Monday, 3 October 2022

Results of MSSA's NWU 13th Annual School League - 2022.


For 13 years, without fail, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has run its Online School League. While MSSA remains indebted to ASUS as the first sponsor of such league in 2010.

However, with MSSA's partnership with North West University (NWU), since 2019, the league has been elevated to new heights.

2022 also saw MSSA's NWU Annual School League become the richest school league in the country.

Not only can learners earn much needed funds for their school esports, but one such expert learner earns a fantastic bursary to the value of R30,000.00 to assist in his studies at the prestigious North West University.

Dawnview High School Esports club members.
From left to right: Tristan Jennison, Tshiamo Magoro,
Shoib Hasan, Mikara Nokraj, and Relebogile Nkandimeng.
Esports allows all schools to play on an equal playing ground as public and private schools battle it out against each other. With esports, gone are the days of wealthier schools dominating sports as esports provides a cost effective system for any school, whether in Cape Town or in Beit Bridge, to compete against each other without the huge travelling costs incurred by the more traditional sporting codes.

Of special note, is Dawnview High School which is the first school to enter a team comprising of both genders.

Such team took first place in the Mobile Legends Bang Bang esports title and all earned themselves Gauteng High School Provincial Colours in the process.

After fierce and gruelling competition between learners from around the country, the winners are:

TitleName of player/teamClubColours awardedPrize money awarded
Clash RoyaleTheunis van der MerweHoĆ«rskool Klerksdorp North West
R30,000.00 bursary - NWU
Counter-Strike: GOCCL KnightsCrawford College LonehillR7,500.00
Dota 2CCL KnightsCrawford College LonehillGautengR7,500.00
FIFA 2022™Darshen PillayWaterstone CollegeR7,500.00
Mobile Legends: Bang, BangDash EsportsDawnview High SchoolGautengR7,500.00

All finishing in the top three places have all rightfully earned a place in MSSA's 2023 National Team Trials to be held on 12 August 2023 should such athletes still be registered learners.

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Sunday, 2 October 2022

I told you we would win...

South Africa's no nonsense PUBGM team captain, Sulaimaan Musthan, lead SA to an inspired victory.

On 1 October 2022, Mind Sports South Africa's Team Esports South Africa took to the field against Namibia in the PUBGM esports title.

Not only was national pride at stake, but also a berth at IESF's African Regional Championships.

The test match started at 13H00 and South Africa dominated the test from start to finish ulltimately beating Namibia 3 - 0.

In the first game South Africa won 40 - 24, in the second game South Africa won 40 - 34, and in the third and final game South Africa won 40 - 31.

After the match, PUBGM team captain, Sulaimaan Musthan, immediately remarked to MSSA President, Colin Webster, "I told you we would win..."

MSSA's Team Esports South Africa for both DotA 2 and PUBGM are now in preparation for such IESF's African Regional Championships to be held in Abijan, Ivory Coast on 28 and 29 October 2022.

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Saturday, 1 October 2022

Selecting esports titles to be played in MSSA Provincial and National Championships.

Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.

All esports athletes have strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourite esports titles to be given preferential treatment.

In order to make the process more objective and reduce the influence of any one member club and/or individual, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has a policy in place in order to ensure that there is a due process as well as a fair system in place in order to ensure that the correct titles are selected.

However, it should be noted that MSSA currently only selects 10 titles to be played at Provincial and National Championships.

Priority is given to the esports titles that are played at IESF's World Championships and Global Esports Federation's Global Esports Games (GEG) in order to assist MSSA deliver a national team.

Even though only 10 titles are so selected, that does not mean that the other titles cannot be held at MSSA events.

However, it should be noted that any approved title may be played at an official MSSA Regional Championships. In fact, it is at such Regional Championships that the popularity of various esports titles is tested in order to evaluate whether such titles should, in future, be included in MSSA's Provincial and National Championships.

The full rules on how titles are selected are as follows:

Schedule 3: SELECTION OF TITLES FOR PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
  1. The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Not more than ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
  3. The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
  4. The remaining titles may then be selected.
  5. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  6. The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
  7. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
  8. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and there are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  9. For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.

All proposals for titles must be submitted to MSSA by 1 November 2022 for inclusion in the Agenda for the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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Friday, 30 September 2022

South Africa to take on Namibia in PUBGM

All eyes are on Sulaimaan Musthan who intends to lead South africa to victory.

Leading up to IESF's African Regional Championships, to take place in Abijan in the Ivory Coast, Mind Sports South Africa's PUBGM Protea Team will take on Namibia at 13H00 to determine which Southern African Team will win a berth at such African Regional Championships.

MSSA's Team Esports South Africa for the PUBGM esports is lead by Durban University of Technology (DUT) student, Sulaimaan Musthan of Team eFx. Under Sulaimaan's leadership, the team has put in extensive hours of training and Team Esports South Africa is determined to beat their Namibian counterparts.

The match is to take place at 13H00.

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