Last year when I attended the Electronic Gaming Expo I was pleased to see that they were placing emphasis on eSports – having two closed off areas for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Call of Duty. Gaming Expos in South Africa are far and inbetween bar the few small ones. rAge has always held the torch high, but they made a crucial mistake of not jumping on the eSports bandwagon sooner. Sure, one could argue that this country wasn’t ready to put on a fantastic showcase of eSports, and this year at the Cape Town rAge there was a large DGL competition, but the addition of the dedicated “eSports Arena” at EGE is a breath of fresh air.
We first heard of the “eSports Arena” last month when Orena announced their ESWC Qualifiers which would take place at EGE in July. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive won’t be the only eSport in the Arena, and resident tournament host Zombiegamer has made sure of that.
“Competitive titles planned for 2016 include Call of Duty Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4, FIFA 16 on console, Hearthstone, Halo 5, Mortal Kombat XL and Street Fighter V, with more to be confirmed. All the titles will feature cash prizes for the competitors, and details of the tournaments will be announced via Zombiegamer.
“Some titles will feature pre-EGE qualifiers, along with additional qualifying opportunities at EGE from 29 to 31 July. Call of Duty will feature both an online qualifier and the opportunity for teams to try again at a LAN tournament at EGE. FIFA 16 will feature a LAN qualifier prior to EGE to seed four players, while additional opportunities will be offered over the weekend at EGE. Halo 5 will see the top two teams from an online qualifier playing for the money on stage at EGE, while Mortal Kombat XL, Street Fighter V and Hearthstone will feature tournaments at EGE.”
The eSports Arena will not only hold some of South Africa’s best gamers. The public will have their chance to compete as well!
“Additionally, on the Friday (29 July 2016) a special set of tournaments will be hosted for High School pupils. School goers who attend the expo on the Friday wearing their school uniform will be allowed free entry for the day, and will be entitled to compete in a FIFA 16 and Street Fighter V tournament for vouchers and product up for grabs. The tournaments will both be limited to 64 participants with the finals scheduled to be played on the eSports stage.
“Alongside the formal tournaments will be a number of demo matches, fastest lap events and ‘King of the Hill’ tournaments open to all attendees of the expo at no additional charge. The King of the Hill tournaments will be open for a limited period of time and to a limited number of players who will compete for the longest running winning streak and prizes in the shape of vouchers and products. The opportunity to participate in new and tournament titles will hopefully encourage additional interest in tournaments in the future, but should also prove to be just a lot of fun.”
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Last Updated: June 7, 2016