Can you feel it in the air? Yes, it’s the season of rAge and it looms large over the SA gaming landscape. In the meanwhile, there are plenty of other activities happening that will keep you occupied until the 7th of October.
Here are a few things you may have missed about local activities:
- Zombiegamer: MAG Cup | Qualifier results and Benson joins broadcast Team
- ACGL: MAG Cup Results Wrap Up
- ACGL: Ben ‘Benson’ Bowe join the MAG Cup broadcast team
- Ars Technica: In South Africa, indie games really are punk rock
- Dexerto: Benson To Cast South African CWL Endorsed Event
- GLHF: What We Can Learn From the Overwatch World Cup
- Lazygamer: South Africa could compete at the Call of Duty World League Season 2
- Lazygamer: The rise of a nation: How can South Africa grow its eSports?
- MWEB GameZone: Let’s talk about the ramifications of the Internet Censorship Bill
- MWEB GameZone: Predator MGMS Grand Finals Team Profile: Astra Infinite
- MWEB GameZone: SA PC Gaming: A Look at Physical vs. Digital Prices
- NAG Podcast: Episode 014
- nAvTV Podcast: Episode 44 – 16-09-2016 – Ban France
- Orena: Judge Drag – Evetech Champions League
- Telkom Gaming: South African Shoutcasting: The Beginning
- Telkom Gaming: South African Shoutcasting: The Birth of Local Casting Organisations
- Telkom Gaming: Building Your Brand – How to be Recognised in the Esports Arena
- Telkom Gaming: DGL
- WLU: Sunday Schooled 2 Event Recap
It’s a decent weekend of gaming activities and events around the country. FIFA features heavily, but it certainly isn’t the only thing.
- Gamers Corner LAN starts at 6pm this Friday (23 September) and runs until 9am on Sunday. Entry is R150 per person and the venue and event boasts a 100mbps connection with spots for 60 attendees. Additional details of the Gauteng LAN event can be found here.
- FIFA 16 fans in Sasolburg should head to the Harry Gwala Multi-purpose Centre for their fix of action. The tournament is limited to 16 players and will cost you R50 to play. Up for grabs is cash and more for the top three players. Additional information can be found here.
- MSSA is due to host the Eastern Cape Championships this weekend but the venue and hosting club is still “TBA”. We can only suggest you monitor their Facebook page for updates.
- Plan-G are ensuring that FIFA fans in the Eastern Cape are sorted out this weekend with a tournament at The Neighborhood. Entry is R50 and up for grabs is a copy of FIFA 17. Registrations are from 10:30am on Saturday (24 September) with matches kicking off at 11am. For more, head here.
- Shibobo Live Sessions hosts the third of Saturday’s FIFA tournaments, this time giving players in Gauteng a chance. Head to Discovery Soccer Park in Illovo at 11am and register for kick off at 1pm. Entry is R150 per person and there is a R2,000 cash prize pool up for grabs shared between the top three players. More information is available here.
- FIFA 16 gets love again on Sunday when we zombies host the Cape Town qualifier for ESWC. Entry is R100 and up for grabs are slots (and flights) to Johannesburg to compete in the SA qualifier where the winner secures a slot in Paris later this year. Head to Trenchtown at 12pm and get ready for action. Details, as well as registrations, can be found here.
- Weekly Level Up host the third edition of their Sunday Schooled gaming events at Boston Est.2015. Entry is free and on the cards from 12pm will be a “Public Choice Tournament”, Mortal Kombat X, a “Mystery Tournament”, Gang Beast and Hearthstone. More information can be found on the event page or here.
- Ballistix Masters reaches its climax in their Battlefield 4 tournament this weekend with the third and fourth playoff as well as the final playing out live on stream from 6:30pm on Sunday (25 September). Details can be found here, while the stream will be featured here.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
Competitions & Giveaways
- Geek Node: Geek Node’s 1 Year Anniversary Name The Mascot Competition!
- MWEB GameZone: Win with Acer Predator: Round 2 – Gaming headset and mouse up for grabs
Orena’s Overwatch Champions Series (or #OCS if you’re social media savvy) has returned for season two on PC. Over the season break, a number of South African MGOs have picked up teams in the title, which should make for an even more competitive season than before.
This season also sees a few rule changes including the allowance to boast “up to three international players” in a roster, the use of ‘Competitive mode’ and ‘High Bandwidth mode’, and the fact that eight teams will now qualify for the playoffs after the completion of the ladders.
Up for grabs is R10,000 for the winner and the ladder is now running until 31 October.
You can join the ladder here.
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Overwatch Champions Series #OCS
After a lengthy break, the Orena Overwatch Championship Series is back for Season Two!
Season One saw the rise of a number of South African teams, and players, as the tournament progressed with E.D.E.N not only winning the entire competition but subsequently being picked up by Energy eSports.
During the break, a number of organizations have shown interest in Overwatch. The likes of VnR, Energy, SSG, DC, Ventus, and Reversal, have all been preparing themselves for the next Season, and it couldn’t come any sooner.
Monday, September 19th, Cape Town – Orena, in partnership with Steelseries,Megarom, and Blizzard Entertainment, will once again bring you Season 2 of the Orena Championship Series with a R10 000 winner takes all prize pool, as well as awesome giveaways for fans and followers.
It’s important to note that Season 2 has two significant changes.
- Teams will now be able to have up to three international players in their roster who can compete.
- Teams will now have 24 hours to submit their scores once a ladder match has been complete. If either team fails to submit their score or agree on the score of a match, the admin will investigate and decided the outcome accordingly based on evidence at hand.
- Teams will now make use of Blizzard’s Competitive mode within the match lobby. This includes the three previously banned maps: Hanamura, Volskaya Industries, and Temple of Anubis. Payload maps will still make use of the Stopwatch mode, meaning that teams will have to beat their opponents times when on Attack.
- High Bandwidth mode must be enabled for every match.
- Eight teams will now move on to the playoffs, as opposed to the original four.
The Ladder opens today and will run until the 31st of October where the playoffs will begin. It’s important that teams note that a Ladder promotes teams who play the most, thus regular challenges (and wins) will aid your team in the climb to the top.
- Game Arena: Orena’s Overwatch Champions Series Season 2
- Lazygamer: Orena’s Season 2 of the Overwatch Championship Ladder brings welcomed changes
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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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