|Gamers at MSSA's 2017 SA National Championships.|
Through the efforts of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) esports became an officially accredited sport in 2005.
Thus, all gamers should start treating esports that way, meaning that gamers should not always resist the concept of a governing body.
It is through the governing body that gamers are able to shape the sport as we see best and we really should do so. By not participating in the affairs of MSSA gamers are not taking control of their own future and help steer esports towards the future that they themselves want.
Thus there is no difference between officially representing South Africa in esports as in any other sport.
With esports being officially accredited sport, Protea Colours are awarded on an annual basis.
The criteria for choosing a team which will only be awarded National Federation Colours are less, and not as stringent, as those for a National Team that is awarded Protea Colours. A team without Protea Colours for example does not have to comply with the passport requirement. No player can be awarded the Protea emblem if he/she does not have a South African passport, although support staff do not need to meet such a requirement.