South African Console eSports and Events Round-up

… Because we care.  Really.  We do.  So we thought we’d give you a little update on what’s happening at the moment in the console competitive and even social scene.  However, there is always some bad news to go with the good news, so shall we start with the bad stuff first?

Bad stuff

It appears that FIFA 13 on Xbox 360 has been left off the DoGaming League’s roster for 2013 with the focus sticking to the PC and PS3 versions.  I can hear the hissing and booing from the Cape Town FIFA community right now, as there is a large Xbox 360 contingent in the Mother City.

That being said, DoGaming League’s list of games for 2013 looks like its kept its focus on PC competitive gaming (only Forza 4 for Xbox 360 and Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 looks like they might make a showing next year), meaning it’s a good time for some of the independent console tournament hosts to step up.

Good stuff

One of the “independent” tournament hosts is the Xbox 360 clan DTF who have been running the Battlefield 3 Squad Rush Tournament.  The double elimination tournament started off with 17 willing teams and heads into the third round of matches in the next few days.  While there have been some tough battles between the combatants, Team Retribution has had a flawless run in their first two rounds.  On paper they must be looking like one of the favourites, but DTF Charlie might have something to say about that.  In the loser’s bracket, FLS Seals are now on a serious two win streak after being beaten in their close first round game against XtaZ.  The tournament should come to a gripping and explosive conclusion in the next two to three weeks.

While the Battlefield 3 tournament is a self-financed effort showing a genuine community spirit, the Halo 4 Tournament is one with some financial muscle behind it.  Hosted by Microsoft SA, the big draw card – other than Halo 4 is a rather splendid multiplayer romp – is that the winners will get an all expenses paid trip to GamesCom 2013.  Now I bet you’re racing off to register.  Sadly, you’re too late, as the tournament has already completed round one, with round two (and three for the Lone Wolves) happening this weekend.  With 96 lone wolf players and 14 clans still remaining in the tournament it really is still early days to call out favourites, but come the next round (on 1 December) the contenders for the crown should be making themselves known.

The loads of other stuff

There’s plenty more happening in the world of local eSports too over the next week or so.  This weekend sees GecoSports host three events at their venue.  Friday is their FIFA 13 Pro Tournament on PS3 at 7pm, while on Saturday they are hosting a StarCraft II PC LAN from 7pm and they will round off a busy weekend at the venue with a FIFA 13 Pro Tournament on Xbox 360 from 3pm.

If that’s not enough FIFA for you, then head to Eastwoods in Tygervalley for the ‘Eastwoods FIFA Champs’ on Saturday which kicks off from 1pm and has the 16 players battling for top honours and an Xbox 360 console.

Finally – unless we’ve missed something of course – remember to keep 30 November open for the next 2upGamers event.  While not strictly eSports, it will be the Wii U South African launch party and will also feature some Black Ops 2 free-for-all action.

Please note, if we have missed an event in the next week or so, it might be because we didn’t know about it.  As much as we pretend to be know-it-alls, we’re not actually, and need your help in keeping up to date with all the happenings around this place we all call home. You can also keep up with everything happening by visiting our Calendar.

**UPDATE**

The Magic 2013 1v1 tournament hosted by clan CMR draws to comes to it’s conclusion on Friday.  16 players started out and only two remain – who will be the winner between Frostbite ZA and Ze Snake?  Not too sure, but we can say, the community keeps on winning if the community keeps on participating.

About Zombie Dredd

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