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MWEB GameZone Goes Responsive: A New Look

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Welcome to MWEB GameZone's new home.

We've wanted to say those words for a very long time, and today we are finally ready to introduce you to the new website. One of the greatest features is that it's a completely responsive portal; meaning, it adjusts automatically to the screen you are using. So, whether, you're using a cell phone, tablet, or any other device to browse the Internet, MWEB GameZone will display, perfect.

Before we take you on a tour of all the new features, and believe me, there's a lot to show, allow us a stroll through memory lane.

Serving the South African gaming community

GameZone launched in 1998.

Our online multiplayer gaming community was the first of its kind in Africa with the deployment of the first dedicated game servers namely; Karoo, Kalahari & Namib that hosted Quake 2. Popularity grew and soon other titles such as Half-Life deathmatch, Unreal Tournament, Tribes and of course Counter Strike Beta joined the fray. On Valentine’s day in 2000, Headspace Studios webcast the world’s first ever online Quake wedding hosted on our servers. It was also the first SA gaming initiative to receive international media interest!

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Remember how we used to look?

MWEB GameZone's Product Manager, Brad "shotgunschmoe" Kirby has been with GMZ through all its development stages. He is the driving force behind everything that's connected to GameZone; the website, tournaments and gaming servers, to name but a few. Here are a few words from him.

"Looking back, SA gaming has grown exponentially over the last decade and the future is bright! Being involved in MWEB GameZone since early 2002, I have seen a few variations of our web site come and go. It was only in the last four or so years that we really started to concentrate on content and to help in our own way to grow online gaming and eSports in South Africa.

This new version of the site will take a little getting used to, but it is for sure a highlight of my tenure at MWEB and I am very excited for this new look and phase we are entering. We want to continue this trend of growth, and we want to take each and every one of you with us!"

If Brad is the driving force, then MWEB Digital and Gaming Manager, Desmond "bosbvok" Kurz is the puppet master. He brings everything together and continually fine-tunes GMZ to deliver the best possible service to South African gamers.

"The launch of the new MWEB GameZone is an exciting time for us. With the new responsive design, gamers can enjoy the content no matter what device they are on. It's just one of the ways this team of gamers is trying to help the gaming community grow by giving exposure to local developers, gamers and distributors."

Every MWEB GameZone initiative starts with the question, "How will this improve gaming in South Africa." Let's take a look at what MWEB GameZone has been doing, and will continue to do, to grow gaming in South Africa.

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South African Gaming Servers

We currently host servers for 79 PC games, with multiple servers per game. Before you ask about hosting console servers, we would love nothing more than to host Xbox and PlayStation servers, but it's not up to us. However, we will continue negotiations with the relevant parties until we succeed.

We were the first South African Internet Service Provider to host Dota 2 servers. We were the first (and currently still the only) to bring CS: GO matchmaking to local gamers. We were the first to host Battlefield 4 servers, and we are still the only to host Battlefield: Hardline servers. When SA gamers asked for Ark Survival servers.. first. We have a reputation for listening to SA gamers and implementing what they need as fast as possible. Our server master, "Sonz" has a team of admins, and he keeps his ear very close to the heart of SA's PC gaming community. 

To give SA gamers the best possible online experience, we prioritizing all gaming traffic. Sonz explained that complicated process in detail here. Before we move to the next section, remember, you can also rent gaming servers from MWEB GameZone. You'll pay less for that than what it would cost you to take a friend for a movie. 

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South African eSports & Game Launch Events

We also host competitions for PC, Xbox and PlayStation. In the last four years we've hosted:

  • 16 Xbox tournaments
  • 11 PlayStation tournaments
  • 6 PC tournaments
  • 13 live tournament events (Xbox, PlayStation and PC)
  • 4 In-store tournaments
  • 11 Game launches

 

If you've attended any of our game launch events then you know it's a party you don't want to miss. There's always surprise giveaways, the chance to rub shoulders with different South African celebrities, meeting friends, and of course, being one of the first to get your hands on a new game. So far these are the titles we have had the pleasure of hosting since October 2011:

  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts - Clash of the Titles
  • Battlefield 3
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • Gears of War Judgement
  • FIFA 15
  • FIFA14
  • FIFA13
  • Diablo 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

We also partner with various organisations that want to grow eSports. We currently work with Mind Sports South Africa to ensure SA's national team has the opportunity to attend International competitions. We've also worked with MSI and Xbox to host SA qualifiers for world championships.

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A look at the new MWEB GameZone responsive portal

You'll notice how everything is much bigger, and, therefore, easier to navigate. We've streamlined the site so that with the click of a button you can find news, videos, reviews and opinions relating to your platform of choice.

Looking at the home page you'll see:

  • At a glance the latest five articles
  • Latest videos - and you don't have to register to watch it! Fill in the age gate once, and Bob's your uncle.
  • The latest review and opinion article
  • Top selling games from GamersGate

Clicking on a section shown at the top line takes you to:

  • ADSL for gamers / Fibre for gamers
  • Servers - A list of all the MWEB GameZone PC servers
  • Platforms - If you only want to see news, reviews, videos and opinion articles relating to your gaming platform (PC, PS4, Xbox, Mobile and Other)
  • Videos - All the latest gaming videos grouped in one place.
  • Reviews - You can view it by platform or by all.
  • eSports - Takes you to our tournament website.

Each subcategory (sections listed above) displays in the same, easy to navigate style of the homepage. Drop us a comment about what you like, or don't like about the new website. (We are currently busy with troubleshooting, so give us a day or two for things to run smoothly.)

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SA Geekfest 2015

Content tailored for South African gamers

Allow me to tell you a few things about our team of writers. Every gMz writer has been gaming for a very long time. I've been gaming for "coughs" more than three decades. We are obsessively passionate about video games, and we have an extremely diverse pool of writers. South Africa isn't called the "rainbow nation" for nothing. It's also in our diversity that we sometimes rub you the wrong way. Just keep calm, game on, and remember, diversity is a good thing.

(All writers are freelance)

Nicholas "Holdenza" Holden - Our console Call of Duty guru and Xbox fanatic. Also a shoutcaster, played Call of Duty and League of Legends competitively. Founder of Clan Connection and Co-Leader of . Gears of War fan and secretly wants to be called Master Chief. He is also our tournament organiser. So he's your guy if you want to catch the news, reviews or opinion articles for Call of Duty, Xbox and competitive gaming. 

Wessel "Silicur" Minnie - Belongs to the PC race, MMORPG and Dota 2 addict. He's also an eSports writer for Bravado Gaming. You'll search far to find a more passionate gamer than Mr Minnie. His "Dota 2 - The Local Experience" series has been very popular, and you've probably played Dota 2 with him. If you want to catch PC gaming news or reviews, and Dota 2 anything, then check out his articles.

Clint "Zombie Dredd" O'Shea - One of SA gaming's most respected and loved industry people. If there's a Cape Town gaming event, then Clint probably has something to do with making it happen. He has a soft spot for whoever he thinks doesn't get enough media exposure, he will work himself to the bone to advanced gaming in South Africa, and he one hell of a writer. If you want to understand and know about local gaming, then don't miss his articles.

Tauriq Moosa - Mr Moosa's writing could upset you, fascinate you, and will almost, always, challenge you. He is a tutor in ethics, bioethics and critical thinking, so that explains that. He brings something very special and important to GameZone; the perspective of the non-white gamer. (insert rainbow nation thought here). He is also the only gMz writer that is internationally recognised as a games critic and writer. He is a real writer while the rest of enjoys writing ;). So, if you feel like being challenged, want to read a review that doesn't list tech specs, but rather reads like a letter to a lover (or angry letter to lover), then you'll enjoy his writing.

Reinhard "Choc_Salties" Rheeder-Kleist - Our beloved Chocs was our server guy before Sonz. He started writing for GameZone last month as our tech specialist. He is trying to kick his Eve Online habit and is obsessed with My Little Pony. If you want to know how to game smarter, then he's the man you ask. His series covers things like how to reduce gaming lag, to understanding lag and just about anything you want to know relating to tech.

Han Cilliers - As the only female gamer on the team, topics closest to my heart are diversity in gaming, online harassment and female representation in the games industry. I have a terrible competitive streak and played for SA's top Team Fortress 2 teams, twice. I've also ran my fair share of TF2 competitions and competed in a few Quake Live comps. I struggle almost every day to resist the call of War of Warcraft, and I enjoy a wide range of genres.I am also gMz's website manager.

As you can see, we really are a very diverse bunch, which means, anyone can find something interesting on GameZone. Even though we have specific things we're passionate about, you shouldn't limit us to only write about those topics. 

You'll find South Africa only related content on MWEB GameZone every day. We also do regular features on:

  • Hardware and peripherals releasing in South Africa
  • Interviews with local game developers and industry people
  • Local game sales
  • A monthly SA game calendar
  • We cover local events

In a nutshell, we're your one-stop South African gaming website.

I want to close with a shoutout to Zaid Kriel, he was part of the GameZone team for a very long time, and he's been just as eager to see the new site. And finally, a big thank you to every MWEB GameZone supporter. We hope you enjoy the new website, it's after all yours, as much as it is ours.

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