Heading down to the local pub and catching the game with your friends has long been a staple of sports and entertainment. But what if “the game” is actually Dota 2, and you and your friends are hardened eSports fans? Well, that’s where a Pubstomp comes in.
Firstly, what’s a Pubstomp? Well, it was originally an eSports term for “public-stomping”, which is when a team of random public players would get stomped by a team of professionals. Nowadays it has taken on another meaning, and a Pubstomp is now a live broadcast of eSports matches in a bar or pub. Like rugby, only with more shouting about lane control. This year there will be five Dota 2 Pubstomps in South Africa. Check out the details below, divided by province.
Gauteng has the honour of hosting three different Pubstomps, exactly as many as China. They are:
Tickets: R50 per day, R100 for weekly pass
Location: Jukes Club and eSports Lounge, Corner of Hendrik Verwoerd Drive and Jakaranda Street
Age restriction: 18+
Hosted by Game Arena, a group which has been covering major eSports events since the beginning of the year, this event will be held at Jukes Club and eSports Lounge. Their coverage runs from the 3rd of August to the 8th of August (that’s next week Monday to Saturday). A series of 1v1 matches will be held from 5pm daily for prizes sponsored by Cooler Master, and that should keep you entertained until The International matches start streaming each night from 7pm (more or less). Furthermore, there will be 3D-printed memorabilia, and custom sketches by Warren Louw available for purchase.
Location: Mishmash Bar/Restaurant, 20 Gleneagles Road, Greenside
Age restriction: 18+
Hosted by Gaming Meta at Mishmash, coverage begins on the 6th of August at 7pm, and the matches will be shown until August 9th. After a successful, yet unofficial, get-together for The International 2014, Gaming Meta has pulled out the stops and is making this one bigger. The matches will be streamed using two projectors, one for indoors, one outdoors. The outside projector is a 15mx13m HD contraption that Mishmash purchased for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the event organisers promise that it will be “quite a marvel”. Entrance is free, and there will be a bar available. Gaming Meta estimates around 300 people to attend.
Tickets: R120 (burger and drink included)
Location: Asbos Theater, Corner of Lynnwood & Albeth
Age restriction: 16+
If you want to catch only the finale of The International 2015, consider this event hosted at the Asbos Theater on August 8th, powered by one big screen and surround sound. Space is limited to about 50 people, and Dota 2 in-game prizes will be up for grabs in a R5 raffle. A cash bar will be available
Location: Games On Premier Gaming Lounge, Riverside Mall, 135 Main Road, Rondebosch
Age restriction: 3+
Capetonians can catch all the events of The International 2015 at the Games On Premier Lounge. Kicking off on August 3rd at 1pm and running until August 8th, the action will be shown off on big screens in what looks like a relaxing environment. Snacks, soft drinks and prize giveaways are promised, and visitors can also watch the matches on one of ten gaming PCs via their Compendium at a rate of R25 per hour. Spectators of all ages are welcome because there is no alcohol served in the lounge (please don’t bring your own), and there is free parking available.
Location: Braccianos e-Sports Lounge , Cnr de Bron Road & Brackenfell Boulevard, Vredekloof Shopping Centre, Brackenfell
Age restriction: 18+
For some reason, the Dota 2 Pubstomps page lists this event in Durban. Don’t believe the lies, this event is as Capetonian as Table Mountain. Sorry Durban, Valve doesn’t love you. I know the pain.
Anyway, Braccianos is hosting its second Pubstomp after their success with last year’s event. Most of the matches of The International will be shown off on screens, and the events will run from August 3rd to August 8th. Entrance is free, and Pubstompers can attend simply by hitting the bar. Gaming consoles are available for use free of charge between matches, and Frontosa will be giving away random prizes throughout the events. Given that this is a bar, complete with alcohol, the age restriction rule will be enforced.
So, those are your Pubstomp details. If you want to catch The International, why not do so at one of the Pubstomps amidst fellow devotees?