SA Gaming News Wrap

The SA Gaming News Wrap – gathering the local news, events and other titbits in one spot so you don’t have to. Because zombies are really nice that way.

Let’s start you off with things you may have missed elsewhere:


Upcoming Events

ACGL have some online tournaments this weekend for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Injustice 2. Details can be found here. The tournament action will continue next week with a fresh bout of events.

There’s some regular CS:GO and Hearthstone action happening with season two of the ESL African Championships. We suggest hitting the ESL Africa Facebook page for stream details.

There’s a couple of other activities happening this weekend around the country:

  • Xbox Playdates ZA are hosting their playdates series throughout September. The Thursday evening events start at 8pm, while the Friday F1 events begin at 9pm. You can get more information here about the regular gaming play dates.
    • 28th – Gears of War 4
    • 29th – F1 2016
  • Tekken 7 fans inGauteng, there’s a tournament for you Saturday (23 September) from 9am. The DeeTwenty Tekken 7 Mini-Tournament has a R55 cover charge with a prize pool. The tournament is being hosted at 85 Jan K Marais Street, Malanshof in Randburg and interested players can find out more here.
  • The OvF September LAN starts 10am on Saturday and runs until Sunday at the Brakpan NG Kerk. Tickets are R100.00 per person. Additional information can be found on the event page.

Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:


Competitions & Giveaways


Mettlestate

Matrix Warehouse Maverick Challenge

Pulse Gaming took the recent R50,000 Matrix Warehouse Maverick Challenge. You can catch the aftermovie below and check out thee photos from the event here.

At long last, Pulse Gaming are the lone survivors on the #RoadToPro and so they are the Matrix Warehouse Maverick…

Posted by Mettlestate on Saturday, 16 September 2017

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CASTAR

The final four have been decided and it is now down to final judging.

We said 3 finalists, but with 1 like separating 3rd and 4th – we're offering up 4! Congrats to ISO_Wolf, Kaameel…

Posted by Mettlestate on Wednesday, 20 September 2017


rAge 2017

rAge is a mere two weeks away (6 to 8 October if you haven’t booked it in your diary yet) and it seems the 15th edition of the expo is growing daily. There’s over R100,000 in prizes being given away and now VS Gaming has signed up as headline sponsors for the expo.

You can find out more about the recent announcement by hitting the press release below.

rAge 2017 Details

  • Date: 6 to 8 October 2017
  • Venue: Ticket Pro Dome, Gauteng
  • Cost: R120 (Day) | R300 (Weekend)
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

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15 YEARS OF AWESOME GAMING AND A NEW HEADLINE SPONSOR

rAge is all set to celebrate!

As rAge prepares to celebrate 15 years of awesome gaming, technology, gadgets and all things geek, exhibitors and visitors are gearing up for a festival of fun like never before.

To celebrate #15yearsofawesome, rAge and NAG have added a little extra to the mix. There’s a massive prize giveaway (valued at over R100,000.00) for visitors to potentially win. Details on this “once in a rAge lifetime” competition are available on the NAG website, or look out for the Prize Box at Entrance 1 to The Ticketpro Dome, which will be filled with all the awesome goodies that have been sponsored by the rAge exhibitors.

Michael James, Senior Project Manager of rAge, has this to say: “15 years of rAge. Wow. I remember a line from the movie Meet Joe Black, where Anthony Hopkins talks about getting older, and he says, “65 years. Don’t they go by in a blink?” It’s always a rollercoaster ride getting to rAge each year. So much hard work by so many people isn’t something you forget easily, nor is it something that goes by in a blink. It’s been one hell of a journey from our first terrifying event back in 2002 to what we’re doing now in 2017, an incredible 15 years later. It’s still terrifying, but always amazing, always exciting, always a learning experience that’s different each year. It’s a bit obvious and clichéd to say I look forward to the next 15, but I really do. I love this job. I wouldn’t do anything else.”

rAge is also proud to announce VS Gaming as the headline sponsor for rAge this year. The ever-increasing focus and growth that rAge has seen over the past few years for spectator and esports activities means that this partnership will further highlight the importance of competitive gaming in South Africa.

“We as VS Gaming are extremely excited to be the headline sponsor of rAge for 2017. rAge is a significant stakeholder in the gaming industry and this partnership means together we can help grow the esports industry as a whole, which is fundamentally our main aim. rAge is where we play our champions league and where the best and most professional players showcase their talents, and it is this professional segment that is the main pillar of VS Gaming,” says Cambridge Mokanyane, CEO of VS Gaming.

In addition, OMEN by HP, along with Intel, Aruba and MWEB, are sponsoring the NAG LAN.

“We are inspired by the increasing role of competition in the modern gaming lifestyle, the new OMEN by HP line is built for today’s gaming community. OMEN by HP is bringing gamers a completely new portfolio of products this summer, leveraging customer insights from the gaming community, to give esports athletes and competitive gamers an edge. This new range will be available at the OMEN by HP store at rAge. Along with reinventing the OMEN portfolio, partnering with rAge demonstrates HP’s focus on the growth of esports in South Africa,” said David Rozzio, HP Inc. South Africa Managing Director.

“With the launch of a new, cutting-edge and comprehensive portfolio of OMEN by HP gaming products, HP is celebrating the competitive spirit that burns inside all gamers,” he added. “HP is dedicating itself to helping grow esports by investing in the culture, and our partnership with rAge is a big step in pursuing that goal,” concluded David.

Tickets to rAge are on sale now at all Ticketpro outlets and online, or you can purchase them at the door.

Dates: 6 October – 8 October 2017
Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 09:00-16:00
Day ticket: R120 per person (tickets available at the door or via Ticketpro outlets)
Weekend ticket: R300 per person (tickets available at the door or via Ticketpro outlets)
Kids under 6: Free
Venue: Ticketpro Dome  | Cnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road | Northriding, Johannesburg | GPS: 26 03’48.39”S / 27 56’35.54”E

www.rageexpo.co.za

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ESL African Championship

ESL Africa sees the finals of their CS:GO and Hearthstone culminate at rAge 2017 on 6 to 8 October. Alongside the main events, the 500sqm stand will also host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering on 7 October, an Overwatch competition and Kwesé-related media devices.

The four final teams participating in the CS:GO finals are Limitless.gg and Vibora from North Africa, and Bravado Gaming and Energy eSports from South Africa.

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Kwesé Gamer to host ESL African Championship finals at rAge 

The annual rAge video games exhibition has over the years proven why it is the biggest gathering of video games and technology lovers in South Africa.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary from 6 – 8 October 2017, Every year, you can largely expect more of the same – plenty of brand-new games, an incredible amount of playable titles and a host of activities for visitors.

But one thing that will be vastly different this year, is that Kwesé Gamer will officially have exhibition space. Not only that, but clocking in at over 500 square meters it will be one of the largest at this year’s expo.

The massive arena erected by Kwesé Gamer will host the ESL African Championship finals, where the top two teams from the South African and North African group stages will battle it out to be crowned Africa’s ESL CSGO champion.

With seating for many eager South African esports fans, visitors will be able to watch all the action on massive screens on the side of the stage.

Kwesé will also be bringing two well-known international casters to rAge, to be officially announced at a later date.

If CSGO is a bit too fast-paced for passers-by, Kwesé Gamer will once again host a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering on Saturday 7 October. The top three players on the day will go head-to-head to win their share of R10?000.

As part of the ESL African Championship, the Hearthstone portion’s finals will also be played at rAge, while the action will be broadcast live on Kwesé Gamer’s Facebook page and Twitch channel.

As an added bonus for esports fans, Kwesé Gamer will also host an Overwatch competition. Blizzard’s team-based shooter recently announced a new one-versus-one mode, and Kwesé Gamer will give players an opportunity to try out the mode while also competing for various prizes.

For rAge visitors who want to know more about Kwesé and its streaming devices, Kwesé Play will be on hand to demonstrate the Kwesé-branded Roku device.

As an official Netflix partner in South Africa, users who purchase a Kwesé Play device for R1599 will receive a 3-months Netflix subscription gift exclusive to Kwesé.

By connecting the Kwesé-branded Roku device to an internet connection and a television, users will be able to stream over 100 channels, including Netflix, TED, Red Bull TV, NBA League Pass and various channels from Kwesé itself.

Catch all Kwesé Gamer’s behind-the-scenes videos in the build-up to the ESL African Championship final at rAge on the official ESL African Championship Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ESLAfrica/)Kwesé Gamer’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kwesegamer)
or on Kwesé’s YouTube (https://youtu.be/DreU14FegO8)

Our first video is up check it out!

Kwesé has also announced that international casters Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott and Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole will be part of the ESL African Championship broadcast team.

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Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott and Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole to cast at ESL African Championship

Kwesé Gamer and ESL Africa are proud to announce that international esports casters Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott and Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole will be attending the annual rAge expo for the ESL African Championship final.

The ESL African Championship finals, to be held from 6 – 8 October, will see the top two North African teams face off against the best two South African teams.

The entire spectacle will be streamed live on the Kwesé Gamer Facebook page and ESL Africa’s Twitch channel.

Scott and O’Toole will lend their casting abilities and trademark style to the talent deck of the grand finals, alongside a host of local commentators, panellists and analysts.

Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott

The 27-year-old British national contracted to ESL has been involved in esports for over 10 years, and started casting from her bedroom before the word ‘esports’ entered the main English lexicon.

Casting the Battlefield franchise, World of Tanks and Dirty Bomb, Scott is most widely known for her Counter-Strike: Global Offensive casting ability.

“Most people know me from casting games like CS:GO and Call of Duty or Enemy Territory depending on how old you are, but my casting career hasn’t always reflected what I was playing during my evenings. I have been a huge fan of military sim games from around 2011 when I first picked up ARMA 2’s expansion pack Operation Arrowhead,” Scott explained to ESL.

Most recently Scott was the main caster and host for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational at this year’s Gamescom, and commentator for ESL One: New York 2017.

“I missed that gritty feeling ARMA games gave me, then we heard about Battlegrounds. Fast forward from where it started to where it is now, I have put in more hours than anyone that I know and my reward is knowing that I hate people who go to Pochinki and keep a shotgun late game.”

Additionally, Scott has been in the driving seat for some of the biggest ESL tournament in the world, which includes ESL One: Cologne 2014 – 2017, Intel Extreme Masters XI – Oakland, and this year’s Intel Extreme Masters XI – World Championship.

Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole

O’Toole started his professional career at the very young age of 16, playing for United 5 in North America. One of the premier tournaments that United5 played in, was the 2003 CPL Winter Championship – where United5 placed 7th.

After a somewhat lengthy playing career, O’Toole realised that he still wanted to be involved in esports but couldn’t spend around 45 hours a week practising or competing.

Making the decision to step away from tournaments as a competitive player, he contacted a local team and asked if he could broadcast some of their games as a hobby. Through hard work and dedication, O’Toole managed to evolve into an anchor, analyst and commentator for Room on Fire, a freelance casting team based in the USA.

As O’Toole explained to MLG’s Chris Puckett, “it all just blew up from there. It wasn’t something planned or expected. The game just got to that level.”

Also known as the ‘Bald Eagle’, the former professional Counter-Strike 1.6 player has some high-profile casting gigs under his belt.

This year alone he served as an analyst for PGL Major Kraków 2017’s Offline Qualifier, a commentator for ESL One: Cologne 2017, and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017. Most recently he served as commentator for ESL One: New York 2017.

Other than commentating at the ESL African Championship finals at rAge, O’Toole will also be attending ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 in October as a commentator and analyst, and in November will be serving as commentator for ESL Pro League Season 6 – North America.

ESL African Championship at rAge

Kwesé Gamer and ESL Africa are incredibly excited to have Scott and O’Toole on board for the finals.

The massive arena erected by Kwesé Gamer to host the ESL African Championship finals will be one of the largest at this year’s expo.

With seating for many eager South African esports fans, visitors will be able to watch all the action on screens on the side of the stage.

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Jengo Goes to rAge

Locally developed game Jengo will make its first African appearance at rAge.

Robot Wizard will be showing off the game at stands HC 14 and 15, and while playing the game is the focus, one budding voice actor may get their opportunity to become the voice of the game.

The #FindingJeff campaign (to find said voice) will be held at the booth, so you can start preparing for your audition now.

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Thought we forgot about you, huh?

Following our successful trip to Gamescom in Germany, the time for local gamers to get their hands on Jengo has arrived!

For the first time on African soil, Jengo’s Gamescom demo will be playable at rAge, which will also give gamers the opportunity to their thoughts on the game with the developers.

Not only will the game be playable but you will also be able to buy some sweet Jengo merchandise – just in time for summer.

But wait… there is more!

Earlier this year we conducted a search for voice over talent, and while the response has been phenomenal, we are still on a quest to find the missing ingredient – the voice of Jeff.

To kick off the campaign, Robot Wizard will be launching #FindingJeff at our booth at rAge. If you think you have the voice for our main character, you can easily audition at our stand.

Who knows? You might become the voice of our hero and postpone the apocalypse!

The team will be providing lines for entrants to read, but don’t let that stop you going absolutely crazy with your own lines.

But don’t despair if you don’t make the final cut, as you could even be suitable for another voice-over role in the game. So come along and show us what your voice is made of.

Just as a side-note, the official voice-over recordings for the final game will take place towards the end of production next year.

Before we go, we wanted to share another DevBlog showcasing the making of our intro song, composed and performed by Jared Gunston and Yvette Barnard.

The team is incredibly proud of what has been created so far, and in case you missed all the Gamescom action, check it out now on our YouTube Page.

We look forward to seeing all you

Regards,

Robot Wizard
Locate us as Stand No: HC 14 & 15 under Robot Wizard

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xTc Esports

Posted by XTC Esports on Tuesday, 19 September 2017


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