Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Rankings for MSSA's 16th Mpumulanga Championships


With the 16th Mpumulanga Championships to be held at HTS Witbank on 27 and 28 May 2017, Mind Sports South Africa  (MSSA) has just released its official rankings for such period.

With the Mpumulanga Championships being the last event before MSSA's Esports National Team Trials, the championship is always popular giving players a last gasp to qualify for such 'Trials'. It also gives those players who have qualified an opportunity to hone their skills and make final preparations for such Trials.

Rankings published by MSSA are:

Monday, 22 May 2017

9th Esports World Championship 2017 - Busan

The official logo.
With time rapidly rushing forward,the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) is in full swing getting everything ready for the only true nation based championships.

Part of the preparations is the creation of the official logo for IeSF's 9th Esports World Championship 2017 - Busan.


IeSF's 9th Esports World Championship 2017 - Busan shall be played from November 8th to 12th, 2017.

The road to Busan.


MSSA's 16th Mpumulanga Championships on 27 & 28 May 2017 marks the last championship in which players can qualify for MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials.

Then, a week after the Mpumulanga Championships, MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held at Roedean School on 3 & 4 June 2017.

At MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials, MSSA shall deliberate on who to select to officially represent South Africa.

It is never an easy task, but it it is made easier by the fact that MSSA sticks to its byelaws whioch govern the selection of the team.

The revised byelaws have been distributed top all member clubs. Players are thus advised to contact their club chairpersons in order to obtain a copy and to read such byelaws.

Once the team is selected, preparations shall begin to ready the various teams for international participation.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ancients rankings released for 16th Mpumulanga Championships.

Jason Batzofin.
With the 16th Mpumulanga Championships to be held at HTS Witbank on 27 and 28 May 2017, Mind Sports South Africa has just released its official rankings for such period.

There is no surprise that the top three positions are held by Old Edwardians.

However, the Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club has been experiencing a huge growth spurt, and with the growth rate in numbers, there  has been a commensurate improvement  in standard of play.

Both Jacques Gertzen and Anja Els surprised all at the recent National Team Trials held on 6 & 7 May 2017 with their much improved standard.

With Mpumulanga being the last South African Championships prior to the World Championships, it will be interesting to see the standard in play by MSSA's players.

The rankings are:



PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1Batzofin, Jason 1417Old Edwardian Wargames Club618.9
2Allwright, Terence17Old Edwardian Wargames Club355.7
3Webster, Colin 9116Old Edwardian Wargames Club343
4Schoeman, Garth 0217Knights Mind Sports Club336.1
5Retief, Elishia 1417North West University263.2
6Barry, Sean 0917Uplands College252.6
7Beuken, Leopold15Riverview Mind Sports Club195
8Hervey, Simon15Pretoria Boys High School190
9Louw, Adam15Pretoria Boys High School155.1
10Gertzen, Jacques17Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club136.5
11Els, Anja17Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club107
12Love, Dorian16St John's College100
13Schoeman, Alex15Knights Mind Sports Club81.6

Other rankings published by MSSA are:

eSports could save South Africa.

Gamers doing what comes naturally!

South Africa seems to stagger from one crises to another. 

The government certainly does not seem to help, and in the opinion of many South Africans help precipitate many of such crises through their actions.

Now South Africa is witnessing well established companies withdrawing from the country (DA wants answers from Davies on #GeneralMotors exit) leading to fears of even greater unemployment and a continued winding-down of the economy in general.

But it is not all doom and gloom, as long as there is esports.

Esports should not be seen as a distraction, but as a way to get the south African economy moving.

Just look at South Korea.

When people started playing games in South Korea there were many people who did not understand the phenomenon that is esports. 

Gaming has spawned at least one TV channel in South Korea as well as a multi trillion industry on producing games.

It is said that last year the sale of games earned South Korea 3 trillion Won.

That is enough to provide a benefit to any economy.

The trick is to get the various South African government departments to 'buy-in' and promote all aspects of the esports industry so that South Africa could also become an exporter of games and be able to provide a more employment.

Friday, 19 May 2017

IeSF announces the initial official agenda of Global Esports Executive Summit 2017

Global Summit - 2016
[Esports, Road to Olympics]

The Olympic Council of Asia has announced Esports to be integrated as an official program of 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. While there is a variety of opinions and voices being expressed about esports as a sport, it is certain the status of esports is continuing to expand through its participation in mega sports events. As Thomas Bach, IOC president puts it, “it would be a valuable test for discussing formal discipline of the future Olympics.”


At this point, IeSF would like to announce the initial agenda of the Global Esports Executive Summit. ‘Esports, Road to the Olympics’. In this topic, IeSF is requesting the participation of various international sports society members to participate in the panel session to discuss on the relationship between traditional sports and esports. In the Global Summit held in Shanghai in 2016, there had been a pre-discussion on the similar topic, ‘Esports, Road to Official Sports’, wherein various sports and esports officials participated.

Other topics of the Summit will be announced as soon as they are confirmed, and this year, especially through the active support of the Busan city, would be promoted on a larger scale than before. A detailed introduction to this Summit can be found in the following link:

[How Far is Esports from Becoming an Official Sport Discipline]

IeSF was established in 2008, quickly expanding from 9 to 46 member nations, and has been involved in promoting esports for the past 9 years in order to promote and extend the values of esports towards the international sports society. In 2013, IeSF brought esports to AIMAG(Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games), an OCA event, introducing esports to the international sports events. It was also in 2013, which the federations received the official recognition as the signatory of WADA(World Anti-Doping Agency). IeSF to became an official member of TAFISA(The Association For International Sports For All) in 2014. IeSF signed a MOU with IAAF in 2015, and more recently, in 2017, a MOU with FISU. Thus IeSF continues to push esports forward within the international sports society.

IeSF has also applied for membership to SportAccord, previously known as GAISF(Global Association of International Sports Federation). Should such membership be awarded, IeSF intends to use such status, to expand the number of National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Sports Authority(NSA) recognized National Federations(NF). Currently there are 24 NOC/NSA recognized NF’s, of which 22 are current members of IeSF, with the remaining two currently applying for IeSF Membership. In 2016 IeSF had also applied for membership to the International Olympic Committee, and is continuing its conversations to receive recognition with such body.

Other topics of the Summit will be announced as soon as they are confirmed, and this year, especially through the active support of the Busan city, would be promoted on a larger scale than before. A detailed introduction to this Summit can be found in the following link:

[How Far is Esports from Becoming an Official Sport Discipline]

IeSF was established in 2008, quickly expanding from 9 to 46 member nations, and has been involved in promoting esports for the past 9 years in order to promote and extend the values of esports towards the international sports society. In 2013, IeSF brought esports to AIMAG(Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games), an OCA event, introducing esports to the international sports events. It was also in 2013, which the federations received the official recognition as the signatory of WADA(World Anti-Doping Agency). IeSF to became an official member of TAFISA(The Association For International Sports For All) in 2014. IeSF signed a MOU with IAAF in 2015, and more recently, in 2017, a MOU with FISU. Thus IeSF continues to push esports forward within the international sports society.

IeSF has also applied for membership to SportAccord, previously known as GAISF(Global Association of International Sports Federation). Should such membership be awarded, IeSF intends to use such status, to expand the number of National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Sports Authority(NSA) recognized National Federations(NF). Currently there are 24 NOC/NSA recognized NF’s, of which 22 are current members of IeSF, with the remaining two currently applying for IeSF Membership. In 2016 IeSF had also applied for membership to the International Olympic Committee, and is continuing its conversations to receive recognition with such body.

Empangeni High School is on the hunt...

Jeppe Boys - in training.
Mind Sport South Africa's Ladder allows member clubs the perfect opportunity to improve the standard of their teams.

With the 23rd KwaZulu Natal Championships to take place on 5 and 6 August 2017, there is no doubt that Empangeni High School intends to do the best they possibly can.

Thus on Friday, 19 May 2017, Emangeni shall be playing League of Legends against Jeppe High School for Boys, and CounterStrike: GO against HoĆ«rskool Wonderboom's team 'Awoken'.


It is going to be fun!

Development takes forethought and buy-in.

Gamers sometimes wonder why MSSA cannot just select national teams to represent South Africa on a whim.

With Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) being a National Federation, it is more than just being a club.

MSSA must comply not only to a number of Acts of Parliament, but to the rules of the National Federations to which it is affiliated, as well as to its own rules as well.

As such to create a team requires a fair amount of planning. It requires forethought in order to create the rules required that will ensure transparency, good governance, and fairness.

Thus at times as though MSSA may move a little slowly, but it is through the members of the Management Board applying their minds that the outcomes, and unexpected outcomes, are considered in order to ensure the sustainability of any development project.

Also, any project starts at ground zero. Without all the steps being done, players cannot expect immediate gratification. The popularity and buy-in by registered players of the project will always affect the final outcome.

The more registered players participating in any such development project, the greater the chances of success.



Thursday, 18 May 2017

For the first time...

North West University - Vaal Triangle Campus.
There is a reason why Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is the largest membership based organisation for gaming in South Africa is due to its continued commitment to promoting gaming at every level, and in every region of our beautiful South Africa.

Thus MSSA is proud to announce that on 2 September 2017, for the first time in the history of South Africa an official esports event will be held in Sedibeng.

Through the efforts of Joseph Matlhong, who was elected onto MSSA's Management Board in December 2017, great strides are being made to reach areas which will further increase the popularity and representivity of gaming in general.
The growth of gaming is utterly dependent upon those who put their passion before personal reward and offer the advantages that the games offer to the population as a whole.


The revised Calendar of Events is thus:

2017 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue
11 FEBRUARY
On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships
CS:GO, DotA, FIFA, LOL, SC, TTT II, VainGlory
On-line
4 & 5 FEBRUARY
25th Old Edwardian Summer Championships
Ancients, Checkers, FIFA ‘17, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
25 & 26 FEBRUARY
34th GAUTENG Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
Jeppe High for Boys, Cnr Roberts Avenue & Good Hope Street, Kensington, Johannesburg
25 & 26 MARCH
21st NORTH WEST Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
Curro Klerksdorp,
22 Elm St, Klerksdorp

22 APRIL

Provincial Online Championships

Dota 2,
CounterStrike GO,
League of Legends,
Street Fighter V

On-line
29 & 30 APRIL
Free State Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games
JCS Private Centre
2 Tafelberg Street Vaalpark
29 & 30 APRIL
Gauteng Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Avenue, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg
29 & 30 APRIL
Mpumulanga Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games
HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
6 & 7 MAY
National Team Trials
Morabaraba and Wargames
HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
19 & 20 MAY
FRAGCON LAN
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Overwatch
100 Jones Street,
Entrance in Betz Street,
Polkwane

27 & 28 MAY
16th MPUMALANGA Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
27 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting
HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
3 & 4 JUNE
eSports National Team Trials
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA '17, HearthStone, League of Legends, PES, StarCraft II, Street Fighter V,  Tekken tag Tournament II, 
Roedean School, Parktown, Johannesburg
24 & 25 JUNE
14th FREE STATE Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
1 JULY
Fezile Dabi Regional Championships
Checkers, Morabaraba,
Street Fighter V, MortalKombat X, Tekken and FIFA’17

JCS Private Centre
2 Tafelberg Street Vaalpark
Week ending
28 JULY

1st round of School League for 4 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ‘17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, VainGlory
Online
29 & 30 JULY
SA School Championships
Board, Figure and eSports
TBA
5 & 6 AUGUST
23rd KWAZULU NATAL Championships
All
Maritzburg College
51 College Road, Pietermaritzburg

12 AUGUST
StarCraft II, Hearthstone
eSports (PC)
On-line
26 & 27 AUGUST
22nd WESTERN CAPE Championships
All
TBA
TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
Week ending
8 SEPTEMBER

1st round of School League for 3 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ‘17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, VainGlory
Online
2 SEPTEMBER
Sedibeng Regional Championship
FIFA ‘17, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat X, TEKKEN TAG II, StarCraft II, Checkers, Morabaraba
NWU-Mind Sports Club
Vaal Triangle Campus
9 & 10 SEPTEMBER
City of Johannesburg Championships
Sat. Morabaraba & StarCraft II
Sun. Ancients & FIFA

Blue Room
Old Edwardian Society
11 Ninth Ave
Lower Houghton

23 & 24 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All
TBA
1 TO 16 OCTOBER
FMJD’s International Women's Checkers World Championship
Checkers
Hotel Euroopa, Tallinn, Estonia
28 & 29 OCTOBER
6th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
8 TO 12 NOVEMBER
IeSF’s 9th World Championships - Busan
CounterStrike: GO, League of Legends (others still to be announced)
Busan Port Authority Convention Center, Busan, South Korea
2 & 3 DECEMBER
30th S A NATIONAL Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
3 DECEMBER
33rd 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

Notes:


  1. International events still need to be included.
  2. Inter-Provincial events need to be included
  3. Inter-Regional events need to be included
  4. Club events need to be included
  5. Regional Championships need to be included.
  6. Free State is moved to earlier in the year.
  7. National Team Trials still need to be included