Rush brings e-sporting action to Sandton

Rush is designed by the creators of rAge and is a first for e-sport in South Africa. Photo: Supplied

The inaugural Rush event invites anyone who wants to learn more about e-sport, to meet and talk to pro players, watch South Africa’s top teams compete and enter competitions themselves, to visit the Sandton Convention Centre from 21 to 23 July.

Designed by the creators of rAge (really Awesome gaming expo), the Rush event is a first for e-sport in South Africa and is set to become the inaugural showcase of all things e-sport.

The event will feature a variety of competitive tournaments with live shout casting (commentary) by some of the country’s top shout casters. The country’s best competitive gamers and clans will compete for the honour of taking home the glory and a host of incredible prizes.

Four main stages will showcase popular titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Fifa 17, League of Legends and Street Fighter V. Fans will be able to watch all competitions live on the big screens and visitors will be able to enter tournaments across a range of games including Hearthstone, Fifa 17, Street Fighter V and Metal Slug.

“Rush is an exciting, compelling showcase of everything that South African e-sport currently has to offer. We’ve created a unique experience that will appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, and one that will serve as a visual introduction to anyone who doesn’t know what all this e-sport fuss is about,” said Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager for Rush, Nag and rAge.

“Having been actively involved in the local gaming industry for the past 20 years through Nag and rAge, Rush is a great platform for us to build, empower and connect with new and existing e-sport communities.”

Kaiser Chiefs has also announced its participation at Rush, giving gamers the chance to battle it out at the Kaiser Chiefs e-sport stage. To enter the Kaiser Chiefs tournament, visit Entry is free.

Warcraft and Hearthstone fans can look forward to Kwesé hosting a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering at Rush. Other activities include PlayStation VR, arcade cabinets and retail stands.

Gamers can win tickets to Rush

Orena is ramping up its Fight Night offering at Rush with a casual Street Fighter V tournament set for an EFC-sized boost. Orena is also offering the chance to qualify for ESWC for CS:GO on one of the main stages.

Rush also offers South Africa’s first Winter Nag Lan, an opportunity to experience multiplayer gaming with hundreds of like-minded gaming enthusiasts all in the same venue. Nag Lan tickets also give you access to the Rush event for the full weekend. Nag Lan tickets cost R600 and are available at Computicket.

Rush will host South Africa’s first Winter Nag Lan – an opportunity to experience multiplayer gaming with hundreds of like-minded gaming enthusiasts packed into a single venue.
Photo: Supplied

Pink-IT, which is designed to build a supportive community for women in technology and foster a culture of collaboration between female software developers, will hold its first annual summit at Rush. The summit will bring together companies interested in hiring female software developers in South Africa and offer opportunities to women in the industry.

You can either purchase a day ticket for R50 or a weekend ticket for R100. Tickets are available at the door or at Computicket.

Details: For more information on Nag Lan, email [email protected]; for information on tournaments hosted at Rush, email [email protected];


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Sarah Koning

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