Get yourself a little acquainted with what’s been happening around the local gaming scene once a week with our wrap. It’s tasty. It’s nutritious. It’s wholesome. It’s… we’re running out of superlatives and opening paragraph ideas as we close in on edition 250 of our weekly love-letter to the local scene.
But let’s kick you to other local news you may have missed first:
- Zombiegamer: What is… Dota2 BlueZ Cup?
- ACGL: AfrEsports | The After Action Report
- Game Nation: The old gods are gone: CS:GO South Africa in 2018
- GLHF: E Is For Entertainment
- NAG: Podcast: Episode 80 – The First of the Changes
- NAG: Local indie game Beautiful Desolation adds Doom composer Mick Gordon to its credit list
- SA Gamer: MLS is using FIFA 18 esports to grow fanbase and advertise their league… Can we do it too?
- Tech Girl: The South African Gaming Forum Event – Why You Want To Attend
- Tech Girl: Should the Local Competitive COD Scene Add the DLC to the Map Rotation?
ACGL has a numerous online tournaments happening this week, which includes Fortnite, Call of Duty, Rocket League and more. You can get all the necessary details here.
Not the busiest weekend ever but here are a few events happening in SA:
- Xbox Playdates ZA are hosting their play dates every Wednesday from 8pm and selected Fridays from 9pm. You can get more information here about the regular gaming play dates. At the time of writing, details for March had not been announced yet.
- Virtual Mentality Gaming are hosting a FIFA 18 tournament on Saturday (3 March) from 9am. R150 gets you playing in the tournament in Benoni where a total of R3,200 is up for grabs. For additional information, you can head to the event page.
- A Viking Thing sees your inner medieval self getting a day’s outing on Saturday from 10am at La Vue Guest Lodge & Function Venue in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. Tickets start at R50 per person and additional information can be found on the event page.
- GenerationX Gaming are hosting a 1v1 League of Legends tournament on Sunday (4 March) from 4pm. The online tournament has a R25 per person entry fee with prizes promised. If you’re keen to participate, we suggest heading here.
Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:
- 28 to 29 April 2018: FanCon
- 27 to 29 July 2018: EGE
- 14 to 16 September 2018: Comic Con Africa
- 5 to 7 October 2018: rAge
Competitions & Giveaways
This past weekend saw the first AfrEsports event at GrandWest in Cape Town with Call of Duty on PS4 and FIFA 18 being the feature tournaments with R40,000 cash up for grabs between them. Alongside that was the MWEB Mini-Tournaments (each with R1,000 cash on the line) and the Apex Interactive King of the Hill events.
This meant a good spread of titles and opportunities to win over the two days with access to the event free for those keen to watch others win.
The winners of the two main tournaments after a weekend of battling were:
Call of Duty
- 1st Place: Energy Esports [R15,000 | 5,000 XP]
- 2nd Place: Bravado Gaming [R10,000 | 4,000 XP]
- 3rd Place: Origin Esports [R5,000 | 3,200 XP]
- 1st Place: Ryan De Oliveira Bastos [R5,000]
- 2nd Place: Mubeen Gaffoor [R3,000]
- 3rd Place: Zaahid Laher [R2,000]
You can read more about the weekend here.
The event was just the start of an ongoing program that will see ACGL hosting numerous LAN events alongside their ongoing online tournaments this year.
eSports Industry (South Africa) has announced itself. What is it? It’s a website by-and-large; one aiming to cover the “booming local market” with content and a ranking system (for Dota 2 and CS:GO).
If you’re keen to see their start, you can head to their website or hit the press release below.
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eSports Industry launches trailblazing strategy into booming local market
Talk about Dota 2, Counter-Strike and celebrity gamers in South Africa and most people – unless you’re a gamer – will be clueless. However, the exciting launch of eSports Industry South Africa (ESI) is set to bring competitive online gaming into the mainstream with engaging content and an authentic ranking system that is unparalleled in South Africa.
“Being a passionate gamer myself and speaking to all the stakeholders we identified a real need for a unifying hub that could help build the profile of the players, the tournament and the sector as a whole,” says ESI co-founder Roland Reed.
Website to showcase local players and tournaments
ESI’s new website – esportsindustrysa.com – has been launched and will be the go-to place for all local gamers to see latest news, content and a calendar of events. Additionally, the ESI team has designed a leaderboard that boasts an innovative ranking system with a custom-built algorithm that will be launched in the near future.
Competitive ranking system aimed at growing eSports locally
“The ranking system we have created is completely unique to the South African eSports scene,” says ESI co-founder Roland Reed. “We are focusing on South Africa’s two largest professionally played game titles, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
“We are currently in discussions with all the South African multi-gaming organisations (MGO) so that when we launch the ranking system, it is something that we have collectively participated in and that the entire local eSports community can support,” he says.
The ranking system is built to be competitive, simple and effective and recognises certain local tournaments based on strict criteria. The aim is to encourage participation and foster a healthier eSports scene.
Helping to drive bigger and better eSports tournaments
“ESI will be a driving force that influences tournament organisers to host more, bigger, better tournaments each year and the ranking system will ensure that our teams become more proactive, and the fans even more inspired,” he says.
The main eSports stakeholder organisations include industry stalwart rAge Expo, VS Gaming, Mega8 eSports and Mettlestate. During the course of 2017, several large tournaments were held with collective prize money totalling millions of Rand. It is expected that 2018 will see some tournament growth with the prize money tally growing.
Changing local gaming consumption with wicked content
However, the lure of big cash wins is not what it takes to get more eyeballs on local tournament streams. Currently, local content views barely raise the needle yet monthly, more than 170,000 South Africans use the live streaming video platform, Twitch, where they consume an astonishing 25 hours of overseas gaming content on average. That number has grown by 50 percent in 2017.
ESI is determined to change local consumption by elevating player and tournament profiles with slick videos and an all-round content marketing strategy showcased on the website and social media.
Local eSports industry poised for growth
According to NewZoo, one of the industry leaders in gaming, the global eSports market is expected to reach 180-million enthusiasts by 2019, generating revenues of around R15-billion. “The exact size of the South African market is unknown, but according to the domestic industry players we have interviewed, it is estimated that it will generate revenues in excess of over R100 million in 2018,” says BMI-Sport Info CEO, David Sidenberg.
These figures highlight the fledging status of our local market as well as the massive opportunities for growth. “Even though the current value of South African eSports is a fraction of the global market, there have been several new big sponsors in the environment in the past year which creates a lot of excitement,” says ESI co-founder Chris Heaton. “We want to unify the industry, assist the players and the teams by better commercialising the space and help turn on its value.”
“ESI is a celebration of the competitive gaming market and is intended to be a game changer for everyone who loves online gaming in South Africa,” he says.
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.
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