SA Gaming News Wrap

Never assume it is quiet in South Africa. There’s always something gaming related happening, and you are most likely to find it listed here.


canal-walk-gaming-expo_02Upcoming Events

A good weekend of action lies ahead for South African gamers.

  • The Canal Walk Gaming Expo is already underway and features cosplay, PlayStation VR, games (games and more games) and the Kwesé Sports FIFA tournament. The expo runs until 30 October and is free to enter. Keep up to date with details here.
  • Gamers Corner LAN starts on Friday (28 October) and runs until Sunday in the Gauteng region. Entrance is R150 per person and seats are limited to 60. You can find out more here.
  • The MSSA have the Limpopo Provincial Championships listed for this weekend, but seems that they may not be happening as no additional details are available via their Facebook page. The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
  • WLU Sunday Schooled 4 is at Boston Est.2015 in Cape Town this Sunday and it is a VR edition of the now regular event. Also happening from 1:30pm will be a Hearthstone tournament and a ‘mystery’ tournament. You can get the information you need on the event page.
  • The Battlefield 4 ROG Carnage Cup concludes this Sunday with the loser’s bracket final at 4pm and the grand finals at 7pm – both matches will be live via the Orena Twitch channel.

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


Competitions & Giveaways


bravado-gaming_eswc_01ESWC 2016

Bravado Gaming and FIFA player Sattar Hoosein are in Paris to compete in the ESWC tournament. We would like to wish them all the very best and we will be keeping you as up to date as possible with their progress.

In the meanwhile, Bravado released this clip from their excursion in the city of Paris and their bootcamp before the battles commence.

You can also keep tabs on both parties via their respective brackets for the tournaments:

If you’re looking for live CS: GO action, some of it will be available via Orena’s Twitch channel.


Gaming Battle Ground_02Gaming Battle Ground

Local tournament platform Gaming Battle Ground (or GBG if you want to keep things short and sharp) has had a successful outing at the EIG Expo in Berlin, Germany. The platform is likely to see investment from one of a number venture capitalists that showed interest after GBG finished in the top five of the competition.

In the meanwhile, we suppose it is best to get acquainted with what the tournament site now and what it offers before the rest of the world takes over.

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South African gaming startup trumps hundreds of hopefuls in international pitch contest

26 October 2016, Cape Town – A new local eSports platform has placed the South African gaming scene under the international investment spotlight in front of the world’s top tech investors.

Estimated to be a billion dollar industry, eSports is fast becoming one of the biggest sports in the world and one of the hottest new tech investment focus areas. Recognising this opportunity, Gaming Battle Ground (GBG) pitched to investors at the EIG Expo Startup Launch Pad in Berlin, Germany. GBG was the only South African gaming startup to make it into the top five of the competition, beating out hundreds of other hopefuls for the opportunity to deliver a seven minute pitch to the gaming world’s top experts and investors. While not the overall winner, GBG was the top eSports contender in the competition.

Led by panel chair Melissa Blau, Director of iGaming Capital, the judging panel of the competition consisted of Jon Bradford, the ex-MD of Techstars, Mark Blandford of Burlywood Capital, Evan Hoff of Velo Partners, Carla Maree Vella, CEO of Optimizer Invest, Chris North of GamCrowd and Ewa Bakun of Clarion Events. Hoff was particularly impressed with the startup and told the audience that GBG was a great investment.

After the event GBG was approached by several interested venture capitalists and will be negotiating with a number of them in the coming weeks.

GBG is a South African gaming startup that was beta launched earlier this year and that has completed its seed round of investment. GBG allows gamers and brands to organise their own tournaments, presented its business model to a panel of top industry experts and investors at the expo.

“That GBG was even invited to the EIG Expo’s Startup launchpad is a significant achievement and validation. It tells the global community that the South African gaming and eSports industries are highly innovative, competitive and investment-worthy. Gaming is big business and is supported by an estimated 1.7 billion gamers worldwide. And the exciting thing is that South African gaming startups are now amongst the most noteworthy new entrants into this market,” said local gaming expert Gareth Woods, a professional Dota2 commentator and gaming expert.

In South Africa and globally more than 70% of the gaming market are millenials between the ages of 18 and 30, who spend a large portion of their disposable income on bandwidth, hardware, software and internet-enabled devices. eSports has grown so significantly in popularity, its tournaments now fill entire football stadia, its top stars earn up to US$20m in prize money for major tournaments, and its most popular live-streaming platform Twitch now outperforms YouTube. In the US, it is now the second most popular sport after NFL football, and globally the eSports audience has tripled in size between 2013 and 2016, from 71.5m to 226m people. Woods shared these figures at the inaugural eSports Branding Summit in Johannesburg last week.

Woods commented that GBG was well-positioned to capitalise on the growth of this industry because it was giving local gamers unprecedented power to arrange their own professional tournaments, earning not only entry fees for the organisers but prize money for competitors. “Previously big tournaments were arranged by big corporates, but now, the tournament scene is for gamers by gamers. That’s a significant incentive for local players to build up and professionalise the industry – and ultimately this shift in the industry will help to legitimise eSports in South Africa and to make our local industry more globally competitive,” said Woods.

The GBG platform allows players to earn rewards through competing in eight games including Starcraft 2, DOTA 2, League of Legends and CS:GO. Players pick their own dates and games to set tournaments in motion.

Not new to the competition space, GBG was the winning startup in a recent Croatian gaming startup accelerator programme, and its online platform www.https://www.gamingbattleground.co.za/ has been lauded by local gaming experts such as Woods, Masters Series Champion Travis Waters, professional CS:GO player Trevor Morley and others.

Changing the game

GBG is the first platform of its kind – sporting its very own messaging platform, crypto-currency and national leaderboards – to empower the local gaming community to bring more amateur gamers into the professional leagues and ultimately help legitimise the growing eSports market in SA.

“We’re very proud of the platform and how well it performed at EIG. It’s an important affirmation that we are on the right track and offering the market something it needs. We are very excited about the future of competitive eSports in SA and we hope that platforms like GBG will take the local scene to the next level,” South African founder Greg Hamilton Stevens said from Germany.

The tech entrepreneur and avid gamer spent more than a decade working in the gaming startup scene in the US including Silicon Valley and recently returned to SA to focus on GBG after spending the past two years developing the platform with his Croatian business partner and a team of developers.

The EIG Expo, which took place from 18-20 October in Berlin, is widely regarded as the most authoritative gaming expo in the world and attracts delegates from more than 80 countries.


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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