18 April 2018
Comic Con Africa was announced at a spectacular launch event earlier this year. It was held at Kyalami Convention Centre, the self-same venue that will be hosting Africa’s inaugural Comic Con event between 14 and 16 September 2018. Having attended the launch myself, I felt that it created some palpable excitement and anticipation amongst the various journalists and industry figures that attended. That’s something that doesn’t always happen amongst us jaded gaming industry types. If they were trying to wow us, they most certainly succeeded!
The devil is in the details!
The event has been brought to South Africa by Reed Exhibitions subsidiary ReedPOP in partnership with VS Gaming. Reed Exhibitions are the company responsible for Comic Con internationally. Telkom’s VS Gaming is well known to local esports fans as the company behind the Digital Gaming League, VS Masters, and the recently announced FIFA eWorld Cup Qualifier being held at Montecasino next month.
The event follows the international Comic Con format showcasing comic books, science fiction and fantasy films, television and cosplay. However, unique to South Africa thanks to VS Gaming’s involvement, it will also be featuring esports. After many years at rAge Expo, VS Gaming’s premier R1.1 Million VS Masters CS:GO and Dota 2 tournament will be held at Comic Con. Also present will be a BYOC LAN, in a similar vein to the NAG LAN, also traditionally found at rAge. Their alignment with Comic Con has clearly brought with it some rather massive changes for VS Gaming in 2018.
Straight from the source
We needed to know more, so I managed to speak with VS Gaming’s Wanda Mkhize to get some inside information on their plans and thinking around Comic Con Africa.
axtremes: Could you tell us about your position at VS Gaming and explain how it relates to Comic Con Africa?
Wanda Mkhize: I am the Executive of Content and Spokesperson for VS Gaming. One of our key focuses at VS Gaming is looking at entertainment properties and driving entertainment in all its forms. I think Comic Con Africa is a perfect fit. It combines gaming, content, and pop culture. The full entertainment spread. We’re very excited! It is bringing the best of pop culture to South Africa and blends exactly with Telkom’s strategy for creating entertainment.
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