Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Assassin's Creed: Unity Being Used To Rebuild Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame cathedral
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

WADA CELEBRATES ‘PLAY TRUE DAY’ 2019 WITH STAKEHOLDERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Happy Play True Day participants.
Montreal, 10 April 2019 – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) celebrated ‘Play True Day’ along with athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Sports Federations, Major Event Organizers and other anti-doping stakeholders from around the globe.
 
‘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

MSSA levels up by accepting LvL 1 into membership.

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.

Thus it is with great pleasure that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) welcomes LvL 1 into membership.
There is no doubt that LvL 1 will have a long and fruitful relationship with MSSA.
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Remaining events for 2019

SA National Champion, Baber Abbas (Knights Mind Sports Club), dominated the 2018 Online Provincial Championships.
Already MSSA has held five (5) provincial events. Such events have been Online as well as events held in Gauteng and Western Cape.

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: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

The remaining events for 2019 are:

2019 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Disciplines/periods
Venue
20 APRIL
Paladins, League of Legends, FIFA ‘19, HearthStone, Street Fighter V, Clash Royale,
On-line
27 & 28 APRIL
Provincial School Championships for all provinces
Board and Figure games
Free State - Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
11 MAY
Umpire’s Course – Mpumulanga
Umpiring course
TBD
25 & 26 MAY
18th MPUMALANGA Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
TBD
25 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting
TBD
30 MAY
Selection Committee convenes to select teams.
All
Committee
15 & 16 JUNE
SA School Championships
Paladins, FIFA ‘19, PES 2019, Dota 2, League of Legends, Clash Royale, VainGlory, Street Fighter V
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
6 JULY
Fezile Dabi Regional Championships
To be determined
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
Week ending
19 JULY
1st round of School League
Paladins, FIFA ‘19, PES 2019, Dota 2, League of Legends, Clash Royale, VainGlory, Street Fighter V
Online
19 & 20 JULY
Capricorn Regional Championships
To be determined
TBD
27 & 28 JULY
25th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
Board, Figure and Esports
Curro Hillcrest,
cnr Inanda Road & JF Bailes Drive
Hillcrest
3610
KwaZulu Natal
3 & 4 AUGUST
16th FREE STATE Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
24 & 25 AUGUST
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
Curro Klerksdorp,
22 Elm St, Klerksdorp
TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
7 SEPTEMBER
Sedibeng Regional Championships
To be determined
TBD
21 & 22 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All
TBD
28 & 29 SEPTEMBER
8th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
7 & 8 DECEMBER
33rd S A NATIONAL Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
7 DECEMBER
36th NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
TBA
SRSA's S A Schools Championships
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA


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WADA REINSTATES BUCHAREST LABORATORY


Montreal, 8 April 2019

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

Edenvale High School will now compete in Esports.

Edenvale High School has joined the growing number of schools that competes in official esports competitions.
Edenvale High School opened its doors in 1962, and ever since then Edenvale High School has been dedicated to serving the community.
Basing its philosophy on a holistic approach, equal emphasis is placed on the three important tiers of education, namely, academic, cultural and sport. This approach ensures that our alumni have become valued employees in the workplace.
Due to the passion and determination of the principals, present and past, Edenvale High School is the school of choice in the area.
Even International Esports Federation's current president, Colin Webster, started his high school education at Edenvale High School. 
Thus it is with great pleasure that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) welcomes Edenvale High School into membership.
There is no doubt that Edenvale High School will have a long and fruitful relationship with MSSA.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Colin Webster, IESF president, to speak at Brazil Esport Forum.

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. 
The event will last from 9am until 6:30 p.m. The closing topic will be: "Dreamhack and the esports ecosystem in Brazil," which will give a taste of the largest sports festival in the world which will be held between April 19 and 21 at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca.

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.
"We need to expand the ecosystem of games, so we will have the participation of public authorities, sports specialists, entrepreneurs, pro players, press professionals and game developers. We also want to bring together professionals from other segments and create a connection with tourism, innovation and education. It will be a unique experience! " Says Director General of Dreamhack Brasil, Filipe Rodrigues.

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.