Monday, 2 August 2021

LAST CHANCE TO QUALIFY FOR 2021 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS - 7 August 2021

It's always an honour to officially represent South Africa in esports.

There is no doubt that the 
COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying regulations as imposed by the South African Government to limit the effect f the third wave has been absolutely disruptive to our way of life.. 

Nevertheless Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is continuing to run its online Provincial Championships in order to cater for  its community of member clubs and Registered Players.

MSSA's FREE STATE Online Provincial Championships which shall be held  on 7 August 2021, and is the last Provincial Championship to take place before the official National Team Trials which will result in the Protea Teams being selected for the various esports titles.

MSSA's FREE STATE Online Provincial Championships, offers all Registered Players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team.


In order to participate, Registered Players must be fully-paid-up. 


Obviously Registered Players may participate from the comfort of their own home while being safe from the ravages of COVID-19.


Game titles to be played are:


Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
Shooter
Call of Duty – Modern WarfarePS4185 v 5
CS GOPC,165 v 5
PaladinsPC/console125 v 5
Sport
FIFA ‘21Console31 v 1
PES 2021Console31 v 1
MOBA
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
Dota 2PC125 v 5
League of LegendsPC125 v 5
Fighting
Tekken 7Console161 v 1
Street Fighter VConsole121 v 1
CardHearthStoneMobile71 v 1

Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:
  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • In order to participate, Registered Players must be fully-paid-up. 

    Entries:

    Medals:


    Medals shall be handed over to winners at the next MSSA LAN that they attend. 


          MALE:

    • PREMIERMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
    • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
    • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.     
         FEMALE:
    • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
    • UNDER 24Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
    • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

    Colours:

    • Protea ColoursOnly Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board's criteria are met.
    • National ColoursAll Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
    • Provincial ColoursAll Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.

          General:

          • The championship shall be played on: 7 August 2021.
          • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round.
          • The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. 
          • The championship shall be used for the awarding of provincial colours;
          • The championship shall be used for the awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;
          • The championship shall be used for the ability to qualify for National Team Squad.
          • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

          Umpires:

          • Umpires may only be contacted over Skype on the day of competition. Any communication not on the Skype channel shall not be entered into.

          Ladder:

          • All games shall count for the National Ladder.

          Shout casting:

          • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
          • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

          Also read:

          An earnest appeal...

          OKI Gaming provides a much needed youth development programme.

          OKI Gaming, an affiliate of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), has been renting its new facility and has not yet managed to get any financial backing or support from all of their efforts from reaching out to people and companies.

          Though OKI Gaming has made great progress, and  has introduced a lot of youth into the world of E-Sport, we have met people who believe in what we are doing and that it can work given the adequate support.

          We managed to get Supersport's support and airtime to showcase one of the events we plan to host, a gaming festival in the West Rand, once the COVID-19 situation settles down. It will be televised on one of their channels.

          OKI Gaming will also get assistance from MSSA and Ekasi E-Sport in hosting the event.

          Red Bull has supplied a monthly supply of energy drinks to help create that esport environment at the venue.

          Due to the lack of a reliable internet connection and adequate computers, we are using our PS4 consoles with mouse and keyboards to assist players play Fortnite -  and that is going very well.

          OKI Gaming is also running an exciting female development programme which they are hoping to use to introduce more females into mainline competitive gaming and see more females earn Provincial, National, and Protea Colours.

          OKI Gaming is also part of a group with the Stellenbosch University students to do a case study on esport and our business as part of their research project.

          With MSSA's assistance, OKI Gaming officials, are looking at making an application to the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF). Such applications are available to all MSSA member clubs that have at least two year's Audited Annual Financial Statements.

          Unfortunately many organizations to which the club has reached out are not able to assist due to their strain from the pandemic.

          With much of the club's 'war-chest' from 2020 being depleted, the club could be looking at the end of  the road should support not be forthcoming anytime soon.

          Thus the club, Oki Gaming, has embarked on a crowdfunding project. 

          You can help a lot, not only by just supporting, but also by sharing about the club's project, so please have a look! https://www.airfunding.net/s/1544ff18-4b4b-4582-ab7a-40fc5df11c57

          Tuesday, 20 July 2021

          D-DAY - Important notice - change of date - MSSA's 2021 NWU Online School League - 20 July 2021.


          Mind Sports South Africa has delayed its MSSA 2021 NWU Online School League to take into account the current COVID-19 regulations. The league shall start on 21 July 2021, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA). 

          The closing date for entries has now been moved to 20 July 2021.

          IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

          Due to schools only reopening on 26 July 2021, any learner ay enter. However, where it is a team event, all embers of the team shall all be registered learners at the same school.

          The entry fee is R50.00 per player. The esports titles to be played are as follows:

          Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
          Shooter
          CS GOPC,165 v 5
          PaladinsPC/console125 v 5
          Sport
          FIFA ‘21PC31 v 1
          PES 2021PS 431 v 1
          MOBA
          Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
          Dota 2PC125 v 5
          League of LegendsPC125 v 5
          FightingStreet Fighter VConsole121 v 1
          CardHearthStoneMobile71 v 1

          As already reported, MSSA's Online League (NWU Online School League) offers prizes other than just the medals and provincial colours. The prizes include:
          • A R30,000.00 NWU bursary for the winner of the Clash Royale esports title, and
          • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the Counter-Strike: GO esports title, and
          • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the League of Legends esports title, and
          • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the efootball PES 2020 esports title, and
          • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the Street Fighter V esports title.
          In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

          Players who are registered with any school may participate.

          Players are reminded that the majority choice of rules as at the closing date for entries shall be used.

          Entry fees can be deposited directly into Mind Sports South Africa's account, held at ABSA Bank, account number, 90 4766 7676. 

          No entries shall be accepted without MSSA having received proof of payment.

          All entries must be entered onto the entry form that may be downloaded from https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12rA4dXJWfO002fQgclVtVHR_AWZv8CPh6SzNo6worBI/edit#gid=287696184

          Also read:

          Sunday, 11 July 2021

          Umpire Course - 24 July 2021

           


          One of the most important aspects of a well run championship is the consistency and standard of umpiring.

          With MSSA's new ruling that all players participating in MSSA's 2021 Online National Team Trials, means that more people need to sign up for the course.

          Umpiring affects every aspect of a championship, and since Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is highly cognisant of such, MSSA shall continue to hold a number of umpires' courses during 2021.

          Players who have reached the age of majority and have received Protea and/or, National Federation, and/or Provincial Colours in the previous year, shall have successfully completed an Umpires’ Course (if such course was held in the province in which such player resides after the date of being awarded such colours)  in order to be considered for selection.

          Such umpiring courses shall ensure that umpires are certified and are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.

          The first such course shall be done as follows:

          Date: 24 July 2021
          Time: 9H00 - 18H00
          Cost: R331.00 per person
          Venue: Online

          The course shall include:
          • Ethics
          • Background to MSSA's systems
          • Roles of the different umpires
          • Entry
          • Pairings
          • Data capturing of results
          • How results are further used
          At the end, a test will be given, and those that pass will be accredited as level 1 umpires.


          Any Registered Player who is 18 or older may register for such course through their member club.

          For additional information, please contact mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com