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Cape Town - Canal Walk’s Gaming Expo was the hub for gamers, shoppers and just about anyone - young and old, families and friends - who just wanted to get their hands on a controller.

It was a magnetic event that had just about everyone wanting to play more.

Entry was free from the 24th - 29th of October in the Centre Court. There were thousands who attended who were treated to various gaming stations.

There were games such as FIFA 2018, Gran Turismo Sport, Forza 7, Cuphead, Super Mario Oddyssy, Lego games, Basketball and Wrestling.

Besides the ever-entertaining thrill of gaming, was of course, Cosplay.

Marissa Rutherford (28) said: “I think this is a great launching base for you to showcase your abilities without the added stress of a convention, where your cosplay might fall apart and get bashed and things. But this is a bit more chilled vibes.”

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There were competitions for novice and advanced gamers with winners and runners-up taking home Canal Walk shopping vouchers valued from R500 to R2500.

10-year-old Stephen Gibb was eager to stay and play games for the majority of the day: "It's been good, there's been a lot of people here, so we've had to wait in queues for a bit."

Nuraan Dout, 29, was really eager to try out the Virtual Reality game: "What I've seen so far is pretty amazing! I really would like to check out the virtual reality game because that's one of my interests."

Her partner was playing old school Street Fighter on an arcade machine.

One lucky winner walked away with a PlayStation 4 after entering a competition on Facebook and there were other competitions as well - in which a 1st place FIFA champion walked away with R10 000 and a PlayStation 4 Pro console valued at R8 000.

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