SA Gaming News Wrap

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.


Upcoming Events

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:


Competitions & Giveaways


Local Battlefield 1 Servers in 2017

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.

Coverage Elsewhere:


xbox-festive-deal-2016_01Xbox One Bundles Discounted in SA

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.

Coverage Elsewhere:


xbox_redeem_01Xbox SA Live Campaign

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 live@primainteractive.co.za

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.)


PS4_BoxSA PlayStation Deals This Holiday Season

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.

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SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES

MASSIVE FESTIVE DEALS ON PLAYSTATION®4 THIS DECEMBER 

Johannesburg, 6th December, 2016 – Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced two amazing promotions on PlayStation 4® available in South Africa this December.

The first promotion will commence from 9th to 14th December offering consumers who purchase any standalone or bundled PS4, a FREE copy of EA Sports™ FIFA 17 on PS4 resulting in a saving of up to R1200.00.

Immediately following this consumers will be able to pick up the brand new standalone PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system with a 500GB HDD at an astonishing R3999.99* from 15th-24th December.

Both offers will be available at select Animeworx, BT Games, C.N.A, Dion Wired, Game4U, Game, Incredible Connection, Musica, Makro, Raru, Takealot.com, ToysRus and Toyzone stores while stocks last.

Save the dates and prepare to explore the world of PlayStation 4.

Coverage Elsewhere:


Bravado_Logo_01Bravado Gaming Partners With GAMeS

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.

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The Official Press Release

29 November 2016 – Global Assembly Marketing eSports (GAMeS) today announced it has signed eSports organization Bravado Gaming for global representation, focusing on marketing and endorsement opportunities. This announcement marks the first time an African eSports organization has signed on with a major agency.

Recognized as the top eSports organization in Africa, Bravado Gaming is sponsored by brands including Intel, Alienware and Dell Computers.  Bravado Gaming currently fields teams in DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.  GAMeS will work with Bravado Gaming in capitalizing on its brand value and expanding both domestically and internationally, where it’s increasingly being recognized as one of the teams to watch globally.

Bravado has offices in South Africa and plans on  launching an international office and teams in the United States, sometime in the future.  In 2016 alone Bravado’s Dota 2 and CS:GO teams have secured top finishes in DGL Masters Finale, MWEB MGMS Finals and WESG Dubai Qualifiers and will be traveling in January 2017 to the United States to compete in the ESEA Season 23 Mountain Dew Global LAN challenge taking place at the ESL Studios in Burbank, California; and the WESG in Shanghai, China.

As we look to grow our portfolio it was imperative to be with the best of the best.  Bravado undoubtedly is one of the most successful and best managed teams globally.  As we expand our agency both domestically and internationally, we look forward to working with Andreas and Bravado Gaming in that quest, says Mlondi Mashinini, Managing Director GAMeS.

The eSports industry has gained global popularity in recent years, with global revenue set to pass $1B in 2017 and entertaining an audience of over 300 million eSports sports enthusiasts world wide; and is becoming one of the hottest areas of opportunity in the marketing world.

I met Mlondi and Earl at the eSports Branding Summit and immediately looked to join their agency to expand our business.  Their experience and skill set in traditional sports management from working with Real Madrid, National Football League, Sony Sports Marketing and FIFA is something I’ve identified as a key factor in accelerating our pace of growth, states Andreas Hadjipaschali, Director, Bravado Gaming.

Earlier this year, GAMeS in partnership with rAge Expo launched the first eSports Branding Summit in Africa.  The summit focused on insights and opportunities surrounding eSports where leaders, visionaries and experts from across the eSports landscape lead talks and panels about the growth of industry and the implications for the continent of Africa.

Coverage Elsewhere:


boyes_01MSSA Has a New President

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.

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MSSA held its 33rd Annual General Meeting on 4 December 2016 directly after the close of the South African National Championships.

To say that the South African National Championships were successful is an understatement, however, it was only a forerunner of the incredible changes that occurred at the SA National Championships.

In terms of the elections, the winds of change swept in and left MSSA to have a new vitalised committee that far better reflects South African society than before.

Six out of the 13 Board positions are now held by women, with Morizane Boyes having moved up from the Women’s Desk to now be the President of MSSA.

Morizane is a veteran gamer and has earned Protea Colours in 2014 when she represented South Africa at IeSF’s 5th World Championships – Baku, as well as being the first female to ever referee an accredited online test match.

The rest of the Board consists of:

President Morizane Boyes (BNKR)
Vice- Presidents James Evans (Knights Mind Sports Club)
Jessie Joubert (Rondebosch Boys)
Sheraaz Nunnian (Eastern Cape eSports)
Adele Janse van Rensburg (Vexxed Phoenix)
GENERAL SECRETARY Colin Webster (Old Edwardian Wargames Club)
WOMEN’S DESK: Blair Hamberger (Knights Mind Sports Club)
BOARD-GAMING REPRESENTATIVE Joseph Matlhong (NWU Vaal Mind Sports)
CARD-GAMING REPRESENTATIVE Paula Loftus (Masters of Mind Sports)
COMPUTER-GAMING REPRESENTATIVE: Ryan Boyes (BNKR)
NATIONAL SCHOOLS DIRECTOR: Stephanie Craig (Jeppe Boys)
LEGAL ADVISOR Carl Holliday (PBHS)
DISABLED GAMER’S REPRESENTATIVE Twane Tollemache (BNKR)
PLAYER’S REPRESENTATIVE Jason Batzofin (St John’s College)

There is no doubt that the new Board is all fired-up to deal with whatever is thrown at it.

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.

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MSSA’s 30th National Championships once again hosted by HTS Witbank was indeed a success.

Thanks must be extended to HTS Witbank, Morizane Boyes and the Mpumulanga Provincial Director, Mr. Louis Brown.

The championship attracted players from the majority of provinces. Players attended from 6 provinces.

More importantly the number of female participation grew exponentially with women competing in 10 out of the 12 games offered. The SA Nationals is thus now the championship that has more female participation than any other championship held in South Africa, and ranks among the top championships in the world for such.

Players thus battled it out to not only to earn the title of South African Champion, but also to earn National Federation Colours and the right to fight for a place in the 2017 National Team Trials that will ultimately deliver a team to IeSF’s 2017 9th World Championships.

The championship delivered a number of surprises. Most notable of the surprise results were to be found in the CounterStrike, FIFA, and HearthStone titles.

In CounterStrike, the newly formed VexxedPhoenix team smashed the opposition to take first place.

The all female team, Team Wolfpack, too delivered outstanding performances  to take 1st place in the women’s division.

A challenger from Fakkel School in Sasolburg, by the name of Khahliso Malape, emerged as the winner. However, Jolene Bico maintained her position as the female South African champion.

HearthStone too showed a new challenger coming to the fore. Kelvin Yang (Northcliff High School) waltzed home to take the title of South African champion and earn himself a position in the 2017 National Team Trials.

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

virtualworld_01Virtualworld

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.


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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