Let’s be completely fair, there is only really one event to worry about this week and that’s rAge but for some, Gauteng is a lifetime away, so there’s still a case for this week’s SA Gaming News Wrap.

Here are few local interest articles you may have missed elsewhere:

Upcoming Events

There’s a couple of other activities happening this weekend around the country. Even Cape Town gets some love for those not up north.

  • Xbox Playdates ZA are hosting their playdates series throughout September. The Thursday evening events start at 8pm, while the Friday F1 events begin at 9pm. You can get more information here about the regular gaming play dates.
    • 5th – Star Wars Battlefront I
    • 6th – F1 2017
    • 12th – F1 2017
    • 19th – Overwatch
    • 20th – F1 2017
    • 26th – Forza Motorsport 7
    • 27th – F1 2017
  • rAge. Obviously. From Friday 6 October until Sunday 8 October, the Ticketpro Dome will be rocking with thousands of gamers and geeks and other gawkers. You can get almost all the information you need here. The weekend sees both the VS Gaming Masters and ESL Africa Championships reach their conclusion, along with plenty more too.
  • GAC LAN is happening this weekend for all Capetonians desperate for a LAN fix. The LAN kicks off at 5pm on Friday and runs until 8am on Sunday. Head to Theo Marais Park, pay the R220 at the door and enjoy multiple hours of socialising and gaming. You can get more details on their event page.
  • Aztech is hosting their October LAN at HTS N Diederichs. The LAN starts at 6pm on Friday and runs until Sunday morning. R70 is the asking rate with an additional R20 per person for team competitions. Additional information is available here.
  • There’s a FIFA 18 tournament happening at Stones Mellville on Sunday. R150 gets you playing for the ‘up to R2,500’ up for grabs. Space is limited to 32 players. Head here for additional details.

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

Competitions & Giveaways

Sales & Discounts

rAge 2017

Possibly the last press release for rAge before rAge starts, and it’s all about the local stuff by local developers. At the home_coded stand this year there is a good showing of titles which includes JengoCodex Knights, The Adventures of Sam Carlisle: The Hunt for the Lost Treasure and more.

Industry stalwarts Celestial Games will be hosting a ‘live game development’ on their stand with visitors encouraged to participate.

There are also a number of giveaways happening, including a Tapp iTT competition, with R1,000 up for grabs every day of the expo.

If you’re keen to find out more, hit the press release below or check out our rAge article here.

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With the global video games market worth almost $100 billion, and Africa, Europe and the Middle East contributing $23.5 billion to the pot[1], it’s clear that gaming is good business. This alone is a great reason for local indie studios to develop their own games and showcase them at rAge, via the popular home_coded stand. They’re doing it with heart too, because some of the local developers are not only interested in their sharing passion for gaming, but are also giving back to some seemingly unlikely local causes.

Mattador Starfish is a local game development studio focusing on bringing sustainable change to people’s lives. The company will be showcasing its first game, Codex Knights. It’s a 3D action-RPG/puzzler designed to encourage and promote reading across all ages, but it’s particularly aimed at kids and teenagers. Codex Knights is being designed to immerse you in the worlds of fantastical books, where the participants can explore these worlds and interact with the characters and events in the book. Exciting news is that one of their first books is focused on a South African classic – Jock of the Bushveld.

Another exhibitor, Givit Game Studios, will be officially launching its first commercial release at rAge, titled The Adventures of Sam Carlisle: The Hunt for the Lost Treasure. Two years in the making, and featuring the musical talent of Pieter Smal and the voice of South African actor Deon Coetzee, this game raises awareness on Alzheimer’s, as the main character suffers from the disease. As the game progresses, he can’t distinguish between reality and fiction. The developers will be donating a portion of earnings from the game to a relevant charity.

home_coded veterans Celestial Games will once again be at the expo. Exciting news for visitors is that this year Celestial will be doing “live game development” on their stand. Visitors will be encouraged to participate in an experimental and innovative approach to game jamming, which will involve audience engagement platforms such as an active hashtag and a suggestion wall for visitors to draw, write and scribble on. Visitors can contribute ideas, criticisms and content that will potentially feature in the game. This interactive model facilitates a “living game”. You’ll be able to track its progress and evolution throughout the weekend, and the game will inevitably change and adapt as audience contributions are implemented.

Another local developer bringing the awesome to rAge is Robot Wizard. The company recently had a successful trip to Gamescom in Germany, and now the time has arrived for local fans to get their hands on Jengo! For the first time on African soil, Jengo’s Gamescom demo will be playable at rAge, which will also give attendees the opportunity to share their thoughts on the game with its developers. In addition to this, rAge visitors will also be able to audition for a chance at becoming the voice of Jeff, the game’s protagonist, when Robot Wizard launches #FindingJeff at the show.

Other developers on the home_coded stand will include the likes of:

  • AS Game Development College will be showcasing some of their students’ work, as well as demonstrating virtual reality with a VR system assembled on the stand.
  • WestudioGames will be showcasing and promoting:
    • A Tapp iTT competition, giving away R1,000 every day for three days
    • SAFA: an official South African Football Association soccer game
    • Myt Puzzle: a 2D mobile puzzle game
    • Last Primal: the company’s main focal game in 2017. It’s a first-person survival game, and copies will be on sale at the expo
    • The new Westudio comic division will be showcasing its comic books
    • And lastly, a campaign to “help feed a child” through gaming.
  • Organosphere will be showcasing their indie game which goes by the same name: Organosphere. It tells the story of a scientist who wakes up to a reality they don’t understand, venturing into the heart of Johazardousburg and its lush environments to discover the meaning of all existence as we know it.

home_coded is an initiative that was started by NAG in November 2012, with an aim to showcase the very best in South African game development talent, and promote local growth in this exciting industry. Not only can you meet the local devs and interview them at rAge, but you’ll be able to play all their latest games that are still in development.

With 10 local developers exhibiting at this year’s event, local is definitely looking lekker.

Tickets to rAge are on sale now at all Ticketpro outlets and online, or you can purchase them at the door.

Dates: 6 October – 8 October 2017
Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 09:00-16:00
Day ticket: R120 per person (valid for one day only)
Weekend ticket: R300 per person (valid for all three days)
Kids under 6: Free
Venue: Ticketpro Dome  | Cnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road | Northriding, Johannesburg | GPS: 26 03’48.39”S / 27 56’35.54”E



Energy eSports

Energy eSports have announced that Scuf Gaming has become a new sponsor of their console division.

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EXDEE Gaming

EXDEE Gaming has announced a rebranding which means a brand new logo and image which is “easily recognisable, and one that fits with our sponsors and who we are as a brand.”

The full announcement regarding the rebranding:

We have decided to rebrand EXDEE Gaming, the reasoning behind this was better brand recognition, better logo, and better graphics.
We have a lot of plans next year which include, but are not limited to, better social media presence. Highlight reels of our teams and also having a schedule up, so that you know when our teams are playing.

With the above in mind. We decided we would rebrand with a new logo and new image. One that is easily recognisable, and one that fits with our sponsors and who we are as a brand.

We thank you for your support in growing EXDEE Gaming the past year. Without you, we would not be in the position we are in today.


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