SA Gaming News Wrap

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Another week has gone passed in the South African scene, this is the weekly wrap of what happened.

The Electronics & Gaming Expo is heading your way at the end of the month, and if you’re keen to keep up to date with what is happening, you can head here.

This past week we welcomed @SARGONDOTA2 to the Zombiegamer crew and he has immediately made an impact with his Dota 2 coverage. You may have missed some of his coverage, so go over and check the following out about what is happening in the local Dota 2 scene at the moment:

Articles from around the local internet about local gaming that you may have missed:


Upcoming Events

A number of ongoing events are still underway currently including the HaloSA tournament, Telkom DGL, Orena’s Ladders, ESEA and more. If you’re looking for something a little more ‘standalone’ then these events might appeal:

  • LANX is one of this weekend’s big events on. The event will feature a LAN, tournaments and vendors and starts at 8am on Thursday 7 July and runs until Sunday. Tickets appear to already be sold out, so the event should be a good one. Additional information can be found here.
  • SA Game Jam is one for the budding (and practicing) developers out there and sees games made in up to 72 hours based around a prescribed theme. Prizes up for grabs total over R15,000 and we suggest interested potential participants head to the event page for more information. The action kicks off Friday.
  • EGE Preloading Event: Friends of Design are hosting a pre-EGE event on Friday at 6:30pm which will be an opportunity to socialise and hear from some of the exhibitors and people behind-the-scenes of the event. In a surprise move, a zombie will take to the stage. If you’re keen to see what happens to a trapped member of the undead, head here.
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal Championships will be hosted at Maritzburg College on Saturday and Sunday. The MSSA event will issue medals and colours to successful participants over eSports and board games. Additional information can be found here.
  • Mall Gaming Experience – also known as the Gigabyte Dota 2 Challenge – hits Cradlestone Mall on Saturday and Sunday for the epic finale which will see the four remaining teams competing for their share of R150,000. You can catch the action live at the venue or via live streams hosted by nAvTV. Details can be found here.
  • A note to Hearthstone players. The expected Weekly Level Up event on Saturday has been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”. The next event for 23 July is still a go currently.

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


Competitions & Giveaways


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Registrations have opened for the second qualifier in the MGMS for Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4.

Last qualifier saw 71 teams competing for the top spot, and the number is expected to match that for this qualifier. Up for grabs is R8,000 in cash and R2,000 in Raru vouchers, with the top two teams securing seed three and four at October’s LAN final where Carbon Astra and Hi5 lay in wait.

Additional information can be found here.

The official tournament webpage is available here.


MSSA

The MSSA has selected and announced the captains of the Protea eSports teams that will represent at IeSF. Jessie Joubert will lead the CS: GO team, with Matthew Smith taking the reigns of the League of Legends team.

You can read more by viewing the press release below.

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Like any other sport, cyber-athletes sink years into preparing for the big one.

The big one comes around  every year in the form of IeSF‘s annual World Championships.

South Africa has a proud record at such World Championships as, not only is the team much liked, the team punches way above its weight.

Even with the poor infrastructure in South Africa, the South African team, through its hard work and dedication is currently ranked 12th in the world.

Thus MSSA is busy going through  the process of selecting its various teams.

MSSA has now finished the selection of the team captains for CounterStrike: GO and League of Legends. The team captains will now participate in the selection of the teams.

The two selected to lead the CounterStrike: GO and League of Legends Protea eSports teams are:

  • CounterStrike: GO – Jessie Joubert
  • League of Legends – Matthew Smith

Jessie Joubert: 

Is currently in Matric in Rondebosch High for which he plays in school championships. In other games, Jessie represents Anteria Gaming.

In 2015, Jessie earned High School Western Cape Colours, Senior Western Cape Colours, High School National Federation Colours as well as Senior National Federation Colours for CounterStrike: GO.

Then in 2016, Jessie received re-awards of High School Western Cape Colours and Senior Western Cape Colours.

Jessie has an unbeaten record in MSSA competition play having never lost a match.

Matthew Smith:

Matthew competes for Tuks Mind Sports Club – an official club based at the University of Pretoria.

In 2015, Matthew earned his Senior Western Cape Colours and was selected to represent South Africa in the Protea Team that officially represented South Africa at IeSF’s 7th World Championships in Seoul. The team came up against very stiff opposition, yet performed better than any other previous South African team.

Matthew too has an unbeaten record in MSSA competition play having never lost a match.

It is in Jessie and Matthew, upon whose broad shoulders, the leadership, inspiration, and skill, that the MSSA put their trust to deliver a great team to participate in IeSF’s  8th World Championships – Jakarta.


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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.

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