Sunday, 5 July 2020

Two more exciting events in July 2020.

Esports athletes from around SA 
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has not slowed down despite the vicious onslaught of COVID-19. No matter what those in denial may say, many MSSA officials are of the opinion that COVID-19 is here to stay, and we all will have to adjust our lifestyles to live with the disease - no matter how unpleasant that may be.

Fortunately, active, official competitive esports championships can still be held if all cxoncerned work together.

Restrictions on face-to-face championships still continue that will have to see new rules to be formulated to ensure that such events can be held under current restrictions imposed by government regulation.

Nevertheless, MSSA shall be holding two more events in in July 2020. The other two events are:

Both events allow players to qualify for national selection to South Africa's official National Protea Esports Team.

Being a member of the Protea Esports Team allows athletes opportunities that are oft undreamed of by those not well acquainted with sport. Receiving Protea Colours not only helps the athlete to enter the first rung of international competition, but also enables the athlete to obtain bursaries at university, and also obtain employment.


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KwaZulu Online Provincial Championships - 25 Jul 2020.

In pre-covid times, Grantleigh battling it out at MSSA's 2019 KwaZulu Natal Championships held at Curro Hillcrest.
With sporting events still under lockdown Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) decided to run an online KwaZulu Natal Provincial Championships.

MSSA will thus be holding its KwaZulu Natal Online Provincial Championships on 25 July 2020.

MSSA's KwaZulu Natal LAN Provincial Championships has thus not been replaced by this event.

MSSA's 1st KwaZulu Natal Online Provincial Championships, which will offer local players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team.


In order to participate, the majority of each team must consist of players who reside in 
KwaZulu Natal. However, in the case of players who play 1v1 games, only KwaZulu Natal residents are eligible to enter.


Obviously Registered Players may participate from the comfort of their own home while being safe from the ravages of COVID-19.


The championship shall be held on 25 July 2020.


Game titles to be played are:



TITLES10H0011H0012H0013H0014H0015H00
Paladins PC/PS4Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 Starts
LUNCH
Round 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
FIFA’20Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2020Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
HearthStoneRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Street Fighter VRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Clash RoyalRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Counter-Strike: GORound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
League of Legends (LoL)Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
DotA 2Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
TEKKEN 7Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts

Tournament Structure:


As per the MSSA's rules, being:

  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship

  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System

  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • Any team consisting of players who are Registered Players affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.
  • The majority of each team must consist of players who reside in KwaZulu Natal. 
  • In the case of players who play 1v1 games, only KwaZulu Natal residents are eligible to enter.

Entries:


Medals:


Medals shall be handed over to winners at the next MSSA LAN that they attend. 


      MALE:

  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.

  • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.

  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals. 

        FEMALE:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.

  • UNDER 24Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.

  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

Colours:

  • Protea Colours: Only Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board's criteria are met.

  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.

  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.

General:

  • The championship shall be played on: 25 July 2020

  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round.

  • The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. 

  • The championship shall be used for the awarding of provincial colours;

  • The championship shall be used for the awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;

  • The championship shall be used for the ability to qualify for National Team Squad.

  • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

Umpires:

  • Umpires may only be contacted over Skype on the day of competition. Any communication not on the Skype channel shall not be entered into.

Ladder:

  • For games to count for the National Ladder, teams must advise the Umpires before the start of each match.

Shout casting:

  • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.

  • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing tomindsportssa@iafrica.com

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Esports titles to be played in NWU MSSA Online Esports School League.


The esports titles to be played in all MSSA's school championships and leagues are as follows:


Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
ShooterCS GOPC,165 v 5
PaladinsPC/console125 v 5
SportFIFA ‘20PC31 v 1
PES 2020PS 431 v 1
MOBADota 2PC125 v 5
League of LegendsPC125 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
VainGloryTablet/cell123 v 3
FightingStreet Fighter VConsole121 v 1
CardHearthStoneMobile71 v 1

IESF Grows to a Record-Breaking 72-nation count as Five New Countries Join as Members


Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), was founded in 1985 and affiliated to IESF in 2009, is pleased to see International Esports Federation (IESF) acquire further membership in three continents as Peru from South America, Brunei from Asia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, as well as San Marino join the IESF fold.

Even before Peru's membership was finalized, MSSA had challenged them to a 'friendly' test match in the DotA 2 esports title. The Peruvians proved just how strong they were, and trounced the South African Protea Team in a masterful display of skill.

Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, was heard to remark after the match, "The Peruvian team is one of the strongest national federation teams, and will have a good chance to win IESF's World Championships".

MSSA too applauds IESF's continual work in helping national federations to develop on a world-wide basis. IESF is the oldest and largest international federation in the world, and was founded in 2008. Since then, it had worked with a number of partners towards creating a sustainable environment for the steady growth of esports. 

The newly admitted nations are represented through their respective national Esports associations, being: 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: E-Sport Association Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei: Esports Association Brunei
  • Montenegro: Alliance of electronic sports of Montenegro
  • Peru: Asosiación Deportiva Peruana de Deportes Electrónicos
  • San Marino: San Marino e-Sports Association - SMeSPA

Monday, 29 June 2020

Calling all women who promote women in esports globally.

Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, is determined to nominate a woman who promotes other women in esports.
In 2013, Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) own Morizane Boyes won the Volunteer of the Year at the GSport Awards.

The Awards now has a category for: 


Global Woman in Sport [NEW AWARD]

  • This new award seeks to honour a woman, who is impacting sport globally, and going the extra mile to put women’s sport on the map internationally.  
In the interests of continuing to promote esports as an accredited sport, MSSA requests any/or members who have candidates that they wish to propose to advise MSSA before 30 June 2020.

It is at the 2020 Momentum Gsport Awards women in sport are being put first as Momentum and the gsport Trust partner once again to stage the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards. The awards celebrates 15 years of the country’s longest running women’s sport recognition platform.


Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be making nominations, and, in order to ensure that no stone is left unturned, MSSA is appealing to all clubs and Registered Players to submit their suggestions to the Board before 30 June 2020.

All details may be sent to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com


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Saturday, 27 June 2020

TWO MSSA BOARD MEMBERS TO TALK.

Johan van Breda and Colin Webster are to talk in the Esports Africa Conference.
African Sports Tourism Week is holding a Zoom meeting featuring two panel sessions, being:
  • Session 1: WHAT CAN ESPORTS DO FOR AFRICA?
  • Session 2: WHAT'S IN ESPORTS FOR BRANDS AND GOVERNMENTS?
Colin Webster shall be a panelist in Session 1.
Colin Webster served as President of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) from 1985 to 2013. Since 2013, Colin has served as MSSA's General Secretary. MSSA ran its first esports championships in 1998, and has since then run esports events every single year. It was through MSSA's efforts that esports became an accredited sport in South Africa in 2005. Colin was also incvolved in the founding of Confederation of African Esports in 2008, where he served as President from 2008 until 2013. In 2013, Colin stood down to accept the role of Secretary General.

In 2013, Colin was then elected onto the Board of International Esports Federation (IESF). In 2018, during his second term on the Board, Colin was then elected as President of IESF which lasted until 2020 and still serves as a Board Member.

Johan van Breda shall be a panelist in Session 2. Johan van breda is experienced as an international esports athlete, administrator, coach, umpire, official, team manager and entrepreneur - it is fair to say that Johan has experience in every asset of the esports industry. For the last demi-decade, his primary focus has been to address the issues at grassroots esports athlete development with a focus on scholastic and collegiate esports. In his efforts, he has co-founded ZAG Academy and the United States Esports Academy. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Mind Sports South Africa and as a board member for the Confederation of African Esports.