Monday 12 September 2016

MSSA elections: One of the hardest positions on the Board

Four previous eSports Representatives: (from left to right) Johann von Backström (2006 - 2008), Dr Ryan van den Bergh (2009 - 2011), David Webster (2012 - 2013), Ryan Boyes (2014 - 2016)
The eSports Representative is not only a member of the Management Board, but is also the Chairperson of the eSports Board of Control.

Having to run the eSports Board of Control is not  an easy task.

eSports is the fastest growing disciplines in MSSA with the largest number of clubs,and has, without doubt the most vociferous of Registered Players.

Often it means that the person holding the position has to fight long and hard at Management Board level to ensure that the gamer's rights are protected and enforced.

In fact it is through the eSports Representatives that many of the most profound changes have been introduced into MSSA.

All the eSports Representatives have come through a solid gaming background,and in terms of MSSA's  Constitution, have to if they wish to stand for the position.

Duties of the eSports representative are:
  • To chair the eSports Board of Control,
  • Ensure that the bye laws for the various titles are up-to-date,
  • Ensure that rankings are produced,
  • Produce a budget prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM),
  • Represent the discipline of eSports on the Management Board,
  • Liaise with IeSF, and
  • Manage the National Team.

Through careful management on the part of the eSports Representative, MSSA has sent Protea Teams to international  events every year since 2005, and has attained the following IeSF ranking:
2015Seoul -  South Korea12th
2014Baku -  Azerbaijan13th
2013Bucharest -  Romania10th
2012Cheonan -  South Korea18th
2011Andong -  South Korea13th
Knowing the work that the position entails, it will indeed be interesting to see who stands for the position at the  2016 AGM.

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