Ask any South African gamer, and they will be hard-pressed to find a bigger event in the local gaming calendar than the annual rAge expo. It is a three-day long celebration of all things gaming, from sneak peeks of international titles, to some really cool games developed in our own back yard.
Every year the exhibition has increased – not only in the number of titles on show or floor space – but also in the amount of people that it attracts. Each year it seemingly beats the previous year’s various records, and 2016 was no different.
This year saw another record attendance for rAge, with 34 693 streaming through the doors at the TicketPro Dome over the course of last weekend. That is a lot of people.
With 19 411 square metres of floor space and 124 exhibitors, there was definitely something for everyone.
“With more than 11 locally developed games on display in the dedicated home_ coded area, the very latest (including unreleased) games and tech, a brand-new section of floor space dedicated solely to the flea market stands, Artists Alley and cosplay stage area, and over R2.2 million in cash and prizes given away at the four eSports events, rAge 2016 was steaming hot,” the rAge organising committee said in a press release.
But many were in the The Dome to get a glimpse of some of the best eSports players in the country, who tackled each other for big winnings.
“eSports was massive at this year’s expo with major tournaments being played, international shoutcasters and hosts in attendance, and the introduction of Africa’s first ever eSports Branding Summit. This is the start of something big in South Africa,” commented Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager of rAge.
The Local Area Network gaming sessions are also a huge draw card, and this year 2 330 gamers pitched up to play games against each other.
The dates for next year’s rAge in Johannesburg have already been confirmed, so mark your calendars so long for the weekend of 6-8 October 2017 at The Ticketpro Dome at Northgate.