"We have been following the South African gaming and esports scene intently over the past few years," says Jorge Mendes, chief officer of Vodacom consumer business. "Gaming and esports [are] one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world and South Africa is home to many gamers with an intense passion for it." 

"From casual gamers who enjoy indulging in their passion from the comfort of their own home or on their mobile handset — allowing them to participate in their passion anywhere, anytime — to those who compete in esports at a competitive level and everyone in between, Vodacom’s vision is to become the gamers network of choice," says Mendes. 

"This partnership with rAge is just the beginning as it allows us to participate in a large entertainment market. As part of our long term commitment to the gaming and esports scene, our flagship digital mall Vodacom World will also play host to a variety of gaming events and experiences, providing gamers with an opportunity to experience our network speeds and capability first hand,” Mendes adds.

rAge claims to have 'always been about the gaming'. Over the last 17 years, the expo has aimed to uphold its core values of bringing the 'ultimate gaming experience and the very best of immersive geek culture' its audience. The expo accommodates gaming, gadgets, esports, cosplay, show specials and competitions.

"This partnership with Vodacom is a significant surge forward for the gaming industry in South Africa, and particularly for rAge. It is another leap forward for the future of gaming in South Africa and I look forward to where this will eventually take us all. And now the future is exciting," says Michael James, senior project manager at rAge.

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