It’s been a pretty busy week in the local scene with the Mega8 Dota 2 Invitational, Orena’s Overwatch Finals and the MSSA National Championships all kicking off – and in the majority of cases – finishing this past weekend. The ACGL XP Fest is also now underway.
With the holiday season looming, it seems the rage is sales and discounts, but there are other activities happening too. Check below for more. But let’s first start with other articles that you may have missed elsewhere.
- ACGL: XP Festival Announced
- Game Arena: Loot’s Christmas 2016 Gaming Sale Is Now On
- Geek Node: The Launch Event of CC Entertainment
- Ghost ZA: ACGL XP Festival
- GLHF: 2017 Telkom DGL Masters Predictions with HellbirD
- Lazygamer: ACGL announce XP Fest – a fun end to a great year
- MWEB GameZone: ACGL announces festive season tournaments for PC, Xbox One and PS4
- MWEB GameZone: Orena #OCS Season 2: Expect the Unexpected
- NAG: Podcast: Episode 024
- Tech Girl: Xbox South Africa Club brings local Xbox players together
- Telkom Gaming: DGL
XP Fest by ACGL pretty much has something happening every day until 22 December, but there are other activities too.
- Orena are streaming the Overwatch Champions Series finals tonight at 7:30pm. You can catch the action live on their Twitch channel.
- Raru will be holding their final sale of the year with a one day only sale from 8am to 8pm on Friday 9 December. Discounts will be up to 70% on selected items.
- Upcoming Xbox Playdates on Xbox One:
- 9 December: EA Sports UFC 2
- 15 December: Halo 5: Guardians
- 16 December: Rocket League
- For more on Xbox Playdates ZA head here.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
- 29 April to 1 May 2017: FanCon
- 28 to 30 July 2017: EGE
Competitions & Giveaways
The wait (for PC players only we assume but it has been suggested otherwise) should be over early next year when DICE rolls out Battlefield 1 servers for South Africa (and Middle East and Hong Kong) in “early 2017”.
The news was revealed on a Battlefield forum post with very little additional details on the meaty logistics of it all.
- Game Arena: South Africa Will Get Battlefield 1 Servers
- Lazygamer: South Africa to get Battlefield servers in 2017
- MWEB GameZone: South Africa is getting local Battlefield 1 servers
- NAG: South Africa is getting local Battlefield servers next year
- SA Gamer: Battlefield 1 servers heading to SA early 2017
Xbox South Africa has decided to extend the Black Friday specials on their Xbox One bundles over the festive season. You can pick up a 500GB Xbox One with a copy of FIFA 17 or Gears of War 4 or Battlefield 1 (or other titles) for only R3,999 at selected retailers.
If you want more hard drive space then you can get a 1TB bundle for R4,999.
Titles vary per retailer which includes Raru, BT Games, CNA, Game, Incredible Connection, Musica, Takealot and more. The offer looks set to run until 25 December 2016.
Local distributor of Xbox (and more), Prima Interactive is running a campaign for local Xbox Live subscribers. If you activate a new 3 or 12 month subscription between now and 31 January 2017, you can get a R100 or R200 Xbox Gift Card.
You need to follow the instructions below [via Prima Interactive]:
1.) Activate you 3 Months or 12 Months live.
2.) Forward your activation email received from Microsoft to firstname.lastname@example.org
3.) Prima Interactive will send the customer a FREE gift card
Activation email – This is the email that you will receive from Microsoft once you have redeemed your Live Gold Subscription. Date of email will need to be valid within the campaign dates.
If you redeem a 3 Month Live Gold Subscription we will send you an R100 Xbox Gift Card (Code to be sent via email.)
If you redeem a 12 Month Live Gold Subscription, we will send you an R200 Xbox Gift Card (Code to be sent via email.)
Sony and PlayStation South Africa have announced two ‘Festive Deals’ on PlayStation 4 this December.
The first starts on 9 December and runs until 14 December and offers FIFA 17 free those that buy a standalone or bundled PS4.
This special will then be followed by a new one from 15 to 24 December that sees the 500GB PS4 available for R3,999.99. These specials will be available via selected stores (both online and physical). If you’re looking to buy online please consider buying via our affiliate Raru.
Don’t forget that today (7 December) sees the arrival of the PS4 Pro in South Africa for a recommended retail price of R6,999.
- Lazygamer: Grab a PlayStation 4 for R3999 this holiday
- SA Gamer: In the market for a PS4? It’s selling for R3999 in December
Bravado Gaming has partnered with Global Assembly Marketing E-Sports (GAMeS), which marks the first “African eSports organization has signed on with a major agency.”
GAMeS will be representing Bravado for all “future initiatives” including new individual or corporate partnerships. GAMeS will work on helping Bravado capitalie its brand value and assist with expansion in both domestic and international markets.
This will see United States teams added to the ranks of the already active local Dota 2 and Counter-Strike teams.
The MSSA hosted the National Championships and its AGM this past weekend, and while the Championships “were successful”, some observers will be more interested in the announcement that the MSSA has a new president, and her name is Morizane Boyes.
Sticking with the MSSA activities from this past weekend, the results of the National Championships have been released and sees another “success” with players from six provinces represented across multiple titles.
Photos from the tournament can be viewed here.
The winners are:
|Title||Name of player/team||Club||Colours awarded|
|Ancients wargames||Colin Webster||Old Edwardian Wargames Club|
|Ancients wargames – Handicaps||Terence Allwright||Old Edwardian Wargames Club|
|Checkers||Khahliso Malape||Fakkel School|
|Checkers||Lucille Brown||All Stars|
|CounterStrike: GO||VxP Knights||VexxedPhoenix||National Colours|
|CounterStrike: GO – female||Wolfpack||Knights Mind Sports Club||National Colours|
|CounterStrike: GO – High School||K1IIJOYS||BNKR|
|DotA 2||Titans||VexxedPhoenix||National Colours|
|FIFA ‘16||Khahliso Malape||Fakkel School||National Colours|
|FIFA ‘16 – female||Jolene Bico||BNKR||National Colours|
|FIFA ‘16 – High Schooll||Kamohelo Tladi||Fakkel School|
|Hearthstone||Kelvin Yang||Northcliff High School||National Colours|
|League of Legends||Fuzz Logic||VexxedPhoenix||National Colours|
|League of Legends – High School||K1IIJOYS||Hoerskool Generaal Hertzog|
|Morabaraba||Johannes Mokua||All Stars||National Colours|
|Morabaraba (female)||Nombulelo Gavin||Fakkel School||National Colours|
|Morabaraba – High School||Mukha Masheleni||Fakkel School|
|Mortal Kombat X||Kyle Chan Some||Northcliff High School||National Colours|
|Mortal Kombat X (female)||Leone Loftus||Fakkel||National Colours|
|Robyn Gertzer||Teutonic Knights||National Colours|
|PES 2016||Richard Ferreira||Fakkel School||National Colours|
|PES 2016 (female)||Leone Loftus||Fakkel School|
|Street Fighter V||Leonard Loftus||Masters of Mind Sports||National Colours|
|Street Fighter V (female)||Sune Van Der Merwe||HTS Witbank||National Colours|
|Tekken Tag Tournament II||Gawie Fick||Fakkel School||National Colours|
|Tekken Tag Tournament II (female)||Nadine Swart||HTS Witbank||National Colours|
|Tekken Tag Tournament II – High School||Waldo Joubert||BNKR|
|Jan-Hendrik Van Aswegen||BNKR|
|StarCraft II||Aidan Smale||Old Edwardian Wargames Club||National Colours|
Keen to give virtual reality a try this summer? Then Virtualworld in Stadium on Main in Claremont, Cape Town have a special for you.
For R250, two people can share an hour slot at the venue, or if you feel particularly selfish, you can spend the entire hour there by yourself (and suffer the consequences of your actions on your own afterwards…).
The special is available Monday to Friday but as to when it actually ends is unclear.
Virtualworld can be found at Shop G09, Stadium on Main, Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa.
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