History of Sega in South Africa
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|History of Sega in South Africa|
|Official Sega distributor(s): Prima Toys (198x-198x), Consumer Electronics (199x-199x), World Web Entertainment (2003-2008), Numetro (2009-2012), Apex Interactive (2012-2017), Ster Kinekor Entertainment (2012-2018), Gamefinity (2018-present)|
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Apparently the first Sega console released in South Africa was the SC-3000.
Sega Master System I was released by Prima Toys .
In 90s Consumer Electronics was the distributor of Sega. The Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD II, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System model II were released. Sega consoles appeared in various regional systems. The consoles and games were in the Asian PAL and European PAL systems.
Before 1994, many video games in South Africa were gray imports from America and Japan. These products have gained big popularity in places where official products were not available. Imported American version of SNES cost R800, Sega Genesis cost slightly less and Sega CD cost over R1000. Throughout the 90s, the bootleg market of Sega had been growing fairly well, along with Sega clones such as the KW-501 sold by local South African retailers. The most recent clone was TeleGamestation 2 distributed by Lektron from 2002. Unique situation on this market was that, Master System mulitcarts were very popular here which were't found that often elsewhere. Besides Famicom and Mega Drive clones, Sega had competition in form of Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System (distributed from 1992 by Josse Feldman) and PC Engine.
Sega Saturn was also released in the country around early 1996, however, it isn't known who distributed it. Saturn had to compete with PlayStation (distributed from November 1996 by Ster Kinekor Entertainment), Super Nintendo, Game Boy Pocket and Nintendo 64 (distributed from 1996 by THE Games).
All games after Dreamcast are sold in the European standard by Sega Europe under many distributors. World Web Entertainment distributed games first from Empire and Xplosiv and from 2003 all Sega games. From 2009 to 2012, the distributor was Numetro.From 2012, Sega Europe's distributor in this country was Ster Kinekor Entertainment.In 2018, the company was sold to Filmfinity and Gamefinity. Filmfinity distributes films and Gamefinity distributes games. Sega Mega Drive Classic was sold from 2016 by Apex Interactive.Apex also sold some Sega games on a PC.
- ↑ https://imgur.com/NbfVz
- ↑ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/video-games-around-world-south-africa-joshua-rogers/
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/19980703064424/http://www.playstation-europe.com/playstation/pr/launch.htm
- ↑ https://mygaming.co.za/news/business/10195-codemasters-bounces-from-numetro-to-megarom.html
- ↑ http://www.mweb.co.za/games/view/tabid/4210/Article/982/Ster-Kinekor-Acquires-Sega-Distribution-in-South-Africa.aspx
- ↑ https://mybroadband.co.za/news/gaming/286058-why-ster-kinekor-sold-its-playstation-division.html
- ↑ http://www.mweb.co.za/games/view/tabid/4210/Article/25035/SEGA-Mega-Drive-will-be-available-again-in-SA.aspx