SA Gaming News Wrap

It’s your weekly dose of all things local in one place. If you’ve ever wondered what is happening in South Africa when it comes to gaming, you probably haven’t visited a SA Gaming News Wrap before. So shame on you. But welcome. See you again next week.

A few articles you may have missed elsewhere:


Upcoming Events

Over with our sister organisation, ACGL, there are a number of online tournaments planned for Rocket League (the MGMS qualifier one), Call of Duty and Rainbow Six Siege. You can find out more on their tournament page.

Otherwise, it’s a packed weekend of LANs, LANs, and, yes, more LANs. And some other stuff too:

  • Xbox Playdates ZA are hosting their playdates series throughout November. 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.
    • 30th – Ghost Recon Wildlands Ghost War
  • NamLAN is already underway north of our border. It runs to 3 December and features CS:GO, Tekken 7, FIFA, League of Legends and more. The event is happening at the University of Namibia and additional information can be found on the Facebook event page.
  • Boksburg Old School LAN is scheduled to start at 6pm on Friday (1 December) and will run for 24 hours. Not much information is available on the event page, but it’s as good a place to start as any.
  • GAC LAN are hosting their final LAN event of 2017 at their regular venue of Theo Marais Park in Cape Town. The LAN starts on Friday at 5pm and runs until 8am on Sunday. Each LAN seat costs R250 and there will be CS:GO and Dota 2 tournaments with MSI Gaming headsets up for grabs. Get all the needed information here.
  • Cod Fusion LAN host their ‘Xmas’ LAN at Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park from 6pm on Friday. The LAN runs until 11am on Sunday with seats costing R100 per person. There are a number of tournaments planned, and interested attendees can find all the details here.
  • Orena and Red Bull are hosting ‘King of the Mansion’ from Saturday (2 December) until Monday (4 December). Street Fighter V appears to be the focus but full details of what is happening are not clear. Signing up appears to be the starting point.
  • MSSA are hosting the National Championships this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). The championships are being held at Fakkel School in Sasolburg. Hit their Facebook page for more.
  • Maingaming are hosting a FIFA 18 tournament at The Base in Paulshof, Johannesburg in conjunction with Adidas. The action starts at 10am on Saturday and there is R2,750 in vouchers up for grabs. Additional information can be found here.
  • V 2.0 & H Live is happening at MWEB Gamezone on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. The event ‘celebrates women in Esports’ and is both a live event and a streamed one. You can head to the event page for more or check the press release below.
  • VOID Gaming LAN is a limited LAN event (only 20 seats) at Cape Recife High School in the Eastern Cape. The LAN starts at 10am on Saturday and runs until 6pm on Sunday. Tickets are R80 and the event page can be found here.
  • FIFA 18 fans, there’s a second tournament to chose from on Saturday. Kick-off is 12pm and entry is R180 and there is R3,500 up for grabs. The event is hosted by Vutha Gaming and will be held in Daveyton. Details available here.
  • The Mega8 Esports Dota 2 Pro League continues this weekend. For game and stream details keep an eye on their Facebook page.

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


Competitions & Giveaways


Valhalla 2.0

This Saturday between 10am and 12pm, all-female MGO Valhalla 2.0 will be hosting an event in conjunction with MWEB GameZone, ACGL and others. The event is aimed at encouraging “more women to take part in professional esports” while also highlighting local game developers.

Capetonians are welcome to join the event live at the MWEB offices, otherwise, the event will be streamed live by presenter Jonathan “Hardrock789” Leibbrandt.

Head to the event page for additional information.

Show Press Release: »

Valhalla 2.0 Press Release

MWEB GameZone in association with ACGL will be hosting “V2.0&H Live” day for all gamers.

The event is to highlight the growth of female gaming in South Africa and to encourage more women to take part in professional esports, as well as highlighting local game developers. For those who live in Cape Town may join in on the fun at the MWEB M-Cave, and the live stream will be available to watch for those in other cities.

V2.0&H Live will be presenting in a live online TV show format that will include various interviews with the semi-professional female gamers from Valhalla 2.0. The show will be presented by Jonathan “Hardrock789” Leibbrandt a local caster and streamer who recently castered League of Legends at Vs. Gaming, rAge expo 2017. “Hardrock789” will also probe the local game “devs” about how they derived the concept for their games, as well as interviewing the ladies of Valhalla 2.0 as they try each game and offer a live review on its playability, story line and graphics, in a fun manner.

Valhalla 2.0 is currently the biggest all female MGO in South Africa who have been supporting female players to achieve their goals in a professional environment. Valhalla 2.0 focuses mainly on games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch and CS:GO, but are very excited to start venturing into Fifa and Hearthstone as the organisation keeps growing daily. They would also like to one day include a local designed esport as part of their repertoire.

The show goes live on Saturday 2nd December at 10am until 12pm.

Send us an email to valhalla2.0v@gmail.com with your name + email address to receive early tickets.

It will be broadcasted on Youtube as well as the next episode of MWEB Gamezones’s Glitched, see links below.

We thank our sponsors MWEB GameZone for providing the venue and all the computer equipment required to make this show a success, ACGL and Zombie Gamer for event operations and assisting with pre and post production.

Facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/Valh2.0/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/MWEBGameZone/

https://www.facebook.com/AfricanCyberGamingLeague/

https://www.facebook.com/zombiegamerZA/

https://www.facebook.com/hardrock789/

Coverage Elsewhere:


Orena Fight Nights

The final 32 in Orena’s Fight Nights series for Street Fighter V have been determined. Well, the final 28 plus four wildcard slots that will be filled after the last chance qualifier is held on the grand finals weekend.

The finals weekend will be held at the Orena Gaming Lounge in Emperor’s Palace on 8 to 10 December with the last chance qualifier being on the 8th. Matches will be streamed live (on the 10th) and the combatants will be fighting for their share of R20,000.

Spectators are welcome and full details can be found here.

Competitors fought through 6 qualifying rounds, which were played over a 5 month period, and confirmed their seats in…

Posted by Orena on Thursday, 30 November 2017


Videos

Rush 2017 Aftermovie

#rushesports2017, brought to you by OMEN by HP, was hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from 21-23 July.#DominateTheGame#SAesports ACGL | ESL Africa | Hp South Africa | Kaizer Chiefs | Kwesé Gamer | Orena | NAG | rAge Expowww.rushesports.co.za

Posted by Rush Esports on Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Glitched EP 4: Knowledge is Power review, Samsung QLED + Top 10 weapons in gaming
by MWEB GAMEZONE

Competitive tips and Team formation w/ Lithium [Call of Duty]
by Bravado Gaming COD

#JoinTheLegion – what you missed
by Mettlestate


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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