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2upGamers Third Encounter Report: Close encounters of the gaming kind

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After two incredibly successful events held in November and December last year, Glenn Alexander and his team at 2upGamers once again hosted a brilliant gaming evening this past week in Cape Town, filled to the brim with games, interesting guest speakers, prizes, food, drink and, most importantly, friends.

The Third Encounter was an absolute blast!

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El33tonline was fortunate enough to attend our second consecutive 2upGamers event on January 20th, graciously hosted by the academy of digital arts, Friends of Design in Cape Town.

El33tonline Editor-in-Chief Lisa and I appeared at Friends of Design on Bree Street a little after 6pm to set up and help out where we could, but Glenn and the team were already cranking at full speed to get everything ready for the 7pm start ‒ dozens of seats and a collection of game stations waited in great anticipation!

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Glenn setting up for the event

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FIFA 12 and Fight Night ready and waiting

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Need For Speed: The Run was destined to be a favourite

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Dozens of seats, all holding El33tonline swag and some holding secrets…

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This is where the presentation magic would happen

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EA’s rollerbanner found company…

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… with El33tonline and Afrihost! Lisa did her part to make EA South Africa look good by sticking posters up

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Third Encounter attendees begin to roll in…

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… which gave us a chance to speak with fellow p33ps, including Shaun and Bronwin

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Gamers continue to spill into the hall…

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2upGamers’ Third Encounter began proper a little after 7pm and Glenn welcomed all of the attendees (over 100 of them!) before introducing the evening’s guest speakers, as well as Friends of Design’s Eva Csernyanszky and 2upGamers organisers Ashley O’Neill and Hylton Arendse.

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Glenn kicks off the event with a welcome and introduction

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Eva Csernyanszky speaks about Friends of Design and the studio’s digital arts courses

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Hylton Arendse briefly chats about the future of 2upGamers

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The man of few words, Ashley O’Neill, had a few words to share

Andrew Royal from South African online retailer TakeALot was at Third Encounter to talk about the growth and community of the site, while EA’s Brad Pidgeon from Australia provided an excellent presentation on EA’s future games, EA South Africa and the importance of community.

(Note: El33tonline will be diving into Royal and Pidgeon’s presentations in more depth soon.)

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Andrew Royal from TakeALot shares a laugh with the crowd

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Brad Pidgeon entertains the audience with his EA and community focussed presentation

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Of course, El33tonline was in attendance and Lisa gave away an ADSL router and a R750 shopping voucher sponsored by South African ADSL service provider Afrihost, while special spot prizes also found new homes in a quick-fire round of giveaways.

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El33tonline Editor-in-Chief Lisa gets the audience to look under their seats for specially marked cards – big prizes await!

Once the presentations were complete and a bunch of great prizes had made their way into the collection of attendees, the gamers made their way to the stations to play FIFA 12, Fight Night Champion and Need For Speed: The Run, and they also grabbed a few drinks and slices of delicious pizza on the way!

Attendees also took the opportunity to spit some hectic game with one another, and at any time during the evening you would be able to hear in-depth discussions on the latest games and much more.

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Attendees rumble into action to play games and eat pizza

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A seemingly important discussion taking place

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Getting to grips with Need For Speed: The Run

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Getting to grips with pizza, on the run

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Discussion over pizza and drinks – the best!

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Die Jason flaunts his gamescom 2011 shirt (acquired with El33tonline’s help)

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Intense concentration while playing FIFA 12

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Grant Hinds sports an ‘interesting’ shirt portraying a chimpanzee riding a bicycle

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Coming back for seconds… and thirds!

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Fight Night Champion proved to be a big attraction…

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… but FIFA 12 got the most cheers

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Mo’ FIFA

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Bro October chats with FoFoZA as Fullmetal MDK takes a plate

Thanks to 2upGamers and Friends of Design for hosting such an amazing gaming evening! It was awesome meeting all of the gamers and hearing some very interesting presentations!

Look forward to El33tonline’s continued coverage of the Third Encounter event in the near future!

Also be sure to start making plans for the next 2upGamers event, taking place on March 2nd – be there p33ps!


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