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Rush eSports Spectacle - Everything SA gamers need to know

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Four main stages, five competitive titles, thousands in cash prizes, various competitions for both casual and competitive players, local gaming celebrities, the chance to go head-to-head against Kaizer Chiefs in a FIFA 17 tournament, watching a Street Fighter V exhibition match between EFC Worldwide welterweight champion Dricus du Plessis and bantamweight champion Demarte Pena, joining thousands of gamers at the biggest local LAN event, the first Pink-IT annual summit, and more, lots more make Rush South Africa's eSports spectacle of the year.

Besides the above events there will also be some PlayStation VR activities, an arcade machine up for grabs at the NAG Arcade / Eurasian Entertainment stand, and daily mystery prizes with Matrix Warehouse with their fastest-lap challenge. South African gamers will rub shoulders with some big local eSports talent, meet celebrities from different Sport disciplines, or just hang out with friends. So join us for the eSports event of the year from 21 and 23 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

“Rush is an exciting, compelling showcase of everything that South African esports currently has to offer. We’ve created a unique experience that will appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, and one that will serve as a visual introduction to anyone who doesn’t know what all this esports fuss is about,” said Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager for Rush, NAG and rAge. “Having been actively involved in the local gaming industry for the past 20 years through NAG and rAge, Rush is a great platform for us to build, empower and connect with new and existing esports communities.”

"If you, your friends and your family want to come and watch all the esports action as it happens, you will need to either purchase a Day Ticket (valid for entry for one day only), which costs R50, or a Weekend Ticket (valid for entry for all three days), which costs R100. Tickets are available at the door or at Computicket."

Below are all the highlights as per Rush press release.

FIFA 17 with Kaizer Chiefs

  • Entry: Free
  • Platform: PS4
  • 1st Place: R20,000 cash + a Razer Raiju Controller
  • 2nd Place: KC Hamper + a Razer Headset
  • Sign up:

"Big news for Kaizer Chiefs supporters is that they’ve announced their participation at Rush. The club has partnered with sponsors Vodacom and Nike for the event, giving gamers a chance to battle it out at the Kaizer Chiefs esports stage. Gamers will go head-to-head in the FIFA 17 tournament in a bid to be the ultimate winner."

"Entry to Rush is free to all registered Kaizer Chiefs Esports Tournament players. Walk-ins will be accepted and allocated a spot in the next available Leg. Qualifying players (top 4 per heat) must be available for Sunday’s finals," ACGL.

Hearthstone Fireside Gathering with Kwesé

  • Total ash prize pool of R30 000
  • MSI notebook

For Warcraft and Hearthstone fans, Kwesé will be hosting a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering at Rush. There is R30,000 cash in prizes for winners across the weekend, with the player in the daily top spot walking away with R5,000. Second and third place get R3,000 and R2,000 respectively. There’s also a gaming notebook from MSI up for grabs, so all you need to do is shuffle those decks. In addition, there’s a casual tournament for those keen for some arrive-and-play fun.

Fight Night with Orena

  • R20 000 end of season prize
  • 21 July - 29 October
  • Enter:

"Orena is ramping up its Fight Night offering at Rush, with the casual Street Fighter V tournament set for an EFC-sized boost. EFC Worldwide welterweight champion Dricus du Plessis and bantamweight champion Demarte Pena will battle it out in an exhibition match in the OFN octagon at 11:00 on Sunday 23 July, with other EFC athletes waiting in the wings to challenge them. You won’t want to miss this epic battle! Gamers can enter the Orena Fight Night challenge and stand to win R20,000 at the end of the season."

ESWC SA qualifiers for CS:GO with Orena

  • Dates: 21-23 July + 29 - 31 July of 2017
  • More info:

"Orena is also offering the chance to qualify for ESWC for CS:GO on one of the main stages. “The country’s best esports teams will be fighting it out in a world-class arena, for the opportunity to take on some of the best players on the planet,” says Luca Tucconi, Operating Executive at Orena. “The competition is fierce and the prize is massive – and we have one or two surprises up our sleeves for the winners."

Winter NAG LAN

"Alongside this high-adrenaline and hugely entertaining line-up, one of the other exciting features of Rush is South Africa’s first Winter NAG LAN – an opportunity to experience multiplayer gaming with hundreds of likeminded gaming enthusiasts packed into a single venue.  A NAG LAN ticket also gives you access to the Rush event for the full weekend. Casual competitions for Dota 2 and Rocket League will be hosted in the NAG LAN, with hardware peripheral prizes up for grabs, kindly sponsored by Apex Interactive. A formal competition for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also be hosted in the NAG LAN for 16 teams on PS4 in the NAG LAN with a total of R19,000 in prizes to be won.

If you haven’t yet bought your ticket for the NAG LAN at Rush, there are still some available at Computicket. As part of the NAG LAN Rush launch offer, upon purchase of your NAG LAN Rush ticket for R600 you will automatically qualify for, and be guaranteed, a NAG LAN at rAge ticket, which will then only cost you R450. This once-off offer applies to any NAG LAN at Rush tickets that have already been bought."


"Pink-IT will hold its first annual summit at Rush over the course of three days. Pink-IT is designed to build a supportive and inspiring community for women in technology and foster a culture of sharing, collaboration, discussion and inspiration for female software developers. The first annual summit will bring together companies interested in hiring female software developers in South Africa, opening up opportunities for women in the industry. The summit will be a jam packed weekend  for all  female software developers, game developers, UX designers, graphic designers and animators who also want to learn how to build a mobile-based esports game using BlueMix."

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"an exciting, compelling showcase of everything that South African esports currently has to offer"

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