Every week we try to come up with a snappy, clever or workable introduction to the SA Gaming News Wrap. 171 editions in, we’re pretty much out of ideas. So here’s the weekly SA Gaming News Wrap.
Some local articles from elsewhere that you may have missed:
- Zombiegamer: Ster Kinekor have really come to the Playstation VR party!
- Brainwavez: Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
- Capegate: Christmas Gaming Gifts
- Geek Node: Watch_Dogs 2 Launch In Pictures
- Geek Node: Podcast 29: The Brotherhood Games!
- GLHF: What It Takes To Run A Masters Level MGO
- Lazygamer: Next week, you’ll be able to buy an Xbox One bundle for R3999
- Lazygamer: PlayStation VR will cost R6499 when it launches in SA on January 24
- MWEB GameZone: Watch Dogs 2 SA launch – You have the right to know
- MWEB GameZone: Most affordable 4K TVs you can buy in South Africa for your PS4 Pro
- MWEB GameZone: PlayStation VR South African launch date and games lineup
- MWEB GameZone: #StayinAlive at the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Launch Party
- MWEB GameZone: Win R1 million to a develop a game that is uniquely South African
- MWEB GameZone: About being a female in a male dominated game – Dota 2
- NAG: PlayStation VR launches in South Africa in 2017
- NAG: Podcast: Episode 021
- NAG: Local initiative Serious About Games is giving away R1 million in funding for a local “civic engagement” game development project
- SA Gamer: All you need to know about PSVR’s launch in South Africa
- SA Gamer: Local indie gaming just got serious with R1-million prize
The only activity scheduled for this weekend is the PES Society’s Pro Evo 2017 Tournament on PlayStation 4. Entry is R60 at Lounge Relax Play in Canal Walk and up for grabs is R1,000 in cash. The kick off is at 12pm but make sure you are there at 11am to register.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
Competitions & Giveaways
- Lazygamer: Win a DedSecsy Watch Dogs 2 hamper, including a Wrench figurine and a copy of the game!
- SA Gamer: Free Games Vrydag! Watch Dogs 2 (PS4/XBO)
Someone is always asking us why there are no tournaments happening in South Africa. Obviously some people need to be relieved of their brain but in case you were wondering there have been plenty of tournament hosts operating for years, but recently there has been a number of new additions to the scene and if you’re looking for some online (console) competitive gaming, hit up the following *newer* organisations on the scene.
Call of Duty
- Gamers Connect
- Gamers Connect have a 4v4 Infinite Warfare Variant planned for this weekend (19 November). The online tournament has a $5 entry fee per team with all entry fees going towards prizes. Details can be found here.
- SA COD Tournaments
If you’re looking for some Halo 5 action, then don’t forget that HaloSA is running their 4v4 league. Registrations are open and the action starts on 1 December. Details and sign-ups here.
SA Call of Duty
OK, let’s just call it roster mania, because everyone else does….
If you noted a hint of sarcasm in this undead voice, you are very astute. I am not a fan of the constant team changes – both players and team names – that happen in the competitive console scene. Stability is the real key to growth. That being said, it makes for interesting news in the quiet periods, so here are some key team announcements recently:
— ViNCO Gaming (@ViNCO_Gaming) November 14, 2016
— ViNCO Gaming (@ViNCO_Gaming) November 14, 2016
— RoyaL Esports ZA (@RoyaL_eSportsZA) November 12, 2016
ViNCO Gaming have announced a development program to help up-and-coming Call of Duty console players learn from the experienced players in the local scene.
Think the Gamers In Beta program hosted via MWEB GameZone a few years back but with a yellow twist.
Xbox One S in SA
The Xbox One S will land on our sunny shores in the first quarter of 2017. And that is all we know for now.
— Xbox South Africa (@XboxZA) November 15, 2016
The team behind local game Jengo is looking for some voice-over artists to start bringing the characters to life.
If you have the face for radio and can project a variety of dialects to boot, then this may be the opportunity for you.
Details of how you can go about submitting your application can be found here.
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The Robot Wizard team have been hard at work over the last few months. The team have received a lot of support locally and internationally, it’s really helping to fuel our passion to push harder to get our game completed.
Jengo is shaping up rather well, and we are incredibly proud to announce that ACER have sponsored us with two ACER Predator 17 laptops. These devices will really help us develop on-the-go and with the raw power they offer, it helps us test a lot of our tech in real-time.
As for Jengo itself, the team have been flooded with requests from locals who want to get involved in the game’s voice-over process.
Unfortunately we had to decline those offers as we had not arrived at that point in development yet.
But… we are incredibly excited to announce that from today we are now ready to start planning our voice talent for Episode One! We have included a sheet with our current character cast for the first episode, so if anyone is interested in getting involved they can watch our latest developer diary here – https://youtu.be/s3Cnct1XfPw
Since Jengo is going out to an international audience all talent needs to keep the following in mind:
- Robot Wizard are looking for international dialects, so if you are British, American and Scottish (to mention a few) or really great at putting on an accent, then please make sure to include that in your audition reel.
- If you manage to land a main character role you will need to make yourself available for all of the episodes of Jengo. This will be disclosed to you in your sign-up contract.
- Being able to appear on camera is a plus but not crucial to you landing your role.
We look forward to bringing on passionate talent with the hopes of them being exposed internationally.
Aside from that, the team have also been putting out a great selection of art to liven up your desktop – they can be found below:
Our latest wallpaper (please can you use this as key art if you write an article)
Check out our latest Developer Diary here – https://youtu.be/s3Cnct1XfPw
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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