The buzz for the second Canal Walk Gaming Expo powered by BT Games and Good Hope FM, is gathering momentum as gamers, their supporters, Cosplay artists, children (of all ages), parents, fans, shoppers and even spectators eagerly anticipate the launch of the Expo on Tuesday, October 25. Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to offer more competitions, more prizes and more opportunities to experience one of the world’s fastest growing experiences and sectors – electronic entertainment.
Complementing the latest gaming releases, early festive season specials, news and insights from the gaming world, the Canal Walk Gaming Expo will also stage the Kwesé Ace Football Tournament using the new Xbox ‘FIFA 2017’ game. (Early registration for this event is recommended as it’s not only championship honours that are up for grabs, but significant prize monies too, with R10000 going to the winner. Enter at ace.kwesesports.com.)
Not to be outdone, PlayStation fans will also have their share of the fun, with the chance to be a part of the future of gaming by experiencing the much talked about PS Virtual Reality headsets, which run on PS4 consoles, in special booths that will be on site at Canal Walk.
Now that a number of PSVR specific games have been launched in the UK (October 13), BT Games has confirmed there will be a wide selection from which to choose at the Gaming Expo.
“Last year we were overwhelmed by the positive reception of the concept. We knew gaming was big, but the level of support and interest was more than we expected. Taking this growing phenomenon into account, we have worked closely with all our exhibitors this year to bring an even better experience and even more variety to the party, as electronic entertainment is appealing to all age groups,” says Vanessa Herbst, Marketing Manager at Canal Walk.
Taking this appeal into account, aside from the E-Sports releases on offer, the Expo will also host a number of other competitions, including an even bigger and better Cosplay initiative that will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 12pm. Cosplay costumes and cosmetics are also growing in popularity and profitability across the globe.
Moving out of geekdom into full-on popular culture and the spotlight, Cosplay is also a performance art and for many, a mode of expression. Cape Town is no different with a vibrant and rapidly developing Cosplay culture that will be celebrated at this Expo.
Karl Klöpfer, Marketing Manager at BT Games is equally enthusiastic about the event, adding: “It’s hard to believe a year has already come and gone since our first expo. Gaming is an affordable form of entertainment for the whole family.
Many of the best games are released at this time of year so we have worked hard to bring a mix of content for all – new games, upcoming games, retro content, competitions and much more. And along with that shoppers can expect big savings on consoles, games and related items during this Expo.”
Other confirmed exhibitors include: Xbox, Prima Interactive, Megarom Interactive, Nintendo, PlayStation, Electronic Arts and a number of others, with more announcements to follow.
Cosplay Event Schedule
Saturday, October 29
12pm: Registration opens at Main Stage
1pm to 3pm: Guest-Judged Cosplay Contest
No entry fee.
Categories are: Experienced (Minimum 70% must be self-crafted), Novice & Bought cosplay. Top 3 spots per category win prizes.
Clear reference imagery strongly recommended for front, side and back view of cosplayed character.
3pm to 3.30pm: Casual Stage Time
4pm: Cosplay Parade
Guest-Judged Cosplay Contest.
First Prize: R3000 Canal Walk Gift Card
Second Prize: R2000 Canal Walk Gift Card
Third Prize: R1000 Canal Walk Gift Card
First Prize: R1000 Canal Walk Gift Card
First Prize: R1000 Canal Walk Gift Card
3 x R500 Canal Walk Gift Cards
Catch the virtual action from Tuesday to Sunday, October 25 to 30. Hours are from 10am to 9pm.
For more information and to see the full schedule, visit www.canalawalk.co.za.