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brainwavez.org's coverage of South African gaming events and e-sports tournaments, under the banner of "#saesports".
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered featured this month at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, as part of Zombiegamer Events' January community e-sports tournaments. Highlights included a rule change for map picking and a dilemma manifesting in the final rounds of the losers' bracket that forced the organisers to make a controversial executive decision.
For one totally rad evening the Eighties made a huge comeback at the Cape Town launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Dayglo reigned supreme and zombies were just part of the fun as gamers celebrated the new release in the long-running first-person-shooter series.
Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter set during World War I, was launched in Cape Town at MWEB's MCave but unfortunately the results of the Mirai botnet's attacks were felt all the way down south as EA's servers were affected during the celebrations.
Four Cape Town FIFA players have qualified to represent the region in Johannesburg in early October, with the ultimate aim of winning the South African spot in the international ESWC tournament in Paris at the end of October.
We feared that the May e-sports tournament at Trenchtown might be a one off occurrence but the Zombiegamer Events team was back in June to facilitate the welcome return of Call Of Duty, which resulted in a tense, close final. Here's a quick rundown of the day, with photos and a highlights reel.
E-sports events hosted by Zombiegamer returned to Trenchtown last month after quite a hiatus. The first tournament for the year was a FIFA 16 event, in which the first prize was R1000. Here's what happened on the day.
The reactions to the announcement that the rAge gaming expo would be coming to Cape Town were mixed - and ranged wildly from enthusiasm to cynicism - but the moment is upon us, it is happening, and here's what to look out for to make the most of your time at the event.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is back - well, it was, briefly. A recent flashback tournament at Trenchtown, organised by Zombiegamer Events, saw 16 teams of two compete on the Xbox 360 for the honour of winning what will likely be the final time the game is seen in action. (Unless there's a flashback flashback tournament sometime....)
The Trenchtown e-sports events in Cape Town are back - and more popular than ever if July's attendance is anything to go by. The tournament featured a FIFA 15 event across two platforms and some great prize money to sweeten the taste of victory.
When the kombat is mortal there can be only one (after a series of polite Swiss meetups). What the hell are we talking about? Fatalities and brutalities, of course! Read on to find out what happened when 64 Capetonians gathered to smash each other's spines and rip out some (virtual) hearts (literally).
To celebrate the release of Battlefield Hardline, the latest instalment in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters, MWEB GameZone hosted a launch party last month at the MCave in Cape Town that featured multiplayer action and lots of prizes, as well as goodie bag loot and spot giveaways.
This year's first FIFA 15 T-Fest e-sports tournament, organised by Zombiegamer, drew some new faces to the event, which featured a round robin first round before knockout stages separated the best from the rest.
Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, LEGO Jurassic World, The Order: 1886, Just Cause 3, Grand Theft Auto Online, And More
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out, Total War: Attila and The Order: 1886 are almost out, Just Cause 3 is coming, and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham get DLCs. There's also more LEGO gaming news, Resident Evil sells quickly (for the third time), and save the date for the next Zombiegamer Events #saesports tournament.
In early January Cape Town's competitive Call Of Duty console teams faced each other for the first time this year at a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament organised by Zombiegamer.
Cape Town's e-sports tournaments for 2014 wound down with a FIFA 15 team event at Trenchtown that featured both Xbox and PlayStation consoles and a decent number of teams vying for a respectable first prize.
A massive first-prize payout of R10 000 tempted gamers from all over South Africa to a FIFA 15 tournament at Trenchtown but the challenge wasn't just going to be beating some very skilled opponents - Eskom was threatening to initiate load shedding in the middle of the event, which could potentially derail the tournament.
brainwavez.org was at the opening of The Art Of The Brick, the world-famous exhibition of LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya's work, in Cape Town. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect.
The South African FIFA 15 launch featured a showdown between celebrity gamers and their friends, as well as four lucky fans who got to join in on the action, in a knockout tournament on the Xbox One at MWEB's offices in Cape Town.
A soccer-focussed face off between Fairbairn College and Fairmont High School in Cape Town kicked off the first interschools e-sports challenge in the city. At stake: bragging rights and, ultimately, possibly school colours.
At another school's challenge in Cape Town young gamers at Fairmont High School finished off the first term by competing in a Call Of Duty: Ghosts tournament for prizes and the chance to represent their school in future competitions.
In February two players deftly dominated Halo 4 - no matter what everyone else threw at them - and in March an extended FIFA 14 tournament final ended in an unexpected manner.
Some younger FIFA 14 players in Cape Town were given the chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights at an e-sports event at Fairbairn College, which was organised by Zombiegamer. The result was a fun day characterised by occasional wild play on the virtual pitch and the possible birth of some enthusiastic future e-sports competitors.
In January, at the 2upGamers e-sports events in Cape Town, Call Of Duty: Ghosts was a featured tournament for the second time and FIFA players were given another day (almost) all to themselves.
2upGamers ended off the year with two Trenchtown tournament days and an anniversary celebration for the community that featured showcases of popular games from 2013 - and a Couples Doubles event that, mercifully, didn't involve dancing.
This month the latest games in two popular e-sports first-person-shooter franchises launched. To celebrate, MWEB GameZone in Cape Town hosted a showdown between the two to see which game - and its fans - would triumph.
In October 2upGamers hosted two days of competitive e-sports events at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town. It was also a chance to say goodbye to Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, which has been a 2upGamers staple, and welcome FIFA 14.
Local gamers were treated to exciting challenges against pro players, great prizes, and a fun evening of gaming and socialising at the recent South African launch of FIFA 14, which was hosted by MWEB in Cape Town.
In September the 2upGamers Trenchtown competitive-gaming tournament in Cape Town focussed on fighting games, with some Forza 4 action thrown in for fun. The event also gave a chance for everyone to say goodbye to the monthly FIFA 13 tournament, which concluded this month with another exciting, dramatic final.
In August some serious FIFA 13 and Halo 4 action dominated the 2upGamers e-sports events. At the community gathering an impromptu Mini Ultimate Gamer challenge threw us in the deep end... and at the end of the night Han Solo made us all cry (not in a good way).
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.
At May's 2upGamers event in Cape Town the Wii U and PC gaming saw some action, Trenchtown was launched in a big announcement, cosplay took centre stage, Couples Doubles was a hit, and the Celebrity Challenge hit a snag.
This year local comic-book store Readers Den organised the biggest Free Comic Book Day event that Cape Town has ever seen. Thousands of fans were treated to free comics, great discounts, awesome prizes, local comics creators, and a huge cosplay competition.
An atmosphere of intense concentration and some nail-biting close calls during a number of gaming challenges were counterbalanced by four Good Hope FM DJs enjoying the first MWEB GameZone Celebrity Challenge at April's 2upGamers event in Cape Town.