre Home Demo is a promotional event by MWEB as they rollout their FTTH options and sees Cape Town players and influencers take on their Johannesburg counterparts. The event will be live streamed, and if you’re keen to find out more, you can head here.
  • MSSA have the North West provincial championships scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will be hosted by St. Conrad’s College in Klerksdorp. Hit the MSSA’s Facebook page foe more.
  • Make Games SA has a Johannesburg meet up on Tuesday (8 March) at the Microsoft offices in Bryanston. Entry is free and the meet-up starts at 6:30pm. Additional details can be found here.

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


Competitions & Giveaways


MGMS_First Recon_Finals_01MGMS

This past weekend saw the conclusion of the MWEB GameZone First Recon tournament. 56 teams kicked things off a few weeks back, and by Sunday, only three teams remained to battle for their share of the R6,000 in cash up for grabs.

After some intense matches (which saw the grand final reset due to eN_F34R winning from the loser’s bracket), the teams won more than the cash up for grabs. Legion Gaming won the hearts and souls of viewers, while Astra Infinite saw their stranglehold over all comers in recent tournaments released as the team from Energy eSports won two matches in a row to clinch the top spot.

Results:

  • 1st: Energy eSports (R3,000)
  • 2nd: Astra Infinite (R2,000)
  • 3rd: Legion Black (R1,000)

We congratulate all the teams and players that participated in the first MWEB Call of Duty tournament of the season, and believe you can expect more soon.

Coverage Elsewhere:


DGL Masters_CSGO_01Telkom DGL Masters

Telkom has announced the prize pool for the CS: GO Masters tournament scheduled for rAge Cape Town later this month.

The eight teams participating will share in R100,000 in cash up for grabs – a prize pool above the R1 million announced earlier this year which will be kept for rAge in Johannesburg later this year.

Currently, there’s an online seeding tournament underway to determine how the teams will face off in the single elimination LAN tournament in Cape Town.

Prize Pool:

  • First: R40,000
  • Second: R20,000
  • Third/Fourth: R10,000 each
  • Fifth/Sixth/Seventh/Eighth: R5,000 each

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Staying with DGL, the various pre-season cups are readying to kick off, and if you’re keen to keep in touch with the progress of the brackets, head here.


Southern Barbarians_01Southern Barbarians

The Southern Barbarians suffered their first defeat of the ESL Battlefield Nations Challenge when they faced Italy this past weekend.

It’s not all doom and gloom though as the team from South Africa have finished second in their group and proceed to the playoff phase.

We will keep you updated as the match schedule and stream details are released (currently the teams that placed third in each group will be playing for wildcard spots in the playoffs). In the meanwhile, give the team some love via their Facebook page.


MSSA SA Flag LogoMSSA

The MSSA recently hosted their 6th Annual Online Schools Championships which saw seven of the country’s provinces represented by a number of private and public schools.

The press release is bullish that “within the next five years, the school online league shall involve more schools than any other sport.”

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The matter at hand are the results from the event which saw HTS Witbank and Northcliff High School share the majority of the top spots.

Game title pos. Team name Name of school
CounterStrike: GO 1 RBHS CSGO A Rondebosch Boys
2 flikadawisT D F Malan
3 PR0NHS Northcliff High School
DotA 2 1 Maritzburg College A Maritzburg College
2 PC DOTA Parklands College
3 Mr Project Oakhill
FIFA’16 1 Gareth van Straten (men) HTS Witbank
2 Gomo Ndlozi (men) HTS Witbank
3 Tristan Fisher (men) HTS Witbank
1 Sune van der Merwe (women) HTS Witbank
HearthStone 1 Kelvin Yang Northcliff High School
2 Richard Visser St Conrad’s
3 Kevin Plint Northcliff High School
League of Legends 1 Sasolburg Sasolburg High School
2 SSES LOL St Stithians
3 PR0NHS Northcliff High School
StarCraft II 1 Robert Storey Bishops
2 Darren Clark Northcliff High School
3 Matthew Rundle Northcliff High School
Tekken Tag Tournament II 1 Justin Brown (men) Northcliff High School
2 Connor Chaplin Northcliff High School
3 Sean Menlo Northcliff High School
1 Nadine Swart (women) HTS Witbank
2 Sune van der Merwe HTS Witbank

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On 20 February 2016 MSSA held its 6th Annual Online Schools Championships.

The championships involved schools from seven provinces, and many of the top private and public schools were represented.

Every year more-and more schools affiliate to MSSA, and many predict that within the next five years, the school online league shall involve more schools than any other sport.

Players were able to participate in CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ’16, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and Tekken Tag Tournament II.

The Online Schools Championships is the breeding ground for the National Protea Teams, and the schools championships allows players to qualify for the coveted National Team Trials which are to be held on 4 June 2016.

MSSA believes that the winning teams and players will go on to rattle the cages off the older teams, and thus provide the competition needed for South African gaming to improve upon its current standards.

The results of the championships are:

Game title pos. Team name Name of school
CounterStrike: GO 1 RBHS CSGO A Rondebosch Boys
2 flikadawisT D F Malan
3 PR0NHS Northcliff High School
DotA 2 1 Maritzburg College A Maritzburg College
2 PC DOTA Parklands College
3 Mr Project Oakhill
FIFA’16 1 Gareth van Straten (men) HTS Witbank
2 Gomo Ndlozi (men) HTS Witbank
3 Tristan Fisher (men) HTS Witbank
1 Sune van der Merwe (women) HTS Witbank
HearthStone 1 Kelvin Yang Northcliff High School
2 Richard Visser St Conrad’s
3 Kevin Plint Northcliff High School
League of Legends 1 Sasolburg Sasolburg High School
2 SSES LOL St Stithians
3 PR0NHS Northcliff High School
StarCraft II 1 Robert Storey Bishops
2 Darren Clark Northcliff High School
3 Matthew Rundle Northcliff High School
Tekken Tag Tournament II 1 Justin Brown (men) Northcliff High School
2 Connor Chaplin Northcliff High School
3 Sean Menlo Northcliff High School
1 Nadine Swart (women) HTS Witbank
2 Sune van der Merwe HTS Witbank

Photo’s can be found  on: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154543713314008.1073741936.146018324007&type=3

Coverage Elsewhere:


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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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