When South Africa gets busy, it takes a zombie lifetime to get it all together for you like this. Remember that next time you headshot one of us.
Some aticles you may have missed from around the local outlets about the local scene:
- Zombiegamer: Profiled: Retribution eSports [SA Gaming Clan]
- Bravado Gaming: Vodacom DOTA 2 Gamersfest
- Crucial Cup: Crucial Cup Final
- G3AR: Feature Friday: How Dota 2’s #OSR is hurting our community
- Game Arena: Cooler Master Hearthstone Cup Finals [Photos]
- Geek Node: 15th Mpumulanga Championship Shall Be Played On 28 & 29 May 2016
- Geek Node: Geek Fest: PES 2016 Tournament is now open to enter
- GLHF: Rosters: Too Much Structure Causes Chaos
- Lazygamer: The Lazygamer eSports guide to getting noticed
- MWEB GameZone: About SA’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive servers
- MWEB GameZone: Gears 4 Beta: A refined Gears experience, except if you’re from SA
- MWEB GameZone: Game and tech deals SA gamers can’t afford to miss
- MyGaming: Competitive gaming in South Africa at a crossroads
- MyGaming: What to study to become a game developer
- MyGaming: Game developer salaries in South Africa
- MyGaming: How much money South Africa’s best gamers really make
- MyGaming: South Africa’s national Hearthstone player – Wynand Meiring
- NAG: Hey, you. Yes, you. Start watching local content on Twitch and Hitbox
- NAG: Destiny of Ancient Kingdoms – South Africa’s first MMORPG that pays you to play
- NAG: Operation Supply Drop set to do a Twitch stream of a locally made game
- Telkom Gaming: eSports
- Weekly Level Up: Recap: Rage Expo 2016
It’s not going to go down as the busiest weekend or week in SA’s gaming history…
- Game Arena in Centurion is hosting their April LAN from Friday at 4pm. The LAN runs until 4pm on Sunday and entry will cost you R200 per person. You can find out more on their event page.
- Make Games SA are hosting a Cape Town meetup on 27 April at Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. Entry is free, and if you’re keen to meet gaming industry sorts or just talk gaming in general, then you can find out more here.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
Competitions & Giveaways
The MWEB GameZone Masters Series tournament for Black Ops 3 has kicked off with round one of matches scheduled for tonight (Wednesday).
The first qualifier for the LAN finals in October will see 71 teams (and over 350 players) battle for the first two seeds and R10,000 in prizes.
The tournament continues until 15 May when the final day of action will be streamed live.
- MWEB GameZone: SA legendary console clan returns with MGMS to take on the competition
- MWEB GameZone: MGMS Black Ops 3 First Qualifier: 71 PS4 Teams Ready for Action
- MWEB GameZone: MGMS Black Ops 3 – The battle lines are drawn
Weekly Level Up continue to level up… alright, we’ll show ourselves out.
The organisation who has slowly made Hearthstone tournaments their own recently hosted their Tavern Hero Qualifier, which was taken by Dib.
Hearthstone Spring Preliminary
The big news however is that over the weekend of 13 to 15 May 2016, Cape Town will be hosting the Championship Tour Spring Preliminary & Tavern Hero Tournament. OK, what does that all mean? It means come the end of the weekend, the top eight Hearthstone points earners will head to compete in the Hearthstone Spring Seasonal Championship where a prize pool of $100,000 is up for grabs. And all their expenses will be paid.
The tournament – and a number of other qualifying events – sees the combined forces of Weekly Level Up, System of Survival and the Hearthstone SA Community (along with Blizzard of course) make this opportunity a reality.
The entire weekend in May will feature more than just the big event and Weekly Level Up are promising a lot more for attendees too.
Additional Contact Details:
- Lazygamer: Hey, Blizzard took note – South Africa is finally getting a Hearthstone Spring Preliminary!
- MyGaming: Cape Town’s Hearthstone qualifier gives South Africans the chance of winning
Teams who were part of last year’s Divisions have until 23 April to ensure they have registered or risk losing their 2015 progress.
This year, the DGL will feature their Masters Series for CS: GO and Dota 2, while all non-contracted teams will be able to play in the new Ladder system (which has replaced the Open Division) and gain promotion into the Premier Division (via promotion through Second and First Division) over time.
More information – including registration links – can be found here.
Roster mania time in CS: GO (and you will see for Call of Duty too below).
Bravado Gaming have announced that Richard “Deviant” Groves has decided to step down from the team and make way for the return of Robby “blackpoisoN” Da Loca. Richard will stay on as the 6th player for the team, while the team is also searching for a coach.
- Lazygamer: Bravado Gaming bring back BlackpoisoN, replacing Deviant
- MWEB GameZone: Let’s talk about blackpoisoN’s return to SA eSports
Flipsid3 Tactics have announced four new CS: GO players in Petrus “kr1os” Delport, Wayne Craan Smith, Willie “Consp1racy” van Graan and Someguy “Aevin” Bouwer. It’s almost a complete team overhaul in what is fast becoming a continuously more competitive DGL Masters season.
Call of Duty
Roster changes are happening all the time in the competitive console scene, but two are of particular interest.
Energy eSports have signed Connor Maguire (aka Vadex and now Vadexian) from Carbon Astra, leaving the Carbon eSports team to pick up Jordan Young (aka Astra Risky) as their new fourth player. This change is likely to further foster the rivalry between these top South African teams.
Flipsid3 Tactics have added a competitive console Call of Duty team to their organisation by picking up INX Gaming lead by Sean Strauss.
At the same time, F3 also revealed a “brand new Flipsid3 Academy team lead by the former In-Finity Gaming Tertius “Trackles” de Bruin.”
The local Halo community on Xbox One is working to make things happen and have recently launched their website where those enjoying the Master Chief and his adventures can find out more about the game, community and tournaments.
You can also get yourself into a few WhatsApp groups managed by the community – perhaps you come across future team mates or even good companions to improve your Halo 5 online excursions.
Are you an aspiring eSports Caster?
We are looking for two CS:GO casters to join our team for production value at upcoming events.
To apply please send us an email (email@example.com) with links to your previous casting experience.
Gauteng based Casters would be preferred, but all South African provinces would be considered.
- Gaming and eSports featured on Top Billing recently. We selfishly want to point you to the coverage of the ASTRO Gaming Cup that we did with our friends at Clan Connection.
- The ‘O’H SHOW #3 – 45 minutes with Grant Hinds!
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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