Thursday, 13 August 2020

To become an international gamer.


The 2013 Protea Esports Team - South Africa's most successful esports team to date.
The team consisted of (back row) Marco Botha, Lyrene Kühn (Team Captain), Yolandi Williams, Myburg Brink
(front row) Willem Strȍfeldt, Conradie van Heerden, Kyle Rhoodie
Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) gives gamers from South Africa the opportunity to expand the world of esport. The MSSA operates at every level of esports - from grass-root level all the way through to selecting national teams to officially represent South Africa in international events. 

Over the last number years, gaming in South Africa has increased tremendously in terms of both quality and quantity of players. 

The MSSA has sent international teams to represent South Africa at IESF's World Championships every year since 2009.

To become an expert gamer, there are a few steps to follow:
  1. You need to choose a game that you enjoy and that is played at international competition.
  2. If it is a team game, you will need to find a committed club that has teams that are as committed as what you are.
  3. You/your team will need to practice 1000’s of hours to refine your skill and to achieve perfect synergy with your team.
  4. The best way to practice is to hire a coach who has the credentials to take you further.
  5. You/your team will need to take participate in as many events as possible. You need to be objective about your results. Log your results into  a log book, analyse your games, and analyse the games of other teams.
  6. Remember there is always a better way of doing something.  Never say 'no' to constructive criticism and always compare yourself to the best.
  7. Never stop training. Remember that while you are sleeping, there is someone out there training.
  8. Never be discouraged by defeats. Instead learn from your defeats and re-evaluate your game plan.
  9. Participate in MSSA events to qualify for the National Team Trials (NTT). It is from the participants at such NTT that the official South African Protea Esports Team is selected.
  10. Once a member of the official South African Protea Esports Team you have earned your entry ticket to true international competition. 
Good luck and have fun.

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Selecting esports titles to be played in MSSA Provincial and National Championships.

Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.

All esports athletes have strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourites to be given preferential treatment.

In order to make the process more objective and reduce the influence of any one member club and/or individual, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has a policy in place in order to ensure that there is a due process as well as a fair system in place in order to ensure that the correct titles are selected.

However, it should be noted that MSSA currently only selects 10 titles to be played at Provincial and National Championships.

Priority is given to the esports titles that are played at IESF's World Championships in order to assist MSSA deliver a national team.

Even though only 10 titles are so selected, that does not mean that the other titles cannot be held at MSSA events.

However, it should be noted that any approved title may be played at an official MSSA Regional Championships. In fact, it is at such Regional Championships that the popularity of various esports titles is tested in order to evaluate whether such titles should, in future, be included in MSSA's Provincial and National Championships.

The full rules on how titles are selected are as follows:

  1. The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Not more than ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
  3. The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
  4. The remaining titles may then be selected.
  5. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  6. The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
  7. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
  8. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and there are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  9. For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.

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Monday, 10 August 2020

IESF's 12th Esports World Championship - Eilat now set to December 6th - 12th, 2020.

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our existence. 

Even esports has felt the brunt of the pandemic with face-to-face events having to be cancelled and/or delayed in favour of online events. 

Even International Esports Federation (IESF) has had to take these new realities into account with its 12th World Championships. 

Cautiously, but correctly, IESF has opted to run its 12th World Championships very differently this year. 

Regional qualifiers shall be done online with the finals being done as a 'real' event in Eilat on December 6th - 12th, 2020. 

 Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is the only national federation to have participated in each and every IESF World Championships in every title offered since 2009, and the only national federation that has had female team members in all MSSA teams, since 2012, that have attended, and participated in such IESF World Championships. 

However, it should be noted that no-one if yet fully aware of what lies in store in terms of COVID-19, and as such, dates may be amended to meet the demands of changing circumstances. 

 As soon as the Regional tournament dates are announced, MSSA shall advise all members accordingly.

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MSSA advises of its affiliation and registration fees for the 2020/2021 season.

Mind Sports South Africa's Management Board increases all MSSA registration and affiliation fees by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) every year.

Thus registration and affiliation fees for the 2020/2021 season shall increase by the CPI (all sectors) of 4.6%, and as per MSSA's Constitution, all such fees are due and payable on the 1st of November of each year.

Please note that if your club has an SLA for an event after the year-end (31 October 2020), such club must pay its affiliation fees and pay its registration fees for all its committee members by no later than 7 November 2020. Should such club fail to do so, such SLA shall be vitiated.

In order for any player to stand for any office, all such person's fees must be paid at the same time that such person is nominated.

Current Board Members are required to have their club membership fees and their own registration fees paid by 7 November 2020 - failing which, such Board Members are immediately suspended until such fees are paid.

Please note that other members that do not remit payment by 1 February 2021 shall have their affiliation terminated and their members shall not be allowed to participate in Mind Sport South Africa's events or team selection.

Members may only participate in a MSSA meeting if such member is fully-paid-up at the time of such meeting.

The fees for the 2020/2021 gaming year (1 November 2021 to 31 October 2021) are:

Affiliation fees per club per annumR108.00 per annum
Registration fees:Registered with MSSA R115.00 per player
Players who are members of school clubsR10.00 per player

Please note that Registration Fees may be waived by the Management Board should a player have reached the age of majority and is unemployed, or if the player is a minor and his/her parents are unemployed.

Please note that the voting strength that any member has at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in December is based on the paid-up membership of such member at the date of the AGM.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Happy Women's Day


Amanda Pakade is an active advocate of gender equity.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is always mindful of the contribution made by its female athletes and administrators.

MSSA is thus the only gaming organisation world-wide that effectively puts its gender equity into practice.

MSSA's Board currently has 50% of all board positions held by females, and since 2012, MSSA has always had a female component to the national Protea team.

With the highest position in MSSA held by a female, Amanda Kwaza, MSSA has found itself transformed.

Amanda Kwaza thus has issued the following missive:,"Happy Woman's day to all our female gamers...

Thank you for becoming part of MSSA....

MSSA values and appreciates you,.

MSSA wishes you a happy Woman's day."

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Saitama de Sa wins the PES2020 Cup.

Saitama de Sa won the privately run PES2020 Cup
Congratulations are in order for PES Society new recruit Saitama de Sa for winning the privately run PES2020 Cup. Saitama managed to pip fellow club member Rafeeq Carriem in the final to take the trophy on his PES Society tournament debut.

PES Society is an incredibly dynamic club that produces positive results on a regular basis.

For any club to be sustainable, the club must have both depth and strength in terms of athletes. A club that bases its success on a single team and/or player will fail in the long term.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Top five universities in order of ranking.

University of Pretoria is the top university in terms of producing Protea Team members.
Protea Colours are without doubt the highest award that any South African can receive for participating in sport in South Africa. Such Protea Colours are only awarded to those South African citizens who officially represent South Africa on the international stage.

However, Protea Colours should not be seen as an end result in themselves, but rather as the entry ticket to the wonderful world of international competition. Thus, national colours should never be pursued as a 'bucket list' item that people rush to do before graduating from school, but should instead be pursued as a long-term objective. For many, the realization of earning Protea Colours is the end result of countless hours, and many years of work.

University of Pretoria (TUKS) heads the list of University clubs with nine players who have been awarded, and re-awarded, eleven times. University of Johannesburg (UJ) is in second place with 6 athletes who have been awarded twelve times.

The biggest surprise is that the oldest university mind sports club in the country affiliated to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), University of Witwatersrand (WITS), only finished in fourth place. This is due to many of Wits students and alumni having played for other private clubs. Had such players played for Wits, the figures would be very different with Wits then having a commanding lead.

There is no doubt that the universities are an important element in the growth of esports as a sport.

The full list is:

PlaceName of University# of awardsPlayers
1University of Pretoria (TUKS)119
2University of Johannesburg (UJ)126
3University of Natal Durban (UKZN)32
4University of Witwatersrand (WITS)62
5North West University (NWU)11

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