Sunday 22 September 2019

Beware of false summits...

Without accredited esports bodies at summits, like IESF and MSSA, such summits do not deal with the real issues surrounding esports.
With the development of esports since 1998, only recently is there a plethora of summits.
Summits are  now being staged on a seemingly endless basis, and, if a person is so inclined, one could attend at least one a month. But to what end of these summits being held? What is the expected outcome?  To whom are these summits being aimed?

It is a well known fact that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) had managed to have esports recognised as an official sport in South Africa in 2005 when, it was allowed for the first time to have Protea Colours awarded to its national esports team that participated in the World Cyber Games (WCG). pening in the field of esports.

With esports already being considered to be a sport (in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act of 1998) it seems strange that any summit held in South Africa not have the official sporting authorities present to weigh in on what is really happening in the field of esports.

Thus it is laughable that any summit that is pretending to deal with the growth of esports in the South  African context leave out major players like International Esports Federation (IESF), the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA), SASCOC, MSSA, or major clubs affiliated to MSSA. It would be like holding a summit apropos the future of football without having FIFA, SAFA, and a few PSL clubs present. Such a summit on football would be considered to be of no value as it would be deemed to be self-serving at best, and irrelevant at worst.

What we do see is summits being organised by exhibition companies on their own behalf, using journalists and operators of private events as their main speakers. In my personal opinion, such a summit is merely an advertising event for those present and has verly little to do with the long term development of esports.

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