SA Gaming News Wrap

Another busy week in SA gaming. Plenty of highs and a few lows but always lots of braaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnssss. Humans. We mean humans. Not in a nefarious way at all.

T-Fest

T-Fest_01This past weekend marked the second T-Fest event, and the one that celebrated the Xbox One. And zombies. And gaming and socialising and fun and stuff. At least we hope so. We had fun.

The main tournament of the day was a FIFA 15 one which featured 32 players vying for cash prizes in a single elimination tournament on the Xbox One. Yashen Moodley beat all others in his race to first place in a final he won against Gary ‘Where da Money’. Some of the money in question was at least with them both.

Alongside the FIFA was a Killer Instinct tournament which was won by Neo Pete. Forza 5 fastest lap saw a blistering lap time set by Cole Govender around the Top Gear track, while Rohit M rocked his way to victory in the Guitar Hero high score competition. There were also some titles just thrown into the mix to entertain while waiting for the more serious business to happen.

It wasn’t all digital fun though, and for a little bit of fun there was a colouring-in competition which again proved more popular with the grown-ups than the younger ones. Luschano Petersen took first spot for making her Plants vs. Zombies image look suitable green, while outside, Dodgeball SA hosted a ‘Garden Warfare’ dodgeball event. We’re not too sure who won but we’re pretty sure that balls were thrown and dodged on the odd occasion.

To go along with all that were the vendors who offer some unique – and generally handmade – items, screenings of zombie films, the Anime trading station and a gaming and anime quiz (both hosted by the UCT Genshiken Society). That’s a pretty packed schedule with a little something for everyone, which is what T-Fest is all about.

As always, there’s a group of fabulous humans who are crucial to making the event happen, and they can all take a bow: Dylan Rosser, Blaque Knight, Astrid Lochner, Robert James Klarenbeek and Neal Strydom from Odd Customs. A massive thanks to the sponsors too, because it’s awesome to be supported by MWEB GameZone, Evopoints, Krafts by Witch Knight, Rebel Monkey and Arcane Tattoo Studio.

For pictures from the event, head here.

Up next for the Zombiegamer Events arsenal is the C4 LAN on Saturday, and the next T-Fest event on 25 October which will be a Sci-Fi and Horror theme. We have other events coming up, so keep your eye on us. Because we’re watching you.

MWEB  GameZone FIFA 15 Launch

MWEB FIFA15 Launch 3

Photo by MWEB GameZone

The day before we crowned our first FIFA 15 champion at T-Fest, MWEB GameZone hosted the launch party for the game with a celebrity-heavy event which saw South Africa’s first FIFA 15 tournament winners. Or as the Press Release says: “Jack Parow is SA’s first FIFA15 game champion captain”. By default that makes me the first FIFA 15 referee in South Africa. Yes I was there in a fetching yellow referee’s top. But that’s not important.

Four celeb captains (each with two of their friends and one lucky community ‘super-sub’) faced each other as one of four international teams in a venue that looked and felt fantastic – if a mock man-cave-stadium featuring stadium seating, astro-turf, Xbox Ones, 85″ Ultra HD TVs and more food and drink than you can consume is your sort of thing.

Jack Parow captained Netherlands with his two teammates Alan Meyer and Daniel Buys, while Spain was led by GoodHopeFM’s SeanO partnered with Sekoati “SK” Tsubane. Germany had Siv Ngesi with his mates Riccardo Patane and DJ Lyle, while Argentina was captained by Tapfuma Makina with teammate Katlego Maboe.

After two goal-filled semi-final matches, Germany and Holland faced each other in a tense match that had a controversial penalty awarded by the virtual referee that the real-world referee had no way to overturn. It proved to be the decisive moment in the game which Holland took advantage of on their way to a 2-1 win. For their efforts all four members of Holland (including FIFA player Roger Adamson) bagged themselves goodie bags and an Xbox One each. As did the night’s MC Carl Wastie. In case you’re wondering, the ref in yellow didn’t. Just saying.

For the full coverage of the event by MWEB GameZone themselves, head here. A number of photo albums can also be viewed. Our album can be found here, while MWEB’s is available here.

MWEB GameZone Masters Series

The final four teams have been decided for grand final LAN event of the MWEB GameZone Masters Series. On 18 October, the teams are scheduled to battle for their share of R40,000 in cash at the LAN grand finals in Cape Town. And those four teams are:

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Mountain Dew SA

Mountain Dew and Activision are joining forces for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and gamers in South Africa will have the opportunity to win an Xbox One because of this partnership. The Mountain Dew ‘Fuel Up for Battle’ promotion kicks off on 1 November 2014, and in South Africa you can “SMS a unique code on the reverse of the labels of select Mountain Dew packs (600ml, 1.5litre and 2litre) for the chance to win one of the Xbox One consoles.”

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Game Edge FIFA Tournament

This past weekend was the Bloemfontein-based FIFA tournament hosted by Game Edge which had a Mini Cooper up for grabs. The final of the event saw Gauteng-based Abubakar Ebrahim face Cape Town’s Yazeed Dollie (a regular winner at Zombiegamer hosted events). Sadly, Yazeed was not to drive home in a new car – that honour went to Abubakar (also known as ‘Abu’ and ‘Mika’).

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Braccianos FIFA 15 Tournment

Braccianos_FIFA 15_01Braccianos eSports Lounge (Brackenfell, Cape Town) has announced a FIFA 15 tournament for 18 October that offers the winner a copy of FIFA 15 and a PS4, along with WebAfrica bandwidth and asecond and third place prizes.

Entry is R100 per person and you will need to bring your A-game from the offset as it will be a single elimination tournament. Entries are limited to 32 players, so get registered by emailing stassenrick@gmail.com.

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Energy eSports

Energy eSports are heading to ESWC at the end of the month to compete in Paris for the second year in a row. However, unlike last year, it will not be the Dota 2 representing but the CS:GO Team eN.Heat.

The players representing the team are James ‘zerOchaNce’ Wijnberg, Ruan ‘ELUSIVE’ van Wyk, Ashton ‘Golz’ Muller, Thulani ‘LighteRTZ’ Sishi and Tiaan ‘T.c’ Coertzen with the support of SteelSeries and IS GAMING.

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BeZerK Gaming

BeZerK Gaming have been invited to play in the current ESL Battlefield 4 Season Cup. Sadly, the team was up against UK’s Team Infused and were beaten 2-0 in the round of 32. Team Infused were then knocked out by the EU’s MeetYourMakers who have proceeded to the semifinal round.

Win an Xbox One

Not with us unfortunately. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t want you to win one, so we’ll send you to Fortress of Solitude. Tell them we say “hi” and feel free to give them a nibble too.

OK, if that’s not enough, Lazygamer is also giving away an Xbox One. Go bite them on the shins and enter the competition. At least let us be friends with the winner.

Sales & Discounts

PlayStation SA

The opposite of a sale or a discount, but you will pay R260 more for an annual PS Plus subscription in South Africa from today. The new price is R749.00 but we’re willing to bet you can buy codes via online retailers cheaper for a while still. [More…]

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Kalahari.com

Our affiliate has the PS4 standalone (which includes a console and controller) for R5,899 if you’re not looking for a game with it.

If you’re in the market for an Xbox One, you can grab yourself a console (in a variety of bundle options) via our affiliate here. Tell them we sent you. For today only, you can get the pre-order bundle (Xbox One, controller, FIFA 15 and Forza 5) for only R5,999. Stocks are limited and special ends when supply runs out or when the clock strikes midnight on 1 October.

Evopoints

If you’re looking for Titanfall on the Xbox One, you can currently pick up a download code for the game via Evopoints for only R449, which is a steal for this gem of a game.

Videos

SA clan Xero Fracture present their Clip of the Week.

Upcoming Events

  • From 5pm on Friday (3 October), you can head to the CTU College in Roodepoort for a 29 hour ‘LAN Party‘. Entry is R30 and Modern Warfare 3 appears to be the game of focus. [More…]
  • OC is back and they kick things off this Friday and run until Sunday (5 October). The LAN is at Montague Arena and LAN seats start from R170. Details here.
  • TUKS is hosting a LAN on Saturday. Or at least they were scheduled to, but it appears as if the LAN may have been pulled. We suggest contacting the TUKS MindSport Club.

For more events happening this September, 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.