Hyprop and MTN host South Africa’s biggest national console gaming tournament

by BabyYumYum
Introducing the MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience 2024, South Africa’s biggest national console gaming tournament! Get ready for an electrifying showcase of gaming brilliance as Hyprop teams up with MTN to bring you the MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience 2024. ​
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Introducing the MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience 2024, South Africa’s biggest national console gaming tournament! Get ready for an electrifying showcase of gaming brilliance as Hyprop teams up with MTN to bring you the MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience 2024. Sponsored by MTN.

Now in its second year, this is South Africa’s largest national mall-based gaming tournament, featuring a prize pool of R50,000. With eight qualifier events across the country, the tournament will culminate in an epic finale at Canal Walk in Cape Town this September.

Opening up the world of E-sports

Christie Stanbridge, Hyprop’s Brand and Campaigns Marketing Manager, emphasises the inclusive nature of the event: “Our goal is to make esports accessible to everyone, breaking down barriers and removing the stigma that gaming is just for certain age groups. We want people from all walks of life to come together, play games, and dive into the thrilling world of esports.”

MTN’s commitment to digital innovation

Jason Probert, General Manager of Digital Services at MTN South Africa, is equally enthusiastic: “Partnering with Hyprop to bring this tournament to life is exciting. This event showcases the growing gaming culture in South Africa, and we’re proud to support an initiative that highlights incredible talent and unites communities through gaming. MTN is committed to driving digital innovation and creating unique experiences for gamers across the country.”

What gamers can expect from the console gaming tournament

Competitions for all ages and skill levels

The MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience 2024 builds on last year’s success, featuring EA FC 24™ as the main title. This ensures the event appeals to a wide audience, from casual players to seasoned pros. Each mall event will offer various competitions and activities, creating a dynamic and inclusive gaming environment.

Qualifier events and schedule

Gamers can join one of the seven heats held from Friday to Sunday at different Hyprop Malls. The top four players from each heat will advance to the Mall Final, joining four online qualifiers. Special heats are dedicated to scholars, ensuring esports schools are well represented.

Qualifier schedule:

  • Somerset Mall Online Qualifier: 9 June
  • Somerset Mall Event: 14-16 June
  • Rosebank Mall Online Qualifier: 16 June
  • Rosebank Mall Event: 21-23 June
  • The Glen Online Qualifier: 23 June
  • The Glen Event: 28-30 June
  • Clearwater Mall Online Qualifier: 7 July
  • Clearwater Mall Event: 12-14 July
  • Woodlands Boulevard Online Qualifier: 14 July
  • Woodlands Boulevard Event: 19-21 July
  • Table Bay Mall Online Qualifier: 4 August
  • Table Bay Mall Event: 9-11 August
  • Capegate Online Qualifier: 18 August
  • Capegate Event: 23-25 August
  • Canal Walk Online Qualifier: 8 September
  • Canal Walk Event: 11-15 September

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Hyprop and MTN Host South Africa's Biggest National Console Gaming Tournament
Hyprop and MTN Host South Africa's Biggest National Console Gaming Tournament
Hyprop and MTN Host South Africa's Biggest National Console Gaming Tournament
Hyprop and MTN Host South Africa's Biggest National Console Gaming Tournament
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The grand finale in Cape Town

The National Final, held at Canal Walk, promises to be a spectacular event. The eight finalists from each mall will compete for the ultimate title and a share of the R50,000 prize pool:

  • 1st Place: R25,000
  • 2nd Place: R15,000
  • 3rd Place: R7,500
  • 4th Place: R2,500

Additional competitions and activities

Beat Saber competition

MTN will host a Beat Saber competition with Xbox Series S consoles as prizes. Beat Saber, a VR rhythm game, will be played on Battle+, MTN’s esports platform, offering exclusive videos, tournaments, and challenges for rewards.

Computer mania pop-Up shops

Computer Mania will have pop-up shops at the event, showcasing the latest gaming gear at exclusive prices.

PC gaming zone

Compete in popular games like Fortnite™, Rocket League, Minecraft, Flight Simulator, and Cities: Skylines II using the latest gaming tech from PCBuilder. You can also customise your own gaming PC with their custom build tool.

Redragon Keyboard rebuild race

Celebrate gaming keyboard diversity with the Redragon Keyboard Rebuild Race. Test your speed and win a new Redragon gaming keyboard daily – but only the fastest time wins!

The Toyota Gaming Engine SuperSprint (GT 7)

Compete for the fastest daily lap to win a R1,000 Gift Card. An additional R5,000 Gift Card will be awarded to players who sign up for The Toyota Gaming Engine at MTN SHIFT Gaming Experiences.

Fighting cup

Join daily cups for popular fighting games like Brawlhalla, Tekken, and Street Fighter 6. Winners receive R1,000 Mall Gift Cards, and runners-up receive R500 Mall Gift Cards.

Call of Duty tournament

The Call of Duty Tournament is back with a R60,000 prize pool. The final will be held at Canal Walk in September, offering high stakes for participants.

Celebrate gaming across South Africa

Join us in celebrating the spirit of gaming across South Africa with the MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just looking for fun, this event offers something for everyone.

For more information, visit the participating malls’ websites or follow them on social media:

The MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience 2024 promises an unparalleled celebration of gaming culture in South Africa. With diverse competitions, significant prize money, and activities for all, it’s an event not to be missed. Join us in this exciting journey and experience the best of esports.

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