SA Gaming News Wrap

It’s been a busy week of tournaments, but it’s even a bigger one (and a couple more) coming up. If you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, then you’ve come to the right place…

MSSA Cape Town FIFA 13 Regional

FIFA 13 MSSA MwebThis past weekend saw the crowning of Cape Town’s best FIFA 13 player on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. If you disagree with that statement, it’s probably because you weren’t there to show you were better, and that is nobody’s fault but your own. The event didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts. Originally planned to happen at the UCT’s Jameson Hall, the venue had to changed at the last minute (quite literally) to the always accommodating Games On in Rondebosch. Whether the venue change had an effect on the number of players that attended is unknown, but the number of participants didn’t quite meet expectations with a total of 22 players in the lounge.

14 players on Xbox 360 and 8 players on PS3 kicked off their matches in a bid to become Cape Town’s top player, with the most immediate return on that status being to participate in Friday’s North vs South event. The players had to become acquainted with the MSSA’s preferred tournament mode, the ‘Swiss’ system, which is meant to pit strength against strength, as this was the first regional tournament for FIFA in South Africa.

The PS3 tournament offered a pretty clear cut winner after four rounds, and that was Mubeen, who will now be representing the City of Cape Town on PS3 on Friday.

The Xbox 360 ended a lot less clear cut. Both Sean and Yazeed ended with the same number of wins after five rounds, with not even the tie-break score separating them. After some deliberation between Cape Town and the Western Cape Directors of Gaming, it was decided that both would be awarded City of Cape Town colours, but the representative for Friday night would be decided by playing a Home and Away decider. In the end, Yazeed got the win after a 1-1 draw after the two legs.

For the full results, you can hit the links below:

On the day, to lady gamers were also awarded their City of Cape Town colours for FIFA 13. Chezelle received her colours on Xbox 360, while Astrid was awarded colours on PS3.

Chezelle with Richard (Director of Gaming: Cape Town) and Glenn (Director of Gaming: Western Cape). PS3 Cape Town winner Mubeen.
Pictures by: Fraansman

For more pictures from the day, check out MWEB Gamezone’s Facebook Album.

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RA5 Black Ops 2 Tournament

Over the last few weeks, SA clan Rebel Alliance have been hosting a number of other SA clans in an invitational tournament. The tournament has now finished its group phases and has moved on to the knockout phase with the round of 14 scheduled for completion on Thursday. On the weekend, the quarter-, semi- and finals will be played and streamed. For more details, as well as the brackets, head here.

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North vs South

Jhb v CTYes, as mentioned above, this Friday sees Cape Town take on Johannesburg in a first-of-its-kind inter-regional. The event will be streamed live and will feature the FIFA 13 Cape Town players against the Johannesburg players, as well as Black Ops 2. The event is brought to you by the MSSA and MWEB, and if the list of media (including TV crews) and celebrities is anything to go by, the event will set SA console eSports on an upward trajectory like never before.

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Battlefield 3 ‘Inter-Provincial’

If Battlefield 3 is more your speed, the TCC – an MSSA affiliate club – is operating a Battlefield 3 ‘Inter-Provincial’ tournament featuring 1v1, 2v2, 5v5 and 8v8 modes. The tournament is not an officially sanctioned inter-provincial but features teams made up of players based in a number of provinces. The action is scheduled to get underway on Thursday 18 July. For fixtures, check here. For tournament rules, check here.

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MWEB Ladders Super 8

Following Friday night’s Inter-Regional extravaganza, MWEB Gamezone spends Saturday hosting the Super 8 knockouts for the 1v1 Sniper and Modern Warfare 3 ladders on both PS3 and Xbox 360. Again, as many matches as possible will be streamed live throughout the schedule (times to be confirmed) and should be an entertaining way to spend a Saturday rather than watching rugby or another infinitely less entertaining sport…

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SEGL PS3 Black Ops 2 Kickstart Cup

If you are a PS3 clan that enjoys Black Ops 2 (rather than, say, Pacman) then there is an online tournament for you starting on 22 July. The tournament runs until 4 August and entry is free. Details here.

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Western Cape Provincial

This MSSA event – and one that has missed Cape Town for a number of years – is still to be confirmed but is currently set to happen on the first weekend of August. It features PC and console competitions over a multitude of titles, but details will be revealed closer to the time.

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The H.I.V.E eSport Showdown

On 3 August¬†The H.I.V.E in partnership with Gaming Cartel will be “bringing you the biggest Gauteng console eSport showdown”. The event will feature both Black Ops 2 and FIFA 13, with entries costing R100 per game with a pizza chucked in or R80 without a pizza. Prizes are still to be confirmed, but get yourself registered via Gaming Cartel¬†and be part of showing your support for gaming in SA.

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Orena Black Ops 2 Cup

Orena will be hosting their inaugural Xbox 360 tournament over the weekend of 17 and 18 August. With over R2500 in cash prizes and products up for grabs, the Black Ops 2 hunger still burning in you should surely be fixed. Registration is free and closes on 6 August and requires ten teams minimum to proceed. So get your team registered here.

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Trenchtown Gaming Tournament

2upGamers_eSports DarkIt returns. Yes, the most recent event has only just ended, and the next one is being planned for 17 August. This time, the games will be changed a little (variety is the spice of life after all, and the rest of the world does also play other games too) and you can expect Halo 4 to be the first-person shooter of choice, FIFA 13 to make its ubiquitous return and more than one fighting game to be flexing its muscles.

Black Ops 2 fans in Cape Town (and those keen to visit) should not fret as there are plans (sorta top secret) in motion to do something a little special.

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You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa this July here, or keep your eye on our 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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