What makes CUT Gaming unique?
One normally associates a LAN event with players bringing their own computers to the event to play the games offered by the tournament organiser. LAN events such as these are classified as a “Bring Your Own Computer” (BYOC) event.
The LAN tournament of 2018 was held in the IT laboratories of the CUT’s IT department. This created the perfect opportunity to allow students who are gamers and who do not own their own gaming PC’s to play in the LAN competition by using the provided lab computers.
CUT Gaming encourages “Bring Your Own Peripherals” (BYOP) events whereby participants that are serious about gaming, to bring their own keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headset and or earphones to use with the lab computers. All the games used in the various tournaments are preloaded before the start of each event in the labs. The games are customized according to the specifications of the computers to ensure the best gaming experience possible for all participants.
Purpose of CUT Gaming
The intent is to develop the platform as a contribution to the community of the central region. CUT Gaming hopes to make a difference by establishing and promoting eSports in the region. We also invite gamers from nearby towns to join the hosted tournaments.
What type of tournaments can you expect from CUT Gaming?
CUT Gaming will always strive to keep up to date with the latest eSport trends both locally and internationally that millions of gamers enjoy. For 2020, we decided to offer four different types of gaming genres based on the following game titles for each event:
Genre and short description
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
First Person Shooter
CSGO is an objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter in which players play as either Terrorists (Ts) or Counter-Terrorists (CTs). Both teams must complete objectives while attempting to eliminate the enemy team by means of bomb detonation on specific scenarios, which are referred to as “maps”.
Each map has two bombsites whereby the Ts need to plant to bomb at either of the two sites, while the CTs attempt to successfully defuse the bomb or eliminate the Terrorist team. Each map is contested over a duration of 30 rounds in which the winning team needs to achieve a maximum of 16 rounds in total to be declared the winner.
FIFA 20 is a football simulation video game. The game features the UEFA club competitions for the first time, including the UEFA Champions League. Choose your favourite international football club and control the actions of your favourite players on your way to glory against your opponents!
Dota Underlords is an auto battler, a chess-inspired competitive strategy game, where players place characters known as "heroes" on an 8x8 grid-shaped battlefield. After a preparation phase, a team's heroes then automatically fight the opposing team without any further direct input from the player. A match features up to eight players online who take turns playing against each other in a one-on-one format, with the winner being the final player standing after eliminating all of the opposing heroes. Over the course of a match, players earn gold and experience points, which are used to upgrade heroes and other playable units to make them stronger. Players also make use of items, which give stat bonuses to units.
Dota means “defender of the ancients”.
Call of Duty: Mobile
First Person Shooter
Official CALL OF DUTY® designed exclusively for mobile phones and PC via the gameloop emulator. Play iconic multiplayer maps and modes anytime, anywhere. 100 player Battle Royale battleground? Fast 5v5 team deathmatch? Scary Zombies action? Sniper vs sniper battle? Activision’s free-to-play CALL OF DUTY®: MOBILE has it all.
Play iconic multiplayer maps from Call of Duty®: Black Ops and Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®, available for the first time for free. Or squad up with friends in a brand new 100-person battle royale survival map. Join the fun with millions of players from all around world!Skills acquired by playing the game: strategy, awareness, adaptation, team building skills and reflexes
How to get involved and registered for CUT Gaming events?
CUT Gaming has dedicated social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Each Facebook event page has a description area in which the registration links are posted. If you follow the registration links for each title, all the relevant info about the venue, tournament structure and rules are provided.
The first event is scheduled to take place on 07 March 2020, see details: https://www.facebook.com/events/776973099377988/
A brief history of CUT Gaming
On 19 May 2018, marketing members of the CUT’s Information Technology department held the first ever Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) Local Area Network (LAN) competition. A (LAN) is a group of computers and associated devices that share a common communications line or wireless link to a server. Computers were loaded with the CSGO game client, which was then connected to various CSGO game servers on which the competition was played.
The event was scheduled for CUT students only and had about 50 participants in the two-week timespan that it took to put the event together.
After the initial event in May 2018, three IT students approached Mr van der Linde with the idea to establish CUT Gaming. There are various competitive electronic sports (eSports) tournaments held throughout South Africa on an annual basis, but these events are mainly situated in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
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