Wednesday, 17 April 2019
On Monday we saw the tragic fire of Notre-Dame. The building is one of the most exquisite examples of French Gothic architecture. Notre-Dame is 856 years old and a massive part of world history. The fire has been extinguished and plans are already being made to restore it as it was.
Due to the reports that the building will be restored as close to the original as possible the architects are studying hyper-realistic photos and videos of Notre-Dame. In an amazing turn of events, Assassin's Creed: Unity will be used as well. The Artist behind the creation of Notre-Dame in Assassin's Creed, Caroline Miousse, spoke to The Verge several years ago about how the cathedral was created. Read more about that here: https://www.theverge.com/…/7132…/assassins-creed-unity-paris
The Verge wrote: “In the case of the Notre Dame, easily the biggest structure in the game, it meant recreating a version of the cathedral that didn’t actually exist at the time.
“Level artist Miousse spent literally years fussing over the details of the building. She pored over photos to get the architecture just right, and worked with texture artists to make sure that each brick was as it should be.”
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) president, Amanda Pakade, remarked, "It is tragic that such an event could occur, Notre-Dame is at the heart of the French religious experience, and it is important that all in the esports world rally round to protect and preserve this incredible heritage site".
Thursday, 11 April 2019
|Happy Play True Day participants.|
‘Play True Day’ is dedicated to clean sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the global fight against doping. The inspiration for this initiative stems from a WADA-hosted Education Conference in 2013, which was attended by 17 Latin-American countries that were the driving force behind 10 April being declared ‘Play True Day’. While it started as a small initiative, over the years, this grassroots movement has gained momentum with numerous organizations and countries from across the globe taking part.
This year, in a spirit of solidarity among the anti-doping community, WADA has invited its stakeholders and others to celebrate ‘Play True Day’ on their digital and social media platforms using one of the branded frames WADA has created especially for the day. WADA is also encouraging the use of the hashtag #PlayTrueDay in order to maximize the impact of the event on social media.
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “WADA wishes to acknowledge and thank everyone participating in ‘Play True Day’ events around the world. Every year, more countries and organizations join the campaign and are helping to turn it into a truly global event!
“This worldwide momentum helps to raise awareness about the importance of Clean Sport and promotes positive sport values on a broad scale."
To find out more about the events being promoted as part of ‘Play True Day’ 2019, please follow the hashtag #PlayTrueDay or visit the official Play True Day website.
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
|LvL 1 Gaming is a force to be reckoned with.|
At the beginning of 2018, Eagles co-founder Claire ‘BubbleZ’ Holmes saw a need for more female teams participating in League of Legends Mind Sports South Africa events and tournaments. Thus, she decided to form her own team to compete in such contests, and so the Eagles were formed; a name aptly chosen for this team of bright, energetic, and hardy women.
The role of captain and jungler falls onto the shoulders of the experienced Claire ‘BubbleZ’ Holmes. Claire has been playing League of Legends for a number of years, and therefore brings some much needed guidance and wisdom to the team. Claire definitely debunks the age old ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype with her extensive game knowledge and intense shot calling, making her a vital part of the all-female team.
Up next in the mid lane is the merciless Simoné ‘XxGuellaSxX’ Stander. Don’t let her cute smile fool you – this lady is a force to be reckoned with. Simoné is ruthless on a variety of champions, from assassins to mages, easily making her the team’s secret weapon.
In the top lane is the team’s pillar of strength, Lorin ‘Roripoppu’ Henegan. Her ability to adapt and play whatever style of champion the team needs makes her a valuable teammate. Her calm and collected demeanor also help the rest of the team keep their heads when the going gets tough.
Alissa ‘BooStitch’ Henegan is the team’s AD Carry. Despite her young age, Alissa is proving herself to be a worthy opponent in the bot lane, managing to keep up in creep scores with enemies higher ranked than herself. She is also not one to be underestimated, and doesn’t let the pressure of having to carry her team impact her performance.
Finally, the team’s support player is Aimeé ‘razcalz’ Ferreira. Luckily for Aimeé, being the manager and substitute for one of the strongest LoL teams South Africa has ever seen has its perks; she has vast game knowledge and awareness. Her love for her role stems from her charitable and selfless personality, and she never hesitates to help a teammate in need.
The goal-orientated team aim to improve and encourage female competition in League of Legends and South African esports as a whole, as well as be a role model to younger female gamers in the country.
|SA National Champion, Baber Abbas (Knights Mind Sports Club), dominated the 2018 Online Provincial 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The remaining events for 2019 are:
2019 Calendar of events
- Why schools and universities should invest in esports.
- New National Team Selection Criteria
- Further increasing MSSA's footprint. (All about hosting Regional Championships)
- 10th Provincial Online Championships
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that it has reinstated the accreditation of the Romanian Doping Control Laboratory (Bucharest Laboratory) following its suspension in February 2018. The Bucharest Laboratory is therefore able to resume all of its anti-doping activities, including the analysis of urine and blood samples, with immediate effect.
The decision to reinstate the Bucharest Laboratory’s WADA accreditation was based on a recommendation made by WADA’s Laboratory Expert Group, which was satisfied that the Laboratory had successfully addressed its non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).
“WADA is pleased to confirm that the Bucharest Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated,” said WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli. “We would like to thank the Laboratory for its cooperation throughout this process,” said Mr. Niggli. “We are confident that the Laboratory has corrected its deficiencies and our Laboratory Expert Group will continue to monitor the Laboratory’s performance to ensure that it operates to the high standards required by WADA.”
WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. This monitoring role is conducted in conjunction with ISO/IEC 17025 assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
The full list of accredited laboratories can be found on WADA’s website.
Monday, 8 April 2019
Sunday, 7 April 2019
|Colin Webster, IESF President, as seen at the recent Global Esports Executive Summit held in Busan.|
The event will be the first public contact with Dreamhack Rio, on April 17 at the Marriot Copacabana hotel.
Those who follow the Esports scene are well aware that the Rio Esport Forum, an event that happened last year in April, was the real responsibility for Dreamhack Rio being possible this year. It was at this event that Arturo Castelo, Director of Dreamhack Spain, stated that it was possible to do the festival in Rio. On April 17, two days before DreamHack Rio begins, Brazil Esport Forum will have one more edition, but this time on a national level, with the presence of great authorities at the Marriot hotel in Copacabana.
The agenda includes topics such as:
- "The competitive landscape in Brazil and its challenges",
- "Esports in public policy in Brazil",
- "The mobile and the future of Esports" and many other.
Among those invited to speak are:
- Filipe Alves Rodrigues, Director of Dreamhack Brasil;
- Paulo Robertos Ribas, President of FERJEE;
- Maurco Aurélio Viera, National Secretary of Sport; Felipe Bornier, Secretary of Sport, Leisure and Junventude of RJ;
- Otávio Leite, Secretary of Tourism of RJ,
- Paulo Márcio Dias, President of AGLO;
- Colin Webster, IESF President;
- Alexandre Marinho, CEO of SUPERNOVA,
- Bruno Playhard / Final Level Ambassador / Dreamhack Rio Ambassador;
- Christian Boneman Representing Bitrep;
- Alberto Goldenstein, lawyer;
- Roberto Motta, Secretary of Strategic Initiatives;
- Gustavo Nadalin, legal director of Curitiba;
- João Pott, Head of esports Dreamhack Brazil and, of course,
- Arturo Castelo, Director of Dreamhack Spain.
The Brazil Esport Forum is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to enter the esports market in Brazil. Not to mention that it will be a differential for those who seek to network and want to be alongside great entrepreneurs of the Brazilian game scene.