Monday, 11 November 2019

Friday, 8 November 2019

Watch out for these gamers.

FLTR: Miss Magdel Putter (Esport organiser), Rico Very, Amanda Kwaza (MSSA president), Colin Webster and  Theunis van der Merwe (winner of the bursary).
FLTR: Miss Magdel Putter (Esport organiser), Rico Very (Monument Park High School), Amanda Kwaza (MSSA president), Colin Webster (IESF president), and Theunis van der Merwe (winner of the bursary). Photograph courtesy of YOU.
Long gone are the days where school sports are limited to a physical field. North-West University (NWU) and Mind Sports SA (MSSA)’s NWU MSSA Online School League recently concluded and these are the gamers that came out on top – and took home some serious cash:

  1. Theunis van der Merwe of Hoërskool Klerksdorp won a R30,000.00 bursary in the individual category playing Street Fighter V. 
  2. Dragon Gaming, a team of five from Monument Park High School in Cape Town won R10 000 for their games of Paladins. 
  3. PRG DOTA A, a team of five from Paul Roos Gymnasium in Paarl won R10,000.00 for winning the DotA 2 esports title. 

The NWU MSSA Online School League started in 2010 with only three schools participating, but ESport has become so popular that the league had 60 participating schools for the 2019 event. MSSA has also joined hands with Media24 and Partnermedia, and now offer bigger prizes than just medals and provincial colours – such as cash prizes and study bursaries awarded to the winners this year. And this is only the beginning. 

Esport has become the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world, and just like an athletic child can consider a career in rugby or one of the other team sports offered at schools, there are now similar career opportunities for children gaming their days and nights away. According to Business Insider, South Africans earned R3,78 million playing formal esports in 2018. This excludes sponsorship deals. 

Enter the 2020 League.

If you or your school would like to take part in the 2020 NWU MSSA Online School League, send an email to: or

What is MSSA? 

Mind Sports SA is the official and largest membership-based organisation for gaming in South Africa and is an affiliate of the International Esports Federation, Federation de Jeau du Mondiale and the International Wargames Federation. Its membership to these international bodies make it the sole authority for the games that it caters for in terms of the South African Sports and Recreation Act and has the authority to award SA national colours for esports. 

Reminder: Entry date for SA Nationals - 8 November 2019

Wargames, esports and boardgames are all on offer at MSSA's 2019 South African National Championships.
All Registered Players are reminded that MSSA's South African National Provincial Championships are an open championship. 

It is such S A National Championships (SAN) where the national titles are awarded, and where the final positions for the SA Ladders are decided.

However, more importantly, it is at the SA Nationals where it is decided in which periods (game titles) South Africa will officially compete in international competition.

MSSA may only select Protea Teams for periods which are played at the SA National Championships. It is through such system that MSSA is able to give control to the very athletes that it serves to be the deciding factor. There is, however, an exception for new periods (game titles) that are accepted during the year for inclusion in a World Championships.

You may contact MSSA at

Details are as follows:
Hosting Club: Fakkel School
Venue: Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
Date7 & 8 December 2019
Entries: All entries must be entered onto the club's Google  Drive before or on 8 November 2019. 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
Accommodation: To assist all member clubs, Fakkel School of Skills shall be providing accommodation as follows:
  • Bed with no bedding - R140,00
  • Breakfast - R75,00
  • Dinner - R90,00
To book, please e-mail Amanda (who is most helpful) at as soon as possible. In such e-mail it must be stated the number of men, and the number of women that require accommodation.Please telephone the school to see if there is accommodation available at (016) 976 0470.

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On 5 November, Shri Piyush Goyal Honourable Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, in a major boost to Indian esports, gaming and AVGC industry declared open the Nations Cup (International Esports Championship) to be held at Global Exhibition on Services 2019 in Bengaluru and unveiled the Trophy for Nations Cup during the curtain raiser event for GES 2019 held at ITC Maurya, New Delhi. 
During his launch address to the audience including Mr. Jagdish Shettar - Hon’ble Minister of Large & Medium Scale Industries Government of Karnataka and Diplomats from various Embassies he quoted “I was very delighted to hear the report which was shared in terms of the efforts to bring Animation & Esports into the country, this is the new age world that India needs to engage with.
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(From left to Right Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee - DG CII, Mr. Maneck Davar - Chairman SEPC, Mr. Gaurav Gupta - Principle Secretary Department of Commerce, Mr. Jagdish Shettar - Hon’ble Minister of Large & Medium Scale Industries Government of Karnataka, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey – Additional Secretary Department of Commerce, Mr. Darpan Jain – Jt. Secretary Department of Commerce, Ms. Sangeeta Godbole – DG SEPC, Mr. Prabhat Kumar – Director Esports Federation of India & Mr. Lokesh Suji – Director of Esports Federation of India & VP-Asian Esports Federation)
The logo of the Nations Cup was also revealed during this event. 
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SEPC will be organizing Nations Cup (International Esports Championship) in association with Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI) during the Global Exhibition on Services which is being held from 26th-28th November 2019. The Nations Cup will be one of the key highlights during GES and this being held at such a high profile services event will open up multiple avenues for the services industry particularly esports, gaming, animation etc.
The Nations Cup will have two legs, Day one will have the India Qualifiers & Day two onwards eight esports teams from different National Esports Federation’s representing respective countries will compete at the Nations Cup. Winner of India Qualifiers will represent India at the Nations Cup.  Seven esports teams have been invited from different countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Korea etc. Winning Nation’s Esports Team will take home the “Nations Cup” Trophy. 
As part of the Champion Sector under SEPC for Culture & Sports, there will be B2B meetings also aligned for the Indian Esports Companies and Video Game Developers. 
Global Exhibition on Services (GES), the 5th edition of Global Exhibition on Services (GES) 2019 is being organized and supported by Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in partnership with the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 26-28 November 2019 at the Palace Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka. This event is expected to have participation from about 100 countries and will host focused knowledge sessions and a large number of B2B B2G and B2C meetings. The upcoming GES 2019 will provide a platform for forging sustained partnerships amongst countries in the identified champion and focus services sectors. These include Cultural and Sports, Tourism and Hospitality Services, Medical Value Travel, Accounting and Finance Services, Legal Services, Infrastructure, Construction and Related Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Environmental services, Telecommunication services, Facility Management services, Intellectual Property Rights, Recreational, Legal Services, Printing & Publishing, Aviation and space. 
The GES 2018 was a collective success with participation from about 100 countries, 500 overseas delegates, over 628 exhibitors and more than 7000 structured B2B Meetings. At this edition, the Hon'ble President of India formally launched the 12 Champion Services Sector. 
Video Games Industry in India 
India is emerging as a leader in esports and video gaming, a growing field that has fascinated the interest of millennials like never before. The Indian digital gaming industry is growing rapidly due to smart phone penetration and cheap Internet.
Currently, India stands at a global number 17 in the soon-to-be USD 1.5 billion video games industry. Estimated to be about $818 million, the Indian video games sector while vastly unstructured, is growing rapidly. The number of online gamers has increased from 20 million in 2010 to 250 million in 2018, whereas the number of game developing companies has grown from 25 in 2010 to 250 in 2018. India won a Bronze Medal in for esports in Asian Games 2018.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019


Delegates at IESF's 2018 Ordinary General Meeting.

International Esports Federation (IESF) has made the call for nominations, and the membership have responded with stellar nominations.

IESF’s Board consists of one President, one Vice President, four Board Members and the Secretary General. The Chairperson of the Players’ Commission also sits on the Board in order to represent the rights and concerns of the Players. The Secretary General does not have a vote and provides the all important link between the elected Board Members and the Secretariat. The vote for the presidency is a separate vote.

Only once the elections have elected the five nominees, does the Board sit immediately after the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) to elect the Vice-President.

After such election, Board Members then divide up among themselves the various portfolios for which they will be accountable and responsible. Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has had a Board member from 2013 to 2018. In 2018 MSSA's representative was elected in as President.

IESF is confident that every single person nominated for the Board is of the Stature and of the ilk required to steer IESF towards greater things and deliver to the community which it serves.

The full list of nominations received are as follows:

Name (Nation)
Eddy, Che Chien Lim (Indonesia)
Ido Brosh (Israel)
Magnus Jonsson (Sweden)
Ramil Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al-Nahyan (U.A.E.)
Young Man Kim (South Korea)
Hourieh Nikdast (Iran)
Vlad Marinescu (USA.)
Hana, Pei-Ching Hsu (Chinese Taipei)
Boban Totovski (Macedonia)

IESF President, Colin Webster, has already congratulated each nominee on being so nominated and is confident that the General Meeting will return the most deserving nominee as a Board Member.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Espérance Sportive de Tunis creates an esport club.

The Tunisian eSports Federation (TunESF) announces having received an official application for membership from the association Espérance Sportive de Tunis first Tunisian sports association to create an esport club.

After validation of this request by the federal office, the president of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed CHEIKHROUHOU, would like to thank all the leaders of Espérance Spotive de Tunis and in particular the president, Mr. Hamdi MEDDEB, for their support of the sport in Tunisia and their commitment in the Electronic Sport.

The President of TunESF congratulates the entire Tunisian eSport community hoping that other leaders sports associations in Tunisia engage on the promising path of electronic sport. Also read:

Monday, 4 November 2019

Closing date for booking accommodation at Fakkel School of Skills for SA Nationals in December 2019.

IESF banners proudly displayed in Fakkel School of Skills gaming lounge.
Mind Sports South Africa's  South African National Wargames Championships shall be held at Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg, on, 7 & 8 December 2019.

Please note that the closing date for the booking of 
 at the hostel  is 22 November 2019, which will have to include proof of payment, so that the hostel can plan the rooms accordingly.

To assist all member clubs, Fakkel School of Skills shall be providing accommodation as follows:

  • Bed with no bedding - R140,00
  • Breakfast - R75,00
  • Dinner - R90,00
To book, please e-mail Amanda (who is most helpful) at as soon as possible. In such e-mail it must be stated the number of men, and the number of women that require accommodation.Please telephone the school to see if there is accommodation available at (016) 976 0470.

Details for the various disciplines are as follows:

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