The really Awesome gaming expo (rAge) will bring a galaxy of everything that is geek to the Ticketpro Dome at Northgate, from Friday to Sunday, October 7 to 9. Exhibitors are set to entertain with cool tech, various deals and loads of giveaways.
Just like Roxy the rAge mascot, the expo has evolved over the years to become the iconic event it is today. rAge sees tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans descend on The Dome for three days of gaming, technology, gadgets and geek lifestyle entertainment.
Returning for its fourteenth year, rAge Expo is SA’s biggest video game, technology and geek culture event. Suitable for the whole family, rAge offers visitors an experience jam-packed with competitions, eSports tournaments, exhibitions, industry guests, panels and more. Celebrating gaming and popular culture, the expo uniquely caters for casual fans and dedicated gamers alike.
Want to know more about what’s in store on the show floor? We’ve got you covered with some of the highlights:
One of the main attractions at rAge this year is the three eSports tournaments. Visitors will be able to spectate all the matches daily as they will be taking place live on the main show floor.
• Telkom DGL Masters [‘Dota 2’/’Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’] – Platform: PC – R1000000 prize pool
• Call of Duty World League (CWL) Monster Astro Gaming (MAG) Cup [‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’] – Platform: PS4 – R120000 prize pool
• African Challenge Esport (ACE) gaming tournament [‘FIFA 17’] – Platform: Xbox One – R18000 prize pool
The Telkom Digital Gaming Championship (DGC) will also be happening over the weekend, where 500 of the best competitors from seven online leagues have been invited to take part in the VIP LAN.
Computers, Hardware and Gadgets
Apex Interactive will reveal a new range of accessories and headsets, including the new NACON GC-400ES Alpha Pad – the most accurate eSports-focused PC controller ever.
Plantronics will be showcasing a new console headset lineup, featuring the RIG 800 series, the first wireless headset for console gaming with a 24-hour battery life.
NAG and MSI will be hosting overclocking workshops throughout the course of the weekend on stand 29.
Animation and Motion Suits
The Learn 3D Computer Animation School will be running competitions based on games that Learn 3D students have developed this year, as well as showcasing a new motion capture suit called the Perception Neuron.
Geek Culture and Lifestyle
Cosplay workshops will be held on the cosplay stage during the course of the weekend. Topics include wig styling, a make-up panel and a Cosplay 101 Q&A.
Hot 91.9 FM will be broadcasting live from the expo. Visit their stand for old-school classic arcade games and Scalextric toys, as well as branded merchandise.
Blue Ocean VR will be showcasing both VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality).
The Virtual Space will be running VR demos on their stand. The demos will include 360-degree video, interactive games and educational apps.
The following games will be showcased on the Megarom stand (stand 52): ‘For Honor’, ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’, ‘Eagle Flight’, ‘Final Fantasy XV’, ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’ and ‘Hitman’.
Stand 27 is where you will find Xbox, 2K and EA with the following titles: ‘FIFA 17’, ‘XCOM 2’, ‘Mafia III’, ‘NBA 2K17’, ‘BioShock: The Collection’, ‘Forza Horizon 3’, ‘Recall’, ‘We Happy Few’, ‘Everspace’, ‘Cuphead’.
PlayStation VR will be at stand 31 with the following titles: ‘Batman’, ‘Rigs’, ‘Rush of Blood’ and ‘VR Worlds’ (Ocean Descent and The Getaway).
‘Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale’ will also be on the home_coded booth. There will be a limited edition physical version of the game (i.e. a boxed copy with a game disc inside) for sale to visitors. It’s a first-person adventure game set on a remote farmstead in South Africa.
Cape Town developers Amplify Games will be launching the alpha version of their new video game, ‘Polygod’, at the home_coded booth.
Competitions and Giveaways
Matrix Warehouse Computers will be running three competitions at their stand, including a R50000 Ultimate Gaming PC giveaway.
The sixth annual rAge Cosplay Competition will be hosted on the cosplay stage on Sunday from 2 to 4pm.
The Call of Duty MAG Cup Celebrity Challenge starts at 1.30pm on Friday and will see two celebrity teams face each other in a battle for glory. Team Red will feature musician Jack Parow, comedian Jason Goliath and rugby player Rohan Janse van Rensburg, with team captain Ismail “Jakez” Jacobs from eN_Astra. Team Blue will be led by Insane Gaming’s Kaelin “Tanker” Govender and will feature journalist Pippa Tshabalala, musician AKA and comedian Deep Fried Man.
Times: Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 9am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Cost: R120 to R300
Tickets are still available, and can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za. For more information, visit www.rageexpo.co.za.