Wondering what happened in the last week around the country? And what you have to look forward to? At least, in terms of gaming and eSports? Then you’ve come to the right place.
First up, a few things you may have missed elsewhere from some local sites.
- Zombiegamer: CS: GO ESWC South African Qualifiers Announced
- MWEB GameZone: SA Gaming Hardware Coming May 2015
- MWEB GameZone: Bye Bye Kalahari – Is this going to be good for SA gamers?
- MWEB GameZone: Dota 2’s Compendium bringing together the local community?
- MWEB GameZone: A Superclocked Offer For South African PC Gamers
- MWEB GameZone: Affordable SA PC builds to play 2015’s AAA games
- MyBroadband: First look at NAG’s new sexy mascot for rAge
- Telkom Gaming: eSports
Almost every event this weekend (admittedly, we’re only aware of three) features fighting in one form or another.
On Friday night**UPDATE** postponed to 22 May from 6pm, there will be blood in the form of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X at Kamimodo E-Sports Cafe. Entry R30 but members (we assume UCT Genshiken Society members) can join for R20.
- Sticking with Kamimodo, we will be in the house (well, building) on Saturday with the Ultimate Gamer event. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, FIFA 15 and Injustice: Gods Among Us features.
- The Mortal Kombat Cup heads to Durban this Saturday. The action kicks off at 10am, and will be streamed by nAv TV. [More…]
Competitions & Giveaways
Electronics & Gaming Expo
So the Cape Town gaming expo that the cool kids are calling EGE is a go, and people are chatting about pretty much everywhere now, so we’re not going to rehash everything being said elsewhere – we’ll rather just direct you to where the information is. Tell them we said “hi” when you stop in.
- MWEB GameZone: Cape Town’s Gaming Expo is Definitely On – Everything you need to know
- MWEB GameZone: Cape Town’s Gaming and Tech Expo – Tournaments, Cosplay and More
On the competitive side of things, we’re pleased to reveal that Corsair has jumped on board and sponsored cash and products to bump up the prize pool for the ‘Corsair CS: GO Tournament’. Meanwhile, PlayStation SA has sponsored a PS4 for the Mortal Kombat X tournament, while Xbox SA has put up an Xbox One for a lucky winner – the how we will detail soon.
To get signed up for the various tournaments, you can click the links below.
- Advanced Warfare (Xbox One) Registrations
- Advanced Warfare (PS4) Registrations
- Corsair CS:GO Tournament Registrations
- Mortal Kombat X Pre-Registrations
- FIFA 15 (X360) Registrations
We will be detailing more about the activities we are involved in over the coming days.
Mortal Kombat X
This past weekend saw plenty of limb and internal organ removal around South Africa. Thankfully, there was a fair amount of it dished out virtually in a number of Mortal Kombat X tournaments hosted.
We managed to make a turn (to be fair it’s almost around the corner from me in Cape Town terms) to Games On on Saturday 9 May and in attendance were ten players eager to kick, gut and disembowel their way to first spot and the cash and other goodies up for grabs.
The double elimination bracket eventually saw the familiar face of Warren Green face the undefeated Jedd (unfortunately, somewhere in all of the action, this brain dead one forgot to ask for a surname). Jedd took first spot to retain an undefeated run to the championship, and bagged cash, a limited edition Mortal Kombat comic, NAG subscription and more. Warren did not walk away empty handed either and won a NAG subscription, poster and time voucher.
Still in Cape Town, but nestled in the northern suburbs of the city sits Braccianos eSports Lounge. That idyllic sounding setting was of course destroyed by the sound of breaking bones, pained cries and general mayhem of a 32 player single elimination tournament for Mortal Kombat X.
While the intention was to race through and witness the carnage first-hand, I had not banked on finding myself caught in traffic after something called a ‘rugby’ match, however, thanks to detective work and others just posting information in actually quite obvious places, I can bring you photos, more photos, and the bracket.
The winner of the tournament (which had a few familiar faces from the Cape Town Showdown crew in attendance) was Keagan who won a Nokia (or Microsoft we assume) Lumia 925, a KWV gift pack and a copy of the game.
Mortal Kombat Cup
Meanwhile, even further north, all the way up in Gauteng in fact, was the first round in the SA qualifiers for the Mortal Kombat Cup. Up for grabs for the eventual winner is a chance to compete in the world championships along with a limited edition PS4 and R15,000 in cash.
We’re not too sure who took the first Gauteng qualifier (although the video below suggests it was Draeka), but there are photos from the event here.
If you thought your chance of entering the tournament had passed you by, the good news is that Ster Kinekor has announced that registrations have re-opened. There’s a KZN qualifier this weekend, Cape Town on 23 May and a second Gauteng qualifier on 30 May.
MWEB GameZone Masters Series
There’s cash prize pools up for grabs and a spot in the LAN grand finals planned for later this year.
Energy eSports have revealed their new logo which was selected after the organisation held a design competition to include some of their supporters.
The winner of the competition was Pedro Loureiro who came up with this modern new tangerine logo. Well, it looks tangerine to us. Either way, we approve.
Jukes eSports Club
Full details can be found here (along with registration), but it’s a bring your own event with registration costing R200 or R400 (depending on whether you want a standard ticket or VIP ticket).
Cape Town Showdown
On 8 August at Kamimodo E-Sports Cafe in Observatory, Cape Town, CTS 5 goes down and it features four titles for players to fight over. Or in.
Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Mortal Kombat X and Guilty Gear Xrd will each feature a R500 winner’s cash prize.
Pre-registering will get you entry at R30, while walk-ins on the day will pay R40. So, get registering now.
If you didn’t know already (it’s referred to near the top as well), Orena is organising the SA qualifier for the ESWC CS: GO tournament in Montreal, Canada later this year.
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