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2upGamers come out swinging in the 5th Round

It was another icy-cold day in Cape Town on May the 4th, but it wasn’t enough to stop gamers from coming out to attend the 2upGamers 5th Round event at Rygersdal Sports Club. This time, the team decided to go with a fighting-game theme; hence the appropriate title for this event. However, there were also a few Star Wars references due to the fact that it was Star Wars Day. Needless to say, “May the fourth be with you” was uttered many times during the course of the evening.After everyone had been ushered inside, Glenn Alexander entered the hall in MMA apparel while strutting towards the stage with “Eye of the Tiger” playing over the speakers. Everyone was welcomed to the event but they were also informed about a change in the schedule; EFC Welterweight Champion, Jadyson Costa was unable to attend the 5th Round due to a double booking. However, to make up for his absence, Costa promised to attend the next 2upGamers event.

Nizar Abrahams, the owner and manager of Readers Den Comic Shop at Stadium on Main in Claremont, was the first guest up on stage. Abrahams just dropped by to inform everyone of “Free Comic Book Day”, which was being hosted by his shop. Mr. Abrahams also came prepared with two Hardcover Graphic Novels of Halo and StarCraft to give away to the attendees.The 2up team took the stage once again as they had some more announcements. Sadly, Ashley O’Neill, one of the founding members, has decided to step down as one of the organisers due to a new development. To create more balance, the team introduced their 2 new members in the form of Lood van den Berg and Franco Duncker. Some more exciting news followed this announcement (crazy, right?). Mr. Alexander’s day job, which is at 4 Elements Gaming Festivals or 4EGF, will be running the 2upGamers Events in the future. 2upGamers will now also be a non-profit organisation so that the team can give back to the community. It’s great that this is growing. Hopefully the team’s wish of going national with 2upGamers will actually become a reality sooner than they expected.Friends of Design were in the house once again and just like they promised at the previous event, they brought 10 vouchers for design courses. But since it was Star Wars Day, those interested in the vouchers had to fight for them, Jedi style. This was done by using pool noodles for Lightsabers; these had to be used to knock the balloon that was taped to your opponent, off their body. The battle between Light and Dark side was rather exciting to watch but so funny at the same time.

In addition to winning those coveted vouchers, winners of the duels also received Darth Vader “Who’s Your Daddy?” T-shirts courtesy of the lovely people at Springleap. They run a design website in order to help designers out there to make a name for themselves. Every two weeks, a design contest is held and the winner receives $500. Also, artists receive a cut of whatever art of theirs is sold on the site. Be sure to check them out at www.springleap.com Next up were the guys from eGamer, who decided to open up by Rickrolling the audience. Nice one! However, that wasn’t all. They also introduced a new feature for future 2upGamers events; they will hold mini tournaments where gamers can play to win prizes. The 5th Round had a FIFA 12, 2 vs. 2 tournament, which was quite successful. It seems that they may be onto something here. Winners will be receiving some of the latest EA games.

Wikus and Johan from Ozone Energy Drink were up next and they spoke about their new product but also letting 3 attendees taste their drink in order to get some feedback. They also announced the first clan that they would be sponsoring. This lovely sponsorship went to the Xbox 360 clan known as High 5. The guys from Ozone are pretty keen to help the Esports community grow so expect a few more sponsorships very soon.One of the special guests for the evening was Cape Town born Vince Andrews, who played Sgt. James Heller in the Prototype 2 live-action trailer (can be seen here: http://goo.gl/mJKPZ ). He wasn’t able to make it to the Prototype 2 launch party but made up for it by attending the 5th Round. According to Andrews, the shoot lasted 3 days and consisted of long hours. He also showed us a few behind the scenes images from Soweto, the location for the shoot. Apparently some of the locals were a little concerned, as anyone would be if they saw someone in full military apparel. Andrews was also sporting one of the Prototype 2 jackets of which only three were made. Man, I could use one of those. They look pretty awesome.

Last but not least was Reinhard Rheeder-Kleist from MWEB or more commonly known as “Chocs”. Unfortunately, his “Dredd Master”, Desmond Kurz could not attend the 5th round due to unforeseen circumstances. Chocs handled things pretty well though; handing out CS: beta keys to attendees to those who wanted them and also informing everyone about a competition. A competition that would allow the winner entry into the M-Cave on May 15th for their Diablo III launch party. This could be decided in only one way and that way was by competing in a Star Wars Kinect Dance-off. The event can only be awesome if gamers have to step into the spotlight to get their invitation.

After all the formalities, everyone was sent off to socialise, play games and of course, eat some pizza. However, the pizza didn’t last very long. I’d say that it took about 10 minutes for all the pizza to be devoured. Thanks for keeping at least one slice for me! These events are really becoming one of the highpoints for each month for me. Once again, the event had quite a few stragglers long after the event was supposed to end. I swear this is becoming an exclusive little club. “The Stragglers” doesn’t really have a ring to it. I guess I’ll have to think of a better name before the next event.

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Gigabyte Star Wars: Battlefront Launch

Star Wars: Battlefront has been highly anticipated by the gaming community for two main reasons: it’s a Star Wars game made by Battlefield developers DICE. What better way to celebrate the launch of the game than with a launch party at the MWEB GameZone M-Cave thanks to Gigabyte.

The evening started off with many a gamer showing up for the launch gathering in the foyer after checking in at the front desk. Just after 6pm once most of the attendees arrived, the guests were welcomed by Desmond Kurz, the digital and gaming manager for MWEB. When asked if everyone was ready to play some Star Wars: Battlefront, the crowd responded with a spirited “Yeah!”.

After the welcome, the guests were led past security to the famous M-Cave where the tables had been set up with PC’s and Xbox One consoles all running Star Wars: Battlefront. Shortly after everyone had been given time to settle in and grab a few snacks, Kurz hopped on on the microphone once again to welcome everyone to the M-Cave. Once the obligatory welcome had been done, Kurz introduced Gareth Woods, the MC for the evening. For those who don’t know, Woods is a local comedian, blogger, gamer and musician. Woods introduced himself and cracked a few jokes to get the crowd warmed up. He then explained the events for the evening and how the competitions would work. Attending gamers could take part in different events in order to better their chances at winning one of the many prizes up for grabs on the night.

Also in attendance at the event was fast-growing online store Loot.co.za, who had quite the pile of Star Wars products including LEGO, games, books and DVD’s. Among the pile of loot (excuse the pun) were three units of the rather limited Fallout 4: Pip-Boy Edition; there was one unit available for each platform. In addition to the Star Wars items and games, Loot.co.za also had a fair amount of Gigabyte products on display. Before the attendees were let loose on the M-Cave, Desmond Kurz called up Marthinus Versfeld, the senior category manager for the store, just to talk about some of the special prices they had specifically for this event. At the end of the night, it seems that their pile of items had shrunk by a fair amount as a result of all the sales made during the course of the evening.

Throughout the evening people socialised, ate some delicious snacks and had some hands-on time with the game. In addition to Star Wars: Battlefront, attendees also had the opportunity to experience VR or Virtual Reality in the form of the Oculus Rift. After trying the device myself, which simulated controlling a mech suit, coming back to the real world was a little disorientating, a sentiment that everyone seemed to share after taking off the device. However, it was still a rather interesting experience.

At the end of the evening there was a prize giving for the attendees who had participated in the relevant events in order to get their names into the draw. One by one, attendees who were lucky enough to have their name drawn from the box, were allowed to select on of the five mystery boxes on display. Each box had a prize ranging from a Gigabyte mouse to an incredible BenQ gaming monitor. Each of the winners walked away with a smile on their faces, even more so the lucky winner who walked away with the monitor. After all of the mystery boxes were opened, one last cardboard box was left untouched. A final draw was done in order to get a winner for the box. After a winner was chosen, the crowd chanted for it to be opened. The box was filled with Star Wars goodies courtesy of the folks at Loot.co.za, with one of the items being a Jedi Bathrobe. Nice!

Aside from the main prizes, all of the cosplayers were given something for the effort put into their costumes. Additionally, everyone who walked through the door was given a goodie bag

Overall, it was an awesome event. Aside from seeing old faces and some new, the Cape Town gaming community got to spend some hands-on time with Star Wars: Battlefront at the M-Cave while enjoying some great food and entertainment. See you at the next event!

Brady Ruiters

Known as Brady Ruiters by day and GuitarDemon by night (Well, on the PSN mostly…) Professional, creative and frank, a self-proclaimed gaming journalist moulded by a passion and fascination for gaming and music, and in turn, taking a crack at shaping the rest of the world with the very same obsession. That, however, remains a trying task.