Friday, 16 August 2019

PES 2020 selected as an Official Title For 11TH ESPORTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

PES 2020 shall be played at IESF's 11th World Championships.
International Esports Federation (IESF) hereby announces eFootball PES 2020 as an official game
title to be featured at the 11th Esports World Championship.

For the first time in Esports World Championship history, eFootball PES 2020 (developed and
published by Konami Digital Entertainment) has been included as a sports genre with the new version
being officially announced worldwide on 10 September 2019. IESF looks forward, and is excited to,
engage with the PES community and inviting national athletes to the World Championships in Seoul.

All athletes who shall participate in the tournament are selected through national qualifiers of Esports
National Federations that are affiliated to IESF.

Thus, any athlete to represent South Africa at such World Championships shall be selected by Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) through its normal processes.


For more information on World Championships game titles, please visit: https://www.ie-sf.org/iesf-
news/#news-list

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WADA TO DELIVER INDEPENDENT OBSERVER AND ATHLETE OUTREACH PROGRAMS AT THE 2019 AFRICAN GAMES

Montreal, 15 August 2019 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to outline its planned Independent Observer (IO) and Athlete Outreach (AO) programs for the 12th African Games, taking place from 19 to 31 August 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Games will involve almost 7,000 athletes from 54 African countries competing in 26 sports.

The IO and AO teams (listed below) will be active during the African Games and, respectively, will provide real-time expert advice to organizers on all matters relating to the doping control program in place, and will give athletes and their supporting teams the opportunity to learn more about anti-doping and how the anti-doping community works to protect clean sport.

WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “The African Games are another important event on this year’s sporting calendar as we inch closer to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. WADA is pleased that an Independent Observer team will be present in Rabat, working alongside the African Games’ doping control team and organizers, to assess every aspect of the anti-doping program in place for the benefit of clean athletes.

“We also welcome the opportunity for a dynamic WADA outreach team to be on hand to engage and educate participating athletes and their support personnel about anti-doping and the importance of instilling clean sport values within the larger sporting community. These are key priorities for WADA and I wish to thank the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the African Games’ organizing committee for their ongoing support in helping us to execute these programs on the ground.”

WADA’s IO team, which is composed of international experts in anti-doping, is intended to instill confidence in athletes and other stakeholders as to the quality, effectiveness and reliability of anti-doping programs being carried out at major events around the world.

The IO team will observe all aspects of the African Games’ anti-doping program, including:
  • Test distribution planning
  • Selection of competitors for testing
  • Notification of doping control
  • Sample collection procedures
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption procedures
  • Results management
The team will provide daily feedback to ANOCA and the African Games Organization Committee of Rabat 2019 (RAGOC). The team will then issue a post-event report that will include a series of observations and recommendations designed to enhance anti-doping activities at future African Games.

A WADA AO team will also be present to provide an opportunity for all competitors to engage with anti-doping in an informal and fun environment. The AO team, which will be staffed by anti-doping experts from across the African continent, will be active in the athletes’ village during the first week of the Games. The aim of the team is to raise awareness among athletes, support personnel and others as to the dangers and consequences of doping and as it relates to athletes’ rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code.

Visitors to the AO booth will be encouraged to complete the Play True Quiz, which is now available in 43 languages, to sign a pledge explaining why they Play True, and to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #PlayTrue.

THE IO AND AO TEAM MEMBERS

The IO Team

  • Sophie Berwick (IO Chair), Anti-Doping Consultant
  • Sameh Elray (Team Manager), WADA
  • Dr. Elske Schabort, South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS)
  • Issoufou Aliou, African Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Zone II and III
The AO Team
  • Anica Manuel Joao Neto Troso, RADO Zone VI
  • Jason Hilton Snyders, RADO Zone VI
  • Mohamed Habib Zaoui, RADO Zone I
  • Nathalie Bashala, WADA
  • Prince Addo Osei, RADO Zone VI
  • Stacy Spletzer-Jegen, WADA

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO CONNECT WITH ESPORTS

With only 16 days to go to GEES.
International Esports Federation (IESF) is pleased to announce the full agenda of the 4th GEES
(Global Esports Executive Summit) 2019. GEES 2019 will take place in Busan during September

29th -31st, featuring renowned keynote speakers, educational programs, panel discussions, post-
conference workshop, and more.

Three members of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be attending the summit, being Colin Webster (IESF President), Amanda Pakade (MSSA President), and Dr. Janine Brandt (MSSA Womens' Representative).


GEES this year will be held under the theme of “Esports Sustainability and Governance’, continuing
to enhance dialogue between esports and sports stakeholder. Sub themes are divided into four sectors
which are Health, Sustainability, Governance and Future Direction.

GEES 2019 continues to aim to be the platform to share ideas, create synergies, and most of all, to
reach a mutual consensus for esports development.

For registration and further information on GEES 2019, please visit: https://gees.rsportz.com/


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Monday, 12 August 2019

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

MSSA president, Amanda Kwaza, awarding National Federation Colours to Amone Bekker at MSSA's 2018 SA National Championships.
Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.

All esports athletes have strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourites 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 only ever 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 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.

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.

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Time to have your say.

MSSA was founded in 1985 and continues to promotes board gaming, card gaming, esports and wargames as accredited sports.
Every year during the month of August, Mind Sports South Africa  (MSSA) prepares a draft of its Calendar of Events for the next year.

The draft calendar of events, at first, only takes into account provincial and national events due to such events having precedence over all other events.

Member clubs are also able to 'book' the hosting of Regional Championships. Regional championships are designed to hel-p clubs gain extra exposure, earn income, and promote the games that they encourage within their clubs. Games can only be played at National and Provincial Championships if such are either played at World championship level, or if having first been tested at Regional Championships. The rules apropo hosting of a Regional Championship may be found here.

Thus if no changes are requested by member clubs, and approved by the general meeting of member clubs, it is likely that the Calendar of events for 2020 will not change from that of 2019, and will look something like the following:


Date Event
JANUARY Umpires’ Course - Gauteng
FEBRUARY 28th Old Edwardian Summer Championships
FEBRUARY On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships
FEBRUARY 38th GAUTENG Provincial Championships
MARCH Umpire’s Course – Western Cape
MARCH 24th WESTERN CAPE Championships
APRIL Provincial Online Student Championships
APRIL 11th Provincial Online Championships
APRIL Provincial School Championships for all provinces
MAY Umpire’s Course – Mpumulanga
MAY 19th MPUMALANGA Championships
MAY FINANCIAL AGM
MAY Selection Committee convenes to select teams.
JUNE SA School Championships
JULY 1st round of School League
JULY Capricorn Regional Championships
JULY 26th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
AUGUST 17th FREE STATE Championships
AUGUST 25th WESTERN CAPE Championships
SEPTEMBER 16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
SEPTEMBER 8th LIMPOPO Championships
NOVEMBER Submit nominations of office-bearers
DECEMBER 34th S A NATIONAL Championships
DECEMBER 37th NATIONAL CONVENTION

It is therefore vital that all Registered Players consider the draft calendar as proposed above and make their suggestions.

Suggestions may be made through the member club's officials to MSSA via e-mail.

Results of MSSA's 16th Free State Provincial Championships.

Some of the winners at the recently held Free state Provincial Championships.
Mind Sports South Africa's 16th Free State Provincial Championships held at Fakkel School of Skills went off without a hitch.

The doors opend, pairings were done and the various periods (games) were played.

The only concern expressed by MSSA is that some member clubs still seem to have a problem with entering their players on time, and some seem to have a problem adhering to the age restrictions of certain esports titles.

While late arrivals may be helped, if there is space available, age restrictions are non-negotiable. However, it should be noted that late entries can, and do, slow down the starting time of a championship due to the fact that the pairings have to be redone. Late entries are thus allowed at the discretion of the umpire.

Age restrictions are set by the Films and Publications Board, and a letter of consent is not good enough to allow an under-aged athlete to participate. Age restrictions are, therefore, final, and no discussion is entertained on such.

Nevertheless, MSSA's 16th Free State Provincial Championships was a huge success and saw no less than 11 member clubs from 2 provinces (representing 5 regions) battle it out for the silverware.

The overall winners are as follows:


TitleName of player/teamClubColours awarded
Ancients Wargames - FemaleAngellah SulamoyoOld Edwardian Mind Sports ClubGauteng Provincial
Ancients Wargames - MaleElwyn JonesOld Edwardian Mind Sports Club
CheckersJuane EsterhuizenJCS AcademyFree State Provincial
FIFA '19Bokang MakuneAHS Sasolburg
FIFA '19 - High SchoolLehloma MoloiSasolburg High School
FIFA '19 - Primary SchoolLesego MotlatsiFakkel School of Skills
HearthStone - FemaleVicky van der MerweZAG Academy
HearthStone - Male
Aiden VorsterCurro Aurora
Kyle VorsterCurro Aurora
International DraughtsThabo KgopaneNWU - VaalGauteng Provincial
Morabaraba - Female
Anne-Lee SteynJCS Academy
Natalene BurgerJCS Academy
Moraaraba - MaleJarren SmithJCS Academy
Russian Checkers - FemaleKeamogetswe RamoboaNWU - VaalGauteng Provincial
Russian Checkers - MaleReinder van WykJCS AcademyFree State Provincial
Street Fighter VJoost LoftusMasters of Mind SportsFree State Provincial
Street Fighter V - High SchoolJohandri van der MerweAHS Sasolburg
Tekken 7 - MaleJeremy SeremakHTS SasolburgFree State Provincial
Tekken 7 - FemaleCharlize SeremakHTS SasolburgFree State Provincial
Tekken 7 - High SchoolWernich BothaJCS Academy

Photographs of the event may be viewed on: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mindsportssa/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10158582713914008

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Happy Women's Day

Amanda Pakade is an active advocate of gender equity.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is always mindful of the contribution made by its female athletes and administrators.

MSSA is thus the only gaming organisation world-wide that effectively puts its gender equity into practice.

MSSA's Board currently has 6 out of 13 positions held by females, and since 2012, MSSA has always had a female component to the national Protea team.

With the highest position in MSSA held by a female, Amanda Kwaza, MSSA has found itself transformed.

Amanda Kwaza thus has issued the following missive:,"Happy Woman's day to all our female gamers... Thank you for becoming part of MSSA....MSSA values and appreciatesyou,.


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          Tuesday, 6 August 2019

          MSSA's 24th NORTH WEST Championships - 24 & 25 August 2019

          Board games, wargames, and esports are all on offer at MSSA's 2019 North West Championships.
          Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) 24th NORTH WEST Championships  is one of the most popular championships on the calendar. Klerksdorp is just not that far away from major cities like Pretoria and Johannesburg which thus allows many Registered Players the ability to participate in another provincial championship in their preparations for the SA National  Championships..

          Many of South Africa's top players who have represented South African Protea teams in international competition have taken advantage of the early championships in order to qualify for selection so that in the later championships the Registered Players can hone their skills to even higher levels. The general consensus is that in order for a Registered Player to do well in international competition, such player should play at least 30 games in provincial or national championships within a season.

          MSSA is proud of its reputation of promoting youth in its national teams, and as a result, most of MSSA's teams that have represented South Africa have had a component of players that were learners who were still in High School.

          Thus it should be noted that such Free State Championships not only counts towards players earning Provincial Colours, but also counts towards MSSA's selection process.


          All gamers are reminded that MSSA's NORTH WEST Championships are an open championship. In other words any registered player, who is currently a registered learner, is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live.

          For additional information, please contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

          Details are as follows:

          Championship Details:

          Hosting Club: Curro Klerksdorp
          VenueCurro Klerksdorp, 22 Elm St, Klerksdorp
          Date24 & 25 August 2019
          Entry date
          12 August 2019.

          The entry form can be found on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184. The entry form must be downloaded completed and e-mailed to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

          In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

          Monday, 5 August 2019

          A charity LAN in aid of TEARS.


          Mind Sports South Africa's member club, Raving Mad Gamerz, is holding its First annual LAN event called MadX. 

          The event will take place every year during Woman’s month in aid of a Woman’s charity..

          This year Raving Mad Gamerz,  approached Tears, which is a foundation to help and assist victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in South Africa.. Raving Mad Gamerz will also be challenging some of the Tears staff to a couple of rounds of gaming during the weekend. Please pop in and come and meet these awesome human beings and volunteers

          Raving Mad Gamerz is passionate  about giving back to the community and will continue to push these yearly events to help and assist charities in the great work that they do..

          MadX will comprise of a 36 hour LAN, for social gaming, and will also be hosting 4 different tournaments on Saturday and Sunday

          1. Siege on PC and PS4
          2. COD BO4 on PS4
          3. MK11 on PS4
          4. Clash Royale on Mobile

          There will be various exhibitors, while the tournament action continues, as well as a constant stream to Raving Mad Gamerz you tube account, showcasing, gaming, interviews, stalls, players and much more

          Well known celebrity casters are onboard to make these tournaments and games exciting and to ensure all the tournament action is shared

          Competitors and Lan – participants, can now enter at :
          https://RavingMadGamerz.com

          We also still have a couple of stands available for exhibitors

          Any queries or questions can be directed to our tournament coordinator Rene at :
          Rene@ravingmadgamerz.com
          083 383 2056

          Excitement abounds as GEES draws nearer.

          Only 23 days to go.
          Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has attended all the previous editions of International Esports Federation's (IESF) Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES) 2019. 

          Even though GEES 2019 will be held in Busan for the third consecutive year, MSSA shall be represented by its president, Ms. Amanda Kwaza, at such event.

          GEES shall be held at the Paradise Hotel Busan on Aug 29th – September 1st, 2019. Without doubt, it is the main conference for sharing ideas, creating synergies, and most of all, to reach a mutual consensus for holistic esports development.

          GEES this year will be focusing on enhancing dialogues between esports and sports stakeholders, and to openly discuss relevant issues. IESF confirmed the six themes to be discussed at the GEES 2019.

          The themes of this year are as follows:

          • Future Direction of Esports
          • Esports and Sports
          • Sustainability of Esports
          • Esports and Match Fixing
          • Esports Policy
          • Esports and Medical Issues

          Registration for GEES 2019 will be conducted via the official website where more information can also be found.  (Reference: http://gees.rsportz.com).

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