Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Accrediting people.

Gabriella Isaacs - second  in StarCraft II (females) at IeSF's 4th World Championships - Cheonan.
Over the years Mind Sports South Africa has done everything within its power, and budget, to develop teams for international competition.

The system used by MSSA has allowed many players to benefit and thereby earn National and Protea Colours.

Even after excluding National Colours awarded to Board games, Robotics and Wargames (164 Registered Players since 1985), eSports Registered Players have received 133 such awards from 2005.

This means that there is a great deal of 'upward mobility' where players are regularly replaced 'Young Turks'.  


This is even more surprising when a number of players (8) have remained in the team for a couple, or more, years.

The scale of MSSA's involvement in IeSF events can only be lauded as seen by the number of players that have benefitted from such competition.

However, it is all about accrediting people.

The awards may be nice to make people  feel  really good about themselves, but the involvement in a national team is life-changing and is an education in itself.

And that is what MSSA is all about.

The  numbers of players that have officially represented South Africa in eSports are:


Year # of National Players (overseas) # of National players (Test Match in SA) # of National Players (online test matches) Annual total
2016 12 0 3 15
2015 8 0 16 24
2014 10 0 5 15
2013 10 1 15 26
2012 4 (1) 0 9 13
2011 5 (2) 0 0 5
2010 9 0 0 9
2009 4 0 0 4
2008 1 5 0 6
2007 1 0 0 1
2006 10 0 0 10
2005 5 (3) 0 0 5
TOTAL 79 6 48 133

Notes:
  1. Gabriella Isaacs won silver at IeSF's 4th World Championships - Cheonan.
  2. Jaco Engelbrecht won silver at IeSA - Jeju.
  3. Logan Brooke-Smith won gold at World Cyber Games.



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