It appears that eSports is really taking off in South Africa. The 2013 Winter Leg registrations have closed and the Telkom Do Gaming League (DGL) has seen record number of teams and players across a variety of games.
Over the past couple of months we’ve really tried to inspire support, and help the local eSports scene where we can. It’s amazing to see that it’s actually made an impact to such an extent where our local gamers and the international community are collaborating.
Blizzard has heard the masses and is making a big effort to get back in there with the competition on the eSports scene. For months games like League of Legends and Dota 2 have stolen the spotlight and many doubted whether StarCraft will once again be the ultimate eSports game. In an effort to get StarCraft 2 back on the map as a premier title; Blizzard has now purchased IGN’s Pro League technology and assets.
The much anticipated Startcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm invitational is currently underway and if you are in the Fourways area I recommend heading on down to experience it first hand. There is food and drink (cash bar) aplenty and the setup is amazing.
There’s a test match tomorrow, so in true South African style we need to put our predictions forward and place non-binding bets on who is going to walk away with the knowledge that they represented the better eSporting country.
So you’re sitting there thinking why would you be interested in seeing a bunch of gamers playing SC2 against each other this weekend? Well if you are not a massive SC2 fan then that’s a pretty realistic question so let me tell you why I’m excited.
Keeping it up with the indie tournaments, Deviation Gaming and their sponsor Techgames are hosting another StarCraft 2 cup, giving away a StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition.
Mother of Razer! If there’s one thing this year that’ll get PC gamers all hot and bothered, it won’t be sexy and/or naked video game ladies or supercomputer GPU’s. Even though the GTX TITAN stirs up a longing for some 3-way SLI action, the Razer StarCraft II: Collector’s Edition will have you blushing.
As I mentioned in my hands-on preview of Heart of the Swarm Blizzard are planning on releasing a major patch to StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty in the run up to the release of Heart of the Swarm.
MOAR independent tourneys! YEEAAHHH! So, I know that gamers are expecting cash as reward and it’s kind of become the norm, but this StarCraft 2 Cup has a prize worth the entry - even if it’s not money. Deviation Gaming, a local Online Gaming Club has announced the DvG/TechGames HotS Cup and it’s going to be amazeballs.
By now most of you should be familiar with our local success story, Robert “PandaTank” Botha - the StarCraft 2 player who’s been working his rear-end off to become a world class player - and finally did so. Botha has now officially landed a CoolerMaster sponsor, joining the CM Storm roster.
The Heart of the Swarm multiplayer beta has been going strong for a while now but you knew Blizzard wasn’t showing you everything in that beta. During our press trip to their offices they revealed some of the incredible new additions to the all-conquering strategy title.
Last week I was lucky enough to be flown over to Versailles in France to get some exclusive hands on time with the upcoming second part of StarCraft 2, Heart of the Swarm. While the multiplayer beta is already in full swing this gave us some time to check out the single player and get some inside information about what shall soon be coming to the StarCraft 2 universe.
I’m a big fan of Tower Defence games on iOS, games like Kingdom Rush and Bloons keep me occupied forever but while both of those games are fantastic they are missing that wow factor that a huge publisher and AAA title would bring.