SA Gaming News Wrap

It seems to be a busy period for local gamers with a variety of events both complete and on the horizon. If you need to stay in the know, you can always catch up with it all in our weekly wrap up of local activities.

Some local news from around the internet that you may have missed:


Upcoming Events

A pretty decent weekend of events are in store for gamers around the country, so if you miss out, it’s probably your own fault. There are also a number of ongoing events currently with the DGL first leg and Mall Gaming Experience online qualifiers underway.

  • WLU_Spring-Prelim_02Hearthstone features prominently this weekend at the ‘Hearthstone Championship Tour Spring Preliminary & Tavern Hero Tournament South Africa’ in Woodstock, Cape Town. The event starts on 13 May and runs until 15 May and features a variety of tournaments including qualifiers for the Spring Preliminary. For those keen to attend and not feature, there are other activities including a Rocket League tournament. For more on the Hearthstone, head here. For more on the Rocket League, head here.
  • Cause Gaming are hosting a LAN at UCT from 13 to 15 May. The LAN is a fundraiser for a bigger one in December and will cost you R150 per seat. You should note that no tickets will be available at the door. More details can be found here.
  • MSI is launching their new Vortex PC at the MWEB Mcave on Friday 13 May. The event is also a celebration of the launch of DOOM but you will already need to be on the list to get in.
  • MSSA are hosting the 1st Fezile Dabi Regional Championship on 14 and 15 May at Fakkel School in Sasolburg. Registrations have already closed for the event, but head to their Facebook page if you want more information.
  • Mortal Kombat XL is featuring in a weekend cup hosted by Telkom DGL, Warner Bros. and Ster Kinekor this weekend (and next again). The tournament will see the winner head to DreamHack as well as pocket some pretty fine prizes, so there is no excuse to try your luck really. Details here.
  • The MWEB Masters Series (MGMS) reaches its final of the first Black Ops 3 qualifier on Sunday. Teams who will feature are still to be decided with a few rounds remaining, but you will be able to catch the action live on their YouTube channel.
  • HaloSA are due to kick off their 4v4 Halo 5 tournament from Monday (16 May). You might (maybe, only maybe) still be able to grab a spot in the tournament which will run for the next few months. Details are available here.

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


Competitions & Giveaways


FanCon 2016_02FanCon

This past weekend saw Free Comic Book Day expand into the two day event at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and change its name to FanCon.

The event was possibly South Africa’s first true Comic Con…vention and featured more than enough to keep comic book fans, table top gamers, cosplayers and almost everyone else interested in geek culture happy.

The Saturday proved to be the more popular of the two days with the venue bursting at the seams and the queues waiting to get in being something the organisers clearly weren’t expecting. Many disgruntled attendees who stood up to two hours outside waiting took to social media to complain, but in many ways the over-subscription of attendees marks a positive future for the event which otherwise succeeded in offering attendees almost everything our international friends have at their similar events.

It seems as if next year will stay at the venue but there are plans are in motion to expand the floor space, so that more attendees can enjoy more things in 2017.

Our photo album will be available on our Facebook page during the course of the week now.

Some coverage by others to make you wish you were at (or relive) FanCon 2016:

Articles

Photos

Videos

Videos by Grant Hinds.

Video by Cos We Play

Video by All Otaku TV

Video by Messi Merchandise

Please note, if we missed any coverage of FanCon, let us know and we will happily add it here.


GeekFest_01GeekFest

We couldn’t attend GeekFest because it takes zombies a lifetime to walk around 1600km, but others did and they seemed to generally have a blast. Go fin out more by hitting the links below.

Videos

Video by Chani_ZA

Please note, if we missed any coverage of GeekFest, let us know and we will happily add it here.


Gunnar_LogoGUNNAR Optiks

Apex Interactive have announced that they will be the new distributors of GUNNAR eyeware in South Africa. We’ve had our experience with the gear before and can say that using them has certainly reduces our eye strain (but didn’t do much to improve our skills, not that they claim to do that of course).

Pricing and availability will be announced in the coming weeks.

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GUNNAR partners with APEX INTERACTIVE in South Africa

Apex Interactive is proud to announce their distribution partnership in South Africa with GUNNAR Optiks®, the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer eyewear.

Details on stockists and pricing will be released in the coming weeks.

GUNNAR is the only patented computer eyewear recommended by doctors to protect and enhance your vision. GUNNAR’s premium computer eyewear defends eyes against short and long-term effects of digital eye strain and Computer Vision Syndrome due to exposure to digital screens, and harmful blue light. Each of GUNNAR’s models are forged with high-strength, lightweight frame materials to provide long-lasting durability and optical stability.

About GUNNAR
Founded in 2006, GUNNAR Optiks®, LLC designs and engineers Computer Eyewear to protect and enhance vision using revolutionary technology solutions. GUNNAR introduced the Technology Eyewear category in 2008, and pioneered the only patented lens technology to reduce digital eye strain and fatigue issues associated with computer use. GUNNAR is a privately-held company headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, visit www.gunnar.com.

About APEX INTERACTIVE
APEX INTERACTIVE (PTY) Ltd is one of the leading distributors of interactive entertainment products in the Southern African marketplace. APEX INTERACTIVE’s product portfolio includes gaming products for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC, XBOX 360, Xbox One, and Sony Playstation VITA. Apex Interactive are also the exclusive distributors of Gioteck, Turtle Beach, Big Ben, Razer, and Plantronics range of products.

Media Contact
Alexia Scotten
Apex Interactive
alexia@apexint.co.za


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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.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O’Shea when in his human disguise.