The Silly Season of SA Gaming Events

It’s only weeks to go before you gorge yourself on Christmas dinner and drink until your cheeks turn pink and you fall drunkenly onto the couch while the gifts reveal another pair of socks from a chuffed relative.  Or maybe not.

Either way, the run up to all that has plenty in store for you if you’re a gamer residing in South Africa.

This coming weekend…

… is a beast.  Ignoring the cancellation of Pixelated Gaming Xperience, there is plenty still to do.  In fact, the cancellation of the Cape Town event frees you up for everything else.

Kicking off on Friday and running the whole weekend is the FRAG LAN.  The event happens at the UKZN Sports Science Hall in Durban kicks off from 10am and will play host to a maximum of 300 attendees.

Another all weekender event is Organised Chaos.  This PC LAN institution happens at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town and will feature the usual – erm – “casual” LAN along with tournaments.

Another LAN starting on Friday, but only running until the Saturday morning is Centurion’s DAZLAN.  The 100 seater LAN will be at its regular venue at 290 Friederiche Str, Wierda park and should be a Christmas spectacle.

Hemingways Mall in East London kicks off their “first EVER all nighter LAN Party!”  Cleverly called the All Nighter LAN, the LAN will consist of two – you guessed it – all night sessions.  You will need to be 16 or older to take part, but a legal guardian can sign an indemnity form and then leave you there claiming to have no knowledge of you.  Not that we condone that sort of parenting style…

The last LAN kicking off on Friday is the Dwarsrivier Gaming Event.  The first event by the organisers will host around 100 gamers at the Pniel Millenium Hall between Stellenbosch and Paarl.  The event runs all weekend and will feature a number of tournaments.

If you prefer your gaming a little less playing and a little more talking, then two events are happening this Friday that should be right up your alley.  Both JHBGamers and DBNGamers will be hosting events in their respective cities.

JHBGamers will be hosting an Angry Birds Star Wars event in association with Apex Interactive.  The event starts at 5pm for the public and will be at Stand 363, Olympic Duel Avenue, Northlands Business Park, Northriding.  There will be cosplay, prizes and Turtle Beach to go along with the angry birds.

On the east coast of South Africa – Durban to be precise – the DBNGamers, EA SA, Apex Interactive and Nintendo SA are joining forces to ‘Level Up’ and celebrate the one year anniversary of DBNGamers.  The event starts at 6pm and will be at Waxy’s Restaurant in Westville.  Get your hands on a Wii U, socialise and win some goodies.

While a number of these events carry over for the whole weekend, Saturday looks pretty pedestrian by comparison to Friday.  The FIFA Champs happens at the Organised Chaos event at the Bellville Velodrome from 5pm and is what the organisers are calling the “finale”.  We assume they mean for this season at least.

Taking “pedestrian” to another level (shambling is the slowest of the slow, let’s be honest) is the Black Ops 2 Zombie LAN being hosted by GecoSports with prizes sponsored by Gaming Cartel.  Kicking off at 6pm on Saturday (8 December), the LAN gleefully promises to offer seven teams “4 – 5 Hours of Zombie slaying madness”.  We shouldn’t really approve of this sort of thing.

The remainder of the weekend belongs to MainGaming.  On Saturday at The Zone in Rosebank (Johannesburg for those not from around those parts), they will be hosting a Black Ops 2 tournament with registrations starting at 10am.  On Sunday from 10am they host the start of their ‘Road to Wembley’ FIFA tournament.  Sunday’s round is at Fourways Mall, Gauteng and if you manage to win the Grand Final (still to be dated), you can score yourself tickets to the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium in London.

The rest of the month

Next week sees the return of the Eastwoods’ FIFA Tournament.  If you enjoy a virtual kick around, head to Eastwoods on Durban Road in Tygervalley (Cape Town) on Tuesday evening from around 6pm to show off your footy skills.  R20 gets you in and there are prizes up for grabs if you can prove your footwork fingerwork is superior.

Next Friday (14 December) is virtual kicking of a more violent kind.  The Cape Town Showdown guys and GecoSports will be hosting an ‘Exhibition Tournament’.  Featuring all sorts of jaw breaking games over all sorts of skill levels, there will be cash prizes if you can take a beating and dish one or two out too.

On Saturday 15 December, Cape Town Showdown continue the virtual beatings at GecoSports in Claremont, as the ‘Exhibition Tournament’ hits its second and final day.  Expect plenty of K.O.s and cries of anguish as the players strut their stuff with Super Street Fighter IV (Friday) and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Saturday) on PS3.

MainGaming takes up a fair number of your gaming days over the December period.  Along with this coming weekend’s initial events, they have a Black Ops 2 and a FIFA ‘Road to Wembley’ at Fourways Mall and The Zone in Rosebank respectively on Saturday 15 December.

They end their busy December with ‘Road to Wembley’ at Fourways Mall on Saturday 22 December and then at The Zone on Sunday 23 December.

During the course of December, there are also a number of in store and mall gaming set ups happening all around the country, so keep your eyes out for gaming related fun between the manic Festive Season shoppers.

The final event we can reveal (but only a little bit) is happening on Monday 17 December.  It will be happening on Xbox Live and will be for a very good cause.  More information is coming in the next day or two, but if ever there was a good reason to get involved with the local gaming community, this may be the best one yet.

After all that, it’s eating, drinking (whether alcohol laced or not is your choice) and family time.  We will suggest taking a little time off and then jumping back into practicing for the many events and tournaments we are sure to become a regular feature in 2013.

Please note, if we have missed an upcoming event, 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.