Saturday, 21 October 2017

Goon Squad heads the League of Legends ladder.

Goon Squad - top of MSSA's ladder.
Goon Squad (VexxedPhoenix) is having a good year.

The team Goon Squad, consisting of Brandon Fester (Captain), Brett Whitehead, Gregory Wessels, Kyle Taylor, and Connor Cryans have won all of the MSSA competitions into which they were entered.

Now the team has a new accolade. The team is now heading up 
MSSA's National League of Legends Ladder.

The full ladder for the esports title of League of Legends is as follows:

MSSA's National League of Legends Ladder
League of Legends – SeniorLeague of Legends – Schools
PosName of PlayeryearClub
PosName of PlayeryearClub
1Goon Squad17VexxedPhoenix1Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom
2First team16Tuks2Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School
3Fuzz Logic16VexxedPhoenix3Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
4Oathbreakers17Valhalla4Pr0NHS17Northcliff High School
5Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom5Team Vapor16Sasolburg
6Eternal17VXP6Northwood High School17Northwood High School
7Team Vapor16Sasolburg High7Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
8Dark Phoenix17VexxedPhoenix8Grey High Gaming17Grey High School
9Gryphons16Knights Mind Sports Club94 Dwarfs and a Giant17Hoërskool Wonderboom
10Northwood High School17Northwood High School10Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
11Legion of Shadow17We are Legion11SSES LOL16St Stithians
12Gen Nightwalkers17Generation X12PRIDE16Parktown Boys
13Valkyrie17Valhalla13RBHS LOL17Rondebosch Boys
14Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School
15Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
16Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
17St Stithians17St Stithians
18Knights15Knights Mind Sports Club
19White Rabbit Gaming16WRG
20Curro Klerksdorp16Curro Klerksdorp
21Silver and Friends16WOERIES
22Dota 4 Lyf16Northcliff High
23Pride17Parktown Boys
24PR0NHS17Northcliff High
26Team Elusium17Hoërskool Wonderboom
27Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
28CCS Shadow Hunters16Crawford Sandton
29Second team15Tuks
30Fairmont15Fairmont High School
32K1IIJOYS16Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog

Friday, 20 October 2017

IeSF's Annual General Meeting

A time-line showing IeSF's achievements.
The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) was established back in 2008, and Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) affiliated at IeSF's first Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) in 2009 which was held in Taebaek in South Korea.

Like clockwork, IeSF has held its annual esports world championships and its annual general meetings. IeSF has gone from only eight members to now having 51 members (all categories).

It is at such OGM's that the membership debate the larger vision that IeSF has for esports as well as holding the elected officials accountable for their actions.

In line with MSSA's concepts of good governance, MSSA has made some interesting proposals. The most important being enlarging the Board so that  more member  nations may be represented on such Board.

Thus IeSF's 2017 Ordinary General Meeting is to be held at:

1. Venue: 3rd Floor Conference Room, Crown Harbor Hotel, Busan, Korea

2. Date & Time: 10th day of November, 2017 (09H30 ~ 12H00)

Only delegates appointed by members may attend.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Proposals for esports titles are rolling in.

Schools remain the foundation of growth and development.
On 16 October 2017, MSSA posted an article that it will be reviewing the esports titles at its Annual General Meeting.

Member clubs have already started to submit titles that they would like to see played at Provincial and National Championships.

Some of the proposals are for Overwatch, Rocket League and Quake Live.

The process that must be  followed to nominate esports titles is very simple, and is open to every fully-paid-up member club, being:

  • Member clubs must submit their proposals to MSSA on or before 1 November 2017,
  • All the proposals are then put on the agenda  which is sent out to the member clubs at least 21 days before MSSA's AGM on 3 December  2017, and
  • All member clubs vote on the proposals.
Of course preference is always given to:
  • Esports titles played at IeSF World Championships,
  • Esports titles that are well supported by the membership during the previous year,
  • Esports titles which have been proven to be popular at Regional Championship  level, and
  • Esports titles which MSSA's Council believes will be beneficial to promote.
Of course there is always a cost associated to holding championships, and with MSSA being a non-profit association, MSSA is always aware that every rand counts. Thus the titles chosen also need to  be financially viable if not having a strong  development nature attached thereto.

Member clubs are therefore welcome to submit their proposals to

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Winning prize-money as a professional gamer.

There is a specific inclusion in the gross income definition (the definition used as the starting point to determine an individual’s taxable income) which states that amounts received in relation to services rendered – even if it is a voluntary award – will be included in gross income and subject to tax.
Since a professional gamer would be considered to be an employee of the company for which he plays (see Contracts for eSports players: the basics) if such employee receives a reward related to his job function, it will be considered gross income as it is linked to services rendered.
Thus winning prize money in a competition if you are a professional gamer would  be seen by revenue authorities as being related to a job function.
Whether the prize could be cash or otherwise, the prize will still be subject to tax.
If it is a non-cash prize, the monetary worth of that specific item will be included in gross income and subject to tax.
Thus it stands to reason that all companies running professional teams need to register with the revenue authorities in regard to declaring their winnings and the withholding of tax on their athletes.

Sweden's team for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan

The Swedish CounterStrike: GO team.
Sweden, like South Africa, has sent a team to IeSF's World Championships every year since the inception of such world championships in 2009. 

The Swedish team shall consist of all three esports titles being, Tekken 7, CS:GO and League of Legends.

Team Sweden that will proudly participate at IeSF's 9th Esports World Championships - Busan consists of the following athletes:
Captain: Alexander Ferm
League of Legends: Samuel Persson, Jens Edvinsson, Calle Dargren, Stass Skopin, Ivan Klingberg
CSGO: Pontus Perlborn, Hugo Cortes Lopez, Kevin Nilsson, Kalle Persson, Alexander Carlsson

Tekken 7: Adam Ayachi

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Current ladder results: League of Legends

Could Goon Squad end up as MSSA's Ladder Champions for 2017?
The highest listed team, at the end of the SA National Championships is given the title of SA LADDER Champion.

With MSSA's National Championships scheduled for 2 & 3 December 2017 to be hosted by Fakkel School in Sasolburg, there is not much time for teams to contest the position for the number one spot.

Clubs may challenge any club on the ladder. Any club so challenged has 5 days within which to respond and play the match. Such rule allows the ladder to retain its dynamic nature and stops the challenged club from delaying unnecessarily.

However, any 
team challenged during any official MSSA event while both teams are participating in such event, and are paired by the umpire to play against each other, must play such challenge. This means that any or all games at the 6th Limpopo Championships to be held at at HTS Tom Naudé, Polokwane, on 28 & 29 October 2017, may count as ladder games.

The full rules for the ladder may be found here: 
Important changes to MSSA's Inter-Club Ladder rules.

The current ladder for the esports title of League of Legends is as follows:

MSSA's National League of Legends Ladder
League of Legends – SeniorLeague of Legends – Schools
PosName of PlayeryearClub
PosName of PlayeryearClub
1First team16Tuks1Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom
2Fuzz Logic16VexxedPhoenix2Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School
3Oathbreakers17Valhalla3Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
4Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom4Pr0NHS17Northcliff High School
5Eternal17VXP5Team Vapor16Sasolburg
6Team Vapor16Sasolburg High6Northwood High School17Northwood High School
7Dark Phoenix17VexxedPhoenix7Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
8Gryphons16Knights Mind Sports Club8Grey High Gaming17Grey High School
9Northwood High School17Northwood High School94 Dwarfs and a Giant17Hoërskool Wonderboom
10Legion of Shadow17We are Legion10Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
11Gen Nightwalkers17Generation X11SSES LOL16St Stithians
12Valkyrie17Valhalla12PRIDE16Parktown Boys
13Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School13RBHS LOL17Rondebosch Boys
14Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
15Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
16St Stithians17St Stithians
17Knights15Knights Mind Sports Club
18White Rabbit Gaming16WRG
19Curro Klerksdorp16Curro Klerksdorp
20Silver and Friends16WOERIES
21Dota 4 Lyf16Northcliff High
22Pride17Parktown Boys
23PR0NHS17Northcliff High
25Team Elusium17Hoërskool Wonderboom
26Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
27CCS Shadow Hunters16Crawford Sandton
28Second team15Tuks
29Fairmont15Fairmont High School
31K1IIJOYS16Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog