It was a busy weekend in Cape Town this past weekend, and if you had to day “really?” you obviously don’t visit the human-friendly zombies often enough to find out what is happening around South Africa.
If you missed FanCon and GeekFest a week or so ago, we updated this article with new coverage we found.
You may have missed these bits of local news from around the local internet:
- Zombiegamer: FIFA 16 Tournament | Trenchtown 28 May 2016
- Zombiegamer: Ouch… New Xbox Live Gold prices in SA will make your wallet cry
- Fin24: SA gaming industry ‘suffering’ under regulation
- GLHF: A finger on the Pulse [Team Profile]
- MWEB GameZone: South African Xbox Live Members Get Triple Price Hike
- MyGaming: Broforce earned SA developer Free Lives over R30 million
- MyGaming: The South African pricing for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is insane
- MyGaming: The best places in SA to mod and customize your console
- MyGaming: IGN Africa currently shut down due to money dispute
- MyGaming: Massive Xbox Live price increase in South Africa
- MyGaming: The fight for the heart and soul of competitive gaming in South Africa
- MyGaming: The Mall Gaming experience and your chance to win R150,000
- NAG: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s price is ridiculous
- NAG: Xbox LIVE Gold getting a massive price hike in South Africa in June
- SA Gamer: Local Xbox Live Gold subscriptions gets a serious price hike
- Telkom Gaming: DGL
A slightly quiet weekend coming up, but there are plenty more weekends to go this year, in the meantime, support these happenings that are happening. There are also a number of ongoing events currently with the HaloSA tournament, DGL first leg and Mall Gaming Experience online qualifiers underway.
- Mortal Kombat XL is featuring their second weekend cup hosted by Telkom DGL, Warner Bros. and Ster Kinekor this weekend. 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.
- FIFAChamps is hosting a FIFA 16 tournament at their regular venue of Lounge Relax Play on Saturday 21 May. Entry fee is R80 with cash prizes up for grabs and the action kicks off at 11am. You can find out more about the event on their Facebook page.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
Competitions & Giveaways
- G3AR: Win a Razer Mamba Tournament Edition Mouse
- Lazygamer: ZAR Steam vouchers come to Evopoints and you can win one
- Megarom: Win a custom Xbox One and Collector’s Edition of Overwatch
- Raru: Win an Overwatch Collector’s Edition (PS4)
- SA Gamer: FREE GAMES VRYDAG – DOOM
- SA Gamer: Win tickets to the Overwatch launch in Johannesburg!
This past weekend saw the final four teams in the first Black Ops 3 qualifier battle for the top spot and their share of the prize pool. 71 teams kicked the tournament off around a month back, and after over 250 matches in the double elimination bracket, the grand final saw the familiar name of Carbon Astra (who had to progress from the loser’s bracket) and the new-look Hi5 team.
The match required a total of nine maps to be played to reach its conclusion after Carbon Astra won the first best of five match by three maps to two. This forced a bracket reset and another best of five series – not that anyone viewing the live stream complained as the matches throughout the day were a real treat to watch.
It seemed that the long battle in the first match of the grand final took its toll a little on the Hi5 team, while Carbon Astra drew on their recent run of results to boost their momentum and take the decider 3-1 to secure the first seed for October’s LAN final and R5,000 in cash.
- 1st Place – Carbon Astra (R5,000 cash | Seed one)
- 2nd Place – Hi5 (R3,000 cash | Seed two)
- 3rd Place – ViNCO Gaming (R2,000 Raru vouchers)
- 4th Place – Energy eSports
You can view the full tournament bracket here.
The MGMS series continues with the CS: GO qualifier starting soon and followed by the second qualifier in each title.
Another MWEB related event this weekend (on Friday the 13th, obviously) was the MSI DOOM launch event at the Mcave in Parow, Cape Town. With around 100 attendees in, erm, attendance it was an opportunity for MSI to show off its new Vortex PC and Ster Kinekor to show off the latest version of DOOM.
Neither appeared to disappoint those in attendance, but if I was a betting zombie, I would say that DOOM was the real winner, as no-one has funds for an R80,000 PC right? Well, I don’t, but the gamers, media and other guests in attendance seemed smitten with the high-paced multiplayer action in DOOM.
As is customary with these kind of events, food was eaten, drinks were drank, goodies were handed out, and humans had fun, while zombies had to control their usual desire for brains and pretend to be human.
The DOOM action was played out on MSI supplied PCs with some pretty desirable BenQ monitors, while TGN Racing Simulators supplied some virtual reality distractions with Lucky’s Tale… erm, yes, but fun actually.
As always, we suspect a great time was had by all, but we’re just thankful nobody saw through our disguise and decided DOOM needed a zombie mode…
You can view our photos from the event here.
- Brainwavez: DOOM Launches In Cape Town
- Brainwavez: How I Made The DOOM Cape Town-Launch Highlights Video On An Android Phone
- MWEB GameZone: The MSI Doom Launch – A Hellishly Good Time
- SA Gamer: DOOM and MSI Vortex launch event
Another event that made for a rather busy weekend in Cape Town was the – to give it its full name – ‘Hearthstone Championship Tour Spring Preliminary & Tavern Hero Tournament South Africa‘, which starting on Friday 13 May and ran until Sunday.
As you probably gathered by the name, it was an event all about Hearthstone with a variety of tournaments throughout the weekend. The Conquest Side Event saw Pand3m0nia win the double elimination bracket after having to come back after the first grand final match went the way of Zaymok. You can view the tournament bracket here.
The event was held in the rather stunning Roodebloem Studios in Woodstock and ably operated by Weekly Level Up, System of Survival and the Hearthstone SA Community, with sponsorship by Blue Sky Tech & Hosting Solutions.
We popped into the event on the Saturday and snapped these photos.
Weekly Level Up
Weekly Level Up have quickly continued with their momentum from the Hearthstone Championship Tour and have announced the Weekly single elimination tournament for Hearthstone which kicks off this weekend already.
If you’re keen to participate, you can join the event here.
Barring the possible name issue, if you’re in Gauteng, there’s a regular LAN opportunity for you.
Mini Rage is a monthly LAN event held every last weekend of the month. The 60-seat LAN and venue offers attendees fiber, 24h security and vehicle safety, vending machines and food in close proximity and “more”.
There is a LAN scheduled for 27 to 29 May with additional dates this year planned for:
- June: 24th -26th
- July: 29th – 31st
- August: 26th – 28th
- September: 23rd -25th
- October: 28th -30th
- November: 25th – 27th
The events kick off at 6:00pm on the Friday and run until 12:00am on Sunday, with tickets costing R150. You can book you seat(s) ahead of time or pay at the door.
- Venue address: Shop 17 Wilrocorner Roodepoort (JHB)
- Contact for info: 0820439047
- Facebook event page for May
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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.
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