SA Gaming News Wrap

Some weeks in South African gaming are better than others. Sadly, what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors, so we’ll tell you the stuff you need to know.

PS4 Up For Grabs

Not with us sadly. However, head over to Raru and buy anything in the month of July and get entered into the draw for a PS4 (and some other stuff).

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Sales & Deals

Kalahari Logo_01Kalahari.com has opened pre-orders for the Xbox One which launches in South Africa on 23 September. Two pre-order bundles are available, each coming with two games as a bonus.

  • Xbox One 500GB Console with Fifa 15 and Forza 5 – R6299. Order here.
  • Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect, Fifa 15 and Dance Central Spotlight – R7999. Order here.

Also now available at Kalahari.com is the PS Vita Action Mega Pack which contains an 8GB memory card and five games(Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate, Batman Arkham Origins, Playstation All Stars, God Of War Chains Of Olympus and Killzone Liberation) for R559.

 

A reminder that SteelSeries has launched a campaign to get gamers using their peripherals by offering 30% off if you bring in a working (or even broken) keyboard, mouse or headset to a participating store. More details can be found here, including a list of participating retailers.

MWEB Johannesburg Call of Duty LAN

The on/off/on again/off again Call of Duty Ghosts console LAN in Gauteng is on again. The LAN is a bring-your-own event which will be hosted at the News24 building in Gauteng on 19 and 20 July. The tournament will be restricted to 16 teams (with preference given to teams and players that have paid for flights and accommodation) and will be free to enter. Prizes are up for grabs and fun will hopefully be had by all.

Registration is now open and will close on 14 July. Full details (including how to register) can be found here.


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Monday night saw the conclusion of the iVents inaugural online Call of Duty tournament. Over 30 teams battled through the group stages and on to the double elimination playoffs until it came down to the undefeated F34R_Adept against Insane Gaming in the final. In the end,  F34R_Adept dropped only their second map in the playoffs to beat Insane Gaming 3-1 and take the winner’s crown. Insane Gaming grabbed second, while XeroFracture took third place.

TournamentSA

Another (not that we mind really) online tournament organiser has started in South Africa, this time with what appears to be a focus on Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360. They are currently running their first online event, and we can only suggest following them on Twitter if you’re keen to keep up to date with the results and future events.

MSI Beat It

MWEB Gamezone has announced that they will be hosting the South African qualifiers of the MSI Beat It Dota 2 tournament.

Up for grabs for the winning team is $5000 towards their flights to the finals, with accommodation provided by MSI, and each team winning their own MSI gaming laptop.

The qualifier will be run between 6 August and 17 August with registrations opening on 16 July.

You can find out more in the MWEB Gamezone article.

HearthBattles

HearthBattles ‘Deathrattle’ Invitational sees some of the country’s best media, distributors, role players and us (by way of the awesome – until he loses – Zombie of Doom) battle it out in HearthStone.

Next match for the awesome (yes, until he loses) Zombie of Doom is against eGamer (or #egmr) and we expect nothing but awesomeness from our undead champion.

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Setting up an eSports Team

nAvTV have run an informative article about setting up your own eSports team (mainly for PC, but some tips are useful for console teams too) in South Africa. Find out more about TeamSpeak, social media and more here.

MSSA SA Flag LogoMSSA

The organisation which controlled eSports (as well as boardgames and more) and the associated national colours are no longer affiliated with SASCOC according to a Lazygamer report, meaning colours for gaming is actually no longer a thing in South Africa until someone else gets appointed.

Personally we don’t see it happening as I’m pretty sure the government has very little interest in this whole digital sport malarkey…

However, the MSSA is disputing the claim and have issued this press release:

It has come to the attention of Mind Sports South Africa that it has been alleged on a website that MSSA’s membership of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has been terminated. We wish to state that this is not true and that MSSA’s membership of SASCOC has never been terminated. Our recent correspondence with SASCOC confirms this position.

There is a dispute with SASCOC as to documentation which they say they are unhappy with. MSSA will meet with SASCOC in due course to clarify this matter.

We request members to disregard any statements which imply that MSSA has been expelled from SASCOC as being false.

Upcoming Events

  • LanX starts this Thursday (10 July) at 10am and runs until 12 July. Pre-booked tickets cost R200, while tickets bought at the door will set you back R250 at the Joni Bach Sports Centre in Pretoria North. Visit the official website for more.
  • Gaming World SA is hosting their Call of Duty Ghosts ‘Prep’ LAN on 12 July. [via Twitter]
  • If you’re looking for a spot (and live in Cape Town) to watch The International (Dota 2 $10 million tournament), then head to Braccianos e-Sports Lounge. They’ll be sure to keep you entertained for the big event.

For more events happening this July, 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.

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Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.