The rAge Expo is South Africa’s go-to three day event for video gaming, technology, esports, geek culture and digital entertainment. This event has been uniting all sorts of people all over Johannesburg as well as Durban and Cape Town for years. The best thing about this event is that it does not matter how old you are, there’s literally
something for everyone!
The first rAge Expo of the decade took place from 9-11 December at a new location, Gallagher Estate in Midrand, because thanks to a used car dealership, rAge Expo’s regular venue The Coca Cola Dome was transformed into a parking lot during the hard lockdowns.
Create ZA attended on the 10th, the same Saturday we were covering the finals of the world’s biggest dance competition, Red Bull Dance Your Style, hosted at Monte Casino, a few minute’s drive from Gallagher.
Comic Con Africa actually hosted a convention here in 2019 but it felt more claustrophobic than an overloaded minibus taxi.
With rAge, the thousands of visitors could comfortably navigate around the hangar sized halls without squeezing past each other.
Some of the most impressive setups were the GES Cosplay competition, as well as Intel Africa Masters, which had several African countries participating and Predator Ultimate Gamer Challenge, offering a 130k Predator gaming setup up.
My most surprising exhibition was from my favorite local soccer team Mamelodi Sundowns, who attended to create publicity for their inclusion in FIFA 23, and to host a FIFA competition with a jaw dropping R200 000 prize money!
Can’t forget Africa’s biggest LAN (Local Area Network) competition, NAG BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console). It’s basically hundreds of hardcore gamers locking themselves inside the venue, literally sleeping on the floors & gaming three days straight. Even more impressive was the neck breaking 30GB/s speeds provided by Clear Access to mitigate lag.
The new venue and the Great Reset actually made rAge come back stronger, bigger and faster than it’s ever been since its inception in 2002.
Caleb Jansen , a loyal supporter.
Rage was honestly such a fun experience this year. While not as big as the Comic con event that took place earlier in the year, Rage definitely delivered in the quality department. “
So to put this into simple words, it is a weekend filled with non-stop rAge and South Africa remains king amongst African gamers!