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rAge 2016: hot show, big numbers

October 13th, 2016
This year’s rAge saw 124 exhibitors show off the latest in gaming to some 34 000 visitors - making it the largest rAge event yet.

rAge 2016 was steaming hot, and it wasn’t only the 19 411 square metres of floor space, 124 exhibitors and 34 693 visitors that made it the best rAge yet.  It also featured more than 11 locally developed games on display in the dedicated home_ coded area, the latest – including unreleased – games and tech, a brand-new section of floor space dedicated solely to the flea market stands, Artists Alley and a cosplay stage area, and over R2.2 million in cash and prizes given away at four eSports events.

“eSports was massive at this year’s expo with major tournaments being played, international shoutcasters and hosts in attendance, and the introduction of Africa’s first ever eSports Branding Summit,” says Lauren Das Neves, Marketing Manager of rAge.

“This is the start of something big in South Africa. In addition, the construction of the new Blue Wing Conference Centre at the Ticketpro Dome afforded us the opportunity to create a special space for artists, entrepreneurs and cosplayers to display their talents and to chill.

“The vibe in the main arena was electric – with major games being showcased, next-generation consoles and games on show, great cosplay demonstrated, an impressive amount of VR and AR tech for visitors to try out and 2 330 people enjoying the LAN – giving visitors a real glimpse into the future.”

Dates for the next rAge Expo in Johannesburg are confirmed for 6 to 8 October 2017 at The Ticketpro Dome at Northgate.

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