The Electronics & Gaming Expo (EGE) took place over three days starting on Friday the 29 of July to Sunday 31 July 2016.
The event was hosted at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. A day pass would set u back R80 until March 31st, thereafter a day pass would cost you R100 and a weekend pass R200. If you were looking to be part of the 400 seater LAN section, which was not part of the 2015’s EGE event, you would pay R400 for your ticket that would get you in the whole weekend.
Over the course of the event, there were many competitions to be won, such as the Cosplay competition that was really tight in terms of choosing a winner because many Cosplay fans came to impress. If dressing up was not your thing then you had the chance to win in many other forms such as classic card games to Fifa16 tournaments etc… The EGE LAN was be operated by local gaming organization Orena in conjunction with Zombiegamer, who was running several competitions for those who got involved. Besides playing games there was a variety of merchandise for sale and tech from various companies across the Cape.
The event was successful overall and had some really good competitions for people to get involved in. What would have really blown the Cape Town gaming community away was if, instead of having looping videos showing gameplay from unrealised games, EGE actually had a demo version of that game to play. For example, Horizon: New Dawn to play. However, we understand that getting your hands on early demos can be difficult if not impossible. Also, the VR stands were just way too full. More VR setups should have been available for users to test out. The last thing I noted was that there were not many games to play. There should have been more PS4s set up with a wider variety of games.
EGE is a growing event that can only get better if they listen to what their fans feedback is and how to improve. This year was good but could have been a lot better. Hopefully next year they can blow our socks off!