SA Gaming News Wrap

Alright, let’s be fair, this week’s SA Gaming News Wrap was always going to be dominated by rAge.

Before we head there though, here’s a few things you may have missed from around the country.


Upcoming Events

And it seems that there’s only rAge Cape Town happening this weekend, so all roads lead to GrandWest in Goodwood.

Otherwise, keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:


Competitions & Giveaways

 


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This weekend at rAge, a number of South African firsts are promised, and while we would pedantically disagree regarding one or two of them, it’s still there to be enjoyed, so get on it.

There’s the Astro Gaming Cup, DGL CS: GO Masters and a FIFA 16 tournament for eSports fans, while the HWBOT World Tour 2016 series, NAG Jam and cosplay on offer too.

You can grab your tickets via Computicket at R100 for a day pass or R250 for a weekend pass.

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rAge CAPE TOWN BRINGS ON A FEW SA FIRSTS!

The really Awesome gaming expo (rAge) is coming to Cape Town next weekend and will be bringing some exciting new events for gaming and tech enthusiasts to enjoy.

  1. HWBOT World Tour 2016

A first for South Africa! The HWBOT World Tour is a series of overclocking events held across seven countries and five continents, where the next generation of overclockers can learn, share and compete.

HWBOT World Tour will be making its second stop for 2016 at rAge Cape Town and will feature:

– World Series for Amateurs: Overclocking workshops for amateurs will be held on Friday from 11h00 – 18h00 and Saturday from 10h00 – 18h00. If you’re interested in signing up for this you can do so at their stand. The top four overclockers will go through to a semi-final on Sunday morning and the final will take place from 12h00.

– World Series for Extreme: The overclocking competition for extreme overclockers will start on Saturday at 13h00 with qualifying rounds, moving onto semi-finals scheduled for 19h00 followed by the finals at 21h00. There are some epic hardware prizes up for grabs and the winner will secure a spot at the finals in Berlin, Germany later this year.  The finals will be live streamed here http://twitch.tv/overclockingtv

http://hwbot.org/article/world-tour-2016 

  1. Telkom DGL Masters

In another first for South Africa, the eight Masters multi-gaming organizations (MGO) and their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams will compete at rAge Cape Town in the first Major of the 2016 season, for a total prize pool of R100,000. Visitors to the expo will be able to watch every game live and Shoutcasted on the show floor – with the winning team being crowned in front of all their fans on Sunday. All games will be live-streamed on Twitch www.twitch.tv/dgl_live

http://www.rageexpo.co.za/2016/03/telkom-digital-gaming-league-tournament-set-to-take-place-at-rage/

  1. NAG Jam

Imagine creating a kick-ass game in just 72 hours… and then seeing it come to life! That’s NAG Jam. Participants were invited to create a semi-functional game this past weekend around the theme “Down, but not out”, and seven entries will have their games on display at the Intel stand at rAge for visitors to play. The top four entries will also receive their share of the R15,000.00 cash prize pool, kindly sponsored by Intel.

http://www.nag.co.za/tag/nag-jam/

  1. ASTRO Gaming Cup

ASTRO Gaming will be celebrating the recent release of its headsets in South Africa by hosting an exclusive invitational tournament featuring four of the country’s top Call of Duty: Black Ops III PS4 teams. The teams will be playing for prizes worth R50,000, and visitors will also have the opportunity to try out the new ASTRO Gaming headsets and meet and challenge the players. Semifinals are scheduled to take place Saturday and finals on Sunday. This is the first ASTRO Gaming-backed event to be held in South Africa, and the challenge will be streamed live here https://gaming.youtube.com/user/ClanConnection/live.

  1. Cosplay

Cosplay at rAge on any of the days and you’ll stand a chance to win on-the-spot prizes! Our photographer will be walking around taking photos of all the epic cosplayers and uploading them to our rAge Facebook page, and the best five cosplayers that we see on each of the three days will all win some cool goodies sponsored by some of the rAge exhibitors.

www.facebook.com/LegionInkCosplay/ 

  1. Xtreme Gaming PS4 FIFA ’16 Tournament

Xtreme Gaming will be hosting daily FIFA ‘16 Tournaments at rAge. Only 64 spots are open per day and interested players can sign up before 11h00 on either of the three days at stand 2.

More info is available here www.facebook.com/XtremeGamingCpt/

Tickets to the expo will be available to purchase at the door or at Computicket.

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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NAG LAN

The NAG LAN at rAge also has a number of tournaments planned alongside the usual joys on offer at a NYO PC LAN. There’s a console Call of Duty tournament, a CS: GO tournament and Rocket League. We covered all of the tournaments happening all around rAge here, or you can head to NAG for the details of the tournaments at the NAG LAN.

Remember to pick up your NAG LAN tickets though, as all tournaments in the NAG LAN area require each player to have their R550 NAG LAN access.


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Sadly, the Southern Barbarians have seen their run in the 2016 Battlefield 4 Nations Challenge hosted by ESL come to an end.

The team were knocked out by the Switzerland team 2-1 which went as follows per map:

  • Hainan : Switzerland won by 230
  • Siege: SB won by 270
  • Lancan: Switzerland won by 70

The tournament continues with the top eight teams still to play over the coming weeks.


Crucial Cup_2016_01Crucial Cup

The Crucial Cup continues with both the Battlefield 4 and Dota 2 tournaments. There’s 16 teams standing in each tournament which is in the playoff phase, and a number of matches will be streamed live.

You can keep up to date with the action via the Crucial Cup Facebook page and the Battlefield 4 and Dota 2 pages on their website.


GeekFest_01GeekFest 2016

GeekFest 2016 has announced a venue change for this year’s edition of their celebration of all things geek.

The new venue is  Inanda Country Base in Kyalami on Rose Rd (with its entrance on Goodwood Ave).

Tickets are available at R100 for a day pass and R150 for a weekend (two-day) pass. You can find out more about the event on their Facebook event page.

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The action from the MSSA this week sees the results from the North West Championships revealed, along with the confirmation of the Gauteng Provincial Championship on 26 and 27 March with all supported titles featured.

To find out more, hit the links for the press releases below.

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MSSA’s 2oth North West Championships (sponsored by MWEB) hosted by St Conrad’s College was indeed a success.

Thanks must be extended to MWEB, St Conrad’s, Leonard Loftus and Mr. Hannes Esterhuizen.

The championship attracted players from both North  West, Mpumulanga and Gauteng, and players battled it out to earn the title of North West Champion Champion, and the right to fight for a place in the 2016 National Team Trials that will ultimately deliver a team to the IeSF’s 2016 8th World Championships in Jakarta from 6 to 9 October 2016.

The championship delivered a number of surprises. Most notable of the surprise results were to be found in the League of Legends, FIFA, and Mortal Kombat X titles.

In League  of Legends, the newly formed White Rabbit Gaming team smashed the opposition. Only Sasolburg High offered any sort of resistance as White Rabbit surged forward to take first place, and by winning all their games, earned Provincial Colours in the process.

In FIFA, it has been held for the past couple of years that Matthew Brooks is without doubt the best player in North West. However, Matthew lead his school team to victory in CounterStrike: GO, where the team from St Conrad’s smashed all the opposition to  take first  place  and  provincial colours. Thus  the field in FIFA was  wide open, and Kgosi Tshosa emerged as the victor.

This is the first championship where Mortal Kombat X  was officially played. The competition was tough and  delivered a champion in both the  men’s  and women’s sections.

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
CounterStrike: GO QUNATM St Conrad’s College North West Provincial
DotA 2 PR0NHS NorthCliff High Gauteng Provincial
FIFA ’15 Kgosi Tshosa St Conrad’s College North West Provincial
League of Legends WRG White Rabbit Gaming Gauteng Provincial
Morabaraba (female) Lucille Brown HGH
Morabaraba Gerard van Biljon St Conrad’s College
Mortal Kombat X (female) Tania Brown All Stars
Mortal Kombat X Kyle Chan Some NorthCliff High Gauteng Provincial
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER Wetsho Morobane St Conrad’s College

Photographs of the event may be found on https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154579778134008.1073741937.146018324007&type=3

Show Gauteng Provincial Championships Press Release: »

The 33rd Gauteng Championship shall be played on 26 & 27 March 2016

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

Registrations are thus open for MSSA’s MWEB/G2A 2016 Gauteng LAN Championships.

Registrations will close on the 23 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 gamers are reminded that the Gauteng 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
: Tuks Mind Sports (https://www.facebook.com/groups/970831249649816/?fref=ts)

  • Venue: Springbok Hall, University of Pretoria
  • Date: 26 & 27 March 2016
  • Entry Fees: R60.00 per Registered Player per Period
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their teams/players.
  • 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 LAN Schedule for all Provincial events in 2016 is:
Saturday
Time StarCraft II PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) League of Legends (LoL) HearthStone Ultra Street Fighter V
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 Round3
Continues
13H00 LUNCH
Time TEKKEN TTII PES (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 FIFA ’16 MORTAL KOMBAT X
09H00 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
10H30 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
12H00 Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts
12H45 Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues Round3
Continues
Round3
Continues
13H00 LUNCH
Time Dota 2 (continued) CounterStrike:GO  (continued) FIFA ’16 MORTAL KOMBAT X
14H00 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
15H30 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
17H00
18H00 Awards Ceremony
19H00 Doors Close

Rules and Regulations: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN League 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 the eSBoC who will take all comments into account.

The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA’s 2016 Gauteng LAN Championship:

  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high 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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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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