SA Gaming News Wrap

We unfortunately had to skip a week (and this arrives later than usual) of our series due to a rather jampacked event period, so some of the news may seem a little out of date. But never fear, things are almost back to normal again. Sort of. Maybe.

Local Call of Duty player and MGO owner, Hi5Drewski, put together an esports magazine as part of his college work. It’s a pretty decent start actually…


Upcoming Events

ACGL have online tournaments still this week for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Rocket League and Injustice 2. Details can be found here.

There’s some regular CS:GO and Hearthstone action happening with season two of the ESL African Championships. We suggest hitting the ESL Africa Facebook page for stream details.

There’s a few other activities happening around the country:

  • Xbox Playdates ZA are hosting a number of playdates in August. Thursday events start at 8pm, while the Friday F1 events begin at 9pm. You can get more information here about the regular gaming play dates.
    • 10th – Marvel Heroes Omega
    • 17th – Rocket League
    • 24th – Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 225th – F1 2016 (Belgian GP)
    • 31st – Forza Horizon 3
  • MSSA is scheduled to host the KwaZulu-Natal Championships this Saturday and Sunday. Details are a little scarce but we can tell you that it’s listed as being at Maritzburg College. For more information, head to their Facebook page and ask directly.
  • Mettlestate, Tech Girl and Evetech are hosting the Valkyrie Challenge on Saturday. The match will be live on Twitch from 3pm and additional information can be found below.

Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:


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Mettlestate Valkyrie Challenge

This Saturday, two all-girl CS:GO teams will face off in a R50,000 winner-takes-all best-of-five match. Amaryllis Gaming and Energy Esports will play for the cash live in the Evetech studio (if you don’t have tickets already, sorry for you) and live on Twitch. The action kicks off at 3pm.

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Top SA all-girl gaming teams to battle it out in the Valkyrie Challenge 

Tech Girl, in partnership with Mettlestate and Evetech, has announced the launch of the Valkyrie Challenge. The Valkyrie Challenge will see two all-girl CS:GO teams, Amaryllis Gaming and Energy Esports, battling it out in a winner takes all CS:GO competition on Saturday 5 August 2017. The team to come out on top in the best-of-five match will walk away with R50 000.

The Valkyrie Challenge follows on from the first successful girl gaming event Tech Girl (Sam Wright) hosted in June. That event, which took place at The Nexus in Johannesburg, was to provide ladies the opportunity to play games and potentially try their hand at Esports. The success of the event was more than Sam expected. “We were fully booked within 24 hours of announcing the event. Seeing so many ladies gaming and so interested in trying new games as well as Esports was overwhelming. We had more than 150 ladies in attendance and many requests for more events,” says Sam.

And here we are with the Valkyrie Challenge in partnership with Mettlestate and Evetech.

Internationally, all-female showcase matches and challenges are hosted regularly to showcase females in the sport and promote equality. South Africa is yet to see the same, but with the launch of the Valkyrie Challenge that will hopefully start changing.

“Esports is seeing six-figure sums being thrown around for prize pools but we don’t see enough women in those competing line ups. Esports is a place where men and women can compete as equals and, as nearly half the gaming audience is female, it is important to kill past stigmas and get more of these incredibly talented ladies showcasing their skills and participating in competitions. The Valkyrie Challenge allows us to showcase the best female gamers in South Africa and hopefully it will encourage other ladies to feel more confident joining MGOs and teams,” Sam notes.

Events like this may, while incredibly necessary to drive growth and an inclusive Esports community, may not see the light of day if not for the support of the industry, and brands wanting to get involved to assist in driving that growth.

Barry Louzada from Mettlestate notes that partnering with Tech Girl for the Valkyrie Challenge was a no-brainer for the brand, who is intent on promoting an inclusive Esports industry.

“Mettlestate is committed to growing the South African Esports community and ensuring it is inclusive. And so when Sam, who is part of the Mettlestate family, came to us with a great idea (of hosting girl gaming events) a few months ago, we backed her 100%. The first event she hosted was phenomenal and so well received, and her next goal was to host an invitational such as this – the Valkyrie Challenge. With our fully fitted production set up, the Mettlestate team is well equipped to make this event a reality – as we’ve shown with our past events. We’re very excited to be involved. In supporting the Valkyrie Challenge, not only will we get to showcase some incredible CS:GO but we can also offer the community and those new to Esports the opportunity to spend some time gaming and enjoying a fun afternoon out. In order to drive further growth in SA Esports, we need to have an inclusive Esports community. There are a host of talented ladies playing online every evening but we aren’t seeing them in competition. We believe initiatives like this will encourage them to take their talents to the competitive arena,” says Louzada.

Sam’s hope is to see an all-female league in future to help shine a spot light on girl gamers in SA. “But long term, I want to see a female-led team win one of the big competitions”.

And if you’re wondering about the match name? In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja “chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. “The idea was to have a strong name for the match while also communicating the female aspect which is where the name came from. It is one match (best of five) so technically it is an invitational, but we thought a cool name was needed,” Sam adds.

Join in on the Valkyrie Challenge action on 5 August 2017

For those who are keen to attend the event at the Evetech studio on Saturday 5 August 2017, access will be free but must be pre-booked. Tickets will be released via the Tech Girl, Mettlestate and Evetech social media channels on Wednesday 19 July 2017. There are limited spaces for a studio audience.

Mettlestate will be providing food and refreshments for the afternoon and the chill space in the Evetech studios will be open from 13:00 to allow people a chance to play some games and jam with one another. The best of five show match between Amaryllis Gaming and Energy Esports will kick off at 15:00. The match will have an all-female analysis panel, and two of SA’s top shoutcasters will be casting.

There will also be great new products from Evetech on display so it will be a fun social setting before getting into the action.

Those who aren’t able to make it to the Evetech studio can stream the show match on https://www.twitch.tv/mettlestate from 15:00.

Valkyrie Challenge – Behind the scenes with Amaryllis Gaming a…

Getting ready for the Valkyrie Challenge. Doors to our studio open at 1pm with ASUS activities to keep you entertained. The Vertagear range will officially launch at this event as well. The match starts at 3pm. We are fully booked so you can watch all the action on twitch.tv/mettlestate – We wish Amaryllis Gaming & Energy eSports Finesse the best of luck. GLHF. #ValkyrieZA

Posted by Evetech on Friday, 4 August 2017


VS Gaming Festival

VS Gaming recently hosted the ‘e-football’ extravaganza that was the VS Gaming Festival. Celebrities and over 1,000 FIFA players made up the two days of action which saw South Africa’s highest earning esports competitor crowned when Zuhair Ebrahim won R500,000 in cash.

Also on the agenda at the event was the final of the shoutcaster competition which saw Derek Alberts win R110,000 in cash and prizes.

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VS Gaming hosts the largest e-football tournament in Africa

Over an intense weekend of e-football, VS Gaming hosted the first tournament if its kind in Africa. VS Gaming hosted 1,024 e-football players over the two days at the Gallagher Convention Centre and finally awarded the first prize of R500,000 to Zuhair Ebrahim Ebrahim (zaZe) as the last player standing. The runners up were Brandon Nell (CrypticVortex72), Tebogo Mathopa (Tebza) and Muhammad Zaid Patel (zaidy).

The show ran for two days to a record number of players and spectators who came out in their droves to take part in or watch the largest e-football tournament in Africa. With a total prize pool of R1,5 million the top 17 players each received prize money.

“We couldn’t be prouder of what took place this weekend. As the first of its kind we put on a spectacular show and brought esports to the everyday South African. Our aim as VS Gaming has always been to make esports more inclusive and open it up to a wider audience. We did that this weekend. The VS Gaming Festival is the start of something great,” says Cambridge Mokanyane, CEO of VS Gaming.

The top ten players from the tournament were also offered a one-year contract with Orlando Pirates esports. This is after the announcement that the club will be establishing its own Orlando Pirates esports division that will compete in some of the biggest tournaments around the world.

“Our partnerships for this festival show exactly what we mean by bringing esports to a wider audience. By showcasing the final matches on SuperSport, the top ten joining the Orlando Pirates esports team and by making this competition open to the public, shows we are keeping our promise to make esports open to all who want to play,” says Mokanyane,

The prize breakdown is as follows:

  • 1st place –             R500,000
  • 2nd place –            R250,000
  • 3rd place –            R100,000
  • 4th place –            R50,000
  • 5th place –            R25,000
  • 6th place –            R25,000
  • 7th place –            R25,000
  • 8th place –            R25,000
  • 9th place –            R15,000
  • 10th place –          R15,000
  • 11th place –          R15,000
  • 12th place –          R15,000
  • 13th place –          R15,000
  • 14th place –          R15,000
  • 16th place –          R15,000
  • 17th place –          R15,000

There were further prizes for the runners up in the four pools on Saturday and the five pools on Sunday. Each runner up was awarded R7,500. There were six celebrity play-offs during the weekend with the winner of each match getting R15,000 for a charity of their choice.

Derek Alberts was the winner of the shoutcasting competition and walked away with R110,000 in cash and prizes. The top four have the opportunity to sign a one year contract with VS Gaming.


Videos

EGE 2017 Highlights by ACGL available here.

CT Esports – A first step with the City of Cape Town
by African Gaming

Rush 2017 Promo
by NAG

VS Gaming DotA2 Master Cup Final [30 July]
by VS Gaming


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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