Teenzone had the opportunity to sit down with Michael who is the senior project manager at rAge. The expo is a rather curious event so we were compelled to answer some of the questions about it. Here’s what Michael had to say:
- What originally pushed you to get involved with this particular expo?
There is a nice video that explains why I always wanted an expo like rAge in South Africa.
- The 2016 rAge expo is fast approaching. What are your expectations for this year’s event?
Each year the expo gets bigger from an attendance point of view – so more visitors is always good and this is linked to the growth of geek culture around the world thanks to the crazy amount of super hero movies we see each year and the popularity of shows like The Big Bang Theory. We’ve also opened up a new wing at the expo for 2016 and put many flea market stalls in there as well as a cosplay stage, artist alley and some food vendors. Overall, it’s going to be a bigger show and as always no two rAge expos are the same.
- What is the star of the show this year, in your opinion?
eSports is definitely the big addition to rAge this year. We have 3 massive tournaments and there is well over a million rand prize money up for grabs.
Yes, gamers are going to earn big money for playing games competitively in South Africa. Another highlight is VR, it’s going to make a big splash this year so we’re looking forward to that.
- Do you have any plans to expand the reach of the expo to other parts of the country (apart from JHB and Cape Town)?
At this stage Johannesburg and Cape Town are it, that said, we’re always looking for new opportunities and once we know you’ll know.
- What is the relationship like between the various partners of the event?
The gaming industry is pretty small in South Africa and we know that in order to put on the best show possible we all need to work together to make it special. There is always a lot of friendly competition between the different brands at rAge but at the end of the day the people that really benefit are the visitors, by checking this Source: GamingBuff.com you will be abel to get the best games online, no matter what part of the world you are in.
- Can you explain to the readers what the NAG LAN is?
The NAG LAN is South Africa’s largest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN (Local Area Network) and in 2016 over 2,500 gamers from all over South Africa will travel to rAge with their computers to attend this unique event.
Once there they will game for around 52 hours, competing against and with each other. The NAG LAN is connected by HP and powered by Intel and Internet Solutions.
- For those that want to attend the event, how much are the tickets?
Day ticket: R120 per person. Weekend ticket: R300 per person. (Tickets available at the door or via TicketPro outlets)
- What word would you use to summarise the event up?
Awesome. It’s in the name, Really Awesome Gaming Event – rAge.
- What is the criteria you use to place the stands in the expo?
We don’t allow anything boring at the show, so you won’t find accounting software or large format printers. It’s only cool technology and fun geek culture. The placement is mostly based on who was where the previous year.
We’ve spent the last 14 years tweaking the floor plan so that everyone is happy.
- How did you come about designing the rAge mascot?
Each year or second year we come up with a fresh design for out mascot Roxy.
Roxy for rAge just sounded right when we cooked it up in the beginning.
She’s become a talking point for many reasons over the years but end of the day it’s just a fun thing we started doing and now it has become a tradition. Next year we’re going to be doing something interesting with the design so keep an eye out for that.
By: Kriszti Bottyan