SA Gaming News Wrap

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The past week or so has seen a number of gaming events come and go on a variety of platforms and featuring a number of titles. Here’s a little bit of what happened at them all. Or at least the ones we are aware of.

But before we head into the results, how about a new tournament for the Xbox 360 Black Ops 2 clans out there.

eTournamentsSA

eTournamentsSA is a new tournament organiser and have announced a Black Ops 2 tournament on Xbox 360 to get themselves going.

The tournament is a 4v4 online tournament run as a “single round robin” (we assume they actually mean single elimination) restricted to 16 teams. There are no prizes up for grabs but the tournament organiser has said that this will change with future tournaments once the sponsors come onboard. Future tournaments will also have entry fees.

The tournament will run from 19 July until 28 July and the semi-finals and final will be streamed live. The ruleset for the tournament is the familiar ruleset used for the MWEB Ladders and will be a best of five rounds.

Teams interested in taking part need to email eTournamentsSA@gmail.com with your team’s name, the four members (and two reserves) and indicate the team captain.

You can also follow the organisation on Twitter to keep up to date with the tournament.

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GiB Pro-Am

The MWEB Gamezone training program for Black Ops 2 which placed eight up-and-coming teams with two coaches each to train them, and hopefully improve the overall level of competitive teams in South Africa, saw their training put to the test on Saturday 6 July. In a single elimination tournament the eight teams were cut from the umbilical cord of their coaches and thrown into the deep end to sink or swim.

The matches were at times close-run affairs with all the teams really putting in some exciting performances that hopefully made their coaches proud. In the end Orion Gaming – who probably started as underdogs due to their seeding – reigned supreme in an exhilarating final against Corrupt Minions. They took the best of five final which feature Hardpoint, SnD and CTF 3-2.

All eyes will be on the eight teams that participated in the GiB (Gamers in Beta) program during next season’s MWEB ladders to see if what they learnt will have helped improved their game against the best South African console gaming has.

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For more in-depth coverage of the matches, check out MWEB Gamezone. If you would like to catch up on the visuals, the video footage from the day is available on MWEB Gamezone’s  Twitch channel. Check the ‘Untitled Broadcast’ in the ‘Videos’ tab.

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Legends 2up 2v2 League

There is unlikely to ever be a week in South African gaming where there isn’t a FIFA tournament somewhere, and the last week and a bit proved no different.

Legends in Bellville played host to a 2v2 FIFA 13 tournament which ran over a couple of weeks in a league format. The 12 teams played each other twice until the team from Borngamers (Andrew-Lee Tobias and Francois De Sousa) took the league with 18 wins in their 22 games. Runners-up were the Console Kingz ‘Bench Warmers’ team of Francois van Schalkwyk and Rohan de Jongh. For a few pictures of the winning team, checkout the 2up Cup Facebook Album.

2up Legends 2v2 League

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FIFA Champs

A little more recently, the FIFAChamps crew hosted their monthly event at Lounge Relax Play in Canal Walk on Saturday 6 July. The tournament was based on the ConFed Cup tournament in Brazil. The players were assigned teams from the tournament, and with R1000 up for grabs, it probably felt tougher for some than others with their apointed team. In the end, it was Brazil (much like their real life counterparts) that took the honours. In fact, it was Legends winner Francois at the helm of Brazil against Ron who played as Italy, making him the current man to beat in the FIFA 13 Cape Town scene.

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StarCraft 2

Not a game we see or cover often (we’re a little confused by the whole mouse and keyboard thing), but Rusty from The Toasted Edge ran a 1v1 tournament this past weekend. Hosted at Games On Gaming Lounge, the event saw five players play out in a double elimination tournament played over a best of three rounds each. The finals were between Static and Valprax, with Valprax going undefeated and taking the tournament 3-2.

The full results from the tournament are available here, and the videos of the live stream can now be viewed on Rusty’s Twitch channel.

Another event is being planned for around two months time, and we will let you know once a date has been confirmed.

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Orena Black Ops 2 PC Tournament

New tournament organisers Orena hosted their inaugural competition this past weekend. Run over 6 and 7 July and encompassing 19 matches, the online tournament saw ten teams battling for the R2500 cash prize pool and sponsored prizes from NAG. In the end, Bravado. X51 took the final over iM’Blops2 and scored R1500 cash along with NAG subscriptions and entry to this year’s rAge.

Some footage from one of the matches. For more check out PhaZeD’s Youtube channel.

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