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Loadshedding wreaks havoc on South African Gamers – Week 50 2019

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By on December 12, 2019

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Week 50 – 2019.

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Loadshedding in South Africa continues to wreak havoc on gamers everywhere. No word yet on when the lights will come back on, but local gaming forums are a buzz with UPS options and deals. Local gaming businesses are struggling as well. Retailers are reportedly struggling with delivery backlog but local competitive tournament organisers are pushing on regardless.

Gaming News

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Xbox gamers can now use their Vodacom airtime and contracts to pay for games. Any Microsoft account subscriptions can now be settled through the red cellular provider and that includes Game Pass and Live Gold.

Rainbow Six Siege now has permanent South African servers for Xbox One and Playstation 4. Ubisoft issued the following statement: “Following the deployment of South African permanent servers on Xbox One yesterday (9 December), we are happy to announce that Playstation 4 permanent servers are also live now.” No word yet on whether the game wait times on console have increased drastically.

PUBG Mobile has dropped Africa’s first exclusive in-game item. The orange and back parachute that includes African continent detail and #AFRICAUNITE featured on it, is available during the Africa Unite! Event running from 12 to 23 December. You’ll need to login daily to grab it. Completing daily challenges through tournament organiser Mettlestate also put you in the running to pocket R2000 every day.

Esports News

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image sourced from Goliath Gaming social media

We reported on the two South African CSGO teams competing overseas last week. Goliath Gaming was knocked out in the semi finals of Dreamhack Delhi while South African/American ATK put up a strong showing at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. The team went down to eventual winners Mouse Esports. Following their performance, ATK has been ranked in the top 20 CSGO teams in the world.

Maverick Gaming’s Fortnite National School Cup concluded this past weekend, with the finals held at the Matrix Warehouse in Rivonia, Johannesburg. The competition has hosted online qualifiers for the last few months. Bravado Gaming’s Neymar walked away with first place and a R25 000 cheque.

Talking about Bravado Gaming, the popular Multi-Gaming Organisation will launch their Bvd Bunker at the same Matrix Warehouse this coming weekend. Anyone can visit, for free, between 12 and 5pm with the option to game on the rigs, meet Bravado players and watch the CSGO Blast Series Event.

Business News

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image sourced from the game awards website

The 2019 Game Awards take place tonight in the USA. Popular local publications SA Gamer and Critical Hit have been running their own online awards over the past few days, if you’re looking for a more local flavour.

NACON has expanded their range of peripherals available to the South African market. Just in time for the festive season, the company is set to release, through local distributor Gamefinity, a host of new products including controllers, headsets, gaming chairs and dedicated PS4 streaming microphone.

American Multi-Gaming Organisation Lowkey Esports has announced they will be expanding their organisation into South Africa. The new local profile tweeted that they’ll be starting with a salaried PUBG team, which they plan to announce before 2020 closes…. So 365 days to GIT GUD then.

Community News

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Screengrab of Hans Haupt YouTube channel

Vamers’ editor Hans Haupt has increased his video uploads to YouTube. The content creator has been publishing a host of videos unboxing geek and gaming merchandise, offering up tech reviews and gaming videos you might be interested in. If you need to add a channel to your watch list, this one might interest you.

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