Friday, 19 July 2019

Norman Henshilwood High School affiliates to MSSA for esports.

Believing in individuals.
There is not a month that goes past when Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) does not accept new clubs into membership.

Thus, the growth now extends into most of South Africa's provinces proving again that the MSSA has the largest 'footprint' in South Africa.

It is always exciting when schools of the highest calibre affiliate in order to participate in the only official esports arena in South Africa.
Norman Henshilwood High School is situated within walking distance of Wynberg, Constantia and Plumstead, and their modern campuses are set within extensive sports’ fields. Henshilwood has some of the best facilities and resources of any high school in the Western Cape. The school also has a wide range of out of school activities comprising sporting and cultural activities. 

Norman Henshilwood High School believes in giving as much individual attention as possible because all pupils deserve recognition as all pupils have different abilities, personalities and individual needs. The school believes that all learners must be motivated individually to make the most of their time at school. Staff/pupil relationships are very good. Awards’ Assemblies recognize achievement other than outcome only. This has broadened the base of recognition and allows Normies to embrace its vision of the holistic development of the child.


Thus it is with great pleasure that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) welcomes Norman Henshilwood High School into membership.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

IESF's logo for 11th Esports World Championship

Official logo of the 11th Esports World Championship Seoul 2019
International Esports Federation (IESF) hereby announces the logo for the 11th Esports World Championship Seoul 2019.

The logo symbolizes the progressive passion and clean esports environment and community in Korea. The tower (Seoul “N” Tower) glowing blue (meaning the air will be clean the following day), symbolizes the bright future of esports and also portrays the vision of IESF which is fair play among all esports athletes. The sky in red symbolizes the passion of the Korean esports community to host and welcome all athletes and participants at the 11th Esports World Championship Seoul 2019.
This shall be the 7th time that IESF shall hold its World Championships in South Korea, and shall be the 2nd time that such World championships shall be held in Seoul.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has delivered teams to each and every World Championships since its inception in 2009, and is the only country to have female participation in its teams since 2012.
In many ways, South Africa is at the forefront of development of esports, not only in South Africa, but also on an international level.
Thus, MSSA shall be participating at IESF's 11th Esports World Championship Seoul 2019.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Age restrictions in esports are important.

Know the ratings.
When games are age-restricted, it means that they are legally restricted for all children under the specified age, but advisory for children of and above the specified age.

However, it has come to Mind Sports South Africa's attention that there are many private operators outside of MSSA who are playing 'fast-and-loose' by allowing underaged participants to participate in their esports events.


Age restictions exist for good reason. The age restrictions set are there to protect children from harmful influences in order to limit harmful and negative impacts.by restricting material that may not be age appropriate.

According to the Films and Publications Board: "
As the primary focus of the Films and Publications Act of South Africa is to protect children from harmful content, we urge parents, caregivers and the public at large to take note of the following tips:

  • Download Applications “Apps” on your device. These Apps monitor your child’s online activities and can be set to:
  • o Alert you when your child logs on to an App.
    o Allow you to set limits of how much time they can spend online using their devices.
    o Alerts you when the child tries to download an App.
    o Allows you to grant permission for your child to download an App.
  • Always supervise your children when they are online and get to know the games they play or videos they access on platforms such as YouTube.
  • Be aware that the internet does not only offer fun activities, there are also criminal activities.
  • Teach children not to share personal information and to ensure their privacy setting are always on.
  • Assist them to identify activities or people that make them feel uncomfortable and to report such activities immediately to their parents.
  • Teach children to block any person who bullies them and to report to an adult.
  • Ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content.
  • Many social networks require users to be 13 years or older. If your children have social media accounts, ensure that you check their privacy settings and who they interact with."
It should be noted that operaters of gaming events who ignore the age restrictions as set, risk more than damaging their own reputation and legal standing, they risk the well-being of all the children that participate.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The call is out...

Garth Schoeman (Chairman of the Selection Committee) with MSSA President, Amanda Kwaza.
In terms of the recent changes of the rules governing the appointment of the National Team Managers, the Selection Committee has requested that all Registered Players interested in standing for the position of National Team Manager submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) on or before 22 July 2019.

To stand for the position of National Team Manager a Registered Player must have:
  • Been a current or past member of the Management Board, or
  • Held office for at least three years in an administrative or technical capacity for MSSA, or
  • Already served as a National Team Manager, or
  • Earned Protea Colours.

A National Team Manager may be appointed for each discipline, being:
  • Board gaming,
  • Esports, and
  • Wargames

The National Team Manager shall be appointed on a contract basis at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

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Raving Mad Gamerz affiliates to Mind Sports South Africa

Based in Brakpan.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is proud to announce that Raving Mad Gamerz has affiliated.

But who are 
Raving Mad Gamerz?

Raving Mad Gamerz is a South African gaming tournament organiser established in 2014, by Hein “Zethanias” Labuschagne with support from his right-hand woman, René “Crematia” Venter. They host online and offline tournaments and their aim is to increase awareness of esports in South Africa and get SA's cyber athletes to compete nationally and internationally. Although relatively new, 
Raving Mad Gamerz are one of the most ambitious local tournament organisers currently in the business and they hope to leave deep footprints in the esports scene. Raving Mad Gamerz has good relationships with their partners and sponsors, and have worked with some of the best in the business already such as Maverick Gaming, Nu Metro Gaming, The ARK Gaming, GINX TV and Rocket League Xpress.

Our database currently consists of more than 2172 players and over 282 teams, competing in the following gaming titles:
  • Rainbow 6 Siege
  • COD BO4
  • Rocket League
  • FIFA 19
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Fortnite
  • Apex Legends
  • Mobile Legends

Raving Mad Gamerz use various venues around South Africa for thair local live events (LANs), and have at least 1 LAN planned per month (but mostly 2 to 3). Raving Mad Gamerz currently host free online Leagues in most of the above-mentioned games; these leagues comprise of Qualifiers, Division/Group-Play and Eliminations.

Raving Mad Gamerz strives to break the barriers of standard set tournaments when it comes to hosting, and is a pioneer in the streaming and broadcasting of these tournaments. Our dedicated, highly active team on social media will strive to turn an average sit-at-home-player into a cyber athlete should you attend their LAN tournaments.
Services we provide to our clients:
  • Hosting of tournament
  • Tournament stats administration as 3rd Party
  • Referee on client hosted tournaments
  • Selling Merchandise at tournaments
  • Admin of registrations for 3rd party tournaments
  • Design of Clan Shirts / Caps / Hoodies / Jackets and other smaller merchandise
  • Design of Clan Logos
  • Set up of LANS for 3rd Party Clients
  • Marketing of Tournaments and Clans in social media and within the various communities

For mor information, please contact: hein@ravingmadgamerz.com

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Reminder: Closing date for entries to NWU MSSA Online School League - Monday, 15 July 2019.

Great interest has been shown in the NWU MSSA Online School League
With the huge interest shown by schools in the NWU MSSA Online School League to be played from the week ending Friday, 19 July 2019, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has extended the closing date from 1 July 2019 to Monday, 15 July 2019 in order to accommodate as many schools as possible.

The revised entry date means that the pairings shall only be loaded on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, and while it means that the first week will be shorter than normal, MSSA is convinced that the greater good is being served by extending such entry date.

As already reported, the Online League (NWU MSSA Online School League) offers prizes other than just the medals and provincial colours. The prizes include:

  • A R30,000.00 Bursary for the winner of the StreetFighter V esports title, and
  • R10,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the Paladins esports title, and
  • R10,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the DotA 2 esports title
By playing in the official school league, learners are able to also earn:
  • Medals for finishing in the first three places in the various game titles, and
  • School Provincial Colours, and
  • A berth in the 2020 MSSA National Team Trials.
The entry fee is R34.00 per player.

The titles to be played are:

  • Clash Royale
  • CounterStrike: GO
  • DotA 2
  • FIFA '19
  • HearthStone
  • League of Legends
  • Paladins 
  • PES mobile
  • StreetFighter V
  • VainGlory
In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

Players who are registered with any school may participate.

Players are reminded that the majority choice of rules as at the closing date for entries shall be used.

Entry fees can be deposited directly into Mind Sports South Africa's account, held at ABSA Bank, account number, 90 4766 7676. 

No entries shall be accepted without MSSA having received proof of payment.

All entries must be entered onto the entry form that may be downloaded from https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VEYdTjmTj6FvqNDftSz9QdAYsiOiRaaI7EUY_rKxDUI/edit#gid=0

The following Medals may be awarded at MSSA's 2019 Annual Inter-School League:
  • HIGH SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • HIGH SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • Provincial Colours: All Players who win all of their Matches at MSSA's 2019 Annual Inter-School League will earn Provincial Colours.
  • 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 MSSA's 2019 Annual Inter-School League in the same period and in the same year, shall earn Provincial Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will be eligible for selection for the National Squad. 
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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Hoërskool Klerksdorp has been accepted into membership.

Hoërskool Klerksdorp is a thoroughbred.
Hoërskool Klerksdorp since its doors opened, has been dedicated to producing well rounded learners.
Hoërskool Klerksdorp bases its educational philosophy on a holistic approach, placing equal emphasis on the three tiers of education, namely, academic, cultural and sport. This approach ensures that all alumni have become valued employees in the workplace.
Due to the passion and determination of the principals, present and past, Hoërskool Klerksdorp is the school of choice in the area.
Thus it is with great pleasure that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) welcomes Hoërskool Klerksdorp into membership.
There is no doubt that Hoërskool Klerksdorp will have a long and fruitful relationship with MSSA.