Inter-Schools

Another fantastic week of gaming has come and gone. If you missed out, it’s most probably because you don’t visit the zombies often enough.

FIFA 14 Inter-Schools

On Monday 14 April, the first of our (yes, as in the zombies) inter-school events took place at the MWEB Mcave.

Over the past few months, Fairmont High School and Fairbairn College (both from the northern suburbs of Cape Town) have become part of a larger plan to get eSports into schools. Having already hosted FIFA 14 at both schools, and Call of Duty at Fairmont (with the team then taking part in the recent MWEB GameZone LAN), it was time t put the pupils from each school up against each other in a FIFA 14 event for bragging rights – and to become trendsetters to others.

The top four players from each of the two schools faced off in a round robin tournament to determine the winning school. Three points were awarded for each win and one point for a draw.

Inter-Schools_01Right from the first round, Fairbairn stamped their authority on proceedings, with three of the four matches going their way, and one ending in a draw. There were goals aplenty too, and Fairmont had a lot of work to do to make a comeback in the second round. The goal rate slowed slightly for round two, but Fairbairn continued to exert pressure and started to mark an early victory with three wins out of four for the round, while Fairmont bagged their first win.

Round three ended the event as a contest, as Fairbairn grabbed three wins out of four again, with the fourth match ending in a stalemate. With jut pride to play for, all the matches in the final round were tight affairs. Niklas – who ended undefeated in his four matches – took his match 1-0 against Keegan. Nathan and Devon ended 0-0, while Fairmont’s Daniel grabbed a thrilling 3-2 win over Deogracias. The last match of the event ended 2-2 with both Yashen and Asimkile having their chances to grab the win.

In the end, Fairbairn accumulated 34 points to Fairmont’s 10 and are now reigning champions in the FIFA 14 inter-schools event which is preparing to expand to more schools in the Cape over the coming months. Fairmont are calling for a rematch, but on Call of Duty, and we are not ones to turn a deaf ear.

Fairmont vs. Fairbairn Standings

We would like to thank the pupils, teachers and schools in general for getting involved in the program. A thanks to MWEB for the support and space to facilitate the battle. You can also watch for another article on the MWEB GameZone site by Zombie Dredd in the coming days. We would also like to extend a thanks to Mandy Watson of Brainwavez for her constant support and coverage of the school’s events.

More photos from the event can be viewed here.

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SA Call of Duty

In one of the most unexpected and sudden changes to a team roster in the South African console scene, Team Adept has called it a day, only to reappear and merged with F34R. F34R will now feature two teams – F34R Adept and F34R TBG.

The rosters for each of the teams is as follows:

F34R Adept – Damage | Hazards | Calden | Jakez
F34R TBG – Zeus | Riptide | Aj | Google

As to what has happened to Adept Youth, well that, plus more details will be revealed as soon as we have them.

Read some of our previous coverage of F34R and Adept.

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Southern Barbarians

The team that we prefer to call Team South Africa have beaten Sweden in the winner’s bracket final of the ESL Battlefield 4 Country Championship. The 2-1 win means the SA team will now face either Sweden or Finland who play each other in the loser’s bracket final.

The current bracket can be viewed here.

Show the local guys some support and like their Facebook Page.

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Gaming World SA LAN

GWSA_01On Saturday 12 April, five teams descended on Gaming World SA’s HQ for a double elimination Call of Duty Ghosts LAN event.

With very few of the teams featuring their usual full roster of players, it was always going to be an interesting tournament to see how well (and how quickly) pick-up players would slot in with the established team members. Of the five teams, Agency and ZTOM were probably the closest to a full contingent (Agency featured Opulence Frost), while AA was made up of Team Adept and Team Astra players, RiZe featured two RiZe members and two pick-ups, and That FISH was made up of two of the FISH players and two That Gaming players. So there was quite a variety of clans represented on the day.

The first two rounds were decided by a best of three, while the semi-finals and final were best of five affairs. ZTOM were the earliest casualties of the tournament, losing twice and saying adios in the first round of the loser’s bracket. That FISH claimed the fourth spot after making it to round two of the loser’s bracket, while Agency were third place finishers. The top two teams on the day were the AA chaps and RiZe, however, it was the double As that took the final 3-1.

You can view the bracket from the day here.

More photos can be viewed here.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the fantastic setup on hand on the day for the stream. Broadcasting equipment was supplied by Rozier van Blerk and included plenty of equipment that would make most local streamers pretty damn envious.

Gaming World SA is heading to Durban next to host a bring your own event on 24 and 25 May, with the venue to be confirmed.

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FIFAChamps

FIFAChamps_01Saturday also entertained the FIFAChamps tournament for FIFA 14 players on PS3.

Around 20 players were in attendance at Lounge Relax Play in Canal Walk to compete for the first (and only) prize of R1000. After battling through a group stage and on to a play-offs, Talieb Mohamed bagged his first FIFAChamps title against newcomer Yaseen.

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Photos from the event can be seen here.

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Ground Zero

Ground Zero is hosting a League of Legends tournament at their next LAN on 7 June 2014. The action kicks off at 9am and runs until 9pm. It’s a bring your own event, and the tournament itself will be a 5v5 one.

You can email admin@gzgaming.co.za for more information.

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GamersXtreme

GamersXtreme have just completed their inaugural LAN event, and already have plans for their next one. Keep the 23rd and 24th of May open. More details to follow.

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HearthBattles

HearthBattles has opened registrations for its “first Premier Tournament since the inception of Battlecoins”. The tournament is scheduled for 26 and 27 April with registration running until 24 April.

Up for grabs is a $20 Steam Voucher from Evopoints for the first place finisher. Second place will bag 50 Battlecoins, while third place gets 30 Battlecoins.

More details can be found here.

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Videos

“Pro-Gaming” featured on local TV again. This time on the Expresso Show on SABC 3. Ignore the uninformed presenter and celebrate another mainstream mention of SA eSports.

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Upcoming Events

  • This weekend is the Liberty LAN at Emperors Place. The event runs from Friday 18 April until Sunday 20 April.
  • The online Dota 2 MSSA tournament is scheduled for Saturday 19 April. It’s online, and you can find out more here.
  • We will be hosting a Gears of War 3 ‘Wingman’ tournament on 26 April at TrenchtownDetails here.

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For more events happening this April, head here.

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.