Did you experience the RUSH
RUSH "A rAge esports initiative", is a multi-platform and multi-tournament event that celebrates all the best local esports has to offer.
Rush was created for people who are passionate and love competitive gaming. Their goal is to give tournament organisers, players and fans the experience that esports has to offer. Their focus is to educate visitors and parents about esports and what it is. To provide opportunities and engage with esports audiences as well as promote gaming in a competitive environment.
The event was held this past weekend at the Sun Arena in Times Square, Pretoria. It was the 3 day long event starting from the 29th of June and ending on the 1st of July. The event was opened to anyone, whether you were a gamer, a spectator, a fan or just there to see what the “rush” was all about. Tickets were reasonably priced as a day pass was R60 while a 3 day weekend pass was only R100. The event was not only for pro-gamers, but as well as spectators and the general public that wanted to have a bit of gaming fun.
Visitors and gamers had the option to test out new products as well as play, interact and experience different gaming technology’s that they had on display. Rush catered for a variety of gaming platforms that included PC, PS4, VR, Mobile and arcade. There were 3 major sponsored tournaments that spectators and fans could watch from the stands. These included FIFA 18 which was played on PlayStation 4, Counter Strike: GO on PC and Fortnite on Mobile.
Other games that they had on offer included:
- Metal Slug (Arcade)
- Gran Turismo (PS4)
- Tekken 7 ( PS4)
- Quake Champions (PC)
- Dragon ball Firefighter (PC)
- VainGlory (Mobile)
- Hearthstone (Mobile)
- Streetfighter V (PS4)
The branding was very strong from the matching lights, the logos, to the keyboards and screens. It was definitely an exciting experience that made you feel immersed in the Rush world. The atmosphere was exciting, as soon as you entered into the arena you heard the sound of really upbeat fun music, to the sound of tapping on the keyboard, clicking mouses and the crowd cheering whenever someone won a race or made an incredible score at the FIFA 18 stage. The technology was insane, it was as if I was in a virtual world surrounded by colour, screens and speakers, not missing a single bit of action. While walking around there were stations set up for gamers to bring their PC and game, tables for gamers to compete, visitors to play some arcade game and walk around with a cool foam finger that said “game on”. There was food and snacks that one could buy to keep you going throughout the day.
The main event that got the crowd going and drew the spectators was Counter Strike: GO. Two opposing teams side by side with presenters in the middle, the music began. You could feel the excitement building up as they were about to challenge each other. When the games begun you could see the intensity between the teams as the try battle each other, working together like a car, each player was vital and needed.
The Counter Strike: GO tournament lasted 3 days with 16 teams competing against each other for 1st place. These 16 teams are South Africa’s finest Counter Strike: GO players that battled each other for R250 000 in prizes that was bought to you by Vodacom and in partnership with RUSH and Mettlestate.
Here are the winners of each tournament:
Counter Strike:GO :
- Energy eSports - R ???, unknown.
- Goliath Gaming - R 12 500, 5 x Huawei Y7 phones and Vodacom data bundles.
- Big 5 - R5000, 5 x Huawei B618 routers and Vodacom data bundles.
FIFA 18 :
- Julio Bianchi
- JT Brophy
- AJ Karoki
- Sean Kelly
The experience was amazing and it was just a touch of what we will be seeing at the official rAge event that will be happening on the 5th of October to the 7th of October at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, JHB. Be sure to keep a look for the MTN and GameZboost stand, this will be their 3rd annual “Gamezboost challenge” hosted by GameZboost and in partnership with MTN.
To find out more information, head over to gamezboost.mtnplay.co.za