Wednesday, 15 August 2018

"Esports is a sport" - Gideon Sam

Colin Webster (General Secretary - MSSA), Gideon Sam (President - SASCOC), and Emmanuel Oyelakin.
At the recent Esport Africa & Sports Innovation Summit held at Emperor's Palace on 13-14 August 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa, Gideon Sam (SASCOC President) gave the opening address.

Although the opening address touched on the many issues of sport in general (development, transformation and structure) there were many pearls of wisdom delivered to those who were representing esports.

Gideon Sam made it quite clear to the assembled audience that SASCOC is in close discussion with Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) and that SASCOC still recognises MSSA as the national federation for esports.

Mr Gideon Sam too stressed at the well run 
Esport Africa & Sports Innovation Summit that esports organisations that did not fit into the sporting structures would do so at their peril and would thus not be able to make use of existing funding models.

Certainly Gideon Sam's input was enlightening and rewarding to all assembled there. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Johan van Breda to speak at the eSport Africa & Sports Innovation Summit.

Johan van Breda (Vice-President of Mind Sports South Africa) shall be speaking at the eSport Africa & Sports Innovation Summit scheduled to take place 13-14 August 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The conference programme is deliberately structured around themes that, on a practical and smart level, address not only the challenges faced by the industry, but also identifies the opportunities for growth and revenue generation, presenting executives working in sport with real solutions and strategies
Benefits of attending.
Introducing and implementing lean business structures - challenging traditional business models and modernising governance structures.
  • Commercialising the digital opportunity.
  • Competing with the big boys - how-to for smaller sporting codes.
  • Understanding the value of sport as entertainment.
  • Media strategies in a digital age.
  • Fresh marketing ideas to connect with consumer passions.
  • Maximising fan engagement.
  • The evolution of sponsorship.
  • Technologies and innovations to grow sport businesses.
  • The esports and fantasy sports commercial opportunity for traditional sport. 
  • The changing face of mass participation.
  • Maximising the success of sporting events. 
  • The challenges of doping and match fixing.
Who is attending.
  • Decision-makers and leaders in Sports and Business including:
  • Sport Federations
  • Clubs and Governing Bodies,
  • Universities,
  • Broadcasters,
  • Government,
  • Corporate Sponsors,
  • Sports Businesses

For further details go to:
Or contact:
Tanya@eventus-international.com

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Latest FIFA esports rankings

Blake Govender (Oaks_eSports) the highest ranked FIFA '18 player in the Western Cape.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has just released its latest rankings for the FIFA esports title. The rankings take into account the recent KwaZulu Natal Provincial and Online Provincial Championships.

Protea Esports Team member, Khahliso Malape (Fakkel School of Skills), is still ranked as the number one player in the country.

However, special mention goes to Blake Govender (Oaks_eSports) who has shot up from being an unranked player to now be ranked 17th. Blake is the only player from the Western Cape who is currently ranked in the top twenty in the country.

The full rankings for the FIFA esports title are:



PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1Khahliso Malape (18)18Fakkel School of Skills387.5
2Mpho Ntsala18Fakkel School of Skills376.3
3Aphiwe Mbata18HTS Sasolburg372
4Nicholas James18eThekwini Regional311.8
5Rodney Nxumalo18eThekwini Regional262.8
6Lesego Molatsi18Fakkel School of Skills242.1
7Prishen Sookraj18eThekwini Regional239.1
8Sanveer Sookraj18eThekwini Regional238.7
9Mathew Brooks18Curro Klerksdorp236.4
10Thapelo Sizani18North West University - Vaal227.7
11Henry Colin18Fakkel School of Skills226
12George Rautenbach18eThekwini Regional190.5
13Gao Masilo18Fakkel School of Skills185.8
14Thabo Maqubela18North West University - Vaal182.3
15Lesego Direko18Fakkel School of Skills179.1
16Mqandisi Dewa18North West University - Vaal168
17Govender, Blake18Oaks_eSports166.2
18Bongikosi Lukhele18Ampified Rebellion164.2
19Dylan Mugadza18North West University - Vaal156.7
20Franco J v Rensburg17JCS Academy150
21Tuni Mahlakwaane18North West University - Vaal148.7
22Tetelo Hamese18North West University - Vaal148.5
23Gordon McCormack18JCS Academy148.4
24Travis Baxter18eThekwini Regional146.3
25Jenkin, Matt18Oaks_eSports143.6
26Dylan Motukana18North West University - Vaal139.9
27Suvhir Harrinarain18eThekwini Regional138.5
28Devash Ishwarlall18eThekwini Regional137.9
29Mduduzi Msiza18North West University - Vaal137.7
30Lehlohondo Motsie18North West University - Vaal133.4
31Sunkar, Sash18Oaks_eSports131.7
32Noah Ngcobo18eThekwini Regional129.9
33Thokosane Mtinane18Fakkel School of Skills128.1
34Kalani, Sibo18Oaks_eSports126.9
35Thokozane Matimane18Fakkel School of Skills121.8
36Yadish Nundhlall18eThekwini Regional121
37Shile Mqikela18eThekwini Regional120.6
38Hoya Gangi17Maritzburg College120
39Odwa Mthethwa17Maritzburg College120
40Ndumiso Zakwe17Maritzburg College120
41Xola Magwaza *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
42Tshepo Seema17North West University - Vaal120
43Vhugala Malaudzi17North West University - Vaal120
44Gregory Haripersad17Maritzburg College120
45Yorke Soni17Northcliff High School120
46Ayanda Magwaza *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
47Kyle Turnbull17BNKR120
48Joshua Williams17Northcliff High School120
49Mikhyle Naidoo17Northcliff High School120
50Mongaliso Magwaza *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
51Nsika Mfeka17Maritzburg College120
52Jade Appels17Curro Klerksdorp120
53Langa Madonsela *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
54Allen Magagula17HTS Witbank120
55Katlego Sediti17North West University - Vaal120
56Armand Oosthuizen17JCS Academy120
57Conor Kisbey-Green17Maritzburg College120
58Tumelo Sesinyi17Curro Klerksdorp120
59Zomani Magagula17HTS Witbank120
60Cale Barry17Uplands College120
61Ebrahiem Fredericks17JCS Academy120
62Ruben Du Preez17Maritzburg College120
63Kgosi Tshosa17Curro Klerksdorp120
64Eesa Fredericks17JCS Academy120
65Mark Morobane17Curro Klerksdorp120
66Joost Loftus17Masters of Mind Sports120
67Xolisa Monakali17Knights Mind Sports Club120
68Langa Madonsela16Knights Mind Sports Club120
69Richard Ferreira16Fakkel School of Skills120
70Jolene Bico16BNKR120
71Leonard Loftus16Masters of Mind Sports120
72Matthew Hoyle16Maritzburg College120
73Tshepo Mamatela17Fakkel School of Skills119.5
74Zahir Sayed18eThekwini Regional119.2
75Jodie Motala18Empangeni High118
76Kristian Volek17Northcliff High School117.5
77Sibusiso Nabilevo16Fakkel School of Skills117
78Stefan Nortje17JCS Academy116.8
79Morena Velaphe18Fakkel School of Skills116.7
80Sansthiran Naidoo18eThekwini Regional115.4
81Korben Roos16HTS Witbank115.1
82Mpume Mkonza17Maritzburg College115.1
83Nkangiso Masinga18Empangeni High114
84Jan Hendrik Van Aswegen16BNKR113.1
85Siyabonga Biyela18Empangeni High112
86Wandile Khumalo18Northcliff High School111.5
87Jacobus Direko16Fakkel School of Skills110.4
88Mayibongwe Ntabe16BNKR110.3
89Fortune D’ntloilery18North West University - Vaal110
90Paul Minaar18ESBF108.5
91Kamohelo Tladi16Fakkel School of Skills107.3
92Teboho Hlasa16Fakkel School of Skills107.1
93Cameron Gold16Maritzburg College106.4
94Tshedz Masheleni16Masters of Mind Sports106
95Ayanda Khumalo18Fakkel School of Skills104.5
96Joel Van Wyk17Merchiston104.2
97Jabu Matlong17North West University - Vaal104
98Kopano Segoe18Curro Klerksdorp101.9
99Nthando Phaketi18Fakkel School of Skills100.8
100Reginald Mofokeng16Fakkel School of Skills100
101Tumi Mohosho16Fakkel School of Skills100
102Bongwe Mpugwa17Curro Klerksdorp100
103Neo Mokoena16Fakkel School of Skills99.3
104Mulchathutshelo Masheleni16Masters of Mind Sports97.7
105Jared Tyreese Pillay18eThekwini Regional96.8
106Bakhusele Dweba18eThekwini Regional95.5
107Riufaro Kembo17Curro Klerksdorp95
108Dillon Grey17Fakkel School of Skills95
109Franco Janse van Rensburg17Masters of Mind Sports95
110Pauliso Makhube17Fakkel School of Skills95
111Thabo Kgobe18Northcliff High School95
112Jaden Pillay18eThekwini Regional93.5
113Leoné Loftus17Fakkel School of Skills92.7
114Jason Botha16Maritzburg College90
115Gift Mtlhong17JCS Academy90
116Ndlovu, Bongi18Oaks_eSports90
117Irfaan Sabet18Empangeni High90
118Kopano Masego18Curro Klerksdorp89.2
119Lesedi Motale18Curro Klerksdorp86
120Ayanda Kumalo17Fakkel School of Skills85.5
121Logan Ortner16Northcliff High School85
122Robyn Gertzen17Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club85
123Alessandro Sacca17Curro Klerksdorp85
124Thabo Ngubane18eThekwini Regional84.6
125Doreen Els17Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club80
126Cameron Gold17Maritzburg College80
127Umar Onafuwa18Curro Klerksdorp79.4
128Zakhele Ngcobo18eThekwini Regional77
129S Ndlela17Maritzburg College75
130Ru-Landie Kilian18Affies Sasolburg75
131Leoné Loftus18Fakkel School of Skills75

Other official rankings produced by MSSA are as follows: