The gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry said to be bigger than Hollywood. This past weekend, the 7th-9th of October 2016, saw gamers and tech-geeks from all over South Africa gathered at the TicketPro Dome in the north of Johannesburg to experience the gaming paradise known as the Rage Expo. Judging from the attendance at this year’s Rage, which has been the highest yet, the industry being bigger than Hollywood seems possible.
One of the contributing factors to the size of the industry is the success of the best selling game, e.g EA’s FIFA , with FIFA 17, which was released nine days before the expo, proved to be one of the main attractions this year.
A number of other crowd pullers include the introduction of Virtual Reality into the gaming market. Visitors to the expo had the opportunity to try out VR headsets such as HTC Vive and Playstation VR.
Cosplay is always a huge part of Rage and this year was no different. The event features a special section dedicated to Cosplay, where gamers get the opportunity to show off their various costumes inspired by some of their favourite games. This year’s costumes were some of the best the country has ever seen.
NAG LAN is also a traditional element of Rage Expo and once again, the NAG LAN section saw PC gamers from all over South Africa setting up for a three day marathon gaming session. This section saw gamers competing in tournaments, camping in sleeping bags and enjoying high speed Internet.
Telkom’s DGL Masters also presented an exciting part of the Rage Expo. During this section, eight of South Africa’s top teams in Counterstrike and DOTA 2 competed for a R1million prize pool.
Rage Expo also presents PC gamers with a shopping heaven as various hardware retailers were in attendance selling everything from graphics cards to peripherals at great discounts.
Some of the games visitors had the opportunity to enjoy including Forza Horizon 3, Mafia 3, Gears of War 4 and many more. Some stands also presented gamers with the opportunity to buy a number of games at a discount at various stands.
It was a great weekend for every gamer and tech-geek in South Africa and Rage Expo depicted the growth this industry is still to experience. As we have seen abroad, a number of brands are starting to affiliate themselves with the industry, and its good to see it happening locally too, as this marriage eSport and traditional brands can only result in further growth in the industry.