|North West University is a loyal supporter of MSSA and already has racked up a number of records.|
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) the organisation which is South africa's official national Federation for esports is about to create another first.
MSSA is renown for being a frontrunner which others attempt to emulate. Just some of the areas that MSSA has taken the lead are as follows:
- the first official online league in 2005,
- the first school league,
- the first school online championships,
- get esports accredited as a sport in 2005,
- send its first esports team as Proteas in 2005,
- start the first competition for females,
- become the first organisation to hold offline championships in more provinces and regions than any other,
- become the only organisation to hold esports championships every year since 1998, and
- have the only truly democratically elected committee.
However, MSSA is about to embark on another first.
2019 will see MSSA run its first official intervarsity championships.
The championship is only open to clubs that are recognised and legally allowed to use the name of the Universities at which the students study.
Already, MSSA is busy preparing to revise its rules to ensure that no student is left behind, and that all students who are at a tertiary level institution may partake in such championships whether they play only for the university or for another team as well.
For example, such rules will effectively allow a player who normally competes for a team like White Rabbit but also for Wits University (if such athlete is a registered student at Wits).
The championships shall also count towards Student Provincial Colours as well as for eligibility for MSSA's 2019 National Team Trials (NTT).
It is at the 2019 NTT that MSSA shall select the official Protea Team to attend IESF's 11th World Championships.