Friday, 28 April 2017

StarCraft II players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Edwin Williams (Blue Dragon E-Sports) at MSSA's 2017 Gauteng Championships.
MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

Thirteen athletes have so far qualifed for MSSA's StarCraft II 2017 National Team Trials.
Out of the thirteen athletes who have qualified, only two of the players who have so qualified are female which shows that MSSA still has a  way to go in promoting gender equity in this game title. 


Also, out of the thirteen athletes who have qualified, 6 of those 13 players are learners.

The continued upward mobility of learners in all of MSSA's events shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of school clubs is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.


It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

The athletes that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
Adam Knoesen Parklands College Online School Championships,
Aidan Smale Old Edwardian Wargames Club S A Nationals, North West
Angelique van Venrooy Blue Dragon North West
Damien Avis Hoérskool Generaal Hertzog Mpumulanga
Darren Clark Northcliff High School Online School Championships,
Dominique Magon Blue Dragon North West
Dylan van Heerden Parklands College Online School Championships,
Edwin Williams Blue Dragon Gauteng,
Gideon Hefer Knights Mind Sports Club Mpumulanga
Joshua Goldin Blue Dragon Gauteng,
Marc Magon Blue Dragon Gauteng, North West
Riaan Kruger Hoérskool Generaal Hertzog Mpumulanga
Stefan Morris Blue Dragon North West

League of Legends confirmed for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan

With only a month to go before MSSA's 16th Mpumulanga Championships, IeSF has disclosed the second official game title of the '9th Esports World Championship':

The game title is - "League of Legends"

League of Legends was first played at 2013 World Championship in Bucharest (Romania), and also was the official title during 2015 World Championship Seoul (Korea) and 2016 World Championship Jakarta (Indonesia). Team Korea has so far won all the LoL titles in all Esports World Championships of IeSF.

Needless to say South Africa, through MSSA, has competed in
League of Legends every year that the title was offered.
MSSA is confident that it will be able to put a squad together for 2017 that will be able to successfully challenge the other nations.

Already MSSA's LaddersRankings, and championship results show an ever improving level of competitiveness and skill.

There is no doubt that the Mpumulanga Championships, and theNational Team Trials will bring out the very best of South Africa's true competitive gamers as they battle for the prize of being selected for the Protea eSports Team that will travel to 
IeSF's 2017 9th World Championships - Busan.


For the article on CounterStrike: GO being offered as a game title, please go here.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Street Fighter V players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Joost Loftus (Masters of Mind Sports) who qualified at four events.
MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

Twenty players have qualifed for MSSA's Street Fighter V 2017 National Team Trials.
Out of the twenty athletes who have qualified, seven of the players who have so qualified are female. Never before in the history of MSSA have so many women qualified for any one 1v1 discipline. It looks as though the boys may just get a run for their money.

Also, out of the twenty athletes who have qualified, 14 of those 20 players are learners.

The continued upward mobility of learners in all of MSSA's events shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of school clubs is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.


It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

The athletes that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
Alasdair Donaldson Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,
Alex Esterhuizen VexxedPhoenix Gauteng,
Armandt Welgemoed Curro Klerksdorp North West
Baber Abbas Tekken Guru Mpumulanga,
Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club North West
Gawie Fick Fakkel School Mpumulanga, Gauteng
Gearé Botes Cape Town Mind Sports Online Provincial Championships
Jason Botha Maritzburg College KwaZulu Natal
Joel van Wyk Merchiston Prep. KwaZulu Natal
Joost Loftus Masters of Mind Sports Fezile Dabi, Free State, Mpumulanga, S A Nationals,
Kaitlyn Creighton Masters of Mind Sports Gauteng,
Kiara Naiker Saint Annes KwaZulu Natal
Leonard Loftus Masters of Mind Sports Free State, KwaZulu Natal, S A Nationals,
Leone Loftus Fakkel School Gauteng, Free State, Mpumulanga
Nadine Swart HTS Witbank Mpumulanga,
Phoenix Jansen van Heerden Fakkel School Free State,
Robyn Gertzen Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng, North West
Sune van de Merwe HTS Witbank Mpumulanga, S A Nationals,
Theunis van der Merwe Curro Klerksdorp North West
Tshedza Mosheleni Fakkel School S A Nationals,

eSports Rising in Ghana - #BlueLightDistrict Experience


The biggest free Internet Hotspot in Ghana kicks off in Ghana in a grand style with Ghana eSports Association partnering Telecom Giant Tigo Ghana of
Millicom Ghana Limited. Tigo is a mobile telecommunication services provider, which was established in Ghana in 1991, as one of the subsidiaries of Millicom International Cellular SA (NASDAQ: MICC) based in Luxembourg.
The on-site free high speed internet experience dub the Tigo #BlueLightDistrict, is to showcase their new hyper speed data services to the Ghanaian internet users.
The Tigo #BlueLightDistrict is going to be totally lit! Free Wifi, Google VR Experience, Selfie booth, Gaming, Shopping and a lot more!
Why eSports
The growth and demand for fast and reliable internet in Ghana is key to every aspect of the economy and growth of technology in the country.
TigoGhana has been in the lead to provide data services that transform lives, business, and create more avenues, to use internet to add more value to themselves and business.
eSports aka “Competitive electronic sports” is not new but growing steadily, the drive of eSports is the youth and Ghana eSports Association has been at the forefront reaching out to companies to support the industry.
GhanaeSports Association’s collaborating with TigoGhana on this new experience will bring something special to the game and help elevate eSports to a new level in the development of eSports in Ghana. 
By working with TigoGhana, we are creating a roadmap for Professional Gaming to take its rightful place in the country.
eSportGhana hopes to deliver something authentic and unique to a vibrant and passionate gaming community leading to the Ghana eSports League (GEL) later this year.
The Main Event
BLUELIGHT DISTRICT FIFA 17 TOURNAMENT
64 GAMERS | 8 GAME STATIONS | 1 BLUE CHAMP!
POT PRICE OF 5,000 GHANA CEDIS

The event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube pages @eSportsGH
Article by Kwecy Hayford

Two positions are now available on MSSA's Management Board (MANCOM).


The pressure of work gets to us all, and sometimes, with changing circumstances, unforeseen circumstances force us to give up those things that we really enjoy.

So it is that both Sean Barry and Steph Craig and Sean Barry have both unfortunately resigned from their posts.

This means that there are two positions available on the 15 person committee.

The two positions that have become available are:

  • Figure Gaming Representative, and
  • National Schools Director.
The duties of the Figure Gaming Representative are to administer figure gaming, to chair the Board of Control, as well as to serve as the National Team Manager for such discipline.

The duties of the National Schools Director are to administer gaming at school level, to chair the Board of Control, as well as to serve as the National Team Manager for school teams. Only an Educator may hold this position.

With the two positions becoming available, MSSA's MANCOM is empowered under the constitution to co-opt two people to serve out the remaining months until the Annual General Meeting to be held in December 2017 where new office bearers for these two positions shall be elected.

All queries in regard to the above should be directed to the General secretary at mindsportssa@iafrica.com.




Wednesday, 26 April 2017

League of Legends teams that have already qualified for National Team Trials.

MSSA's Protea League of Legends team that represented South Africa in Jakarta, 2016.
MSSA's rules allow a free berth for the current members of the National Protea eSports Team to play in the annual National Team Trials.

MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

It is most exciting to see the number of teams that have already qualified for the Team Trials for League of  Legends.

Already 15 teams have qualified, and of those 15 teams, 7 of the teams are school teams. The upward mobility of the school teams shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of the school teams is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.

It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

It should however be noted that, although the team has qualified, the players that earned such qualification may not be substituted for players that have not qualified for such 'Trials'.

The teams that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
BISH Entity BISH Mpumulanga
Team Vapour SASOLBURG High Mpumulanga
Silver and Friends WOERIES Mpumulanga
Dark VexxedPhoenix S A Nationals
Fuzz Logic VexxedPhoenix S A Nationals
Dota 4 Lyf Northcliff High School S A Nationals
St Stithians St Stithians Gauteng,
Eternal VexxedPhoenix Gauteng,
Fuga Dracones Hoërskool Wonderboom Gauteng, Online School Championships,
Pr0NHS Northcliff High School Online School Championships
Virtual Desire Gaming Hoërskool Wonderboom Online School Championships
VxP Goon Squad VexxedPhoenix Online Provincial Championships
Oathbreakers Valhalla Online Provincial Championships
Legion of Shadows We are Legion Online Provincial Championships
Valkyrie Valhalla Online Provincial Championships

DotA 2 teams that have already qualified for National Team Trials.

Sinister5 is among the contenders for Protea Colours.
MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

It is most exciting to see the number of teams that have already qualified for the Team Trials for DotA 2.

Already 13 teams have qualified, and of those 13 teams, 11 of the teams are school teams. The upward mobility of the school teams shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of the school teams is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.

It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

It should however be noted that, although the team has qualified, the players that earned such qualification may not be substituted for players that have not qualified for such 'Trials'.

The teams that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
An Skeletons Parklands College S A Schools
Mr.Poject Oakhill College S A Schools
Northwood DOTA Northwood High School Online Provincial Championships
Parklands Parklands College Online School Championships,
PotM Bottom PotM Bottom Gauteng,
Quantum Curro Klerksdorp North West
Sinister5 Sinister5 North West, Online Provincial Championships
Sp4rt4ns SAHETI Gauteng, Online School Championships,
Team Craig NCLF S A Nationals
Titans VexxedPhoenix S A Nationals
TML NCLF S A Nationals
WBHS Westville Boys High School Online School Championships, Online Provincial Championships
Wysiwyg Jeppe High School for Boys Gauteng,

DotA 2: High School Provincial Colours.

Westville Boys in action.
Only two of the high school teams that participated in MSSA's 2017 On-line Provincial Championships in CounterStrike: GO, held on 22 April 2017, have qualified for High School provincial colours.


Please note that the High School Provincial Colours are only awarded to  the players in each team who were part of the teams that finished in the top 50% of at least two MSSA provincial Championships.

MSSA congratulates all  those  who have earned the award, and hopes that the achievement will spur the teams on to even greater heights.

The teams are:

Team Name Club Where qualified
WBHS/DOTA Westville Boys Online School Championships, Online Provincial Championships
WYSIWYG Jeppe High School for Boys Online School Championships, Online Provincial Championships

Nominations required by 28 April 2017.

The Chief Referee, Markus Koskivirta (on the left) takinng the Referee's Oath at IeSF's 8th World Championnships - Jakarta.
On 21 April 2017, MSSA advised its members that the International eSports Federation is calling for nominations for its Referees' Committee.

Since IeSF needs nominations to be in by 30 April 2017 for the Referees' Commission, MSSA has decided that any member wishing to submit his/her nomination must do so by by 28 April 2017 so that MSSA's MANCOM can send through the  best nomination.

IeSF has requested all member federations to nominate a person that they feel would be suitable for the position of Chairperson for the commission, and each member federation may only nominate one person for such position which is to reach IeSF's Secretariat before 30 April 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Venue for Trials for Ancients wargaming and Morabaraba announced.

Nombulelo Gavin of the Free State demolishing yet another opponent.
The players who have already qualified for Ancients wargaming and Morabaraba have already been announced by MSSA.

The list of players is:

However, just moments ago, the Management Board member, Sean Barry, announced the venue.

The venue for Trials is always in the province which has the most qualifiers. The province which thus hosts the Trials is the Mpumulanga province.

Since HTS Witbank had the  most players qualify in the Mpumulanga province, such club has first option. The club was quick to offer to host, and has thus made history.

This is the first time in MSSA's history that such trials for Ancients wargaming and Morabaraba are to be held in Mpumulanga, and only the second time that such Trials are to be held outside of Gauteng.

Well done Mpumulanga, well done!

Teams that have already qualified for CS: GO National Team Trials.

MSSA's 2016 Protea eSports Team for CounterStrike: GO that participated in IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.
MSSA's rules allow a free berth for the current members of the National Protea eSports Team to play in the annual National Team Trials.

MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

It is most exciting to see the number of teams that have already qualified for the Team Trials for CounterStrike: GO.

Already 19 teams have qualified, and of those 19 teams, 10 of the teams are school teams. The upward mobility of the school teams shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of the school teams is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.

It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa in online test matches and at IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan shall be selected.

It should however be noted that, although the team has qualified, the players that earned such qualification may not be substituted for players that have not qualified for such 'Trials'.

The teams that have qualified are:

Team Name Club Where qualified
Cedar House Cedar House Schools Online Championships
Deadlock Knights Mind Sports KwaZulu Natal
Delta 2 All Stars SA National Championships
District_Zero Protea Heights Academy Schools Online Championships
GenX Frostwolf Generation X Online Provincial
HGH Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog Mpumulanga
Hoërskool Lichtenburg Hoërskool Lichtenburg Schools Online Championships, North West
iE.Revival IntenSity E-Sports SA National Championships, Online Championships
Mr. Project Oakhill College SA Schools
PG 18 Parklands SA Schools, Schools Online Championships
PRO People Really Organised Gauteng
Soviet UnicornZ Midstream College Gauteng, North West, Online Provincial
SpartansA SAHETI Schools Online Championships
Team Delta All Stars North West
Team espera DF Malan SA Schools, Online Provincial
VXP BlaZe Vexxed Phoenix Gauteng, Online Provincial,
VxP Knights Vexxed Phoenix SA National Championships
WBHS Westville Boys Online Provincial
Xillir8 All Stars SA National Championships