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There never seems to be a week now without any sort of South African gaming action going on somewhere. This week it’s local and international in flavour.

The EFL

On Sunday, 20 players (well, 18 in the end) descended upon Fives Futbol in Century City, Cape Town. The plan was not play real football however, but the virtual kind, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a passionate and competitive affair.

The EFL concept (for those that don’t know) is to randomly assign British Premier League teams to participants and play half a season of the league in one day. Points are awarded (or not, if you lose) and the winners decided after a grueling 190 matches are done.

The first EFL of the FIFA 14 era proved to be an exceptionally tight affair with the top ten teams ending within eight points of each other.However, it may surprise many to see Norwich win a league of any sort, but it was thanks to Aziz Hendricks and his consistency that the Canaries came out on top with Manchester United (played by Jayson Morgan) ending one point adrift in second place. Chelsea (played by Asheer Dollie) ended two points behind United after being well placed for a major portion of the season to take the title.

Players were also awarded prizes and medals for the following:

  • Golden Boot: Asheer Dollie (Chelsea)
  • Golden Glove: Cristiano dos Ramos (Tottenham Hotspurs)
  • Player’s Player: Roger Adamson (West Bromwich Albion)

Photos from the event can be found in our Facebook Album.

EFL Oct Log Standings

 

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ESWCESWC

South Africa has three representatives at ESWC in France this year. For the FIFA 14 event, two players are present – Zaid Patel and Irshaad Mohomed – while Energy eSports represents South Africa in Dota 2.

The tournament runs from 30 October until 3 November as part of Paris Games Week.

To keep up with the players, and to watch the live streams, head here.

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Protea Team for IeSF

The Protea eSports team is at the fifth IeSF World championships in Bucharest, Romania thanks to the support given of MWEB and ROCCAT.

The team is “the largest eSports team that has ever departed from South Africa to play at a IeSF event,” according to the press release. The team is made up of a League of Legends team (“the first foray ever for a South African “League of Legends” team to foreign shores”) and two ladies who will be playing StarCraft II and Tekken Tag Tournament II.

The Protea eSports team:

League of Legends

Name of Player Club Residence
Conradie van Heerden ROCCAT Durbanville
Myburg Brink ROCCAT Strand
Willem Str?feldt 2up Gamers Bellville
Kyle Rhoodie 2up Gamers Brackenfell
Marco Botha 2up Gamers Bellville

StarCraft II

Name of Player Club Residence
Yolandi Williams Deviation Gaming Kempton Park

Tekken Tag Tournament II

Name of Player Club Residence
Lyrene Kühn Knights Mind Sports Club Kimberley

Lyrene has also been appointed as the captain of the team, and it “is the first time that a woman has been appointed as the captain of a South African eSports Team.”

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Battlefield 4 PC Ranked Servers

MWEB – in partnership with Gameservers.com – have announced that they will be hosting the ranked servers for Battlefield 4 on PC. Servers are being deployed in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and will serve a variety of volumes per server. Gamers will also be able to rent their own server to administer and run for a minimum of 10 players and all the way up to a 70 players.

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SAeSA LogoSA eSports Association

The SAeSA held their voting for committee members last Friday, and the following results were revealed:

Online Content Manager: Jon Attwell
Social Media Representative: Grant Kemm
Sponsor Representative: Paul Ehlers
Player Representative: Kyle Singh
Social Head: Syernide
Community Head: Martin Rothschild
Secretary: Luaan Rentzke
Chairman: Matthew Merks
Association President Anthony Nell
Executive Director: Anthony Nell, Matthew Merks
PR Manager: Syernide

Revotes are required in the following cases:
Syernide choose between PR Manager & Social Head
Executive Director: Anthony Nell declines the position in favour of Association President. Matthew Merks wins Executive Director and Chairman, so there will be a run-off for whichever one he doesn’t pick.
Tournament Head: revote due to a candidate not being on the ballot.

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Trenchtown FIFA 14 Tournament

On Wednesday 30 October, (one of) the monthly FIFA 14 tournaments at Trenchtown kicked off in rainy weather. Ten players were split into two groups with the top two in each group heading into the knockouts.

Group One was taken by Cooper (Francois da Sousas), with Yazeed Dollie finishing second. Asheer Dollie took Group Two to set up a semi-final against his brother, while newcomer Cameron Jerome ended second in the group.

No brotherly love was on offer in a tight semi-final which Yazeed took 2-1 to set up a final against Cooper, who had won his exciting match 4-3 against Cameron.

The final was a thrilling game, with Yazeed going a comfortable 2-0 up pretty early, only for Cooper to grab two goals to send the game into extra time. Extra time was all Yazeed’s as he scored two long range efforts to grab the winner’s spot, and R150, 4-2.

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Upcoming Events

  • There’s something a little unique happening this Friday (1 November). The band Arc Reactor (who feature the Kalahari Head of Gaming) will be doing their album launch, and there will be – surprise, surprise – gaming available. Head to Gandalfs on Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town from 6pm and spot a zombie with a controller.
  • Remember, The H.I.V.E. is running a Halloween special today and tomorrow (1 November). Pay just R30 an hour at the venue in Monte Casino, and as a bonus, if you “come dressed for the occasion” you will “get ONE free hour with first purchase”.
  • The Ground Zero LAN is on this weekend. Details here.
  • You can still register for the MWEB Gamezone ‘Clash of Titles’ event. Battlefield 4 goes head-to-head with Call of Duty Ghosts. The event is scheduled for 8 November, and registration closes on 4 November.
  • The Chasing Inspiration LAN – a charity LAN – kicks off on 8 November. More here.
  • The next 2upGamers Community has been dated for 29 November and is the second anniversary event, so should be a big one. Mark the date now.

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You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our (new and improved) 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.