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Your August SA Gaming Events Calendar

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With July already in the rear-view mirror (ICYMI read this) and the Electronics & Gaming Expo (EGE) already thinking about 2017, there is still plenty to look forward to in the coming months in South Africa. We first have the small matter of August to get through, and these are the events you can look forward to in the eighth month of the year.

August sees a few ongoing events continue, including the Dota 2 Eclipse Cup, the continuation and completion of second qualifier for Call of Duty in the Predator MGMS, as well as the start of the CS: GO campaign. Evetch Champions League continues, as does the Telkom DGL as it drives towards rAge 2016. Don't forget to support the Southern Barbarians who is competing in the African qualifiers for the E-Frag CS: GO World Championship.

Earlier today, Blizzard announced the Overwatch World Cup - and South Africa is invited! Some of the selected players have already received their emails, with community voting taking place on August 11. You can read more about the selection process here. We'll cover this event in detail, so keep an eye on GameZone.

MGMS COD: Black Ops 3 (PS4) Qualifier 2 

  • Info: The second stage of the MGMS Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 qualifier for PlayStation 4
  • Date: 4 July to 14 August 2016
  • Registrations: Closed
  • Where: Online
  • Cost: Free
  • More information:  ACGL: Twitter / MWEB GameZone: Tournament Site

MGMS CS:GO (PC) Qualifier 2 

  • Info: The second stage of the MGMS CS:GO qualifier for PC
  • Date:  20 August - 18 September 
  • Registrations: Open 8 August, Close 19 August
  • Where: Online
  • Cost: Free
  • More information:  ACGL: Twitter / MWEB GameZone: Tournament Site

Cold Fusion LAN

Info: The Cold Fusion LAN crew are back again with their (almost) monthly LAN event. On the agenda at the LAN will be a “HOBO theme”, Call of Duty, Dota 2 and more. Remember, it’s a BYO, so remember to bring your own. You can also keep 2 to 4 September open for the next LAN event by the organisation.

  • Date: 5 to 7 August 2016
  • Time: From 6:00pm (5 August) to 9:00am (7 August)
  • Where: Laerskool Edleen, Ilex Way, Edleen, Kempton Park, Gauteng
  • Cost: R80 per player
  • More information: Facebook

WLU Overwatch Cup August

  • Info: Overwatch is getting a fair amount of love locally, and Weekly Level Up are happy to help with the title’s growth by hosting an Overwatch 6v6 cup. Registrations close on 8 August, so you should get in as quickly as possible.
  • Date: 9 to 14 August 2016
  • Where: Online                                                                                                               
  • Cost: Free
  • More information: Facebook | Twitter | Website

MSSA Online Championships

  • Info: StarCraft II and Hearthstone are the focus of this one-day online tournament.
  • Date: 13 August 2016
  • Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Online
  • Cost: R60 registration with MSSA.
  • More information: Facebook | Twitter

Kosta Games FIFA 16 Tournament

  • Info: Kosta Games are hosting a FIFA 16 tournament on PlayStation 4 with R2,000 cash up for grabs for first place, along with a sponsored PlayStation Hamper. If you fancy your FIFA skills can match the best, or if you’re looking for a good day out, you should head over and get signed up.
  • Date: 13 August 2016
  • Time: From 12:00pm
  • Where: Epic Lounge, 13-15 Ormonde Shopping Centre, 18 Crownwood Road, Ormonde, Gauteng
  • Cost: R180 per player pre-registered | R200 per player at the door
  • More information: Facebook | Twitter

Hearthstone Summer Preliminaries

  • Info: Hearthstone in South Africa gets its second preliminary and this time it hits Gauteng. The main event is Tavern Hero Tournaments while the main side event will be Last Hero Standing in Swiss Format. You can expect additional competitions to happen all weekend long.
  • Date: 13 to 14 August 2016
  • Time: From 9:00am (13 August) to 5:00pm (14 August)
  • Where: The Campus, 57 Sloane Street, Bryanston, Gauteng
  • Cost: TBC
  • More information: Facebook | Website

UCT Genshiken Casual Gaming

  • Info: The UCT Genshiken Society is hosting a casual gaming evening that is free to members of the society and only R10 to non-members. You can bring along laptops and PCs for the casual LAN event, with additional details promised “closer to the time.”
  • Date: 19 August 2016
  • Time: 5:45pm to 10:30pm
  • Where: Maths Building, M320, UCT, Western Cape
  • Cost: Free for society members | R10 for non-members
  • More information: Facebook | Twitter

Cause Gaming LAN

  • Info: The Cause Gaming LAN – also known as the Spring Seasonal LAN – sees UCT playing host to the event which will also feature a Dota 2 tournament with R2,000 in products up for grabs. The LAN is a bring your own event.
  • Date: 26 to 28 August 2016
  • Time: From 6:00pm (26 August) to 1:00pm (28 August)
  • Where: CBE Computer Labs, Molecular & Cell Biology Building, UCT, Western Cape
  • Cost: R150 per person | R650 per (five-player) team | R10 per spectator
  • More information: Website | Facebook

MSSA Western Cape Provincial Championships

  • Info: If you’re looking to earn colours and medals for being the best in the province, then you should keep the last weekend of the month open for the MSSA Western Cape Provincial Championships. Titles being played will include FIFA 16, Tekken Tag Tournament II, CS: GO and more.
  • Date: 27 to 28 August 2016
  • Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: TBC, Western Cape
  • 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:

  • rAge: 7 – 9 October 2016 (Gauteng)
  • UCON: 19 – 20 November 2016 (Cape Town)

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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