Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Marching on to the successful conclusion of the year.

Ready to march. (A scene courtesy of the TV series 'Rome' by HBO).
Already MSSA has held eight (8) provincial events and one national event. Such events have been Online as well as events held in Gauteng, Western Cape and Mpumalanga as well as the prestigious SA Schools' National Championships.

Mind Sports South Africa's commitment to growing all disciplines throughout South Africa is unwavering and is testament to the passion and dedication exhibited by the volunteers that run MSSA.

Even though there are additional events added every year, MSSA rises to the challenge and delivers event-after-event.

Member clubs are also reminded that every club has the right to host a Regional Championship. Full details may be obtained directly from MSSA by writing to: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

The remaining events for 2019 are:

2019 Calendar of events

Date Event Disciplines/periods Venue
Week ending
1st round of School League Paladins, FIFA ‘19, PES 2019, Dota 2, League of Legends, Clash Royale, VainGlory, Street Fighter V Online
27 & 28 JULY 25th KWAZULU NATAL Championships Board, Figure and Esports Curro Hillcrest,
cnr Inanda Road & JF Bailes Drive
KwaZulu Natal
3 & 4 AUGUST 16th FREE STATE Championships Board, Figure and Esports Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
24 & 25 AUGUST 24th NORTH WEST Championships Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames Curro Klerksdorp,
22 Elm St, Klerksdorp
TBA Indigenous Games Morabaraba To be determined by SRSA
21 & 22 SEPTEMBER 16th EASTERN CAPE Championships All TBD
28 & 29 SEPTEMBER 8th LIMPOPO Championships All TBA
1 NOVEMBER Submit nominations of office-2001-11bearers Admin mindsportssa@iafrica.com
7 & 8 DECEMBER 33rd S A NATIONAL Championships Board, Figure and Esports Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
7 DECEMBER 36th NATIONAL CONVENTION Annual General Meeting Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
TBA SRSA's S A Schools Championships Morabaraba To be determined by SRSA

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Busan Metropolitan Government to cooperate actively in developing esports.

South Africa's Colin Webster (president  of IESF) greets Mayor Oh Keo-don (Mayor of  Busan Metropolitan Government)
Mayor Oh Keo-don, Mayor of  Busan Metropolitan Government, met with Colin Webster, president of the International Esports Federation, at 16H30 p.m.on 18 June 2019 at the reception room on the seventh floor of the city hall. In such meeting it was decided that  Busan Metropolitan Government would cooperate actively on matters that require mutual cooperation for the development of esports.

Founded in 2008, the International Esports Federation (IeSF) is an international federation that oversees global esports, and Busan City hosted the International Esports Federation to Busan in 2017 to target the global esports market, and has been pushing for the world's first international esports R&D center project since 2018 to support research and development in the public sector.

The international esports R&D center will be promoted in cooperation with the federation, and is also expected to gain momentum when the esports Sangmu Stadium opens next year, Oh Keo-don said in a reception. 

"Since the relocation of the office to Busan, we have been promoting a number of collaborative projects, including the Global Executive Eports Summit, and I feel that our city's status in the esports market has greatly increased."

The Busan Metropolitan Government and the International esports Federation will cooperate with each other in establishing Busan's foundation as an esports mecca city and creating a sound foundation for leisure and cultural activities through games.

Meanwhile, Busan City, Busan Information Industry Promotion Agency (Jae) and International Esports Federation (IESF) Chairman Colin Webster will host the 2019 4th Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES) from Aug. 29-31 at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae. 

The World Esports Summit, held since 2016, aims to reach an agreement for the right direction of development of esports by sharing opinions and creating synergy effects for esports.

The Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES), which will mark its fourth anniversary this year, will be held in Busan, South Korea's esports mecca city, for the third year in a row, and top-level stakeholders from domestic and foreign esports related organizations will gather to communicate and share their knowledge. The International Esports Academic Seminar, which will also present the academic value and potential of e-sports, will be held simultaneously this year, following last year. 

More information on the agenda, attendees and programs for this year's Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES) can be found on the official website (http://iesf.rsportz.com).

Colin Webster, president of the International Esports Federation (IESF), which organizes the Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES), said, "We look forward to bringing together leaders who are leading the rapidly growing esports industry, as well as new and emerging e-sports officials to discuss the development of esports at the Global Executive Eports Summit."

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Results of SA Schools.

Kyle Vorster (Curro Aurora) demonstrated exceptional skill and sportsmanship.
The weekend of 15 and 16 June 2019 saw Fakkel School of Skills host the official SA Schools Championships. The school proved to be a more than able host as schools descended on the school in order to compete for ultimate bragging rights.

Included in the 'bragging rights', are the National Federation Colours that are awarded to players who win all their games within their division.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was more than happy to award 26 players from 9 schools National Federation Colours. Of such colours, 4 Primary School learners were awarded National Primary School Colours.

Kyle Vorster of Curro Aurora deserves special mention. Although Kyle won two different events, Kyle is only awarded such National Primary School Federation colours once. Nevertheless, it remains an outstanding achievement as he is the only person at such SA School Championships to earn two gold medals at such championship.

 The full list of winners at such SA School Championships is:

TitleName of player/teamClubColours awarded
Checkers - High School - FemaleZeigh BothJCS AcademyNational High School
Checkers - Primary School - MaleReinder van WykJCS AcademyNational Primary School
Checkers - Primary School - femaleKaitlyn CreightonJCS AcademyNational Primary School
Clash Royale - High School - MaleDale SpolanderNorthcliff High SchoolNational High School
Clash Royale - Primary School - MaleKyle VorsterCurro AuroraNational Primary School
Counter-Strike: GO - High School - MaleHeronBridge CollegeHeronBridge CollegeNational High School
FIFA '19 - High School - MaleSiyabonga BiyelaEmpangeni High SchoolKwaZulu Natal Provincial Colours
FIFA '19 - Primary School - MaleLesego MotlatsiFakkel School of Skills
HearthStone - High School - MaleAidan VorsterCurro AuroraNational High School
HearthStone - Primary School - MaleKyle VorsterCurro AuroraSee Clash Royale - Primary School
League of Legends - High School - MalePR0NHSNorthcliff High SchoolNational High School
Paladins - High School - MaleMonument Park HighMonument Park HighNational High School
PES Mobile - High School - FemaleLeone LoftusFakkel School of SkillsNational High School
PES Mobile - High School - FemaleFranco Janse van RensburgJCS AcademyNational High School
Street Fighter V - High School - MaleWernich BothaJCS AcademyNational High School
Street Fighter V - Primary School - MaleLesego MotatsiFakkel School of SkillsNational Primary School
VainGlory - High School - MaleEmpangeni HighEmpangeni High SchoolNational High School

Friday, 14 June 2019

GEES 2019 to be held in Busan, Korea, 29 to 31 August 2019

Busan again plays host to the Global Esports Executive Summit.
International Esports Federation (IESF) is delighted to announce the Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES) 2019 is taking place on 29 and 31 August 2019. The fourth edition of IESF’s GEES 2019 will take place in the dynamic city of Busan, Korea for the third consecutive year and bring the combined knowledge, experiences and ideas from all key esports stakeholders to the fore. GEES 2019 is being financially supported by the Busan Metropolitan City and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Since 2016, GEES has been the platform to share ideas, create synergies, and most of all, to reach a mutual consensus for esports development. 2018 saw 181 key decision makers from National Esports Federations, Publishers, Esports Media and others take part in GEES 2018 from 57 nations to openly discuss on how esports can generate synergies with traditional sports.

According to Colin Webster, IESF President, “GEES represents the spirit of openness, transparency, and willingness that is IESF’s culture to work with all role-players who are already immersed in the world of esports, as well as those who wish to become role-players in this fast growing and fascinating sport”.

GEES2019 will thus continue to enhance dialogue between esports stakeholders, and to openly discuss various issues in esports. GEES 2019 will also continue the integration with Esports Academic Seminar as a parallel program, sharing the latest academic research in the esports industry. It was in 2018 that IESF announced its vision of the Global Esports R&D Center to support Esports researches through the Academic Research Center which IESF continues to promote. (Reference: https://www.ie-sf.org/news/iesf-launches-global-esports-rdcentre-for-further-esports-development/).

Further detailed information for GEES 2019 and Academic Seminar will be announced with the opening of the registration website in the near future.

Thursday, 13 June 2019


Montreal, 13 June 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Further to our communication of 14 May, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you of the upcoming deadline to submit proposals as part of the Agency's Call for Proposals for its 2020 Social Science Research Program. All proposals must be received, via the Agency’s WADAGrants platform, no later than 14 July 2019 (23:59 GMT). Proposals can be submitted from universities, colleges, small businesses, for-profit and not-profit organizations.

‘Increasing and enhancing research-led anti-doping education’ is one of WADA’s strategic priorities. Accordingly, WADA’s Education Committee is tasked with identifying relevant areas of social science research in the field of anti-doping to inform more effective doping prevention strategies. WADA-supported research requires that anti-doping education programs and initiatives are grounded in scientific knowledge and evidence.

There are two categories to the Call, an open call and one that specifically ‘measures the effectiveness of existing anti-doping strategies and interventions for athletes and for athlete support personnel’.

It should be noted that, proposals that demonstrate partnerships and collaboration between research institutions and anti-doping organizations will be looked upon favorably during the decision-making process. Similarly, interdisciplinary proposals drawing from multiple social science fields (e.g., sociology, psychology, law, economics, and management science) are encouraged.

All proposals responding to the terms and conditions of this Call will be evaluated by external peer-reviewers, whose recommendations will be reviewed by WADA’s Social Science Research Project Review Panel and the Education Committee for recommendation to the Agency’s Executive Committee. Applicants will be notified of the results at the end of 2019.

For further information regarding the 2020 Program, including the application process and guidance on topics for research, please refer to the Application Guidelines and FAQ section of the WADA Grants platform.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ramil Aliyev has been co-opted onto International Esports Federation’s Board.

Ramil Aliyev of Azerbaijan has proven his worth over the years.
In order for International Esports Federation (IESF) to operate at full capacity, it is essential for IESF to fill the vacant positions on the Board so that all the various portfolios are filled.

Since all positions on the Board require the members to put in a great deal of time, effort, and vision, it is vital that the Board finds the right people for the tasks.IESF’s Board is confident that it has found the right man for the job.
Ramil Aliyev has a proven track record in esports, and his work ethic is beyond compare.
Born on November, 28, 1979, and having graduated from the faculty of Law. Ramil is currently president of Azerbaijan Cybersport Federation. Azerbaijan Cybersport Federation was recognized in 2013 as the National Federation governing esports in Azerbaijan by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan Republic.

Under the leadership of Ramil Aliyev,
Azerbaijan Cybersport Federation (together with the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan Republic) hosted a very successful 6th Esports World Championships in Baku (2014).
IESF President, Colin Webster, stated, “There is no doubt that Ramil Aliyev with his experience and attention to detail will be a great asset to IESF’s Board. I, together with all the other Board members, look forward to working with Ramil.”
It should, however, be noted that the co-option is only in force for the period from co-option up until the Ordinary General Meeting in December 2019.

HeronBridge College affiliates to Mind Sports South Africa

The College with heart.
It is with great pleasure that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) welcomes HeronBridge College into membership.
At HeronBridge College, the College believe that all children are gifted and talented by God in different areas but still need to learn life skills. Thus the College aims to educate children in such a way so as to achieve their personal best while allowing them to honourably face the challenges that life places in their paths, thereby glorifying God.
There is no doubt that HeronBridge College will have a long and fruitful relationship with MSSA.

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