Sunday, 22 July 2018

eSports Africa Summit 2018 - 13-14 August 2018


Get In The Game!
Emperors Palace
When you picture competitive sports, what do you see? Men and women running around a pristine green field, chasing glory for their team? Or a full stadium of screaming fans, showing their support for the best shooters, strategists, and gamers on the planet?
With fans being spoilt for choice, eSports is rapidly becoming the favoured millennial sport worldwide. With tickets to watch live games selling out seats in stadiums faster than other competitive sports, online streams of tournaments gaining hundreds of millions of viewers (some say that viewership of eSports will match viewership of the FIFA World Cup in the near future) and game developers awarding massive cash prizes to the winners, it is easy to see why.
While these developments might come as no surprise to those in Asia, America and Europe, where does this leave Africa?
Eventus International has identified considerable interest in this emerging international phenomenon, and therefore will be hosting the eSports Africa Summit at Emperors Palace from 13-14 August 2018.
As lightning fast fibre rolls out across the continent, standards of living improve and infrastructure becomes more advanced on the continent, Africa will soon take its place amongst the great gaming nations of the world. Eventus International is there to connect local and international industry professionals – the world’s youngest continent demographically also has biggest potential group of supporters and players in the world.
Register for the eSports Africa Summit now in order to gain practical skills for African gaming sector, and grow your network of media, broadcasters, sportsmen and women, data analysts and high-performance coaches now and more!

To register, contact: 
Tanya Detering
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Eventus International
Phone: +27733646411


Who Should Attend
  • eSports Federations
  • Clubs and Governing Bodies
  • Software and Game developers
  • Team managers
  • Tournament organisers
  • Game testers
  • Professional players
  • Telecommunication companies
  • Publishers
  • Universities
  • Broadcasters
  • Government
  • Corporate Sponsors



Secure your seat now to hear from these experts:
  1. Johan Van Breda, Co Founder, ZAG Academy
  2. Kyle Wolmarans, Gaming & eSports Specialist, Wunderman SA
  3. Eben Kwecy Hayford. President, Ghana eSports Association (GeSA)
  4. Tonya Khoury, CEO, Acumen Media Management
  5. Chris Heaton, Managing Director, Brand inc, Sportal & eSports Industry
  6. Colin Webster, General Secretary, Mind Sports South Africa
  7. Koen Schobbers, eSports expert, FOX-Sports presenter, pro gamer, speaker & medical student
  8. Goodnews Cadogan, Chief Coaching Officer, The Village Leadership Consulting
  9. Gideon Sam, President, SASCOC
  10. Flip de Bruyn, Vice President, Namibian eSports federation
  11. Evert de Bruyn, Attorney, de Bruyn Attorneys
  12. Marcia Mahlalela, Planning and strategy Manager, SABC Sport
  13. Angelique Ramos, Team Captain. Valkyrie
  14. Alasdair Donaldson, Team Member, VexxedPhoenix
  15. Brad Kirby, Head of Product, Kwese Gamer
  16. Mlondi Mashinini, Co-Founder, GAMES (Global Assembly Marketing eSports)
  17. David Sidenberg, CEO, BMI Sport
  18. Rudi Rebstein, Peak Performance Coach, Rebstein Research Ltd
  19. Daniel Cossi, President, World Esports Consortium
DAY ONE
13 August 2018
09:00   
Registration & Morning Coffee
09:30   
Welcome and opening remarks from the chair
David Sidenberg, CEO, BMI Sport
09:35
Opening Address: Nurturing The Development Of e-Sports In Africa
Gideon Sam, President, SASCOC
10:00    
Panel: Lessons From eSports Champions – How to get started as a Pro Player
  • Angelique Ramos, Team Captain, Valkyrie
  • Alasdair Donaldson, Team Member, VexxedPhoenix
  • Koen Schobbers, eSports expert, FOX-Sports presenter, pro gamer, speaker & medical student
Moderator: Colin Webster, General Secretary, Mind Sports South Africa
11:00   
Coffee Break
11:30   
Presentation: Becoming a Recognized Club In South Africa
Colin Webster, General Secretary, Mind Sports South Africa
12:00   
Panel: Sustaining The Business Of eSports
  • Johan Van Breda, Co Founder, ZAG Academy
  • Eben Kwecy Hayford. President, Ghana eSports Association (GeSA)
  • Kyle Wolmarans, Gaming & eSports Specialist, Wunderman SA
  • Chris Heaton, Managing Director, Brand inc, Sportal & eSports Industry
  • Evert de Bruyn, Attorney, de Bruyn Attorneys
Moderator: David Sidenberg, CEO, BMI Sport
13:00  
Lunch
14:00   
Presentation: How To Be A Team Player – Team Management Tips for Gaming Industry Leaders
Goodnews Cadogan, Chief Coaching Officer, The Village Leadership Consulting

14:30   
Panel: Social Diversity in eSports
  • Flip de Bruyn, Vice President, Namibian eSports federation
  • Angelique Ramos, Team Captain, Valkyrie
  • Eben Kwecy Hayford. President, Ghana eSports Association (GeSA)
  • Koen Schobbers, eSports expert, FOX-Sports presenter, pro gamer, speaker & medical student
Moderator: Colin Webster, General Secretary, Mind Sports South Africa

15:30   
Coffee Break
16:00   
Panel: Analysing the ROI of Advertising and sponsorship of eSports
  • Kyle Wolmarans, Gaming & eSports Specialist, Wunderman SA
  • Chris Heaton, Managing Director, Brand inc, Sportal & eSports Industry
  • Mlondi Mashinini, Co-Founder, GAMES (Global Assembly Marketing eSports)
  • Daniel Cossi, President, World Esports Consortium (tbc)
Moderator: Tonya Khoury, CEO, Acumen Media Management

17:00   
Closing Remarks From The Chair
David Sidenberg, CEO, BMI Sport
17:05   

End of Day One

DAY TWO
14 August 2018

09:00   
Registration & Morning Coffee
09:30   
Welcome and Opening Remarks From The Chair
David Sidenberg, CEO, BMI Sport
09:35   
Presentation: Social Acceptance of Esport as a Sport - Has Africa Accepted it yet?
Rudi Rebstein, Peak Performance Coach, Rebstein Research Ltd
10:00   
Panel:  How Pro Players Can Work Together With Developers To Make Better Games
  • Angelique Ramos, Team Captain, Valkyrie
  • Alasdair Donaldson, Team Member, VexxedPhoenix
  • Koen Schobbers, eSports expert, FOX-Sports presenter, pro gamer, speaker & medical student
  • Daniel Cossi, President, World Esports Consortium (tbc)
Moderator: Kyle Wolmarans, Gaming & eSports Specialist, Wunderman SA
11:00   
Coffee Break
11:30  

Presentation: All Things Legal in eSports
Evert de Bruyn, Attorney, de Bruyn Attorneys

12:00   
Panel: Broadcasting and Media Coverage Of eSports Events – Online VS T.V
  • Chris Heaton, Managing Director, Brand inc, Sportal & eSports Industry
  • Koen Schobbers, eSports expert, FOX-Sports presenter, pro gamer, speaker & medical student
  • Kyle Wolmarans, Gaming & eSports Specialist, Wunderman SA
  • Marcia Mahlalela, Planning and strategy Manager, SABC Sport
  • Brad Kirby, Head of Product, Kwese Gamer
  • Mlondi Mashinini, Co-Founder, GAMES (Global Assembly Marketing eSports)
Moderator: Tonya Khoury, CEO, Acumen Media Management

13:00   

Lunch

14:00   

Presentation: Training South Africa’s eSports Champions of Tomorrow

Johan Van Breda, Co Founder, ZAG Academy

14:30   

Panel: eSports At The Olympics: The Future Of Gaming And Sports
  • Eben Kwecy Hayford. President, Ghana eSports Association (GeSA)
  • Colin Webster, General Secretary, Mind Sports South Africa
  • Gideon Sam, President, SASCOC
  • Daniel Cossi, President, World Esports Consortium (tbc)
Moderator: Evert de Bruyn, Attorney, de Bruyn Attorneys

15:30   

Coffee Break

16:00   

Panel: Looking to the future of eSports – What needs to be done for Africa to succeed
  • Colin Webster, General Secretary, Mind Sports South Africa
  • Gideon Sam, President, SASCOC
  • Eben Kwecy Hayford. President, Ghana eSports Association (GeSA)
  • Flip de Bruyn, Vice President, Namibian eSports federation
Moderator: Johan Van Breda, Co Founder, ZAG Academy

17:00
Closing Remarks From The Chair
David Sidenberg, CEO, BMI Sport
17:05
End of conference

113 awards of Protea Colours for Esports since 2005 until 2017.

From left to right: Alasdair Donaldson, Charlize Seremak, and Khaliso Malape who were the first recipients of Protea Colours in 2018.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) keeps accurate records of all players who have received Regional, Provincial, National, and Protea Colours in all of its disciplines.

With MSSA having made 113 awards of Protea Colours for esports, it means that MSSA has given all such recipients the chance of playing in international competition as well as having afforded all such players the opportunity of proving themselves on an international stage.

It is thanks to MSSA's sponsors, both past and present, that MSSA has been able to manintain a sustainable presence in international competition.

Past sponsors of MSSA's National Teams are: ASUS, ACER, GIGABYTE, MWEB, ROCCAT, ELECTRONIC ARTS, and First National Bank.

MSSA's current sponsors are: TULUNTULU and BOO! Alternative Media Solutions.


However, I digress.

It is interesting to see that 25 clubs have contributed to the award of Protea Colours for the period 2005 to 2017.

However, it is Knights Mind Sports Club (KMSC) that has produced the lion's share of athletes who have been awarded Protea Colours.

It should too be noted that the awards for the 2018 year have not yet been taken into account.

The full list of clubs is as follows:



Name of club
All Stars 4
Anteria 2
BeZerK Gaming 8
Bravado (Bvd) Gaming 5
ClubXploit 1
DF Malan 1
Energy Esports 1
Exactmobile 9
Fraglan 1
HS Dojo 1
HTS Witbank 3
Intensity Esports 4
Knights Mind Sports Club 34
KZN Gaming 5
PolarFluke 3
Rondebosch Boy’s High 2
SAHETI 1
Snaz Gaming 1
St John’s College 4
University of Pretoria (Tuks) 8
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) 1
Valhalla 4
Veneration 3
VexxedPhoenix 6
ZAG Academy 1
TOTAL 113

Aso read:

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Members are invited to comment.


The work never stops, and as such Mind Sports south Africa (MSSA) is already deliberating over its Calendar of Events for 2019.

Already a number of changes have been mooted, namely to put the SA School National Championships in the first weekend of the school holidays in order to assist learners attend. Also all the National Team Trials shall be held on the same weekend. Another change is that is mooted is that the Free State Provincial Championships will be moved to the first weekend in August.

The Calendar of Events for 2019 will only become final at MSSA's National Convention which is to be held on 1 December 2018.

So, every member has time to review the draft Calendar of Events and suggest improvements thereto.

2019 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue
19 JANUARY
Umpires’ Course - Gauteng
All
TBD

2 & 3 FEBRUARY
Ancients, Checkers, PES 2019, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
9 FEBRUARY
TBD
On-line
23 & 24 FEBRUARY
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
TBD
2 MARCH
Umpire’s Course – North West
All
TBD
23 & 24 MARCH
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
TBD
20 APRIL
TBD
On-line
27 & 28 APRIL
Provincial School Championships for all provinces
Board and Figure games
TBD
4 & 5 MAY
National Team Trials
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
To be held in the province that has the most qualifiers.
11 MAY
Umpire’s Course – Mpumulanga
Umpiring course
TBD
25 & 26 MAY
18th MPUMALANGA Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
TBD
25 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting
TBD
15 & 16 JUNE
SA School Championships
All
TBD
6 JULY
Fezile Dabi Regional Championships
To be determined
TBD
Week ending
19 JULY
1st round of School League for 4 term schools.
TBD
Online
19 & 20 JULY
Capricorn Regional Championships
To be determined
TBD
27 & 28 JULY
25th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
Board, Figure and eSports
TBD
3 & 4 AUGUST
16th FREE STATE Championships
All
TBD
10 AUGUST
TBD
On-line
24 & 25 AUGUST
23rd WESTERN CAPE Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
TBD
TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
7 SEPTEMBER
Sedibeng Regional Championships
To be determined
TBD
Week ending
13 SEPTEMBER
1st round of School League for 3 term schools.
TBD
Online
21 & 22 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All
TBD
28 & 29 SEPTEMBER
8th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
7 & 8 DECEMBER
33rd S A NATIONAL Championships
All
TBD
7 DECEMBER
36th NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting
TBD
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. Regional events still need to be included.
  5. Club events need to be included.
  6. Regional Championships need to be included.