Another week has passed full of ups and downs and all sorts of shenanigans in the local gaming and esports scene.
Before we jump into everything else, we urge you to go and support the Kickstarter for locally developed title Beautiful Desolation. It’s around R20,000 short of its target at the time of writing.
The news from elsewhere around the local internet about local gaming:
- Zombiegamer: ACGL announces the Overwatch Festival
- Zombiegamer: DGL Masters increases prize pool, adds FIFA
- Zombiegamer: South African esports | Weekly Schedule (06 – 12 February 2017)
- Zombiegamer: Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) | Emerald Showdown Grand Finals Results
- Zombiegamer: Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) | Masters DotA2 Round 2 Results
- ACGL: Overwatch Festival Announced
- ACGL: For Honor Open Beta Tournament
- ACGL: Top 5 Introduced for FIFA 17
- ACGL: ACGL Top 5 Plays of the Month | January
- Critical Hit: African Cyber Gaming League announces Overwatch Festival Tournament
- Critical Hit: Telkom DGL announce R1.5 million Masters
- Esports with ZDrag: Professionalism in local CS:GO
- Geek Node: ACGL Announces the Overwatch Festival
- GLHF: The Importance of Console in SA Esports
- HTXT: There are more South African videogames characters than you think
- Kosta Games: [Photos] FIFA 17 Tournament 04.02.17
- Memeburn: 20 SA game development personalities to follow on Twitter [Digital All Stars]
- MWEB GameZone: All SA gamers invited to the three-week long Overwatch Festival
- MWEB GameZone: Telkom pledges R1.5 million cash pool for 2017’s Masters Series
- MWEB GameZone: BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION brings a piece of Africa to gaming
- NAG: Podcast: Episode 29
- Telkom Gaming: DGL
Alongside the upcoming single events, Telkom DGL continues with the Masters Leg 1, the DGL Leg 1 and the Emerald Series. If you’re not involved with any of those, maybe you could consider these:
- Xbox Playdates ZA has Titanfall 2 on the agenda tonight (Thursday 9 February) from 8pm. Take on and down some fellow South Africans and their Titans. More information is available here.
- Hearthstone Winter Playoffs are on this weekend from 10am Friday (10 February) until 5pm on Sunday. The tournament and other related activities will be hosted at The Campus in Bryanston. Head to the event page for more.
- MSSA Online Inter-School Championship is happening this Saturday (11 February) from 9am. Interested and registered schools will need to contact MSSA for more.
- ACGL are hosting a For Honor tournament during the game’s open beta. Up for grabs are copies of the game and merchandise. The action starts at 2pm on Sunday and interested participants can head here for more information.
- Make Games SA is hosting a meetup in Johannesburg (Microsoft SA offices) on Tuesday 14 February. The event kicks off at 6:30pm and is free to attend. Details can be found on the event page.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
- 27 to 29 April 2017: rAge Cape Town
- 29 April to 1 May 2017: FanCon
- 28 to 30 July 2017: EGE
- 6 to 8 October 2017: rAge JHB
- More 2017 Gaming and Geek Expos can be found here.
Competitions & Giveaways
- Critical Hit: WIN! We’re giving away an Overwatch Collector’s Edition for PS4
- Raru: Vote for your most anticipated Game of 2017 and you could WIN a Xbox One 500GB White Console
- SA Gamer: FREE GAMES VRYDAG – Yakuza 0 (PS4)
Vinco Gaming reboot Academy
Vinco Gaming have announced the reboot of their Call of Duty academy which will set out to help players and casters alike to learn from some veteran campaigners in the local competitive console scene.
— ViNCO Gaming (@ViNCO_Gaming) February 8, 2017
Kosta Games to host online league
FIFA 17 players are a little spoilt at the moment with the amount of tournaments happening. Kosta Games are heading online for their next tournament. Registrations are R125 per player and are open until 17 February 2017.
Afternoon GamersWe have something something that will keep you entertained while you wait for the next Live Session….
Shibobo season 17 registrations open
One of South Africa’s longest running online FIFA operators will be hosting their 17th tournament season from 20 February 2017. Registrations are open until 17 February 2017 at R150 per player.
— Shibobo Gaming (@ShiboboFifa) February 8, 2017
Acer has announced a “operational partnership with The Nexus,” based in Randburg. The partnership introduces the Predator Experience Room which allows the public to get their hands on the Acer Predator 21 X and other Predator products.
What’s the Predator 21 X? It’s the “world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display”. It will cost you a small fortune so the opportunity to try before you buy is nice, but we’d suggest the buying is unlikely.
The Predator Experience Room is open daily from 9am.
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Acer and The Nexus Launch Exclusive Experience Room
– Gaming enthusiasts can now visit the Acer Experience Room at The Nexus gaming hub to get a first-hand sense of the latest gear in the Predator Gaming series –
JOHANNESBURG, (Feb. 9, 2017) Acer has announced the operational partnership with The Nexus, a community hub located in Ferndale, Randburg. One of the key features in the partnership is the introduction of the Predator Experience Room where the public will be able to test the award-winning Acer Predator 21 X – the world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate).
The Predator Experience Room will be filled with all the latest gaming gear from the Predator stable like Predator 17 X, G6 Desktop, Z35 Monitor, and the highly anticipated Predator 21 X gaming laptop fresh from its global launch at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. “Being able to utilise The Nexus platform to introduce the Predator series to the public and all our gaming affiliates will contribute to our immersive product offering and the premium Acer experience,” says Paul Collins Acer Country Manager.
Located in the Experience Wing of The Nexus, The Predator Experience Room will be open to the public for the next five months. Visitors will also be able to purchase some of the merchandise directly from The Nexus. In addition, The Nexus also boasts a LAN and eSports space, a play hall for board gaming and trading card gamies and The Nexus Café, serving up some of the best burgers in Johannesburg. “The Nexus is a one of a kind social retail experience and we have been fortunate enough to have strong partners like Acer on board to assist us in the launch phase.”
The Nexus hub is open daily from 09:00 and The Predator Experience Room will be open to public from 9 February 2017.
Price and Availability
The refreshed Predator 17 X will be available in the South Africa with recommended prices starting at R 49,999.00.
The refreshed G6 Desktop will be available in the South Africa with recommended prices starting at R 29,999.00.
The Z35 Monitor will be available in the South Africa with recommended prices starting at R 17,999.00.
The G9 17” Notebook will be available in the South Africa with recommended prices starting at R 39,999.00.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.
ASUS South Africa is looking for pictures of your PC (we’d guess with ASUS parts) to feature on their social media as part of their #modmondays.
We suggest heading here to make contact.
If you’re looking to get into game develop in South Africa, Friends of Design (Academy of Digital Arts) offer a ‘Higher Certificate in Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment’ which is currently still taking applicants for 2017.
Details on the course and what it offers (as well as the link to apply) can be found here.
Locally developed game Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale will release on 14 February 2017 via Steam for PC and Mac. It will be priced at R109, and will launch with a 10% discount.
The game has been developed by South African studio Zero Degrees Games and is a a first-person thriller adventure game set on an abandoned farm in the eastern Free State, South Africa.
The press release goes on to say:
Players take on the role of struggling writer Peter York who finds himself trapped in the area. In your bid for freedom, you’ll need to keep your wits together as you explore the bleak landscape and uncover (and maybe even solve) the many mysteries that lie in dark corners.
Among the Innocent is the first of five games, together The Stricken Tales, which will form an expansive narrative across multiple decades, characters, and stories both individual and connected. Each game is inspired by a stage in the Kübler-Ross model for dealing with grief and loss, and will challenge players in unique ways while retaining a core of classic adventure gaming and dark aesthetics.
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