Press Release: rAge Expo (Johannesburg)

The following is a mostly unedited press release provided by a PR firm.

This one’s for anyone in Jo’burg: Esports and the chance to buy geeky festive gifts for your loved ones are major highlights of this year’s rAge Expo, which takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9-11 December.

Esports is a major highlight at rAge

Esports is absolutely booming around the world with tournaments frequently getting in the millions of views on streams, and this December visitors to rAge expo will be able to witness the phenomenon live.

The expo, which takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from the 9th to the 11th of December, will see a number of South African esports organisations hosting an action-packed line up of games including Minecraft, Rocket League, Overwatch and the CS:GO Intel Africa Masters.

RGB Gaming will be hosting a series of competitions aimed at bringing together teams from a variety of schools where esports has taken off in popularity. RGB Gaming has been working tirelessly with schools and tertiary institutions around the country to help them develop their esports programs through everything from assisting with system and environment requirements to training with teachers, general IT and even, assisting players with game/life balance and help with their posture.

According to GM for RGB Gaming Jaco Sauer there is evidence that shows esports programs within educational institutions help build a sense of belonging, promote collaboration and communication skills, and foster good sportsmanship and improved social behaviour, whilst also creating a pipeline for future STEM careers and furthering learners’ strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.

“We at RGB Gaming believe integrating these programs in learning institutions through a sustainable and stable environment not only helps children to build their future in a technologically inclined world, but also promote the understanding of parents and teachers that this is building viable 21st century skillsets,” said Sauer, GM.

That help has been paying off as illustrated by the fact that 14 schools are set to take part in Friday’s Minecraft Speedrun tournament at rAge Expo, with six high schools taking on the Overwatch2 tournament on Saturday. Along the way there will also be time for Minecraft Build challenges and PvP, with Minecraft coding challenges taking place on the Sunday.

Also making its debut at rAge will be the Intel Africa Masters CS:GO finals, which is the first of its kind on the continent. Four teams from the African continent have made it through the regional qualifiers and will be competing against each other to take home the title of African champions. Carly Twaddle, head of project management, Mettlestate said the four finalists are a real testament to the talent in Africa.

“This is an important event for esports, not only in South Africa but across the continent. There is so much talent in Africa, and we wish them luck in the finals at rAge,” said Twaddle.

Fresh from the Intel Arabian cup, Cairo City Gzzz will be arriving from Egypt, and 15averageGang are representing Algeria from the North Africa region.

Captain of Cairo Xity Gzzz, Basel ‘Hellsing’ Alaa Mahmoud Ali says his team are ready for the competition.

“It’s the first international LAN for us all. We played before, but it was just in our region, and we are really excited because we want to do something huge!” he says.

Unsurprisingly, esports has been growing exponentially in Nigeria, so local fans will no doubt be looking forward to their first live glimpse of the regional champions Outlaws who, despite being relative newcomers, left no one in doubt they were deserving winners in their home country.

Without doubt though, the rAge crowd will be cheering for their local champions Bravado, whose team captain Aaron “SloWye” van der Walt says has the experience to win.

“It’s been a tough year so far but we’re happy that we were the team to represent our scene at the Intel Africa Masters finals. We will wave the Bravado Gaming flag high and will show that we have what it takes to be the best,” he insists.

Andreas Hadjipaschali, co-founder, and CEO at Bravado Gaming, perhaps encapsulated the enormity of the occasion when he explained what an honour it is to partner with Intel and compete at the first Intel Africa Masters.

“We’re looking so forward to competing against the best of the best in Africa and showing the world the potential we have to put this beautiful continent on the esports map,” he said.

It doesn’t end there by any means. Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. and Mettlestate are hosting a R200 000 FIFA 23 tournament with the semi-finals and finals to be held at rAge.  The tournament was announced to celebrate Sundowns’ inclusion in FIFA23 and has attracted a large number of gamers, all vying for one of the top 8 spots, in four live qualifiers around the country and an online event leading up to the rAge weekend.

There is another R50 000 on the line in the Incredible All Star Gaming Rocket League finals, which are also being held at rAge. Mettlestate have been presiding over the online qualifiers with playoffs taking place this week which will see the top 2 teams making their way to rAge.

And if that’s not enough, the Ultimate Gaming Championships are also back at rAge 2022 with rAge Drive, their action-packed, awesome fighting game tournament. Friday 9 December will see players take on the Street Fighter 5 tournament with Tekken 7 players getting their chance on Saturday 10 December. The prize? Winners of both tournaments will qualify for the Red Bull Hit The Streets national final which is taking place in Cape Town on 17 December. Registration is now open so head here to sign up.

For those who haven’t yet played in qualifiers or who are new to competitive gaming, the Predator Ultimate Gamer Challenge offers the perfect opportunity to get a few quick games in and potentially win a R130 000 Predator gaming setup as well. Those with the skills should either be at rAge on 10 December or register and qualify online for the 11 December final.

Obviously, rAge Expo wouldn’t be complete without Call of Duty. The #C3ZA Call of Duty Community Clash, hosted by ACGL and Predator, will see some of SA’s best COD: Modern Warfare 2 teams go head-to-head for a share of R40 000.

“We can’t wait for this year’s rAge Expo to kick-off, “said co-owner of the African Cyber Gaming League, Nicholas Holden, adding “The ACGL team will be out in full force assisting some amazing brands in bringing their stands to life”.

For the gamers who will be attending the #NAGLAN, Red Bull is hosting their well-established Red Bull Flick 2v2 CS:GO competition in the LAN. Registration will take place on the Friday, and the games will take place on the Saturday.

It’s a holiday market for the geeks & techies in your life

Whether you are looking for something unique, a great price on the latest tech or just want to support a local entrepreneur, rAge is set to be the ultimate geek holiday market. The timing of this year’s rAge expo makes it the perfectly timed opportunity for anyone looking for gifts for technology and geek-minded loved ones. Or why not treat your inner geek to something nice this festive season?

Gift ideas at rAge Expo (provided by PR firm)

Among all the games, esports, LAN, and cosplay there are also dozens of stands selling everything from the latest computer hardware to homemade cosplay costume items and it’s all available at great prices. It has become something of a tradition for retailers to arrive at rAge with something on special and this year promises to be no different.

For instance, ACER will be giving huge discounts on Acer Nitro and Predator tech and limited-edition predator merch will be sold at their predator stand. SMD Technologies is offering all rAge attendees up to 25% off on all SONY INZONE Headsets for the duration of the expo. For something slightly geekier Kitsune relics who sell Funko Pops, Loungefly bags and FiGPiNs will be doing as much as 60% off on some items.

Then there are prizes attendees can win, simply by visiting the store and picking up a little something. Expat Trading is doing multiple giveaways each day ranging from gaming Keyboards to Bluetooth speakers, while SMD Technologies is giving away a Creality 3D printer; Shure is offering visitors the chance to win their own design on an MV7 podcast microphone and UGS is giving away an Xbox Series X to the person who drives the fastest lap on f1 22 at their stand over the weekend.

The other side of shopping at rAge is the opportunities offered to pick up entirely unique gifts and items that really can’t be found anywhere else. Artist’s Alley is an inspiring collection of local stalls that offer things that are either handcrafted, custom designed or tailored to a customer’s specific requirements. From unique paintings and sketches to jewellery, steampunk accessories and Medieval clothing, the creative people of the Artist’s Alley have been a cornerstone of the convention for ten years. These are not the things you can find in any old shop and shopping there you are sure to find the ideal present for that relative or friend whose tastes aren’t catered for in a mall. Handcrafted daggers vie for attention alongside unique 3D printings, handmade figures, and risqué lingerie.

The best part is that by buying your gifts at Artist’s Alley the money all goes directly into the pockets of the people who created your purchase with no middlemen, and no corporations in between.

Be sure to stop by the many flea market stalls where local entrepreneurs have an assortment of interesting goodies to buy.

Incredible Connection and Evetech also have a wide range of computer and gaming tech products available to purchase online this week at discounted prices, so make sure to check them out.

Tickets to rAge Expo are available to buy online via Howler.

rAge Expo 2022:

Dates:9 – 11 December 2022
Expo times:Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 09:00-16:00
Day pass:R180 per person 
Weekend pass:R400 per person 
Kids under 6:Free
Venue:Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng

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