For now, anyway, until it rises up from its dusty grave, reborn of occult sorceries and more powerful than you can even imagine. Maybe next year. But in the meantime, rAge Cape Town 2017 is cancelled, and we must mourn its tragic demise and the missed opportunity to touch Dane’s hair.

“While I was happy with the high level of enthusiasm and excitement with which rAge Cape Town was received in 2016 and was committed to hosting an even better show this year, the reality is that financial and logistical concerns mean that we cannot in good conscience run a rAge event in the Cape that could potentially disappoint our valued gaming community,” expo project manager Michael James explains in the press stuff. There were apparently also significant complications organising the NAG LAN, an expected part of the event.

“Based on where we are now, making this year’s rAge Cape Town experience as good as Johannesburg, complete with all the elements the expo needs to make it a true rAge experience, isn’t something we can feasibly deliver. We could host something, but not something of the outstanding quality our visitors deserve. The goal was never to make the event bigger than Johannesburg, but to at least match it in overall quality. Not doing an amazing event damages the brand and the community’s belief and trust in our ability to give them the very best experience possible.  There are many amazing and daring companies that have committed to Cape Town (and we thank them for their support), but not enough to make a difference.”

Those people who had already purchased tickets will be able to get refunds from Computicket.

“There are other events happening in Cape Town this year that are also showcasing gaming, technology and other geek stuff, so I appeal to you to support them,” James added. “Doing so ensures that they and the entire gaming sector will continue to grow and thrive.”