SA Gaming News Wrap

Not the busiest news week ever around the country but the upcoming week or so have plenty of events happening, so get supporting and enjoying them.

A couple of items you may have missed elsewhere:

Upcoming Events

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

A decent weekend of activity awaits you:

  • 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. The remaining line-up for March is:
    • 23rd – F1 2017 (Australia)
    • 28th – Halo 5 Guardians
  • 1337 LAN is happening from Friday (23 March) at 9am until Sunday (25 March) at 11:30am. The BYO LAN is the “first of its kind in Mbombela” and will feature CS:GO, Dota 2, PUBG and more. Entry is R100 per person with “great prizes” up for grabs. The LAN is at Emnotweni in Nelspruit. Additional information is available here.
  • LAN @ Gerrit Maritz is a BYO LAN at Gerrit Maritz High School in Gauteng. R130 gets you in with the LAN starting at 7pm on Friday and running for 12 hours. Additional details and contact information is available here.
  • Metro Home City is hosting a two day FIFA 18 tournament starting Saturday (24 March) at 9am. Day two sees the top 32 return from 9am to play for the PS4 Pro up for grabs. Entry is R100 a person with a player cap of 64. Head to the event page for more.
  • MSSA has the 23rd North West Championships scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will be hosted at Curro Klerksdorp and will feature esports, board games and war games. For more information, we suggest heading to their Facebook page.
  • In Kenya, there’s a Mortal Kombat XL tournament with its qualifiers on Saturday. The tournament continues on 7 April. Additional details can be found here.
  • Funderland is a 11-day event starting on 28 March at GrandWest in Cape Town. It is promising ‘fun for the whole family’ but we’re only keen on pointing out that gaming will be represented there by way of us and our sister organisations ACGL and TGN Racing Simulators. The two ACGL Minor LANs in Cape Town will be scheduled to happen at the event. For more on Funderland, head here.
  • Gaming Forum 2018 is happening at The Mesh Club from 5pm on Wednesday 28 March. For the R500 entry fee, you get 10 local industry speakers, a chance to try out Far Cry 5, access to the SA-developed Jengo, entry into a Razer giveaway and snacks. To book your ticket or find out more, head here.

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

Competitions & Giveaways

Rush Esports

NAG’s other baby Rush has been dated for 2018, and sees the event a little earlier inn the year than last year. From 29 June to 1 July 2018, Sandton Convention Centre will again play host to the esports focused baby sibling of rAge.

Full details of what can be expected are a little thin on the ground currently but 2017 marked a good variety of esports titles across the four main stages and other areas, so one can only assume that more can be expected in 2018.

What does seem to have been removed is the BYO LAN – well, it’s not mentioned in the pricing structure yet. Tickets for the event will go on sale on 1 May and cost you R60 for a day pass and R100 for a weekend pass.

To get the most up to date information about the event, we suggest keeping track of them here: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Join the RUSH and get your game on this winter

Whether you’re a long-time gaming pro, regular CS:GO player, or you’re simply interested in the world of competitive esports, Rush is the place for you this winter.  Following the very successful inaugural Rush event in 2017, the organisers are pleased to announce that the esports event will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Brought to you by the team behind the ever-popular rAge expo, Rush will host several different esports tournaments and activities over the course of three adrenaline-filled days. This multi-tournament, multi-platform, multi-game event gives visitors the opportunity to experience the exciting world of competitive gaming first-hand. Visitors to Rush will be able to see and experience the esports phenomenon live, meet and greet the participating teams and players, watch SA’s top gamers compete on-stage, and be a part of the fast-growing global esports audience.

Over the past two years, the growth of viewership for esports has been tremendous. According to SuperData, more than 258 million unique viewers per month watched popular esports titles throughout 2017, with League of Legends remaining the most-viewed esports game throughout the year.

Sam Nordmark, a freelance esports writer who focuses on CS:GO and Dota 2, says that 2018 will be another big year for esports. The industry is experiencing the most prosperous period in its history. Following a year of record expansion in 2017, esports is expected to near $1 billion in revenue by the end of 2018, according to market research firms SuperData and NewZoo.

If you’re a professional esports player, someone who just wants to have some casual fun and see if you’ve got a knack for this, or even a parent looking to find out more about your child’s obsession, Rush will have something for you.

When is Rush 2018?

29 June – 1 July 2018

Friday: 10am-7pm | Saturday: 9am-7pm | Sunday: 9am-4pm

Where is Rush 2018?

Exhibition Hall 1, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

How do I buy tickets to Rush 2018?

Tickets to Rush will be on sale from 1 May at all Computicket outlets countrywide and online. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

Day Pass (valid for entry for one day only): R60

Weekend Pass (valid for entry for all three days): R100

How do I stay connected?

To stay up to date with new announcements and additional info, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or go to

Companies interested in exhibiting at or being a part of Rush can call 011 704 2679 or email

Coverage Elsewhere:

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 and we will do our best to cover it.

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