Sunday, 18 November 2018

Ensuring gender equity in esports.

Amanda Pakade - MSSA President (left), Hsu Pei-Ching - CTeSA President (centre), and Salome de Bruyn - NeSA (right).
Over the years Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has pushed hard for gender equity.

Through such efforts, MSSA was the first organisation in Africa to hold championships for females, and is the only national federation for esports in the world that has constitutionalised the need for gender equity. MSSA is also the only national federation that has female members of its national esports team every single year from 2012. The 2018 team, sponsored by Partnermedia, North West University (NWU), and ZAG Academy, was no different.

Despite MSSA having made great achievements in the field of gender equity in South Africa, MSSA's efforts to ensure gender at an international level are seemingly being met with apathy.

As a result, at IESF's Ordinary General Meeting(OGM), only three national federations present had female delegates. Such member federations were Chinese Taipei (CTeSA), Namibia (NeSA), and South Africa (MSSA).

MSSA's proposal to greater enforce gender equity at an administrative level was, rather disapointingly, defeated. However, Amanda Pakade (MSSA President) remains upbeat that the motion will pass in future years.

IESF's numbers swell.

Delegates representing all IESF's member federations at the 2018 General 
International Esports Federation (IESF) is a non profit association consisting of member national federations. With 53 members across every continent, IESF is the only organisation that can truly claim to be the largest membership based esports organisation.

Yet the numbers continue to grow as more-and-more nations see the benefits of participating in an organised structure.

Every year new Esports National Federations apply for membership. In 2018 the following six countries were awarded full membership status by IESF at the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM), being: 

  • Japan (Japan eSports Union), 
  • Mexico (Mexican eSport Association), 
  • New Zealand (New Zealand eSports Federation), 
  • Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic & Intellectual Sport), 
  • Slovakia (Slovakia Electronic Sports Association), and 
  • United States of America (United States eSports Federation). 

Saturday, 17 November 2018

The eagle has landed.

Vlad Marinescu - Pesident of the United States of America eSports Federation (left) shakes hands with Colin Webster - President of the International Esports Federation (right).
It has long been held by a number of sporting codes that unless China, Russia, and the United States actively participates at World Championship level, then the sport, despite all its accreditation, is not a real sport.

Both Russia and China have been members of International Esports Federation (IESF) for a number of years, and ensured the upward improvement of standards from year-to-year.

However, at last, the USA has made an entry.

Without the bling and fanfare, for which the USA is famous, the United States of America eSports Federation was accepted into membership at IESF's Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) which was held on 10 November 2018 at Kaohsuing City.

The president of the United States of America eSports Federation is none other that Vlad Marinescu.

Vlad is a past Secretary General of GAISF and is absolutely committed to the growth of esports at every level, and has the belief that esports has  the ability to be a real game-changer in the years to come.

There is no doubt, that with the United States eSports Federation now a  member of IESF, the stakes have been raised.

Marisa van der Westhuizen selected to be the Protea Esports flag-bearer.

Marisa van der Westhuizen proudly bearing our beloved South Africa's flag.
There is little doubt that to be 'the' flag-bearer at an official international sporting event is indeed an honour.

MSSA's Protea Team was sponsored by Partnermedia, North West University (NWU), and ZAG Academy.

MSSA's flag-bearer is an outstanding person who bears South Africa's beloved flag honouring it above all others.

Thus the selection of Marisa van der Westhuizen to bear South Africa's flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 10th World Championships has very much honoured Marisa. 
Marisa is the first female gamer to have ever served as the flag-bearer at a IESF World Championships, as well as being the first female captain of a Counter-Strike: GO esports team at a IESF World Championships.
As South Africa's flag-bearer, Marisa joins a veritable group of who's who in international esports.

Previous South Africans who served as flag-bearers are Gregory Wessels (2017), and Taylor Rose (2015, and 2016).
Dignatories that attended the opening ceremony include members of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), sponsors, Chinese Taipei and Kaohsuing City officials, publishers, and of the International Esports Federation.

Colin Webster Elected as New President of IESF

Colin Webster giving the opening address at IESF's 10th World Championships - Kaohsuing City.
The 2018 International Esports Federation's General Meeting (GM) took place on November 10th at the ‘TESL Arena’ in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, during IESF's 10th Esports World Championship (WC).
Colin Webster, former IESF Board Member and General Secretary of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), was elected as the new President of IESF to serve the role for the remaining term of presidency, which is until 2019 GM. Mr. Colin Webster has been with the IESF Board since 2013, and has been actively involved in promoting esports as a fully accredited sport, conducting dialogues with various traditional sports stakeholders.

In fact, 
Mind Sports South Africa was the first national federation to be accepted as a member of a National Olympic Committee, and MSSA was able to award Protea Colurs to its teams as far back as 2005.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

A day filled with promise...

MSSA's CS:GO team standing in front of the main stage on day 1.
Day one showed fierce competition and multiple upsets in the results. MSSA's CS:GO team faced off against Russia and Japan in their group. Losing to both they will not advance through to the Top 16.

In League of Legends, Group C, Israel managed to secure a win over Denmark. The South African League of Legends team will thus advance into the Top 16 out of the group stages along Israel who topped group C. With the last matches of the group phase concluded the South African League of Legends team is set to go up against Finland at 04:30(South African time.) Finland topped Group F after emerging victorious against Saudi Arabia and Namibia.

Day 2 will also see Alasdair Donaldson start his group stage journey for TEKKEN 7.
Alisadair Donaldson

Schedule for Day 2:

LOL          - South Africa vs Finland at 07:00
TEKKEN 7 - South Africa vs Saudi Arabia 05:00
TEKKEN 7 - South Africa vs Chinese Taipei 05:30
TEKKEN 7 - South Africa vs Philippines 06:30

For pictures of the event see our Facebook album that will be updated throughout the event.

Friday, 9 November 2018

A hard fought victory!

The Protea League of Legends team in action vs Denmark
Game 1 saw South Africa lose against an aggressive Israeli team in the best of one group stage. The team however showed great composure as they readied themselves to face Denmark in game 2.

After adjusting to the low latency and the roaring arena at the tournament they went into their clash against Denmark with determination and great mental acumen. The match against Denmark lasted over 45 minutes and saw the lead change hands time and time again. After an aggressive power play in the final moments South Africa caught Denmark off guard and secured the victory.

The match between Denmark and Israel will determine the teams fate. If Denmark loses against Israel in game 3 the South African League of Legends team will advance into the top 16. Will Israel continue to push forward or will Denmark be able to force an upset?

Find out in the next update for day one.

Further schedule for day 1(Schedule has been delayed due to technical difficulties)

CS:GO     - Game 1 - South Africa vs Russia @ 07:00
CS:GO     - Game 2 - South Africa vs Japan @ 14:00

*All times are South African local time (GMT +2)

On day 2 Alasdair Donaldson will start his competition in TEKKEN 7 by squaring up to Saudi Arabia at 05:00.

For pictures of the event see our Facebook album that will be updated throughout the event.