Wednesday 14 September 2022

And they are off...

Flanked by Team Manager, Johan van Breda (left) and MSSA President, Colin Webster, the CSGO team, Joshua Chapman, Simon Zandstra, Robert Butler, Sebastian Pelaez, and Armand van der Colf, intend to represent SA with pride and distinction.

Resplendent in their livery, Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) Student Team Esports South Africa departed OR Tambo at 19H00 for Moscow, Russia.

The team is to participate in the Open Esports University Games to be played in the Yota Arena, Moscow Russia from 15 to 17 September 2022.

MSSA's Student Team Esports South Africa was selected within all due process and procedure to create the student team. The selection process  was open to all students at all South African Tertiary level institutions whether they be University, Colleges, and TVET's.

The event shall have a glittering opening ceremony, as well as contests, gaming zones and a rich entertainment program. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required via the link: is essential.

There will be a total prize fund of 1,500,000 Rubles, which equates to ZAR422,927.33, per game title.

The prize fund is broken down as follows:

1st place ­– 800 000 rubles
2nd place – 400 000 rubles
3rd place – 200 000 rubles
4th place – 100 000 rubles

Since there are only four countries participating, the other four are, Russia, Serbia, and Kazakhstan, it means that all the teams are guaranteed of walking away with a healthy purse.

The trials for the team to journey to Moscow were held at MSSA's annual North West Online Championships. With students from six (6) institutions of higher learning fighting for a place in the team, the standard of play was of the highest standard.

As soon as the championship was over, MSSA swung into action and selected its National Student Esports teams for the Counter-Strike: GO and DotA titles.

The team selected is as follows:

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