Johannesburg, 13 April, 2011 – Calling all gaming and soccer enthusiasts, both players and spectators! The Gauteng live qualifier leg and grand finale of the MainGaming FIFA 11 Tournament, supported by AWX Gaming, will take place at The Brightwater Commons in Randburg on the 16th and 17th of April respectively. The winner takes home R50 000 along with an all expenses paid trip to a FIFA Interactive World Cup qualifier.

Tex Hartog from AWX Gaming, a specialist gaming and collectable retailer based in Brightwater Commons, says that he is passionate about the industry so it is important for them to support community styled gaming events such as those hosted by MainGaming. “We would love to see gaming, especially competitive gaming, grow as a past time for South African console gaming enthusiasts! Maingaming.co.za hosts professional events that are easy to enter with great prize support and a fast growing community and we believe this event is going to be a big draw card for gamers and spectators alike.”

The Cape Town and Durban qualifiers have already produced two of the finalists together with a finalist from their online tournament. That leaves one spot open to a Gauteng-based player. Those interested in participating can still enter by signing-up on the MainGaming website (http://www.maingaming.co.za/fifatournament.html). Registrations are from 09:00 – 11:00 at the Promotions Court and the Tournament kicks off at 11:15.

MainGaming South Africa believes that The Brightwater Commons will provide the perfect atmosphere for the gaming tournament as family and friends can easily take part by being part of the crowd.

Since 2010 World Cup fever hit South Africa, the popularity of games such as FIFA 11 for Playstation 3 have continued to captivate gaming and sports fans. Abubakar Akhalwaya, a local FIFA gamer says that the appetite for FIFA games has grown and EA has even released a special FIFA 2010 WC edition.

Akhalwaya goes on to explain the attractions of the FIFA 11 game: “It features a new replacement to Manager Mode called Career Mode; the gamer is able to play a career as a Manager, Player or now Player Manager. Other new features include an improved passing system, improved player likenesses, the ability to play as a Goalkeeper for the first time, and other various other tweaks and additions. Martin Tyler and Andy Gray provide the English commentary for the third time. Landon Donovan, Kaká and Carlos Vela feature on the cover of the North American version; Wayne Rooney and Kaká feature on the cover of the UK and Irish version of the game.”

When asked how SA gamers stack up against the rest of the world Akhalwaya says that while the level of international players are quite high, South Africans are not very far behind. Getting players to compete against one another through head to head live tournaments such as the FIFA 11 tournament will definitely help to improve the standards of local players.

The MainGaming team has stated “the highlight of the Tournament so far was hosting the Durban event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium where competing gamers got a chance to show off their skill overlooking the pitch”.

MainGaming together with the AWX Gaming client base have many exciting events planned for the near future and say gamers are in for a treat.

For more information contact The Brightwater Commons on 011 789 5052 or visit www.brightwatercommons.co.za and follow them on Facebook.