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Popular Witcher Card Game Now Available On Android

The Witcher universe is now more popular after the airing of Netflix’s Witcher show last December. Those who are well-versed in the Witcher-verse will know how popular Gwent is. Gwent is a 1v1 card-game set in the Witcher universe that was popularised by the Witcher series of video-games. After its appearance in this series of […]


PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs

Console gamers assemble, the lead up to the next generation of gaming consoles is intensifying and with each passing day, we get closers to full reveals for both systems. Yesterday, Sony revealed the specs of the PlayStation 5 following Microsoft’s Xbox Series X reveal two days earlier. From a spec perspective the two consoles will […]


Everything You Need To Know About Call Of Duty’s Free To Play Warzone

A new Call of Duty game is coming to PS4, PC and Xbox. CoD Warzone is a free to play game launching later today. It will be available at 5 pm CAT for people who own CoD Modern Warfare and 9 pm for the rest of us. Welcome to Warzone – a massive new combat experience where […]


Gaming On A Low-End Phone? Google’s GameSnacks Has The Solution For You

If you’re a gamer but you’re relying on a low-budget smartphone you’ll know the pain of not being able to run games on your phone. Area 120 – Google’s workshop for experimental projects has released a library of games that are meant to work on low-end smartphones. The name – GameSnacks – is of significance […]


UN’s Mission 1.5 Makes You Play Your Way To Climate Change Awareness

United Nation’s new mobile game Mission 1.5 is an interesting approach to the global issue of climate action. Without a proper way for decision-makers to get input from the public regarding climate change, the UN decided to build a web-based game to bridge that gap. People around the world are calling for climate action. Unfortunately, […]


Zim eSports To Take Part In Africa’s PUBG Mobile Tournament; Qualifiers Kick Off In March

Zimbabwe’s eSports team will be taking part in the qualifiers for LA Cup D’Africana Pro Series. The series is the first African Pro Series supported by 6 active African regions: Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe & Tanzanian and open to all African regions. The regional qualifiers are kicking off on the 28th of March, […]


[Updated] Econet Launching Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt On 12 February

Econet has just announced that from 12 February, subscribers will be able to take part in an Augmented Reality (AR) treasure hunt. Those of you who follow tech trends may know Pokemon Go the extremely popular AR game that drove a large part of the world crazy a few years ago and that’s what I […]


Gamers, YouTube Will Now Stream Some Of Your Favourite eSports Tournaments Live

YouTube has secured exclusive rights to broadcast some of the largest eSports League. The deal between Google and Activision Blizzard will give YouTube the rights to the following eSports leagues: Call of Duty League Overwatch League Hearthstone Esports For the past two years, the Overwatch League was broadcast on Twitch for a deal which was reportedly […]


PlayStation Players Here’s How To Check How Many Hours You Spent Gaming In 2019

Sony is sharing statistics with PlayStation players who are interested in knowing how many hours and which games they played during 2019. If you visit the PlayStation 2019 wrap-up webpage you’ll be presented with the following statistics from last year: The number of games you played Your top games Your top genre The number of […]


Digital Lab Africa Opens Applications For Its Accelerator For Content Creators

4th edition of Digital Lab Africa: DLA is calling all African creatives to submit their projects in animation, video game, digital art, immersive realities and music. On January 13th, 2020, Digital Lab Africa (DLA) – the reference platform for next-gen content in Africa – launched its call for applications #4. Any creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from […]


Global Game Jam Finally Comes To Zim

Global Game Jam is an annual game creation event that was supposed to have it’s premiere event in Zim last year (as far as we know) – but then the government decided to switch off the internet and Liquid Telecom had cold feet and the event didn’t happen. Fast forward to 2020, Shift Space is […]


Fortnite Made US$1.8 Billion In 2019 Despite Being “Free To Play”

The free to play business model is quite fascinating and Fortnite is one of the main reasons why so many of these games are popping up nowadays. The game that held onto (and probably still does) world’s most popular game in the world for a significant amount of time despite being costing zero dollars to […]


Global eSports Federation Launched

A global governing body for eSports aka the Global eSports Federation recently launched with the backing of Tencent (you know… the guys behind WeChat). The federation will govern the entire eSports ecosystem from players to organisations and commercial partners. The main focus of Global eSports will be to grow and regulate the eSports industry – […]


First Look At The New Xbox: Xbox Series X…

Microsoft has announced their new gaming console named Xbox Two Series X (XSX) and it will be going on sale during the holiday season of 2020 (around November/December). The new Xbox looks interesting, to say the least. In fact, it looks more like a PC than a traditional console: Whilst the console is shown in […]


eSports Zimbabwe Signs Zims First Professional Gamer

eSports Zimbabwe has signed their first professional game, Zibusiso Mangena who will be joining eSports Zim to play Mortal Kombat. The professional gamer will be a full-time competitive player paid to play video games… I’m green with envy! eSports Zimbabwe will provide the following: sponsorship for the player (events, hotel, food and travel) management An […]


[Watch] Is Zim Internet Fast Enough To Handle PS4’s Remote Play Feature

In October Sony announced that the PS4 Remote Play application would no longer be exclusive to Sony phones and would now be available to other Android devices – which was great news. I always wondered how remote play – which allows a PS4 owner to play their PS4 from a tablet or phone- would fare […]


Buying Games Online Is Much Cheaper Than Buying Them Locally, But It’s Not That Simple

A few months ago, I wrote a post titled As Gaming Goes Digital, What Will Happen To Resellers At Avondale Flea Market? In that post, I mulled over what I believe to be the impending doom that belies local game sellers who sell hard copy versions of video games. One of the comments in the […]


China Introduces Curfew & Other Rules For Online Gaming

The Chinese government has announced new rules designed to tackle game addiction. The new rules will ban minors from playing online games between 10 pm and 8 am. Along with this curfew which will affect all online games being played in China, under 18s will be restricted to 90 minutes of online gaming during the […]


New Study On ‘Obsessive Gaming’ Disputes World Health Organisation

A fresh study by Oxford University suggests that obsessive gaming may be an expression of underlying psychosocial frustration rather than an evil in itself. This contradicts the World Health Organization’s recent decision to identify obsessive gaming as a mental illness. The new research suggests that most excessive gamers aren’t truly addicted to the games themselves. […]


Tech Village To Host Gaming Meetup Later This Week

The Tech Village in Bulawayo will be hosting a gaming meetup on Wednesday the 16th of October. The event will feature a short course on gaming instructed by two-game developers who will also showcase their work to those interested in gaming. There will also be a crash course on MSOCs (Massive Simulatenous Online Communities) – […]


Trump Joins Game Streaming Service Twitch

The only predictable characteristic of United States President Donald Trump is that he isn’t exactly a predictable fella. His latest move doubles down on that unpredictability. Trump recently joined game streaming site Twitch. To the uninitiated, gamers record and share gameplay with other gamers and fans on the website. Does this mean Trump will now […]


PS4 Update Brings Remote Play To More Android Devices, Not Just Sony Phones

PS4 Remote Play functionality has been available for a number of years now. For Android users, however, if you wanted the PS4 Remote Play experience you had to own a Sony Xperia device. Fortunately, these restrictions are being lifted with a new update coming to the PS4 this week. With the new update, Android devices […]


Call of Duty Mobile Has Over 10 Million Downloads On Android In Less Than A Week: Here’s Why

On the 1st October, Call of Duty finally released their much anticipated mobile game and the game already has over 10 million downloads on Android alone. I took it for a spin when I was trying to connect my DS4 (controller) to my phone and even though the game doesn’t have controller support, I’ll go […]


How To Connect Your PS4/Xbox Controller To Your Smartphone

Turns out, connecting your PS4 controller to your mobile phone is pretty damn easy. You may have heard about the Call Of Duty Mobile game which just came out. I decided to download it and take it for a spin. This new Call of duty made me wonder how I could connect my PS4 controller […]


Opera’s Gaming Browser Uses Less RAM and CPU Power Than The Normal Opera

Opera recently announced the GX browser and it’s targeted at gamers and comes with features such as a performance control centre, themes as well as twitch integration. The truth is I’m not a PC gamer so I’m not best placed to review such a product. Because this is the case I’ll just be taking a […]


Elevate Gaming Now Has An App Store

Econet subscribers (or maybe just Elevate members) have been receiving a message notifying them of Elevate’s newest service; an app store filled with mobile games. Introducing Elevate Gaming! Click m.elevategaming.co.zw to play any of the 2000 epic games & stand a chance to win prizes for points accumulated during play. Elevate message I clicked on […]


Afro Eights Is A Fun Crazy 8’s Mobile Game With An African Twist

If you grew up playing cards, then you need no introduction to Crazy Eights. Searching Crazy Eights on the Google Play Store, however, can be pretty disappointing as the variants that pop up may be different from the one you grew up playing. That was certainly the case for me. When developer, Rob Maweni reached […]


Elevate Hosting eSports Tournament During The Agricultural Show

It’s pretty strange that Elevate decided that their next FIFA 19 eSports Tournament should be held at the Zimbabwe Agricultural show but we still welcome the announcement with open arms. On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 August at 10 am (both days), Elevate will host FIFA 19 Tournaments with the respective winners from each day […]


Interview: Founder Of TechVillage Takunda Chingonzo – “Game Development Is More Than Elegant Code”

We sat down with the founder of the TechVillage, Takunda Chingonzo and spoke to him at length about the gaming accelerator Tech Village and Elevate partnered on last year. The expectation on our end was that we would see games out the of the accelerator but this was not to be for a host of […]


Trump Blames Violent Video Games For Mass Shootings

The mass shootings in El Paso, Texa continue to tie in with technology in interesting ways. Cloudflare recently stopped offering their services to 8Chan for the role the message-board site plays in these attacks and recently the US President assigned blame to tech but in a different way. Trump feels that violent video games are […]