Wednesday 25 December 2019

Esports titles selected for all MSSA's Premier Provincial and National Championships.

South Africa's Protea DotA 2 team in action at IESF's 11th World Championships - Seoul.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has a selection process through which all esports titles are selected for use at Provincial and National Championships.

The process takes into account those  titles which are used at International Esports Federation'(IESF) World Championships, and those esports titles which are popular among the member clubs.

But saying an esports title is popular is not enough. Just because a title is popular online among recreational gamers, does not make it popular among the hard-core competitive esports athletes who will attend LAN championships.

Thus, for any esports title to be considered for consideration to be included in Provincial and National Championships at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), at least one Regional Championship must be held in such esports title to prove that it is able to attract competitive esports athletes to a single venue.

It should also be noted that age restrictions for esports titles vary from country-to-country. An esports title may have a 12 age restriction in one country and may then have an age restriction of 16 in another.

It is therefore important for parents to check the age restriction of the esports title in the country of residence as such age restrictions are established to protect the mental health and well-being of the child.

It should also be noted that changes may be made to the line-up in exceptional cases. If IESF selects a title not on the list for use at its World Championships, then MSSA shall include it.

Titles previously selected for the past 5 years by IESF are:

Year Title
2019 DotA 2
PES 2020
Tekken 7
2018 Counter-Strike: GO
League of Legends
Tekken 7
2017 Counter-Strike: GO
League of Legends
Tekken 7
2016 Counter-Strike: GO
League of Legends
Tekken 7
2015 League of Legends
StarCraft II

A lot of time has been invested in determining the esports titles for 2020, and the comprehensive list is as follows:

Period/genre Title Platform Age restriction Players
Shooter Counter-Strike: GO PC 16 5 v 5
Paladins PC/console 12 5 v 5
Sport FIFA '20 Console 3 1 v 1
PES 2020 Console 3 1 v 1
MOBA Dota 2 PC 12 5 v 5
Clash Royale Mobile 12 1 v 1
League of Legends PC 12 5 v 5
VainGlory Tablet/mobile 12 3 v 3
Fighting Tekken 7 Console 16 1 v 1
Street Fighter V Console 12 1 v 1
Card HearthStone Various 7 1 v 1

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