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Updates | These are Your May 2016 SA Gaming Events

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It seems we’re rushing headlong to the end of the year at breakneck speed. However, slow things down a little and support May’s gaming (and general geek) events. The first weekend brings the clash of the cities to a degree with both Cape Town and Gauteng hosting pretty large events in FanCon and GeekFest respectively. At MWEB, May sees the conclusion of the Black Ops 3 MGMS qualifier, the start of the CS: GO component of MGMS and the MSI Vortex Launch Event. On top of that, there is the Hearthstone Spring preliminary, a few LAN events and more, so book these days in your diary for an action-packed May.

Talking about GeekFest and the MSI Vortex events - you can win tickets to both:


  • The Pokemon South African National Championship has been added for the weekend of 14 and 15 May. Details below
  • Reserve your ticket to the Warcraft event hosted by Geexpo, details here. We'll cover it in more detail in the June calendar.


Cold Fusion LAN

  • Info: One of the new regular LAN organisers of recent times, Cold Fusion, are hosting their May edition at their regular venue in Kempton Park. To sweeten the deal of the LAN, you can braai at the venue between the various online action.
  • Date: 6 to 8 May 2016
  • Time: 6:00pm on Friday to 9:00am on Sunday
  • Where: Laerskool Edleen, Ilex Way, Edleen, Kempton Park, Gauteng
  • Cost: R100 per player
  • More information: Facebook


  • Info: The old Free Comic Book Day by Readers Den has morphed into a two day comic convention that will feature panels, international and local guests, cosplay, board gaming, vendors and more… but not virtual gaming unfortunately. It should still be the closest thing to Comic Con that South Africa has seen to date.
  • Date: 7 and 8 May 2016
  • Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: The Lookout, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront, Western Cape
  • Cost: R100 per Day Pass | R160 per Weekend Pass [via Computicket]
  • More information: Website | Twitter | Facebook


  • Info: GeekFest is growing every year, and the 2016 iteration looks set to be the best yet. On the agenda is “TWO fun filled days just for Geeks” and they encourage you to bring along the “whole family and your pets”. If cosplay, robo-wars and a geek quiz tick your boxes, you will be happy to know there is that and a whole lot more, including a zombie run and laser tag. Virtual gamers can also get their fix with a PES 2016 Tournament that features R6,500 in prizes. Up until 6 May, we have a few day passes up for grabs, so head there and possibly enjoy GeekFest for free.
  • Date: 7 and 8 May 2016
  • Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Inanda Country Base, Midrand, Gauteng
  • Cost: R100 per Day Pass| R150 per Weekend Pass [via Quicket]
  • More information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Make Games SA

  • Info: Make Games SA is hosting a community get together for those in Gauteng keen for some gaming and socialising. Playtesting is a major part of the event and those developing games are encouraged to bring them along.
  • Date: 10 May 2016
  • Time: From 6:30pm
  • Where: Microsoft SA, Bryanston, Gauteng
  • Cost: Free
  • More information:  Twitter | Facebook

MSI Vortex Launch

  • Info: MSI’s latest PC is the Vortex and it is “no bigger than a gaming console, but its computing power is far beyond that of the current crop of consoles.” To celebrate the arrival of the PC in South Africa, we will be hosting a launch event to celebrate, and with it we will welcome the new Doom into the world. You can find out more – as well as stand in line to secure a ticket – here.
  • Date: 13 May 2016
  • Time: From 6:00pm
  • Where: MWEB Mcave, 100 Fairway Close, Parow, Western Cape
  • Cost: Free, but you need to be on the list
  • More information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Hearthstone Championship Tour

  • Info: Hearthstone in South Africa is attracting Blizzard’s attention and the event on the second weekend in May is testament to that. Cape Town is hosting the first “official Hearthstone Championship Tour Tavern Hero Tournament and Spring preliminary in South Africa!” The weekend of Hearthstone action is the work of Weekly Level UpSystem of Survival and the Hearthstone SA Community. With R16,000 in cash up for grabs, Hearthstone is the focus of the weekend with multiple tournaments, but attendees can also expect Heroes of the Storm, cosplay, comics and more.
  • Date: 13 to 15 May 2016
  • Time: 12:00pm to 8:00pm [For a full agenda of the weekend’s action, head here]
  • Where: Roodebloem Studios, 27 & 43 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Western Cape
  • Cost: Free
  • More information: Twitter | Facebook

Cause Gaming LAN

  • Info: Cause Gaming returns with their first LAN event of 2016. The LAN will be hosted at UCT and space is limited to 50 attendees, so it is suggested that you pre-book your ticket. It is a bring-your-own event for PC gamers and will feature at least one unconfirmed tournament.
  • Date: 13 to 15 May 2016
  • Time: 4:00pm on Friday to 1:00pm on Sunday
  • Where: MCB Building, University Avenue North, Rondebosch, University of Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Cost: R150 per person
  • More information:  Facebook

Pokemon - South African National Championships

  • Info: Both trading cards and video games will be represented at this year's Pokemon South African National Championship which is open to "Juniors, Seniors and Masters of all levels". The trading card component of the event will be hosted on Saturday (14 May), while the video game component will be on Sunday. Prizes are to be fully confirmed but there are a number of Nintendo products up for grabs.
  • Date: 14 to 15 May 2016
  • Time: Registration: 8:00am - 9:00am | Matches from 9:30am
  • Where: Jabula Recreation Hall, Sandringham, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Cost: R100
  • More information: Facebook

MGMS Black Ops 3 Final

  • Info: The first qualifier of the Black Ops 3 MGMS season reaches its conclusion in the middle of May. The last few teams standing will face off in a live stream spectacle which you will be able to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Full details – including times – will follow soon.
  • Date: 15 May 2016
  • Time: TBC
  • Where: Online
  • More information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

HaloSA 4v4 League

  • Info: HaloSA is hosting a unique online tournament aimed at increasing community participation. All players registering for the tournament will be randomly assigned a team, with the aim being to pull freelancers into the expanding competitive pool of the country. Registrations close on 8 May, and entry is free with the winning teams battling for their share of prizes.
  • Date: From 16 May 2016
  • Time: TBC
  • Where: Online
  • Cost: Free
  • More information:  Website | Twitter | Facebook


  • Info: The Mpumalanga Championships will be hosted by the MSSA in May. The two day Championship will feature StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, PES 2016, League of Legends, Street Fighter, Tekken, FIFA 16, Dota 2, CS: GO and Mortal Kombat. Registrations close on 24 May, and interested players can email to register.
    Players should also keep the 4th of June available if they qualify to play in the National Team Trials, which will be hosted in Gauteng this year, with venue still to be confirmed.
    Sticking with MSSA news, Thomas Brown from Witbank's All Stars Club will be attending the International Referee Conference in Yinchuan, China from 12 to 16 May.
  • Mpumalanga Championships
  • Date: 28 to 29 May 2016
  • Time: From 9:00am
  • Where: HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank, Mpumalanga
  • Cost: R60 registration with MSSA.
  • More information: Facebook | Twitter

Book These Dates Now

Looking ahead a month or few, there are a number of events that you should mark right now in your diary:

  • EGE 2016: 29 – 31 July 2016 (Western Cape)
  • rAge: 7 – 9 October 2016 (Gauteng)

If it seems like something was missed, that was not the intention, but sometimes the information is not available at the time of writing or even with plenty of internet stalking. So let us know about it then in the comments below.

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