There’s plenty happening in the local scene at the moment, as well as a lot to come, so get your gaming body ready for action.
In this last week, two Electronics & Gaming Expo announcements were made, with the CS: GO ESWC Qualifiers by Orena, as well as early details on the titles you can expect to be offered to budding competitors.
- GLHF: In the Presence of Godz [Online Godz Team Profile]
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- Lazygamer: What goes into local graphics card pricing?
- Lazygamer: The EGE eSports arena ha[s] added more titles
- Lazygamer: Registrations for the ESWC South African online qualifier are now open
- MWEB GameZone: Additional eSports titles with cash prizes confirmed for EGE 2016
- MWEB GameZone: SA Gaming events for June
- MWEB GameZone: Are SA gamers paying too much for games?
- MyGaming: Electronic & Gaming Expo brings massive tournaments and epic cash prizes to Cape Town
- MyGaming: Meet one of South Africa’s premier Hearthstone players – Francois “Fafa” Mouton
- MyGaming: Are expensive console subscriptions worth it in South Africa?
- MyGaming: This is how game prices hit R1,000 in South Africa: 1998–2016
- Orena: Mastering Growth in South African Esports
- Telkom Gaming: More Titles announced for the EGE eSports Arena
- Telkom Gaming: DGL
This weekend sees plenty of action happening in Gauteng mainly, however there is a few online events happening too, as well as ongoing events like the HaloSA tournament, MGMS CS: GO, Telkom DGL, Orena’s Ladders, ESEA and more.
- Weekly Level Up sees their Overwatch Starter Cup kick off today. The tournament is hosted via the Telkom DGL website and runs until Sunday 12 June. More information regarding the tournament can be found here.
- Mall Gaming Experience hits leg two of its Dota 2 tournament at Northgate Mall this Saturday and Sunday. Additional information about the event (which includes casual elements too) here.
- Plan-G in Port Elizabeth are continuing their new weekly FIFA 16 league at The Neighborhood. Entry is R20 and the league will run every Tuesday night until 26 July with weekly prizes up for grabs. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for more.
- Make Games SA are hosting a community get together on Tuesday 14 June at the Microsoft offices in Bryanston. Game developers and anyone with an interest in gaming in SA generally can attend the free event which starts at 6:30pm. Nore information is available via the event page.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
Competitions & Giveaways
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- SA Gamer: E3 2016 Competitions
- TheGarethWoods: Overwatch Giveaway!
The first LAN qualifier of the Mall Gaming Experience – also known as the GIGABYTE Extreme Gaming Challenge and the South African Gigabyte Dota 2 Challenge – has come to an end and saw White Rabbit Gaming take the final 3-0 over Energy eSports at Cradlestone Mall on Sunday 5 June.
As mentioned in the ‘Upcoming Events’ section above, the second LAN event hits Northgate Mall from Saturday and sees four more teams challenging for a spot at the LAN grand finals scheduled for 9 and 10 July back at Cradlestone Mall and hosted by nAvTV.
Telkom has announced the addition of Mortal Kombat XL to their ladder system, as well as a StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 1 v 1 Cup.
The addition of Mortal Kombat XL for PS4 follows the recent sequence of Mortal Kombat XL cups which saw Brandon “Lai333” Jacob secure his spot at Dreamhack later this month where he will be playing for the first prize of €10,000 and a spot at the Evo 2016 Championships.
If you’re keen to join the Mortal Kombat XL ladder, you can get more details here (the more entries, the larger the scope of the tournament), while additional information about the StarCraft II cups can be found here.
The MSSA has announced its South African National School Championships which will run on 30 and 31 July 2016 and counts as the MSSA’s National Team Trials for MSSA Junior Protea Teams.
Registrations for the tournament close on 10 July 2016 and games featured will be StarCraft II, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Tekken Tag Tournament II, CS: GO, Dota 2 and FIFA 16.
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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) started its South African School Championships back in 1996.
Although the championships back then only concentrated on board games and wargames, the championships has over the years also been broadened to include eSports.
It has over the years, been a great source of unearthing the talent that has driven many of the senior national teams.
Many top gamers at school level have been enlisted into National Team duty – and have done very well!
One only has to remember players like Vincent Lane (St John’s College), Andre Tonkin (Krugersdorp High), David Webster (Sandringham High), Dominic Bauer (Eden College), Conradie van Heerden (DF Malan), Jason Batzofin (St John’s College), Elishia Retief (Hoerskool Linden), and Gabriella Isaacs (SAHETI).
All of the above have performed at the highest levels both here and abroad, and all of whom have done South Africa proud – very proud indeed!
The Annual South African National Championship shall be played on 30 & 31 July 2016.
The championship also counts as the MSSA’s National Team Trials for MSSA Junior Protea Teams.
Registrations will close on the 10 July 2016.
Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA’s Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.
All gamers are reminded that the South African National 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.
Hosting Club: Parklands College, Cape Town
Venue: Parklands College, Cape Town
Date: 30 & 31 July 2016
Game Entry Fees: FREE
Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their 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: As below.
Board games titles to be played at 2016 School National Championships
eSports titles to be played at 2016 School LAN National Championships
|Saturday||StarCraft II||League of Legends||HearthStone||Tekken Tag Tournament II|
|Sunday||Sunday||CounterStrike: GO||FIFA ’16||DotA 2|
Wargames to be played at 2016 School National Championships
|Saturday||Ancients – DBM 3.2|
|Sunday||Ancients – DBM 3.2|
Games begin at 9H00 on both days and shall end at 18H00.
Rules and Regulations: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the 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 MSSA who will take all comments into account.
The following Medals may be awarded at the Championship:
- 1st, 2ndand 3rd place: For both male and female, as well as for both High School and Primary School
Colours and National Team Trials:
- JuniorNational Federation Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn Junior National Federation Colours.
- Provincial Colours: All Players that 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.
- Junior ProteaTeam: This event shall be used by MSSA to select a junior Protea Team. However, because the team will also be expected to play in 2017 for South Africa, Grade 12’s are not eligible for selection.
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.
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[Article main image credit: Orena]
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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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