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South African gaming events in February 2017

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We are finally back with out monthly South African gaming events calendar. We've added a section for some of our top in-game events, which we'll list before the standard local gaming events.

February seems to be a quiet month for gaming events in SA, except for the pre-launch event of the Nintendo Switch. We'll be at the event, so expect lots of cool photos. possibly a video, and important details SA gamers should know about the Switch.

There are a handful of LAN parties taking place, and the weekly Xbox Community Playdates that are open to everyone. If you are looking for something to do gaming related, then take a look and see if any of these suit you. If you would like us to add an event, then please drop us a comment and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Overwatch Year of the Rooster

Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment Opens 

Similar to Overwatch's Public Test Realm (PTR), DICE and EA will be launching their own testing server for Battlefield 1 in February. This service will launch on PC first, followed by PS4, and Xbox One. You will need to register to test out this new Community Test Environment. Details and Instructions can be found here.

Xbox Community Playdates 

If you have an Xbox One and want to play some with awesome local gamers, then make sure to join the Xbox Community Playdates every Thursday. This February they will be playing different games every Thursday. 
  • 2 February  - Halo 5 Guardians 
  • 9 February - Titanfall 2
  • 16 February - Star Wars Battlefront
  • 23 February - Project CARS
  • Twitter / Facebook

Games kick off at 20:00 every Thursday. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. 

Serious About Games

In November last year, Serious Games announced a R1 million competition to develop a game that is uniquely South African. According to the organisers, they received "thoughtful, compelling entries" with the overall total coming to 17 - which is a fantastic start. Nicholas Hall, CEO of Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA) added "That's really good, we where expecting maybe 10, especially if you consider how niche the competition is. It's also nice to see a lot of new entrants (people not in game dev) and teams headed by people of color."

  • Wednesday, Feb 1: Top eight judging event
  • Friday, Feb 3:  Top 4 announcement
  • Twitter / Website

GAC Cyber Lan-Party 

  • Info: Gigaabit LAN, Quad Core Router, SteamCache, super-fast internet with prioritized gaming
  • Date: 3 - 5 February 2017
  • Time: 17:00 - 8:00
  • Where: Theo Marais Park, Cape Town
  • Cost: PC+Person R220 | R200 pre-booked | R70 Spectator
  • Facebook / Website

MSSA 34th Gauteng Championships

Telkom DGL Dota 2 Emerald Showdown

You can catch up on the last two rounds of the Emerald Showdown. Round 3 and Round 4 will take place in early February and will be a best-of-three format.

  • Round 3: Wednesday 1 February 2017 | 20:00
  • Round 4: Monday 6 February 2017 | 20:00
  • Website / Twitter

Kosta Games FIFA 17 Tournament

  • Info: The first main FIFA 17 tourney of 2017
  • Date: 4 February 2017
  • Time: 12:00
  • Where: 18 Crownwood Rd, Ormonde Shopping Centre
  • Cost: R180
  • Prizes: 1st - R2000 | 2nd - R600 | 3rd - R400
  • Facebook / Twitter 

Hearthstone: European Winter Playoffs 

  • Info: The Blizzard Winter Prelims will be running in JHB again this year. Please join us, especially if you are up in GP. This is a Blizzard event, which means there is a lot on the line and a lot of effort has been put in to make the event of a high standard.
  • Date: 10 - 12 February 2017
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00 
  • Where: The Campus - Sloane Street, Bryanston JHB
  • Information: Facebook

MSSA On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships

  • Info: CS: GO, DotA, FIFA, Hearthstone, LOL, SC, TTT II
  • Date: 11 February 2017
  • Time: 9:00 - 18:00
  • Where: Online
  • Information: Website
  • Twitter / Facebook

Make Games SA Community Evening

  • Info: This event happens monthly, is free to attend and anyone may speak at the meetup. 
  • Date: 14 February 2017
  • Time: 18:30 - 21:30
  • Where: Microsoft Head Office - 3012 William Nicol Drive, Johannesburg 
  • Information: Facebook
  • Twitter / Facebook / Website

Nintendo Switch Pre-Launch South Africa Event

  • Date: 17-19 February 2017
  • Where: Sandton City Fountain Court 
  • Facebook

Below are some important future events that require some planning - so save the dates.

rAge Cape Town

Tickets for rAge Cape Town go on sale this month, so be sure to get them as soon as you can.

  • Venue: Century City Conference Centre
  • Dates: 27, 28, 29 April 2017
  • Tickets: Sales open 25 February 2017 at Computicket
  • Twitter

Fantasy Fayre

  • Venue: The Moors, Krugersdorp, Johanessburg
  • Date: 2 April 2017
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00 
  • Tickets: R25 online | R40 at the gate @ Quicket

If we missed anything, it is not intentional, but let us know in the comments below and we will update the listings. 

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