SA Gaming News Wrap

It’s a bit of a quiet period for now as everyone prepares for, well, all the things still to come.

If you’re keen to find out more about what went down at rAge in Cape Town ten days ago, you can find it all here.

A few local interest articles from other SA sites you may have missed:


Upcoming Events

A couple of LAN-style events for those in Gauteng to get their teeth into:

  • Gamer’s Fest is on at the Mall of the South this weekend. The gaming event features a 400-seater LAN, tournaments for CS: GO, Dota 2 and FIFA 16, R200,000 in prizes and some casual gaming too. For more details, you can head here.
  • Cold Fusion LAN are back with a LAN at Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park. Entry is R75 per person and is a bring your own event with a number of tournaments being run too. Additional details can be found on their Facebook event page.

Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:


Competitions & Giveaways


ViNCO Gaming

The team in yellow have announced a squad overhaul for their Call of Duty roster.

They have revealed three of the players and are still searching for their fourth.

  • Twist (C)
  • Miki
  • PaTee


ESL One Manilla

South Africa’s Ben Steenhuisen (Noxville) will be part of the broadcast team at the Dota 2 tournament in Manilla on 23 to 24 April. He forms part of a 12-person team of commentators and panelists.

The ESL One tournament will be “Southeast Asia’s first ever premium Dota 2 tournament” and will feature a prize pool of $250,000.

ESL Manilla_01


MSSA_02MSSA

The MSSA have revealed the winners from the recent Gauteng Provincial Championships, as well as detailing the upcoming Online Provincial Championships.

At the Gauteng event, 22 players were awarded colours across multiple titles.

On the 16th of April, the online tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends and Street Fighter V.

For more details on each event, hit the links below.

Show Press Release: Gauteng Results »

As the year continues with its relentless march forward, players frantically scramble for a place in MSSA’s National Team Trials.

Thus MSSA’s 33rd Gauteng Championships (sponsored by MWEB) is the third last championship in which players may qualify for such Trials.

For those teams that have qualified, the work has begun in earnest in order to hone their skills for Trials, while some players are still desperately trying to qualify.

MSSA’s 33rd Gauteng Provincia Championships were hosted by Tuks Mind Sports Club.

Thanks must be extended to MWEB, Tuks Mind Sports, Johan Uys, Ryan Boyes and Ewan Retief.

The championship attracted players from the Free State, Gauteng, North West, and Mpumulanga.

Players battled it out to earn the various titles of Gauteng 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, DotA 2, FIFA, and Street Fighter V titles.

In League  of Legends, White Rabbit Gaming team maintained its winning ways that it started at the North West Championships. The team smashed their opposition to win all their games and by thus, truly enforce their position as the team to beat in South Africa.

However, special mention must be made of the St Stithians College team that finished in second place, and, which even gave White Rabbit a few (very) scary moments.

DotA 2 was dominated by Tuks Mind Sports Club. The North West Champions (Northcliff High School) battled long and hard to contain the juggernaut that which is Tuks, but were unable to, even with Herculean effort, do so.

In FIFA, MSSA saw the return of Xola Magwaza. Xola had represented South Africa twice in South Africa in 2009 in international championships in IeSF accredited championships. Even though Xola had been away since 2010, Xola still is the stuff of which champions are made. Xola immediately stamped his authority of the game and, by winning  all  his games, earned himself both the title of being Gauteng’s finest and Gauteng Provincial Colours.

Xola, after winning, stated, “Watch out Kyle, the champ is back!”.

In Street Fighter V, Leonard Loftus travelled up fron Sasolburg to compete, and, compete he did. Loftus waded into the competition and emerged the victor.

This is the first championship where Street Fighter V  was officially played.

The winners are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Ancients (DBM) Jason Batzofin St John’s College
Ancients (DBM) (female) Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Club Gauteng Provincial
Checkers (female) Lucille Brown All Stars Mpumulanga Provincial
CounterStrike: GO PORAXYSM All Stars Mpumulanga Provincial
DotA 2 APTWE Tuks University Gauteng Provincial
FIFA ’16 Xola Magwaza Knights Mind Sports Gauteng Provincial
HearthStone (female) Adele Janse van Rensburg BISH Gauteng Provincial
HearthStone Wynand Meiring BNKR Gauteng Provincial
League of Legends WRG White Rabbit Gaming Gauteng Provincial
Mortal Kombat X (female) Riana du Plessis All Stars Mpumulanga Provincial
Mortal Kombat X Connor Chaplin Northcliff High School Gauteng Provincial
StarCraft II (female) Angie Magon Blue Dragon Online Gaming
StarCraft II Edwin Williams Blue Dragon Online Gaming Gauteng Provincial
Street Fighter V Leonard Loftus Masters Gaming Club

In total 22 players earned the right to wear provincial colours.

Photographs of the event may be found on: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154663901109008.1073741938.146018324007&type=3

Show Press Release: Online Championships »

The MSSA is proud to announce that it shall host the 2016  On-line Provincial Championships, which will offer local players the opportunity to qualify for the National Team Trials (NTT).

In 2016 MSSA selected official teams for DotA 2, CounterStrike: GO, FIFA ’15, HearthStone, League of Legends and StarCraft II. Players so selected earned full Protea Colours for the respective games and represented the country with pride.

The 2016 On-line Provincial Championships is one of the last opportunities for gamers to qualify for the National Team Trials LAN that shall be held on 4 June 2016.

The championship shall be held on 16 April 2016.

Game titles to be played are:

  • CounterStrike: GO
  • DotA 2
  • League of Legends
  • Street Fighter V

MSSA would also like to thank MWEB, in line with their continued support for gaming in South Africa, for extending their sponsorship to include all Mind Sports Online Championships. None of this would be possible without the continued support from MWEB.

Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA’s rules, being:

  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • Any team consisting of players who are Registered Players affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.

Entry fee:

  • Entry isfree to all full-paid-up Registered Players.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.

Entry date:

  • Entries need to be submitted by no later than Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

Medals:

      MALE

  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
  • UNIVERSITY: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

FEMALE:

  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
  • UNIVERSITY: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

Colours:

  • Protea Colours: Only Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board’s criteria are met..
  • 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.

When and Where:

  • 16 April 2016
  • The first round will start at 09H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round.
  • The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. This means that the championship shall be used for the following:
    1. The awarding of provincial colours;
    2. The awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;
    3. The ability to qualify for National Team Trials.
    4. All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.
  • Registered Players of the teams that finish in the top three or the top 20% (whichever is greater) as per the Regulations may enter the National Team Trials. As per the Regulations all such players who qualify from the genre as a whole shall be invited.
  • The Registered Players that enter the Trials shall organise themselves into teams that:
    1. All come from the same area. In other words everybody in the team must reside within 50km’s, as the crow flies, to each other, or
    2. Any team that does not comply with point 1 above, will have to undertake to get the players in their team who are not in the same area to the venue for the test matches at their own expense.
    3. As usual Trials shall be done at a LAN venue, and the team that can best represent South Africa shall then be selected. The venue for the National Team Trials LAN shall be announced immediately after the Mpumulanga Championships.

Entries:

  • All clubs must enter their teams via the Google Drive.

Shout casting:

  • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.

anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to  mindsportssa@iafrica.com

Coverage Elsewhere:


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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