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July is the month of expos and high profile tournaments. We don’t discriminate and even the smallest event will get our coverage if we know about.

With the Electronics & Gaming Expo a few weeks away, those interested in participating in the tournaments on the show floor can find all information and links to registrations here. We would also like to bring to your attention that in the BYOC LAN area, Dota 2 and Overwatch will feature as tournaments.

A reminder to local Call of Duty teams on console to sign up for the second qualifier in the Predator MGMS and if you’re interested in finding out more about the ViNCO Gaming team participating, there’s an interview with them here.

When it comes to keeping up with all the scores in the local Dota 2 scene, our resident Dota 2 fanatic SARGONDOTA2 has you covered, and this week, the results from DGL, The Gigabyte Dota 2 Challenge, Eclipse Cup and The Immortal Cup can be found here.

Upcoming Events

There’s not much happening this weekend, but there are a number of ongoing events currently underway including the HaloSA tournament, Telkom DGL, Orena’s Ladders, ESEA, Plan G’s Proving Ground and more.

  • East Coast Tournaments has a Street Fighter V tournament scheduled for 16 July in the Eastern Cape but whether it is going ahead is unclear. I would suggest making contact with the organiser via the options here to confirm the event is still on.
  • Zombiegamer (yes, that’s us) is hosting a pre-EGE FIFA 16 qualifier at Trenchtown on Sunday 17 July. Details can be found here (along with registration options for this event and EGE itself).

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

Competitions & Giveaways

Digital Gaming League MastersTelkom DGL Masters Dota 2

Telkom DGL has announced the dates and details of the Dota 2 tournament leg of the Masters. The event will be held in Johannesburg in partnership with Ster Kinekor Entertainment.

The eight contracted MGOs will be facing off on 22 to 24 July 2016 for their share of R100,000. The tournament will be a single elimination best of three affair with the teams being seeded based on the recent online stage.

The matches will be streamed live and will feature on the Dota 2 Lounge. The schedule for the weekend:

Friday, 22 July

14:00 Bravado Gaming vs. FlipSid3 Tactics South Africa
19:00 Damage Control vs. CarboN eSports

Saturday, 23 July

09:00 Aperture Gaming vs. Xperts@Total.Chaos
14:00 White Rabbit Gaming vs. Veneration E-Sports
19:00 (Bravado Gaming/FlipSid3 Tactics South Africa) vs. (Damage Control/CarboN eSports)

Sunday, 24 July

10:00 (Aperture Gaming/Xperts@Total.Chaos) vs. (White Rabbit Gaming/Veneration E-Sports)
15:00 Grand Final

The prize pool for the Dota 2 tournament is:

  • 1st: R40,000
  • 2nd: R20,000
  • 3rd/4th: R10,000 each
  • 5th/6th/7th/8th: R5,000 each

If you’re wondering what has happened to the much advertised one million Rand, that is going to make an appearance at rAge for both the Counter-Strike and Dota 2.



The results from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Championships

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Driving into Maritzburg College, one is immediately struck by the sight of the imposing buildings which have been meticulously maintained. It is clear that there is a great sense of history, and yet the present has been carefully intertwined.

Thus there was no better place to hold MSSA’s 22nd KwaZulu Natal Championships on 9 & 10 July 2016

Seven clubs from four provinces participated in the event which enormously increased the level of competition and excitement.

With MSSA’s National Team Trials for 2016 having been done on 4 June 2016, the KZN Championships form part of the body of championships that count towards qualifying towards the 2017 National Team Trials. The 2017 National Team Trialsshall be used to select South Africa’s official Protea eSports Team to attend IeSF’s9th World Championships.

The KZN Championships too shall be used by the Provincial Director to select the new KZN Provincial Teams that shall officially represent KwaZulu Natal in the online inter-provincial test matches.

Of course, certain players deserve special mention…

In Checkers, Sonja Brown, of All Stars, Witbank, demonstrated to all that she is not to be trifled with. Having finished in 3rd place at the 2015 SA Nationals, Sonja then finished in second place at the 2016 Gauteng Championships, tie first at the 2016 Mpumulanga Championships and undisputed champion at KwaZulu Natal.

Leonard Loftus, of Masters of eSports, Sasolburg, maintained his form by winning MORTAL KOMBAT™, and STREET FIGHTER V™.

However, the real star of the show was Gregory Haripersad, of Maritzburg College, who won the KZN title in no less than four games, being; Checkers, FIFA ‘16™, PES 2016™, TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT II™. In both Checkers and TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™, Gregory won all the games that he played in order to earn KwaZulu Natal Colours.

The winners are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Checkers – female Sonja Brown All Starts
Checkers Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College KZN Colours
CounterStrike: GO Deadlock Knights Mind Sports Club KZN Colours
FIFA ’16 Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College already awarded
FIFA ’16 – High School Cameron Gold Maritzburg College
FIFA ’16 – Primary School Joel van Wyk Merchiston Prep.
HearthStone Matthew Hoyle Maritzburg College KZN Colours
Mortal Kombat X Leonard Loftus MOeS
PES 2016 – female Sydney Winkler Eastwood Secondary KZN Colours
PES 2016 Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College already awarded
PES 2016 – High School Jason Botha Maritzburg College
Street Fighter V – female Kiara Naiker Saint Annes KZN Colours
Street Fighter V Leonard Loftus MOeS
Tekken Tag Tournament II Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College already awarded

All the players who  have thus earned KZN Provincial Colours are:

Name of players Team/Club Province
Caleb Banks Deadlock – Knights KZN
Kieran Cullum Deadlock – Knights KZN
Samuel – Dean Green Deadlock – Knights KZN
Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College KZN
Matthew Hoyle Maritzburg College KZN
Kiara Naiker St Annes KZN
Dustin Peacock Deadlock – Knights KZN
Stephen van Lennep Deadlock – Knights KZN
Learvene Winkler Knights KZN
Sydney Winkler Eastwood KZN

Photographs of the event may be found on:


MSSA to send team to compete against 468 eSports athletes

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International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) hereby announces that total 479 participants from 37 countries have registered for 1st Entry of the 8the-Sports World Championship Jakarta 2016 (World Championship). 207 participants from 15 countries of Asia, 169 participants from 14 countries of Europe, 39 participants from 3 countries of America, 23 participants from 2 countries of Oceania, and 41 participants from 3 countries of Africa have registered in 1stEntry.

34 countries registered for League of Legends (LoL), 30 countries registered for Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), and 35 countries registered for Hearthstone(HS). South Africa registered a LoL team of 4 men and a woman.

The e-Sports World Championship is the only international e-Sports competition based on nationality. This year’s World Championship will be held together with TAFISA World Games. IeSF plans to portray, during the World Championship, the true values of e-Sports to flourish as content for sports for all and let all younger generation to enjoy. Becoming a part of Sport for all will also be of relevance in the recognition process of SportAccord and IOC.

The 2ndEntry which confirms final entry will be opened from 1st of July until 4th of September. During 2ndEntry, each National Federation conducts National Qualifier and finalizes the participation of national delegates. According to the performance of each National Federation and quality of national qualifying rounds, IeSF will be supporting 200,000 USD for athlete travel.

8the-Sports World Championships 2016 will be held from 6th to 9th of October this year, in Ancol Beach Auditorium, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Participating Countries by official titles

Title Numbers of countries Countries
LoL 34 Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea(South), Macau(China), Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa (MSSA), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam
CS:GO 30 Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipai, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea(South), Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa (MSSA), Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam
HS 35 Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Korea(South), Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa (MSSA), Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam


The State of eSports in South Africa
by Sam Wright

Taken from the panel at ICON 2016.

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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