Sunday, 22 September 2019

National Federation Colours

Xola Magwaza proudly wearing MSSA's National Federation Colours. Where teams do not meet the criteria for Protea Colours, National Federation Colours are awarded.
There is a difference between National Federation Colours and Protea Colours, albeit, in the eye of the untrained observer, not much of a difference.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) awards Protea Colours to its national teams that are selected to represent South Africa in international events overseas, and those who participate against foreign teams while in South Africa.

National Federation Colours however, are awarded as follows;

  • To Registered Players who are selected for the National Squad, and/or
  • To Regestered Players who are officially representing South Africa where the stringent criteria for the award of Protea Colours are not met, and/or
  • To Registered Players who win all their rounds in their game title at MSSA's SA National Championships. 
The rationale for awarding National Federation Colours to those Registered Players who win all their rounds in their game title at MSSA's SA National Championships is based on the assumption, that any Registered Player who is capable of winning every round is of sufficiently high standard to earn such colours.

Thus SA National Championships attains an added dimension with Registered Players being able to earn National federation Colours.

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Beware of false summits...

Without accredited esports bodies at summits, like IESF and MSSA, such summits do not deal with the real issues surrounding esports.
With the development of esports since 1998, only recently is there a plethora of summits.
Summits are  now being staged on a seemingly endless basis, and, if a person is so inclined, one could attend at least one a month. But to what end of these summits being held? What is the expected outcome?  To whom are these summits being aimed?

It is a well known fact that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) had managed to have esports recognised as an official sport in South Africa in 2005 when, it was allowed for the first time to have Protea Colours awarded to its national esports team that participated in the World Cyber Games (WCG). pening in the field of esports.

With esports already being considered to be a sport (in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act of 1998) it seems strange that any summit held in South Africa not have the official sporting authorities present to weigh in on what is really happening in the field of esports.

Thus it is laughable that any summit that is pretending to deal with the growth of esports in the South  African context leave out major players like International Esports Federation (IESF), the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA), SASCOC, MSSA, or major clubs affiliated to MSSA. It would be like holding a summit apropos the future of football without having FIFA, SAFA, and a few PSL clubs present. Such a summit on football would be considered to be of no value as it would be deemed to be self-serving at best, and irrelevant at worst.

What we do see is summits being organised by exhibition companies on their own behalf, using journalists and operators of private events as their main speakers. In my personal opinion, such a summit is merely an advertising event for those present and has verly little to do with the long term development of esports.

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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Earning Provincial Colours at S A National Championships.

Many board games, esports and wargames athletes will be fighting for their provincial colours this December.
Mind Sports South Africa's SA National Championships (SAN) provide Registered Players with an additional opportunity to earn Provincial Colours.

Currently there are three ways in which a player may earn provincial colours, being:

  • Being selected for a provincial team, and/or
  • Winning all rounds at a Provincial Championships, and/or
  • Finishing in the top 50% in a specific period (game title) at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period (game title) in the same year.
Thus all those Registered Players who have just missed out on earning provincial colours during the year now have the opportunity to earn such provincial colours. For example, should a player have finished in fifth (5) place, out of ten (10) players, at a provincial championships, and then finishes in fifteenth (15) position out of thirty (30) players at MSSA's SA National Championships, then such Registered Player shall automatically be awarded Provincial Colours for the Province in which he/she is resident.

It should be noted that all MSSA's online championships and leagues are deemed to have the same standing and status of a provincial championships. Thus all those who finished in the top 50% of a MSSA online championship and/or league are able to earn their provincial colours before the year end.

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Dubai Artificial Intelligence Sports (DAIS) conference and exhibition

Dubai Artificial Intelligence Sports (DAIS) conference and exhibition, shall takes place on 14-15th October 2019, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of DSC.

DAIS is a global conference and exhibition that brings together sports industry senior management with the providers of artificial intelligence technologies to act as Game-Changers in sports.

DSC gathers around international sports stars and AI experts under the Dubai AI Sports Conference (#DAIS), under the slogan “The game changer in Sports.” The biggest speakers and the most innovative ideas will all be in one place - Sheikh Rashid Hall, 14th and 15th of October. 

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Friday, 20 September 2019

Any Registered Player may enter MSSA's S A National Championships.

S A National Championships in December of every year offers athletes a es the possibility of ending the year oon a high note.
In most sports you need to qualify to get to national championships.

While there are strong arguments to support the concept of a qualifying process, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is of the opinion that a National Championships that is open to all Registered Players is far more beneficial to the long-term development and growth of its disciplines (Board games, Esports, and Wargames) and to the athletes that participate in them.

Thus, no-one is left behind as every athlete may enter such National Championships through his/her club. So, even if an athlete, or team of athletes, has started the season badly, MSSA's policy of allowing any/all athletes to enter offers South African gamers with a chance of redemption.

Nevertheless, even with such  an open policy, the standard of play at MSSA's SA National Championships remains at a high standard as all athletes that intend to stand for selection for the Protea Team need to participate at SA National Championships.

Championship Details:

Hosting Club: Fakkel School
VenueFakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
Date7 & 8 December 2019

Entry date: 8 November 2019
Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their teams/players. The entry form can be found on The entry form must be downloaded completed and e-mailed to

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Possible esports titles to be played in MSSA's 2020 events.

MSSA President, Amanda Pakade, with 2018 SA National Tekken 7 Champion, Charlize Seremak (HTS Sasolburg).
It is always a hot topic when esports titles are being discussed and agreed upon at Mind Sports South Africa's Annual General Meeting.

Even though MSSA has always given ample notice of the rules on how the esports titles are selected, there are always one or two member club delegates who state that they were unaware of the process.

So what is the process?

The process for selecting esports titles for provincial and national championships is that any club may nominate additional titles as long as such titles shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event. MSSA will only ever select at most 10 esports titles per annum per type of championship.

Bearing in mind the above criteria, as well as the schedule of esports  titles played in MSSA's 2019 events (below), it will immediately become apparent that currently MSSA only has 7 titles selected for Student provincial and national championships, and only has 9 titles selected for High School provincial and national championships.

Thus an additional three (3) titles may be selected for 
Student provincial and national championships, and another one (1) title may be selected for High School provincial and national championships.

Any member club wishing to nominate its favourite esports title for consideration must therefore make the nomination of such title by 1 November 2019 (so that the nomination can be included on the agenda) and ensure that such title has been played at least two (2) Regional Championships.

The titles that were played in 2019, and will automatically be nominated are:  

Premier Provincial and National ChampionshipsStudent provincial and
national championships.
High School provincial and
national championships.
Game titlesGame titlesGame titles
Clash RoyalCall of Duty Black Ops 4Clash Royal
Counter-Strike: GOCounter-Strike: GOCounter-Strike: GO
DotA 2DotA 2DotA 2
HearthStoneLeague of Legends (LoL)Hearthstone
League of Legends (LoL)PaladinsLeague of Legends (LoL)
PaladinsTEKKEN 7Paladins
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES)Pro Evolution Soccer (PES)
Street Fighter VStreet Fighter V

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Another position opens up on MSSA's Board.

Leonard Loftus has served MSSA as a Management Board member, Umpire, and as a National Team Manager for Board Games.
Serving on Mind Sports South Africa's Management Board is not for the faint-hearted.

There are times when really tough decisions have to be taken, times when you have to stand up and be counted, times when you know that it is the right decision, albeit not a popular one.

Even bearing all the above in mind, the work is done gleefully by a core of volunteers who seek no reward other than seeing the various disciplines and games grow, and watch the athletes attain their full potential.

So, from-time-to-time, people get elected onto the Management Board who are unable to complete their tour of duty, for whatever reason, and drop by the wayside.

When this happens, MSSA's Management Board is empowered to co-opt a person onto the Board. However, when a person is so co-opted, such person may only serve inn the period from co-option until the General Meeting held every December.

In such way, the Management Board is unable to weigh itself with 'friends', which, may in the long-run, be detrimental to the sustainability and good governance of MSSA.

Thus it was on 17 September 2019 that Leonard Loftus resigned from MSSA's Management Board due to not having enough time to dedicate to the task at hand.

Leonard Loftus too lauded the help that he had received from other Board members.

However, Leonard's departure from MSSA's Management Board means that another Executive Officer post becomes available for election at MSSA's Annual General Meeting in December 2019.

Thus positions available on MSSA's Management Board are now:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Three Executive Officers 
  3. General Secretary
  4. Disabled Gamers' Representative
  5. Legal Advisor (only a qualified lawyer may hold this position)
  6. National Schools' Director (only an Educator may hold this position)
  7. Disabled Gamers’ Representative
  8. Womens’ Representative (only a female may hold this position)
  9. Wargames Representative
  10. Card Gaming Representative
  11. Board Gaming Representative
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