Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal will host a second Gaming Festival from 6-8 July 2023 with over R60 000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The Gaming Festival is powered by Game4U, in partnership with African Cyber Gaming League, and aims to be bigger than last year’s event that saw over 2000 fans in attendance.

The event will run from Thursday, 6 July until Saturday, 8 July between 9AM and and 7PM daily at the Centre Court and Wimpy Court.

There will be a PlayStation 5 FIFA 23 tournament with a total of five qualifiers and a grand final to compete for a R10 000 prize pool and gift cards, plus a PS5 console. According to release, each qualifier has limited entries, and registration will be done on a first-come-first-served basis at the event. Registration for the qualifiers opens at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Thursday and Friday respectively, and at 9:00 AM on Saturday, with the final commencing at 1:00 PM. The top four from each qualifier will return for the grande finale.

Attendees can also participate in fastest lap competitions on a racing setup with daily prizes of a R1000 Midlands Mall gift card; and there will be a Tekken 7 cup on Saturday with a total prize of R1500 in gift cards – registrations will open at 12:00 PM, with matches starting at 1:00 PM. Entry is limited to 32 players.

There will be mini tournaments with prizes for top of the leaderboard; there will be a Keyboard Rebuild Race sponsored by Redragon with winners for the “fastest time” walking away with a Redragon keyboard; plus random draws.

In addition to the above activities, players can look forward to offerings from Minecraft, Rocket League, and Aim Labs, plus players who have Free Fire on their phones can win spot prizes for showing off their skills. If you can make the highest score on Subway Surfers, you can win also win.

There will also be spot prizes for gamers and shoppers who dress up as their favourite gaming characters. More info can be found on the Liberty Midlands Mall website.