Wednesday, 30 December 2020

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 and/or Online 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 such title.

Titles previously selected by IESF for their Annual World Championships are:

YearTitle
2020
DotA 2
PES 2021
Tekken 7
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
2014
Dota 2
Hearthstone
Ultra Street Fighter IV
StarCraft II
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
2013
League of Legends
StarCraft II
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Alliance of Valiant Arms
2012
Alliance of Valiant Arms
StarCraft II
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
2011
StarCraft II
FIFA Online
2010
FIFA Online
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
2009FIFA Online

A lot of time has been invested in determining the esports titles for 2021, and the comprehensive list is as follows:

Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
Shooter
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Online only)PC/console184 v 4
CS GOPC165 v 5
PaladinsPC/console125 v 5
Sport
FIFA '21Console31 v 1
PES 2021Console31 v 1
MOBA
DotA 2PC125 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
Fighting
Tekken 7Console161 v 1
Street Fighter VConsole121 v 1
CardHearthStoneVarious71 v 1

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