rAge – South Africa’s biggest video game, technology, esports and geek culture fair – kicked off at the Gallagher Conference Center last week and drew a huge crowd at this year’s event, posting the Covid withdrawals.
The participation was a great success for the organizers, who were also delighted to have the Gauteng Tourism Authority on board as the official destination partner for the 2022 event.
The Gauteng Tourism Authority said that by partnering with rAge, it recognizes the event’s contribution in raising the profile of the area within the international gaming community, many of whom may not previously have viewed SA as an entertainment holiday destination.
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Tourism booster and business incubator
rAge project leader Michael James said:
“With a strong partner like Gauteng Tourism Authority, we are on the verge of expanding the scope and scale of rAge into new markets and making an even bigger impact on all young people interested in technology, IoT, gaming and geek culture interest.”
The fair was also recognized as a business incubator, with both Home_Coded and Artist Alley showcasing new and developing South African countries.
Games and tournaments this year
One of the biggest exhibitors and main sponsors of the event, Intel, hosted the finals of the Intel Africa Masters CS:GO tournament at the event this year.
This is said to be the largest cross-continental CG:GO competition in Africa to date, with a $30,000 prize pool on offer.
Since 2006, Intel has sponsored the Intel Extreme Masters, a global gaming tournament that pits the best of the best CS:GO teams around the world against each other.
Intel also launched the first Intel Africa Masters, a gaming tournament developed by Africans for Africans.
Intel said it recognized the need to invest in the African gaming community to provide African gamers with a platform to showcase their talent.
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Meanwhile, RGB Gaming held a series of competitions aimed at bringing together teams from different schools.
Jaco Sauer, GM of RGB Gaming, said: “At RGB Gaming, we believe that integrating these programs into learning institutions through a sustainable and stable environment not only helps children build their future in a technologically driven world, but also the understanding of parents and encourages teachers to do this that builds viable skills for the 21st century.”
Cosplay turns up the heat
The annual rAge GES Cosplay Contest was held again this year, with cosplayers bringing their A-Game to the event.
After two years of isolation, rAge organizers said the event encouraged everyone, regardless of age or skill level, to join in the fun.
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In 2020, Capetonic cosplayer Ludus Cosplay won the Best in Show award for his version Puss in Boots at the rAge Expo Digital Edition.
This year, Gammablast Cosplay as Korg from Thor: Love and Thunder won the Best in Show category.
Axiom SFX as Eugeo from Sword Art Online Alicization won the Masters Winners category. Chibi Mandee cosplay as Menat from Street Fighter V won in the Festive Winner category.