Wednesday 2 March 2016

Getting ready for the 2016 World Championships

Gabriella Isaacs, Lyrene Kühn,Nathan Anderson, Morizane Boyes, Yolandi Williams, Maryke Kennard
The IeSF has successfully run World Championships from 2009. From humble beginnings the founder members pursued the vision of  having a national federation for eSports that would both guide the sport to become fully accredited as well as protect the rights of the eSports  athletes themselves.

Details of the  past World Championships is as follows:

Year Location Winner Runner Up
2009 TaebaekSouth Korea  South Korea  China
2010 Daegu, South Korea  South Korea  The Netherlands
2011 Andong, South Korea  Sweden  South Korea
2012 Cheonan, South Korea  South Korea  Austria
2013 BucharestRomania  South Korea  Sweden
2014 BakuAzerbaijan  South Korea  China
2015 SeoulSouth Korea  Serbia  South Korea

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has ensured that South Africa has had a presence at each every one.

South Africa's participation is as follows:

Year South African players # of players
2009 Ruben de Freittas, Xola Magwana 2
2010 Matthew Putter, Rolando de Alveira, Abu Bakar Ebrahiem, Magiel de Lange 4
2011 Robert Botha, Ian Pillay 2
2012 Lyrene Kühn, Gabriella Isaacs, Robert Botha, Vittorio Puissa 4
2013 Lyrene Kühn, Yolandi Williams, Conradie van Heerden, Myburg Brink, Willem Strȍfeldt, Kyle Rhoodie, Marco Botha 7
2014 Morizane Boyes, Yolandi Williams, Ion Todd, Jason Bredberg, Dylan Henderson, Saleem Manjoo, Timothy van Reenen Mostert, Barry West, Nathan Anderson, Ryan Boyes (Manager) 10
2015 Maryke Kennard, Johan Uys, Wynand Meiring, Nathan Anderson, Matthew Smith, Vasudev Stringer, Cameron Tilley, Ryan Boyes (Manager) 8

The results of the SA eSports Team, when considered against South Africa's poor infrastructure is thus almost miraculous, being: 

2015Seoul -  South Korea12th
2014Baku -  Azerbaijan13th
2013Bucharest -  Romania10th
2012Cheonan -  South Korea18th
2011Andong -  South Korea13th
Thus the MSSA is  in full gear getting ready for the 2016 IeSF World Championships.

Players who miss North West, do so at their own peril as North West presents an unique opportunity to qualify for the coveted National Team Trials.

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