SA Gaming News Wrap

This past week, and the one coming up is – as always – packed with activities most likely happening in your neck of the woods. Avoid all the negativity in South African gaming, and support people who are actually making things happen.

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Trenchtown Gaming Tournament

This past Saturday (15 February) saw Trenchtown the centre of some Halo 4 and FIFA 14 action. Sadly, the turnout was not as stellar as previous events, but the 20 or so players got their desire for virtual kicks and shots sated.

The Halo 4 tournament was a 2v2 affair played out as a round robin. In a not unexpected result, the team of PupSharp (Pupsky and JSharp) swept aside all to take first place without dropping a map. The pair walked off with R450, while second place team SKGD Knights scored R200 for their efforts. You can view the tournament bracket here.

In an effort to allow the teams some retribution, we decided it was only right to end the Halo 4 with a 2v6 match. PupSharp didn’t bat and eyelid and when faced with those odds, simply won by five kills. Give someone else a chance guys…

The FIFA 14 was split into two groups who played their matches on either Xbox 360 or PS3. The top two from each group then progressed to a four man group where matches were played over Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 to determine the final overall placings.

On Xbox 360, Morne finished in top spot with Yazeed in second to secure their spots in the final group. In the PS3 group, last month’s winner Mubeen grabbed top spot with Sean in second.

The final group proved an entertaining one. With plenty of goals scored, it still managed to come down to the final match of the day between Mubeen and Sean to determine whether Mubeen or Yazeed would end top of the table, and whether goal difference – or even goals scored – would determine the winner.

In the end, Mubeen clinched his final game 2-0 played on Xbox 360 (Sean’s “home” console) to secure his second consecutive title at Trenchtown and R750. Yazeed ended second and walked off with R250.

The final standings of the group of four:

PLAYER PLYD WON DRAW LOST GF GA GD PNTS
Mubeen 9 6 2 1 16 6 10 20
Yazeed 9 5 2 2 16 10 6 17
Morne 9 3 2 4 17 13 4 11
Sean 9 0 2 7 4 24 -20 2

 

Photos from the event can be found in our Facebook Album.

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Kalahari.com Gaming Sale

Kalahari.com is running a sale on Xbox 360 and PS3 games with selected titles going for R249 individually, R399 for two, R499 for three, or R599 for four (which reflects a saving of R400).

Games on special include BioShock Infinite, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and more. You can find all the games here.

Also available is the new ‘Stingray’ Xbox 360 consoles. A 4GB standalone is available for R2199, while a 250GB console with Halo 4, Tomb Raider and one month Xbox Live Gold is selling for R2999.

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CNA Gaming Sale

From 21 February until 2 March, CNA will be running a sale on a number of titles including FIFA 14, Battlefield 3, GT6 and Call of Duty Ghosts. Generally, you can expect to save between R250 and R300 on the titles (and PS Vita) during the promotion.

The sale will be available online and in-store but stocks are limited. You will be able to purchase the items on your Edgars account with the six month interest free option.

Promo PDF: P8659_CNA_GamingNew Release_Mailer_940px

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Call of Duty Championship

It is literally days away now. On Saturday 22 February, South African Call of Duty teams will fight for their spot in Los Angeles where they will play against the best in the world for their share of one million dollars.

MWEB Gamezone will be streaming some of the matches, so we suggest watching their Twitter account (and ours) for details.

In the meanwhile, get your team registered before cut-off to avoid disappointment.

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Gaming World SA Call of Duty LAN

Gaming World SA has announced a Call of Duty LAN that will run for three days in April.

The event is scheduled for 11, 12 and 13 April in Cape Town, at the Fountains Hotel, and R15,000 cash prizes have been announced. The LAN will be for Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.

[Twitter] [Website]

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Southern Barbarians

SouthAfricanFlagIf you’re scratching your head asking “who are the Southern Barbarians?” you probably missed the drama over the ‘Team from South Africa’ that had to change their name from ‘South Africa’ to a name that sounds like it features every country in the Southern Hemisphere. That’s thanks to the MSSA, the government gaming watchdog and is its own drama not worth wasting breath on right now.

Why? Because whatever the team is called, they’re doing rather well in the ESL Battlefield 4 tournament. So well in fact that they ended top in their group with three wins from three. The team is now preparing for the knock-out phase of the tournament which kicks off on 26 February. The team will face Poland in the first round of the single elimination event.

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Mountain Dew Boot Camp

MD_01Mountain Dew is on the road around South Africa to six campuses with this year’s Boot Camp.

The event is a mixture of BMX and skating tricks, training sessions, free goodies and gaming. While Adam Woolf, Colin Loudon, Martin Stoffberg and more will show off their skills on the ramps, virtual daredevils will be able to show their skills off in SKATE 3 which offers a customised skateboard for the winner.

Gaming is being handled by 2upGamers, but there is a zombie connection too… so we will see you there.

Details of the dates and venues for Boot Camp 2014:

Date Venue
17-Feb-14 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town)
20-Feb-14 University of Cape Town
24-Feb-14 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Bellville)
27-Feb-14 University of Stellenbosch
07-Mar-14 University of KwaZulu Natal
14-Mar-14 University of Johannesburg (Kingsway)

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Hearth Battles

Local Hearthstone tournament site Hearth Battles has gone live and brings South Africans an opportunity to participate in upcoming tournaments and see how they rank against their fellow South Africans using the Elo ranking system. This will allow players to compete against each other based on their skill level.

From the website:

Hearth Battles was conceived from the idea of wanting to improve the South African Hearthstone community by offering it another competitive platform. We plan on doing this by hosting tournaments for South African Hearthstone gamers. Along with tournaments, you need prizes, and Hearth Battles will do just that, we guarantee that every tournament will have prize(s). The bigger we grow more prizes offered and of greater value. So far we have an affiliation with My Gadgets who are great supporters and promoters of local gaming.

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MSSA North West LAN Championships

The North West Championships have been delayed until 8 and 9 March 2014. The ” open championship” (registered MSSA players anywhere in the country) will be hosted at St Conrad’s College in Klerksdorp and will cost each registered player R60.

Saturday’s titles will be Starcraft II, Call of Duty Ghosts, League of Legends and Tekken Tag Tournament II.

Sunday will feature Dota, Counter-Strike, OSU and FIFA 14.

The event is a bring your own, so pack all necessary items and complete any needed game updates prior to attending. Medals and colours are up for grabs.

[via Press Release]

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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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