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Cape Town's Gaming and Tech Expo - Tournaments, Cosplay and More

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With the Electronics & Gaming Expo now confirmed, we would like to direct you to Computicket to bag you ticket to the event being hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (or CTICC from now on for the sake of my sanity) on 29-31 May. Ticket sales are being limited to 5 000 per day, and hopefully if you find they’re sold out, it’s a good sign…

There are a variety of activities over the weekend and if you don’t know about ‘the what’ and ‘the where’ you may never know about them. And we couldn’t let that happen to you. Or you. Or even you, the grumpy pessimist lurking at the back.

Tournaments

The weekend is packed with a variety of traditional competitive tournaments and ones that are slightly more accessible to (almost) all.

Let’s start with a BIG announcement first. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will now feature a cash prize pool of R30,000, as well as another R17,000 in products for the top three teams. This has been made possible by a sponsorship from Corsair. The tournament will now be known as the Corsair CS: GO Tournament and will be operated by Orena with infrastructure by eHaven.
Registrations can be done here.

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The Mortal Kombat X tournament has also received confirmation of some of its prize pool, and up for grabs for the winner of the tournament is a PlayStation 4 sponsored by PlayStation SA. Additional prizes are to be confirmed, but with the support being offered currently, you should be ensuring you are registered for the tournament.

If the smell of burning rubber is more your thing, then heading to the Project Cars fastest lap competition – which is open to all expo attendees – will be the right move. Up for grabs will be (to be confirmed) prizes for those capable of holding the raciest lap time, but for everyone that takes a lap over the weekend, they will be added to a random draw for an Xbox One sponsored by Xbox SA.

On the Friday (29 May 2015) there will be FIFA 15 action specifically aimed at school pupils. Entries are limited to 48 players, and as long as players have entry to the expo, entries will be first come first served from 1pm. For the more ‘serious’ players, there’s a R7,500 cash prize pool up for grabs in a tournament planned for Saturday (30 May) and Sunday (31 May). All the FIFA 15 details can be found here.

For more on the other tournaments including prizes and registrations you can head here:

And yet more action…

At the Frontosa stand on the expo floor, you can expect a number of high-end PCs running a few titles, including The Witcher 3. If you’re keen, one of the clans sponsored by Frontosa, Ventus Gaming will have some of their members there to challenge in a game or two, with that escalating to full-on competition on the Saturday.

On Saturday Ventus player Gavin "Skye" Nelson will be on hand to accept challengers at FIFA 15 on PC, and beating him will gain you entry into a draw for a prize from Corsair.

Sticking with the Frontosa stand, but heading on to Sunday, you can catch eight StarCraft 2 players in action as they battle it out in Legacy of the Void expansion for a Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboard.

Cosplay, comics and lifestyle

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Photographers : Adrian Abrahams & Charlemagne Olivier / Cosplay Artist: Morgane T Leleux

If the whole playing games thing is a little too much for you, then there’s plenty of other action too.

Over the weekend, there are plans to really push the local cosplay community with a parade on all three days of the expo. Cosplayers have also been allocated space for a Cosplay Q&A area, workshops and ‘how to’ and there will be a repair booth for “costume malfunctions”. You can find South Africa's Cosplay community on Facebook here. Credit to them for the outstanding Cosplay South Africa photo.

PlayStation SA has come on board for the Cosplay too and there’s a PS3 and hamper confirmed for the competitions which will cater for “self made and bought costumes and hall cosplays (non-competitors)”. There is an opportunity for anyone keen to attend as their favourite character and stand a chance to win.

Readers Den – the brains (yes, I had to do it sometime) behind the local annual Free Comic Book Day – will be in attendance and will bring along some of the exhibitors who featured in their ‘Artist’s Alley’ at this year’s FCBD. This is another opportunity to discover some of the local artists and comic book creators that form a rich part of the South African scene.

Also in attendance will be SkyCastle Games and Toys to offer table top gamers a little something too, and for those familiar with UCON (the UCT Genshiken Society’s annual anime, gaming and lifestyle event), some of the traders who have become a regular feature there will be in attendance over the weekend of EGE.

That’s all folks… for now

The expo is clearly hoping to walk the line between an expo exclusively featuring all the big name brands in the SA gaming industry and one that the Cape Town community itself has been building in slight isolation, and for that, I still think there is every reason to help make the event a success, so that next year it will be twice the event you could ever hope for.

Are you looking for a ticket or two to the event without having to spend your own money? Then ConventionHub has you covered. You can bag two tickets by following the instructions here.

On Thursday we will also kick off a ticket giveaway for the expo right here on MWEB GameZone.

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