Monday, 11 November 2019

Friday, 8 November 2019

Watch out for these gamers.

FLTR: Miss Magdel Putter (Esport organiser), Rico Very, Amanda Kwaza (MSSA president), Colin Webster and  Theunis van der Merwe (winner of the bursary).
FLTR: Miss Magdel Putter (Esport organiser), Rico Very (Monument Park High School), Amanda Kwaza (MSSA president), Colin Webster (IESF president), and Theunis van der Merwe (winner of the bursary). Photograph courtesy of YOU.
Long gone are the days where school sports are limited to a physical field. North-West University (NWU) and Mind Sports SA (MSSA)’s NWU MSSA Online School League recently concluded and these are the gamers that came out on top – and took home some serious cash:



  1. Theunis van der Merwe of Hoërskool Klerksdorp won a R30,000.00 bursary in the individual category playing Street Fighter V. 
  2. Dragon Gaming, a team of five from Monument Park High School in Cape Town won R10 000 for their games of Paladins. 
  3. PRG DOTA A, a team of five from Paul Roos Gymnasium in Paarl won R10,000.00 for winning the DotA 2 esports title. 

The NWU MSSA Online School League started in 2010 with only three schools participating, but ESport has become so popular that the league had 60 participating schools for the 2019 event. MSSA has also joined hands with Media24 and Partnermedia, and now offer bigger prizes than just medals and provincial colours – such as cash prizes and study bursaries awarded to the winners this year. And this is only the beginning. 

Esport has become the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world, and just like an athletic child can consider a career in rugby or one of the other team sports offered at schools, there are now similar career opportunities for children gaming their days and nights away. According to Business Insider, South Africans earned R3,78 million playing formal esports in 2018. This excludes sponsorship deals. 

Enter the 2020 League.

If you or your school would like to take part in the 2020 NWU MSSA Online School League, send an email to: schoolesport@partnermedia.co.za or mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

What is MSSA? 

Mind Sports SA is the official and largest membership-based organisation for gaming in South Africa and is an affiliate of the International Esports Federation, Federation de Jeau du Mondiale and the International Wargames Federation. Its membership to these international bodies make it the sole authority for the games that it caters for in terms of the South African Sports and Recreation Act and has the authority to award SA national colours for esports. 

Reminder: Entry date for SA Nationals - 8 November 2019

Wargames, esports and boardgames are all on offer at MSSA's 2019 South African National Championships.
All Registered Players are reminded that MSSA's South African National Provincial Championships are an open championship. 

It is such S A National Championships (SAN) where the national titles are awarded, and where the final positions for the SA Ladders are decided.

However, more importantly, it is at the SA Nationals where it is decided in which periods (game titles) South Africa will officially compete in international competition.

MSSA may only select Protea Teams for periods which are played at the SA National Championships. It is through such system that MSSA is able to give control to the very athletes that it serves to be the deciding factor. There is, however, an exception for new periods (game titles) that are accepted during the year for inclusion in a World Championships.

You may contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

Details are as follows:
Hosting Club: Fakkel School
Venue: Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
Date7 & 8 December 2019
Entries: All entries must be entered onto the club's Google  Drive before or on 8 November 2019. Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their teams/players. The entry form can be found on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184. The entry form must be downloaded completed and e-mailed to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com.
Accommodation: To assist all member clubs, Fakkel School of Skills shall be providing accommodation as follows:
  • Bed with no bedding - R140,00
  • Breakfast - R75,00
  • Dinner - R90,00
To book, please e-mail Amanda (who is most helpful) at hostel@fakkelskool.co.za as soon as possible. In such e-mail it must be stated the number of men, and the number of women that require accommodation.Please telephone the school to see if there is accommodation available at (016) 976 0470.

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NATIONS CUP (INTERNATIONAL ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP)

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On 5 November, Shri Piyush Goyal Honourable Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, in a major boost to Indian esports, gaming and AVGC industry declared open the Nations Cup (International Esports Championship) to be held at Global Exhibition on Services 2019 in Bengaluru and unveiled the Trophy for Nations Cup during the curtain raiser event for GES 2019 held at ITC Maurya, New Delhi. 
During his launch address to the audience including Mr. Jagdish Shettar - Hon’ble Minister of Large & Medium Scale Industries Government of Karnataka and Diplomats from various Embassies he quoted “I was very delighted to hear the report which was shared in terms of the efforts to bring Animation & Esports into the country, this is the new age world that India needs to engage with.
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(From left to Right Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee - DG CII, Mr. Maneck Davar - Chairman SEPC, Mr. Gaurav Gupta - Principle Secretary Department of Commerce, Mr. Jagdish Shettar - Hon’ble Minister of Large & Medium Scale Industries Government of Karnataka, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey – Additional Secretary Department of Commerce, Mr. Darpan Jain – Jt. Secretary Department of Commerce, Ms. Sangeeta Godbole – DG SEPC, Mr. Prabhat Kumar – Director Esports Federation of India & Mr. Lokesh Suji – Director of Esports Federation of India & VP-Asian Esports Federation)
The logo of the Nations Cup was also revealed during this event. 
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SEPC will be organizing Nations Cup (International Esports Championship) in association with Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI) during the Global Exhibition on Services which is being held from 26th-28th November 2019. The Nations Cup will be one of the key highlights during GES and this being held at such a high profile services event will open up multiple avenues for the services industry particularly esports, gaming, animation etc.
The Nations Cup will have two legs, Day one will have the India Qualifiers & Day two onwards eight esports teams from different National Esports Federation’s representing respective countries will compete at the Nations Cup. Winner of India Qualifiers will represent India at the Nations Cup.  Seven esports teams have been invited from different countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Korea etc. Winning Nation’s Esports Team will take home the “Nations Cup” Trophy. 
As part of the Champion Sector under SEPC for Culture & Sports, there will be B2B meetings also aligned for the Indian Esports Companies and Video Game Developers. 
Global Exhibition on Services (GES), the 5th edition of Global Exhibition on Services (GES) 2019 is being organized and supported by Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in partnership with the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 26-28 November 2019 at the Palace Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka. This event is expected to have participation from about 100 countries and will host focused knowledge sessions and a large number of B2B B2G and B2C meetings. The upcoming GES 2019 will provide a platform for forging sustained partnerships amongst countries in the identified champion and focus services sectors. These include Cultural and Sports, Tourism and Hospitality Services, Medical Value Travel, Accounting and Finance Services, Legal Services, Infrastructure, Construction and Related Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Environmental services, Telecommunication services, Facility Management services, Intellectual Property Rights, Recreational, Legal Services, Printing & Publishing, Aviation and space. 
The GES 2018 was a collective success with participation from about 100 countries, 500 overseas delegates, over 628 exhibitors and more than 7000 structured B2B Meetings. At this edition, the Hon'ble President of India formally launched the 12 Champion Services Sector. 
Video Games Industry in India 
India is emerging as a leader in esports and video gaming, a growing field that has fascinated the interest of millennials like never before. The Indian digital gaming industry is growing rapidly due to smart phone penetration and cheap Internet.
Currently, India stands at a global number 17 in the soon-to-be USD 1.5 billion video games industry. Estimated to be about $818 million, the Indian video games sector while vastly unstructured, is growing rapidly. The number of online gamers has increased from 20 million in 2010 to 250 million in 2018, whereas the number of game developing companies has grown from 25 in 2010 to 250 in 2018. India won a Bronze Medal in for esports in Asian Games 2018.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

THE NOMINEES FOR THE BOARD ARE IN:

Delegates at IESF's 2018 Ordinary General Meeting.

International Esports Federation (IESF) has made the call for nominations, and the membership have responded with stellar nominations.

IESF’s Board consists of one President, one Vice President, four Board Members and the Secretary General. The Chairperson of the Players’ Commission also sits on the Board in order to represent the rights and concerns of the Players. The Secretary General does not have a vote and provides the all important link between the elected Board Members and the Secretariat. The vote for the presidency is a separate vote.

Only once the elections have elected the five nominees, does the Board sit immediately after the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) to elect the Vice-President.

After such election, Board Members then divide up among themselves the various portfolios for which they will be accountable and responsible. Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has had a Board member from 2013 to 2018. In 2018 MSSA's representative was elected in as President.

IESF is confident that every single person nominated for the Board is of the Stature and of the ilk required to steer IESF towards greater things and deliver to the community which it serves.

The full list of nominations received are as follows:

#
Name (Nation)
1
Eddy, Che Chien Lim (Indonesia)
2
Ido Brosh (Israel)
3
Magnus Jonsson (Sweden)
4
Ramil Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
5
Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al-Nahyan (U.A.E.)
6
Young Man Kim (South Korea)
7
Hourieh Nikdast (Iran)
8
Vlad Marinescu (USA.)
9
Hana, Pei-Ching Hsu (Chinese Taipei)
10
Boban Totovski (Macedonia)

IESF President, Colin Webster, has already congratulated each nominee on being so nominated and is confident that the General Meeting will return the most deserving nominee as a Board Member.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Espérance Sportive de Tunis creates an esport club.


The Tunisian eSports Federation (TunESF) announces having received an official application for membership from the association Espérance Sportive de Tunis first Tunisian sports association to create an esport club.

After validation of this request by the federal office, the president of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed CHEIKHROUHOU, would like to thank all the leaders of Espérance Spotive de Tunis and in particular the president, Mr. Hamdi MEDDEB, for their support of the sport in Tunisia and their commitment in the Electronic Sport.


The President of TunESF congratulates the entire Tunisian eSport community hoping that other leaders sports associations in Tunisia engage on the promising path of electronic sport. Also read:


Monday, 4 November 2019

Closing date for booking accommodation at Fakkel School of Skills for SA Nationals in December 2019.

IESF banners proudly displayed in Fakkel School of Skills gaming lounge.
Mind Sports South Africa's  South African National Wargames Championships shall be held at Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg, on, 7 & 8 December 2019.

Please note that the closing date for the booking of 
accommodation
 at the hostel  is 22 November 2019, which will have to include proof of payment, so that the hostel can plan the rooms accordingly.


To assist all member clubs, Fakkel School of Skills shall be providing accommodation as follows:

  • Bed with no bedding - R140,00
  • Breakfast - R75,00
  • Dinner - R90,00
To book, please e-mail Amanda (who is most helpful) at hostel@fakkelskool.co.za as soon as possible. In such e-mail it must be stated the number of men, and the number of women that require accommodation.Please telephone the school to see if there is accommodation available at (016) 976 0470.


Details for the various disciplines are as follows:


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Sunday, 3 November 2019

MSSA plans to push for gender equality on IESF board.

Amanda Pakade - MSSA President (left), Hsu Pei-Ching - CTeSA President (centre), and Salome de Bruyn - NeSA (right).
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is at the forefront of ensuring that gender equality exists at all levels within MSSA, be it on the playing field, and all the way up to the office of the President.

For years too, MSSA has strongly advocated gender equality on International Esports Federation (IESF), but has unfortunately met with some strong resistance. Nevertheless, MSSA every year continues to advocate such at such august body's General Meeting, and, MSSA has noticed that those against are becoming fewer in number.

Today, only three esports national federations are headed by females, being Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), Namibian eSports Association (NeSA), and Chinese Taipei Esports Association (CTeSA).

IESF too broke ground in 2019 by co-opting 
Hana Pei-Ching Hsu (CTeSA) onto IESF Board. Hana is the first female to make it onto the Board and has already made a valuable contribution to IESF.
However, MSSA does not want such appointments to the Board to be dependant on the goodwill of existing Board members, or the election of females to be at the mercy of national federations who themselves do not promote gender equity.

Thus MSSA is pushing for such gender equity as already enshrined in MSSA's own Constitution.

MSSA will, therefore be advocating changes to ensure gender equity so that esports can lead the way.
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Saturday, 2 November 2019

Esports Congress in Nigeria adopts a federal structure.

Nigerian Esports Federation's new and improved logo.
The Esports governing body in Nigeria, Nigerian Esports Association has taken another major step as part of its reform programme to meet global standard.

 At its sixth national congress hosted by the Nasarawa State Chapter of the body, it adopted a new name as Nigeria Esports Federation (NeSF).

The General Secretary of the Nigeria Esports Federation, Tewom Chrysantus Tah, said the decision for the new name was adopted in line with the recommendation of its last congress meeting in Abuja. During the meeting, it was resolved that states should be Associations while the national body should be called Federation.

The President of the Nigeria Esports Federation, Mr Agbor Clinton, reaffirmed that the body will continue with its objective of making the game of esports a household name in Nigeria. He said that the change of name is to meet up with global standard, stressing the need for all to embrace change and work for a better Nigerian Esports Federation.
Officials of Nigeria Esports Federation at Nasarawa
State University to dopt the new name of federation

“Let me once again thank the Nasarawa State Chapter of the Nigeria Esports Federation for a successful hosting of the national congress. I must thank the Chairman/Coordinator Mallam Tanko Abdulahi and his  team for the high level of hospitality shown to the Nigeria eSports Federation here in the University of Nasarawa  Keffi, the venue of this congress. As part of our esports education drive, Nasarawa state University will play host to the first ever University esports competition to say a big thank you to the V C, management and entire students of the institution." said the president.

 Also speaking, the Chairman of Competitions and Sponsorship Mr. Kennedy Agbogo said plans are on the way for students competition in PS 3 and 4 as well as car racing in the Nasarawa State University, Keffi campus.

Mr. Kennedy further said that the top three winners will have their school fees paid as winners of the competition, ladies eSports players will also be given special treatment to encourage women in the game of eSports.

The Nigeria Esports Federation has mapped out special programmes to give the women opportunities to embrace esports in Nigeria as to be key players in the industries.

Adeline Shuri Abuja
Nigeria

Reminder: Entry date for SA Nationals - 8 November 2019

Wargames, esports and boardgames are all on offer at MSSA's 2019 South African National Championships.

All Registered Players are reminded that MSSA's South African National Provincial Championships are an open championship. 

It is such S A National Championships (SAN) where the national titles are awarded, and where the final positions for the SA Ladders are decided.

However, more importantly, it is at the SA Nationals where it is decided in which periods (game titles) South Africa will officially compete in international competition.

MSSA may only select Protea Teams for periods which are played at the SA National Championships. It is through such system that MSSA is able to give control to the very athletes that it serves to be the deciding factor. There is, however, an exception for new periods (game titles) that are accepted during the year for inclusion in a World Championships.

You may contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

Details are as follows:
Hosting Club: Fakkel School
Venue: Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
Date7 & 8 December 2019
Entries: All entries must be entered onto the club's Google  Drive before or on 8 November 2019. Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their teams/players. The entry form can be found on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184. The entry form must be downloaded completed and e-mailed to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com.

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Oakhill Schools' Blake Govender is off to Korea.

Blake Govender (Oaks_eSports) is off to IESF's 11th World Championships.
Blake Govender (Oakhill School) has during the year proven his worth time-and-time again as an efootballer.

Not only does Blake exhibit a great  deal of skill, but Blake has also continually demonstrated a good sennse of sportsmanship.

Oakhill School, under the guidance of Diana Barnard, has run esports as a sport for a number of years, which has enabled Blake to climb to the top.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has thus selected Blake to represent South Africa in the Protea Esports Team at International Esports Federation's 11th World Championships to be held on 11 to 15 December 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Blake will be participating in vthe efootball title of PES 2020, and Amanda Pakade (MSSA President) is confident that Blake will represent South Africa with pride.
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BOO GAMES affiliates to MSSA.


Boo Games' goal is to empower the South African community in the game industry by nurturing local esport talent and develop potential  players  through  partnerships with schools and student clubs , by providing these esports Start-ups with the necessary training on professional and amateur level.

As  esports  in  South Africa  is  at  an  early  stage,  a progressive  approach  is  needed  in  training professional  e-athletes, starting  with  the  provision  of  well-equipped venues  and  facilities. 

Boo Games nurtures and creates teams with the philosophy that ‘to create gaming legends you need to provide the right environment for them to grow, experiment and expand’, which solidifies sustainable growth and strong connection with players.  

The connection spreads to fans who enjoy exciting competitive games where they also learn about new strategies and are engaged in a welcoming atmosphere cultivated by games. This becomes a critical means for individuals to gain self-esteem and a sense of belonging which has become exponentially more important in a growing technological world. With a rapid yet sustainable rate of growth and a strong fan base, we are well on our way to becoming one of the most successful esport organisations in South Africa’s ever growing game industry.

With so much in common, it is no wonder that Boo Games affiliated to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).

MSSA is confident that Boo Games will have a long and fruitful association with MSSA.

Boo Games' Instagram account can be found on: boo_gamingsa 

Friday, 1 November 2019

Tekken 7 player selected for IESF’s 11th Esports World Championships.

Charlize Seremak (HTS Sasolburg) will represent South Africa at IESF's 11th World Championships.
Mind Sports Soutth Africa (MSSA) has witnessed Charlize Seremak (HTS Sasolburg) win every single Tekken 7 championship in her division that she has played in 2018.

Her standard of play in 2018 saw Charlize be selected for the National Squad in 2018 and then graduate to the National Protea Team that played against Namibia in the same year.

It is therefore, no surprise, that Charlize has been selected to represent South Africa at IESF’s 11th Esports World Championships. IESF’s 11th Esports World Championships is the largest international esports tournament where athletes represent the 56 member nations.


IESF’s 11th Esports World Championship shall be held in Seoul, South Korea, from 11th to 15th December, 2019.

MSSA is confident that Charlize will give of her best and do South Africa proud. Also read: