Friday, 2 October 2015

How does SA get professional gamers?

2014 MWEB Protea eSports Team for DotA 2
The short answer is - to pay them!

However, in order to pay gamers to play, there is a lot of 'back-end' work tat has to be done.

For South Africa to have professional gamers, the competitions have to become sustainable by having:

  • Paying spectators, 
  • Sponsorships that run from year to year,
  • A well structured system, 
  • Gamers that abide by the structure, 
  • A common vision shared by the majority of those involved.

  • Mind Sports South africa has over the years developed properly structured systems which start at school level and end at the selection of National teams which then compete on an international level. Through MSSA the following number of eSports players have played against international teams:
    Year
    Number of gamers
    2005
    5
    2007
    8
    2008
    50*
    2009
    2
    2010
    4
    2011
    4
    2012
    9
    2013
    25
    2014
    13
    'Loda' and other members of SK Gaming at the Old edwardian Society in Johannesburg
    * In 2008 SK Gaming was brought out to South Africa by MSSA. SK Gaming not only participated in official test matches on behalf of Sweden but also participated in the 2008 African Continental Championships which gave a total of ten teams the opportunity to play against them.

    MSSA's dedication in getting teams to play on an international level is unsurpassed by any other organisation in South Africa.

    It should however be noted that eNergy eSports, and Bravado both sent a team overseas in 2013, while eNergy sent one overseas in 2014, and Bravado went overseas in 2015 on their own account.

    However, the press received by the National eSports Team eclipses the press received by any other. The MWEB Protea eSports Team is well known to every gamer, and in many households in South Africa. Such team is often interviewed by the foreign press. The team is too much loved overseas by its peers and by the shoutcasters alike!


    The Protea Badge does wonders for the image and accreditation of the team.

    It is only through a concerted effort with all working with MSSA that South Africa will be able to produce true professional gamers.



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