2upGamers July: Trenchtown E-Sports Intensity And Casual Gaming At UCT

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Posted: 1 August 2013
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The 2upGamers community casual gaming events were up and running again in July after uncontrollable scheduling problems left the event without a venue in June. Meanwhile, Trenchtown gained more recognition as a noteworthy e-sports event as teams from out of town flew in to Cape Town to participate in the games.

The 2upGamers community event that was scheduled for June had to be cancelled as the venue, unfortunately, let us all down so there was a bit of a lull for over a month for the more casual gamers in Cape Town until the end of July, when a new venue offered the organisation space to hold a community meetup. However, e-sports competitors have been kept very busy with events around the country, including several in Cape Town, such as July's big Saturday event at Trenchtown in Observatory.


Trenchtown July
2upGamers Trenchtown July: FIFA 13

Trenchtown's July e-sports tournament comprised four events: FIFA 13 1v1, Injustice: Gods Among Us 1v1, MotoGP 13 fastest-lap racing, and a Call Of Duty: Black Ops II 4v4 team competition.

I just stopped in for part of the day to catch some of the final rounds of the biggest tournaments so I missed the Injustice: Gods Among Us and MotoGP 13 competitions. Ryan was the winner of the Injustice: Gods Among Us event, which offered a first prize of R250, with Ryan placing second (you see all the details here), and Joe set a winning lap time of 1.21.666 in MotoGP 13 and won himself a hamper from Apex Interactive.


2upGamers Trenchtown July: FIFA 13

I sat down to watch the third-place playoff and the final of the FIFA 13 tournament, which started off with around 31 players on the Xbox 360 (ladder) and PlayStation 3 (ladder) who were finally whittled down to the top four. Mubeen Gaffoor, who won the FIFA 13 tournament at 2upGamers May and Trenchtown June placed third this time.

The final was between Robin from the PlayStation 3 pool, playing as Real Madrid, and Clinton from the Xbox 360 pool, playing as Brazil. They first played to a 2-2 draw on the Xbox 360, with Clinton taking an early lead before they battled at 2-1 through most of the game, with Robin equalising to 2-2 in the final few minutes of the game.

Next was the PlayStation 3 match (pictured above). Clinton scored early but this was soon equalised by Robin, and a few minutes later a successful attempt saw him take the lead at 2-1. There were lots of close shots at the goals after this and then Robin scored for a third time in the 52nd minute. In the 77th minute there were some quick formation changes and then a red card moment in the 83rd minute. Extra time passed with no more goals, however, leaving Robin as the winner of the tournament, with R500 in cash.

2upGamers Trenchtown July: Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2

July's Call Of Duty: Black Ops II tournament at Trenchtown comprised 13 teams of four (52 players in total) that had to survive a qualifying phase before reaching the knockout stages. Teams flew down from Johannesburg, Durban, and Port Elizabeth to participate in the competition, which made it an extra special occasion. I watched a few of the matches during the semi finals but missed the final, in which High 5 Revo battled Adept, as they only started at 11pm. The final comprised numerous rounds of hardpoint, search and destroy, and capture the flag and Adept triumphed 4-1 in the various events to win R2000 for the team. You can read a full report of the competition at Zombie Gamer.


2upGamers July: Presentations
2upGamers July

July's 2upGamers community event was held on a very rainy Friday in the large foyer of the Leslie Social Science Building at the University Of Cape Town, with support from UCT's Genshiken.UCT anime club. The event went back to its roots with a much more informal feel and less of the intensity that often accompanies the more serious e-sports events.

The evening began with brief speeches by Cameron from Genshiken.UCT, who announced UCON, an anime and gaming convention that the society will be hosting on 14 and 15 September.

Glenn Alexander from 2upGamers then welcomed the crowd and ran through what games and competitions had been set up for the evening, and highlighted the various prizes and sponsors, which included peripherals from Gaming Cartel, Takealot, Evopoints, and NAG magazine.

Finally, Chocs from MWEB Gamezone quickly highlighted some of the tournaments and launches that will be happening at MWEB over the next few months. He also announced that Glenn has been appointed as the MSSA (Mind Sports South Africa) provincial director of e-sports.


Cosplay
2upGamers July: Cosplay

There was supposed to be a cosplay competition but the only people brave enough to wear a costume were Dylan, who dressed as a tennis player and helped to run the Couples Doubles events, and KomboKitten/Genevieve Lesch, a regular 2upGamers cosplaying attendee who cosplayed as Cake the cat from Adventure Time (pictured above).


Danceoffs
2upGamers July: Dance Central

Dance Central, an Xbox 360 game that uses the Kinect to monitor gamers' moves and rewards points based on their skill in completing dance challenges, was set up just for fun for anyone who wanted to play and show off some moves. It kept a number of gamers busy during the evening while they took a break from various competitions and challenges at other gaming stations around the event.

2upGamers July: Dance Central


Couples Doubles
2upGamers July: Couples Doubles

Five couples entered the Couples Doubles competition, which has been a popular addition to the lineup since May. The challenge comprised two events: 10-pin bowling on the PlayStation 3 using the PlayStation Move controllers and a soccer penalty shootout on the Xbox 360 using the Kinect.

2upGamers July: Couples Doubles



Cape Town Showdown
2upGamers July: Cape Town Showdown

Cape Town Showdown hosted a serious of fighting tournaments.


FIFA 13
2upGamers July: FIFA 13

Console Kingz sponsored a small prize for the casual FIFA 13 tournament that ran during the evening. Many of the e-sports FIFA 13 players who usually dominate the ladders didn't enter this time so it gave other players a chance to practice without the pressure of having to face a top player.

2upGamers July: FIFA 13


Injustice: Gods Among Us
2upGamers July: Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game set in the DC universe, was one of the featured games of the evening. Up for grabs in a knockout tournament on the PlayStation 3 was a DC Comics: Bishoujo Statue of Wonder Woman by Kotobukiya for first place, with a Last Of Us hamper (that sadly didn't include the game) for the runner up. About half the entrants had never played the game before so it was really open as to who might win.

(On the right is a Wii U with Need For Speed: Most Wanted, a game I highlighted in May, which was set up for anyone to have some free-play practice time.)

2upGamers July: Injustice: Gods Among Us

I entered the tournament, as I have been dying to try the game, but was knocked out in the second round, though it was a close match. It soon emerged that Deathstroke was the character to beat, although some gamers bravely fought with other characters, which made for more interesting and closer matchups.

The final came down to Ryan, playing as Wonder Woman in a much appreciated nod to the competition's grand prize, versus Andrew, who picked Deathstroke, much to the crowd's dismay.

Deathstroke got the first hit and it was downhill from there for Wonder Woman, who couldn't easily counter the constant stream of bullets, even with ducking attempts, as her buckler was completely useless as a shield. The final was, sadly, a massacre.

2upGamers July: Injustice: Gods Among Us

Above: One of the Injustice: Gods Among Us semi-final matches get underway.

After the competition was over I decided to spend some time with the game to try out a few of the characters and get a better feel for it, and a few 2upGamers attendees sat down with me to play the other half of the two-player matchups and also get some more experience in the game.

I really enjoyed playing it. The graphics are beautiful and the environments all have special features that the characters can use in combat. Each character, of course, also has a special move with a fun cinematic that goes with it. Most, unsurprisingly, have some lame one liners that are amusing the first time you hear them but after that they become tedious. I most enjoyed playing as Nightwing, although Green Arrow was also quite fun. A few of the characters are very difficult to play without referencing the moves and combos system constantly as they do don't what you expect them to do with certain button presses, which is very frustrating but over time, and with practice, this wouldn't be an issue. Deathstroke also seems very overpowered but there are some characters, such as Sinestro, who can counter his attacks well, if you know how.


Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: Survival
2upGamers July: Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: Survival

The other big competition of the evening was a Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: Survival event on the Xbox 360, in which gamers play a solo match against a never-ending horde of zombies. The goal is to survive for as long as possible, which is measured in rounds.

2upGamers July: Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: Survival

This event was also a fun departure from the usual intensity of the e-sports team events, as the pressure was all about besting computer-controlled zombies in a survival environment rather than trying to outwit and outplay human competitors, so it also gave newcomers to the game a more relaxed environment in which to play and improve their skills.

2upGamers July: Call Of Duty: Black Ops II: Survival

The eventual winner was Cristiano (seen here with Glenn Alexander), who managed to survive 17 rounds.


With that, another successful evening came to an end. Thanks, as always, to Glenn, Clint, and the rest of the organisers for putting together a fun gaming evening that's accessible to everyone.


2upGamers is held monthly in Cape Town. See the Facebook page and Twitter for more information, announcements, and to find out about registering for the next event. 2upGamers August is scheduled for 23 August and Trenchtown August, which will include a Halo 2 tournament, is scheduled for 17 August. Visit ZombieGamers's Facebook album for more photos from the 2upGamers July community event and visit ZombieGamer for the July report.


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