SA Gaming News Wrap

See that in the rear view mirror? That’s the last week that went racing by and is disappearing into the distance. If you don’t take the time to stop and see what’s happening in the local scene, you will soon find yourself in 2019 wondering where this year went.

Here are a few things you may have missed elsewhere this past week:


Upcoming Events

ACGL has a numerous online tournaments happening this week, which includes Fortnite, Call of Duty, Rocket League, FIFA 18 and more. All the necessary details and registration pages are available here.

A bit of a quiet weekend this one:

  • 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. This is what’s in-store for you in March:
    • 11th – GTA Online (THEED3’s Sunday Session @ Nexus)
    • 14th – Fortnite Battle Royale
    • 21st – EA SPORTS UFC 3
    • 23rd – F1 2017 (Australia)
    • 28th – Halo 5 Guardians
  • The Ark Gaming venue in Rivonia are hosting a FIFA 18 tournament on Saturday (10 March) from 10am. R200 is the entry fee with R8,000 on the line. Pre-booking is essential, so interested players should head here for details.

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


Competitions & Giveaways


Sales & Discounts

  • 12-month PS Plus subscription discounted until 23 March: R674 on Raru

White Rabbit Gaming

White Rabbit Gaming have announced their new CS:GO team for the upcoming season. The new team features local female CS:GO player Sharon “ShazZ” Waison. The full team is:

  • Jaun “Zeo” Nieuwoudt (captain)
  • Derik “gremzz” Van Wyk
  • Dean Kazimir Fleming
  • Jared “KiriqN” Laubscher
  • Sharon “ShazZ” Waison

After trialing quite a few players, we are proud to finally announce our squad that will be representing White Rabbit…

Posted by White Rabbit Gaming on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Meanwhile, the White Rabbit Gaming Dota 2 team is preparing for the WESG finals in China and to celebrate they are giving away a personalised team jersey and other items.


Bravado Gaming

If you’re keen to meet some of the Bravado Gaming players and you’re based in Cape Town, then this Saturday you can. Head to Canal Walk Woolworths at 12h00 and you could bag some Alienware gear in the bargain.


Orena

Orena are hosting the Takealot and KFC sponsored PUBG Battle Royale event which runs every Monday from 12 March until 9 April. Up for grabs are KFC chicken dinners and Steelseries goodies.

Players will play for league points over a variety of mode types. Entry is free and if you’re in Gauteng and in need of a venue to play at, you can head to Orena’s spot at Emperor’s Palace with your PC or laptop.

Additional details are available in the press release below, and registrations are open here.

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Join the Hunt for Chicken Dinner in The Takealot.com Battle Royale!

Cape Town: Takealot.com, South Africa’s leading online store, is joining forces with us at Orena to provide PUBG fans across the country a chance to liven up their Monday nights with some unmissable action from 12th March to 9th April

Each week players will take part in a 100 person free for all to see who takes home the chicken dinner as well as valuable league points that will stand them in line to win great prizes sponsored by Takealot.com and Steelseries.

Not only will the winners of each round take home KFC vouchers to materialise their chicken dinner wins, but the overall league winners will take home a Steelseries M750 Mechanical gaming keyboard (R3299) for first place, a Steelseries Arctis 5 headset (R2099) for second place and our third place winner will grab a Steelseries Rival 310 gaming mouse (R1299)

For a bit of fun, several influencers from both the gaming and non-gaming worlds have been invited to join us for something a little different between the “serious action”. They will take part in some fun alternative game modes voted for by the public. Each week the PUBG SA community will be able to vote for what weird custom game mode they would like to see our influencers and the community take part in. The most popular mode is then chosen and announced each Monday that The Takealot.com Battle Royale takes place.

Custom game modes such as – “50 vs 50” – Split the 100 players into two teams and see which team is the last one standing

“Melee Weapons Only” – Frying pans, machetes or a pointy stick – as long as you can swing it, it’s allowed.

“Zombies” – Pick 6 survivors and allow them to carry weapons – while the remaining 94 are ravenous zombies running towards our survivors – who will win?

Of course, all the action will be viewable live on our Twitch stream at twitch.tv/orenaonline, where you can also enjoy the action being cast by Matthew “Haz3” Stott who will be joined by our very own Luca “RoBoHoBo” Tucconi, as well as some guest appearances from other casters and personalities.

While anyone can take part online from the comfort of their own home, we have also offered the Orena Esports Studio at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg for those who want to bring their PC’s and be part of the action and atmosphere – there is space for 40 on a first come first served basis.

Entry is 100% free.

To sign up – simply direct your browsers to http://bit.ly/battleroyaletakealot and get involved.

Coverage Elsewhere:


Ster Kinekor Entertainment

Ster Kinekor Entertainment has announced a pretty cool initiative around the release of Pure Farming 2018. R10 from every game sold will be donated to the Drought Relief Fund which is in place to help South African farmers during the current drought.

Find out more by hitting the press release below.

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Ster-Kinekor Entertainment to donate a portion of proceeds from Pure Farming 2018 sales to the Drought Relief Fund 

Ahead of the launch of Pure Farming 2018 on 13 March 2018, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has announced that R10 from every Pure Farming 2018 game sold will be donated to the Drought Relief Fund to assist South African farmers during the current drought.

Ronelle Hendriks, Independent Product Manager at Ster-Kinekor Entertainment, notes that the idea came from the Daily Farming Challenges which can be found in Pure Farming 2018* where one challenge requires players to maintain their farm during a water crisis – which, she adds, is very relevant to the current situation in South Africa. 

“With SA in the grip of a terrible drought (the worst since the 1980’s) economists have predicted a severe impact on the farming community as well as food security in the country, and so it is important that all South Africans rally to the aid of the farmers. Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has a strong set of values that we strive to live by every day, and at the top of that list is to do the right thing, always. With the assistance from Techland Publishing, the publisher behind this game, we have been given the opportunity to give back to our farmers that do so much for this country and our people,” says Hendriks.

Christo van der Rheede, Agri SA’s deputy executive director, is delighted by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment’s contribution to its Drought Relief Fund.  “We trust that through this game, on its virtual platform, we will see growth of future farmers and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities everyday farmers face.  The severe drought experienced in various provinces of SA still calls for intervention on a daily basis.  This contribution will make a remarkable difference in the lives of our farmers, farm workers and farming communities,” says van der Rheede.

Hendriks adds that they are aiming for a donation target of R35 000, and are hoping South Africans will help them reach this number when Pure Farming 2018 launches. 

*Pure Farming 2018 features the following game modes:

  1. Designed to introduce players to farming simulation, My First Farm teaches the ins and outs of modern agriculture. Thanks to detailed objectives and helpful tips, players will learn step by step how to use farming machines, harvest crops, produce green energy, and more.
  2. Farming Challenges consist of 20 one-hour long scenarios that let players face extreme situations farmers around the world have to cope with. Using predefined resources, players will need to save your crops from fire, sustain the farm despite a severe drought, endure a locust attack, and more.
  3. Last but definitely not least, the Free Farming mode gives players a complete freedom in how they play. Players can set the parameters of the game and simply run the farm their own way. With all machines and facilities available for purchase from the get-go, the goal is to build a global farming empire – with absolutely no hand-holding. Just as in real life, in Free Farming the player’s success depends on their efficiency and decision-making skills.

South Africans will be able to buy a physical copy of Pure Farming 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC at local retailers such as BT Games, C.N.A, Game4U, Musica, Takealot.com, RARU.co.za or Loot.co.za. Ster-Kinekor Entertainment will then pay the donation over to Agri SA to further assist local farmers benefiting from the Drought Aid.

Developed by Ice Flames and published by Techland Publishing, Pure Farming 2018 will be available for PC and leading current-gen consoles on March 13th, 2018.

Follow Pure Farming 2018 on Facebook and Twitter, and stay up to date with all announcements through the official website.


BT Games

BT Games has a new look and that new look and store launched in Port Elizabeth recently.

LOADING COMPLETE… today we are thrilled to announce a new-look BT Games! We continue our mission to offer our customers…

Posted by BT Games on Wednesday, 28 February 2018


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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