SA Gaming News Wrap

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Another week and another healthy dose of gaming activity in South Africa. Pity we need to kick it off with a reminder of bad news…

South African Gaming

We generally hate negativity when it comes to our small but growing scene in the country, but one can’t help feeling a little gloomy about the future of our much loved pastime.

It probably doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that due to a weakening Rand and climbing interest rates, price increase on gaming hardware and software is likely to go in one direction, and that’s up. The depreciation of the Rand has affected the price of the next batch of PS4s coming to SA, but Ster Kinekor is still working on the exact price.

Just when you think you may be able to save a little by shopping digitally, another sucker punch is landed. From 1 April the South African Revenue Service will implement the Electronic Services Regulations. Essentially, VAT will now be applied to “any supplier of electronic services from an ‘export country’ to any resident in South Africa, or where payment is made from a local bank.”

While gamers may get a little riled by this, one needs to also keep in mind that it affects “educational services” (such as online courses) and eBooks, among others, meaning any attempt to educate oneself is an attempt that will now cost 14% more.

For more detail on what is being taxed, check out MyBroadband.

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Afrihost Call of Duty LAN

Unfortunately, we couldn’t be in attendance at the Afrihost sponsored Call of Duty Ghosts event in Gauteng this past weekend, which boasted the largest cash pool as a prize in console gaming in SA yet. With R10,000 up for grabs for first place, it was Team Adept that walked away winners, while Arte Conservatus scored R6,000 in second place and Insane Gaming grabbing a cool R4,000 for third.

The video from the final as recorded by AnC Gaming. Shoutcasting by HoldenZA and ChutneyBoi.

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Call of Duty Championship

Don’t forget that South Africa has a spot in the biggest Call of Duty console tournament in the world which happens in Los Angeles over the last weekend of March. Currently there are (only) 19 teams registered, so if you haven’t done so yet, REGISTER. The SA qualifier (an online one) will be happening on 22 February.

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DoGaming League

This year’s DGL has grown to be the biggest one yet. 5700 gamers (a record number of contestants) have registered, which marks a growth of 36% from last year.

[More on DoGaming]

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Orena

Orena has announced their first three online tournaments of 2014. The three events boast a total prize pool valued at R40,000 and kick off from 4 March.

First up is CS:GO and starts on 4 March, and runs until 9 March. Details and registration here.

Dota 2 follows from 11 March. The cup runs until 16 March and up for grabs is R12,500 cash, along with SteelSeries items. Details and registration here.

The March events end with League of Legends from 18 March until 23 March. Details and registration here.

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Donate to Play

On Saturday (8 February) from 12pm you can support a worthy cause if you’re in Gauteng. Fellow South African gaming site ITF Gaming will be hosting a fundraising FIFA tournament in conjunction with Ballers Indoor Football Arena for the ‘Help Save Brogan’ fund.

The PlayStation FIFA 14 tournament will have a R100 entry fee, but the event will also feature a kid’s play area, soccer events and food.

More about the cause and the event can be found on ITF Gaming.

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Upcoming Events

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For more events happening this February, head here.

You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our (new and improved) 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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Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.