This last weekend was an esport all you can eat buffet. Two events happening on the same weekend meant some running around, but if you found the game or team that you loved, then it was a lot easier to just stick within a single area. That is easier said than done though.
For example there was Kwesé Hearthstone Fireside Gathering. The setup looked like the inside of a tavern with lots of place to sit and play some cards and win some cash. Winning money for playing card games? Sounds too good to be true to me, really.
Next door to that, and what seemed to be the most active stage on Friday was the Kaizer Chiefs Esports Tournament. Honestly I am not a Fifa fan but listening to Nick Holden shoutcast the games was quite impressive. The way he mixed in what the players were doing with the names of actual Football stars was quite enjoyable, making it sound like a real match.
Inside the NAG LAN there was a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Tournament for the folks who somehow managed to carry those heavy PCs into the Sandton Convention Centre. Seeing that just made me realise how old I am.
Near the shops and the PSVR setup were big projectors for the OMEN by HP League of Legends Challenge as well as the ESWC CS:GO Johannesburg Qualifiers powered by Orena. Orena also had some Street Fighter V action with Orena Fight Nights in partnership with Red Bull.
Here are some pictures of the event. I felt like there was too much happening all at once and I didn’t know where to go for the best use of my time, so maybe the schedule will make it easier if this happens again. It was great to see esports out of the basement of rAge and into their own event and I look forward to the next one.