Microsoft isn’t hosting a Halo 5 World Champs viewing party anymore

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[Update] Microsoft has unfortunately cancelled the viewing party. No free pizza for you.

“We have had to cancel the Halo viewing party due to unforeseen circumstances. We will however be hosting a similar party in the coming months and will keep you updated on the new timing.”

Original article as follows:

Because our eSports guy lives in a weird bubble, he’s completely failed to tell you that we’ve got a local team competing in the Halo World Championships. The lovely lads from ViNCO Gaming are playing in the EMEA regional Halo finals in Cologne, Germany this weekend.

We will, of course, be cheering the chaps on from the comfort of our homes, because we’re not all that fond of leaving them. But if, perchance you are okay with putting pants on and seeing other people (and you live in JHB), Microsoft is putting on a bit of a party to watch the team play.

This Saturday, you can head off to Microsoft’s Johannesburg offices to watch our own Spartans battle for a spot in the world champs. Should they place in top two the EMEA regionals, they’ll stand a chance of competing at the Halo 5 World Champs in March – and a stake in the prize pool which sits at around $2 000 000.

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On top of being able to watch the lads from ViNCO play, you’ll be able to play in a smaller halo tournament, eat on Microsoft’s dime and win some prizes during the course of the day.

Says Microsoft:

In addition to the main viewing event, we will have the following activities happening throughout:

  • A Halo tournament
  • Pizza and cool drinks for lunch
  • Prizes and giveaways throughout the day

Here are the pertinent details, should you wish to head through:

Date: Saturday, February 6
Time: 12:00PM  – 18:00PM
Location: 3012 William Nicol Drive; Bryanston; Johannesburg

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Last Updated: February 3, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • So they are offering free pizza to everyone? I wonder how many hobo’s watch Halo?

    • Here’s the thing…I’m not all that keen on watching Halo (soz ViNCO, my long-standing Halo hate is legendary) but I am always up for free pizza. 🙂

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Ag I won’t mind watching, but it’s the pizza and (hopefully beer) and mingling I’ll miss

      • VampyreSquirrel

        You don’t have to watch… do you? Go grab pizza and talk to the other Halo-Haters (includes me) in the back of the room… or down the hall… or in the pub.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’d love to, but I’m washing my hair, will have a headache & the dog ate my plane ticket.

  • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Commander Admiral Chief


    I could have been there!

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’ll see what else I have on next week Saturday… I might just pitch so I can socialize with the pizza… WAIT… I mean with you fine people.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Ummm, it’s THIS week Saturday

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Yeah… that’s what I meant… I think. NEXT Saturday I’m not available, that I know.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          A pity, I’m not available THIS Saturday. My wife is doing the bride’s hair, and we got an invite to a wedding where I only know my wife.

          Yay, fun

          • DragonSpirit009

            Dude I feel your pain!! Really I do!

          • VampyreSquirrel

            WOOHOO! I hate those… so much.

            I doubt your wife will be happy with you if you “go to the toilet” and run off to Bryanston for the duration of the wedding 😛

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            That does sound like a round of “I’ll sit here, holding my wife’s hand while I watch everyone and avoid contact at all costs…at ALL COSTS…”

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Not quite, I’m quite sociable. However, this is interfering with my gaming, so I’m grumpy

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I remember going to an old friend of mine’s wedding, we hadn’t seen each other for probably 8 years and out of the blue… anyway, I didn’t know anyone at the wedding and it was raining cats and dogs, the size of buses, so I couldn’t even use the excuse of “catching some fresh air”… It was a very awkward 6 hours…

  • HairyEwok

    Or I could just buy myself pizza and drinks, stay outside of my pants and watch it over the internet?

    • Hammersteyn


    • HvR

      I do not see a problem taking off your pants in the M$ offices, if anybody complains say you are aware of the issue and is working on it and will hopefully release an update to fix the problem ASAP.

  • Well, shit.

    • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Is my Discuss going wonky or something, the time stamps for comments are 1 day ago O.o

    • HvR

      Old article that got updated

      • Ahhhh ok

      • I am usually MIA first two working days of every month 😛

  • Mike E. Delta

    Wait, y’all are in South Africa..? =s

    • Yessir! Most of us, anyway.

      • miaau

        physically or spiritually, once from here… always here…. so I am told by some expat friends.

  • HairyEwok

    Ag jis, they came online and saw you guys just talking about taking pizza and running away, thats why they cancelled.

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