After 125 years, the Rand Show is branching out into modern and trendier categories in order to “stay with the times”. As such, the organisers have announced a Rand Show Gaming Pavilion. It is a brand-new pavilion that will put an emphasis on the current hot game, Fortnite, complete with tournaments, dance-offs, and more, as well as cosplay. I honestly cannot believe that the Rand Show is only now implementing a gaming section. I guess it is better late than never, right?
The 2019 Rand Show Gaming Pavilion will host a Fortnite tournament with a prize pool of R100 000, as well as “other” prizes that have not yet been revealed. Entry into the tournament will come in the form of an online qualifier round. There will also be a Fortnite Dance-off competition. In order to enter, participants must upload a 15 second video of themselves performing their favourite Fortnite dance moves to the Rand Show Facebook or Instagram pages. Participants must also tag the Rand Show, and include the hashtags #RSDanceOff and #RandShow2019. You can read more about both the Fortnite tournament and ‘dance off’ right here.
Furthermore, visitors can also expect a huge Cosplay extravaganza to run on the first weekend of the show. The Rand Show says that this is a more relaxed approach to cosplay that will encourage beginners to participate. Participants can stand a chance to win daily prizes. In order to participate, all you need to do is prepare and perform a two-minute skit on stage while wearing your cosplay. A traditional Cosplay tournament will also take place on the last weekend of the show and will have three categories based on experience. You can read more about the Rand SHow’s cosplay events here.
The new Gaming Pavilion will also host a two-hour guided tour for an extra R20. After purchasing a unique wristband, one that includes your tour time slot, you will have two hours to experience the VR Experience stand, NAG Nerf Arena, and various gaming vendors. There will also be tutorials and workshops, celebrity Fortnite match offs, and “much more”. However, it is not explicitly stated whether you will be allowed inside the Gaming Pavilion outside of your allotted times to experience the entirety of the Cosplay Masquerade, or Fortnite competitions.
The Gaming Entertainment Pavilion will be open from 2 PM to 7 PM on weekdays during the Rand Show and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends. Entrance to the Rand Show is R150 with entrance to the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion costing an additional R20. Early bird tickets for the show cost R100 and include entrance to the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion.
[Source: Rand Show (official site)]