Friday, 20 October 2017

IeSF's Annual General Meeting

A time-line showing IeSF's achievements.
The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) was established back in 2008, and Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) affiliated at IeSF's first Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) in 2009 which was held in Taebaek in South Korea.

Like clockwork, IeSF has held its annual esports world championships and its annual general meetings. IeSF has gone from only eight members to now having 51 members (all categories).

It is at such OGM's that the membership debate the larger vision that IeSF has for esports as well as holding the elected officials accountable for their actions.

In line with MSSA's concepts of good governance, MSSA has made some interesting proposals. The most important being enlarging the Board so that  more member  nations may be represented on such Board.

Thus IeSF's 2017 Ordinary General Meeting is to be held at:

1. Venue: 3rd Floor Conference Room, Crown Harbor Hotel, Busan, Korea

2. Date & Time: 10th day of November, 2017 (09H30 ~ 12H00)

Only delegates appointed by members may attend.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Proposals for esports titles are rolling in.


Schools remain the foundation of growth and development.
On 16 October 2017, MSSA posted an article that it will be reviewing the esports titles at its Annual General Meeting.

Member clubs have already started to submit titles that they would like to see played at Provincial and National Championships.


Some of the proposals are for Overwatch, Rocket League and Quake Live.

The process that must be  followed to nominate esports titles is very simple, and is open to every fully-paid-up member club, being:

  • Member clubs must submit their proposals to MSSA on or before 1 November 2017,
  • All the proposals are then put on the agenda  which is sent out to the member clubs at least 21 days before MSSA's AGM on 3 December  2017, and
  • All member clubs vote on the proposals.
Of course preference is always given to:
  • Esports titles played at IeSF World Championships,
  • Esports titles that are well supported by the membership during the previous year,
  • Esports titles which have been proven to be popular at Regional Championship  level, and
  • Esports titles which MSSA's Council believes will be beneficial to promote.
Of course there is always a cost associated to holding championships, and with MSSA being a non-profit association, MSSA is always aware that every rand counts. Thus the titles chosen also need to  be financially viable if not having a strong  development nature attached thereto.

Member clubs are therefore welcome to submit their proposals to mindsportssa@iafrica.com.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Winning prize-money as a professional gamer.

There is a specific inclusion in the gross income definition (the definition used as the starting point to determine an individual’s taxable income) which states that amounts received in relation to services rendered – even if it is a voluntary award – will be included in gross income and subject to tax.
Since a professional gamer would be considered to be an employee of the company for which he plays (see Contracts for eSports players: the basics) if such employee receives a reward related to his job function, it will be considered gross income as it is linked to services rendered.
Thus winning prize money in a competition if you are a professional gamer would  be seen by revenue authorities as being related to a job function.
Whether the prize could be cash or otherwise, the prize will still be subject to tax.
If it is a non-cash prize, the monetary worth of that specific item will be included in gross income and subject to tax.
Thus it stands to reason that all companies running professional teams need to register with the revenue authorities in regard to declaring their winnings and the withholding of tax on their athletes.

Sweden's team for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan

The Swedish CounterStrike: GO team.
Sweden, like South Africa, has sent a team to IeSF's World Championships every year since the inception of such world championships in 2009. 

The Swedish team shall consist of all three esports titles being, Tekken 7, CS:GO and League of Legends.

Team Sweden that will proudly participate at IeSF's 9th Esports World Championships - Busan consists of the following athletes:
Captain: Alexander Ferm
League of Legends: Samuel Persson, Jens Edvinsson, Calle Dargren, Stass Skopin, Ivan Klingberg
CSGO: Pontus Perlborn, Hugo Cortes Lopez, Kevin Nilsson, Kalle Persson, Alexander Carlsson

Tekken 7: Adam Ayachi

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Current ladder results: League of Legends

Could Goon Squad end up as MSSA's Ladder Champions for 2017?
The highest listed team, at the end of the SA National Championships is given the title of SA LADDER Champion.

With MSSA's National Championships scheduled for 2 & 3 December 2017 to be hosted by Fakkel School in Sasolburg, there is not much time for teams to contest the position for the number one spot.


Clubs may challenge any club on the ladder. Any club so challenged has 5 days within which to respond and play the match. Such rule allows the ladder to retain its dynamic nature and stops the challenged club from delaying unnecessarily.

However, any 
team challenged during any official MSSA event while both teams are participating in such event, and are paired by the umpire to play against each other, must play such challenge. This means that any or all games at the 6th Limpopo Championships to be held at at HTS Tom Naudé, Polokwane, on 28 & 29 October 2017, may count as ladder games.

The full rules for the ladder may be found here: 
Important changes to MSSA's Inter-Club Ladder rules.

The current ladder for the esports title of League of Legends is as follows:


MSSA's National League of Legends Ladder
League of Legends – SeniorLeague of Legends – Schools
PosName of PlayeryearClub
PosName of PlayeryearClub
1First team16Tuks1Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom
2Fuzz Logic16VexxedPhoenix2Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School
3Oathbreakers17Valhalla3Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
4Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom4Pr0NHS17Northcliff High School
5Eternal17VXP5Team Vapor16Sasolburg
6Team Vapor16Sasolburg High6Northwood High School17Northwood High School
7Dark Phoenix17VexxedPhoenix7Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
8Gryphons16Knights Mind Sports Club8Grey High Gaming17Grey High School
9Northwood High School17Northwood High School94 Dwarfs and a Giant17Hoërskool Wonderboom
10Legion of Shadow17We are Legion10Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
11Gen Nightwalkers17Generation X11SSES LOL16St Stithians
12Valkyrie17Valhalla12PRIDE16Parktown Boys
13Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School13RBHS LOL17Rondebosch Boys
14Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
15Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
16St Stithians17St Stithians
17Knights15Knights Mind Sports Club
18White Rabbit Gaming16WRG
19Curro Klerksdorp16Curro Klerksdorp
20Silver and Friends16WOERIES
21Dota 4 Lyf16Northcliff High
22Pride17Parktown Boys
23PR0NHS17Northcliff High
24lofdal16Lofdal
25Team Elusium17Hoërskool Wonderboom
26Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
27CCS Shadow Hunters16Crawford Sandton
28Second team15Tuks
29Fairmont15Fairmont High School
30BISH16BISH
31K1IIJOYS16Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog

Monday, 16 October 2017

How to affiliate.


MSSA has had number of schools and other interested people enquiring about the process and benefits associated with registering with Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).

Mind Sports South Africa is the largest membership based gaming organisation in South Africa, and is also the official controlling body for Board games, Card games, Esports, Robotics, and historical figure games (or Wargames).  
There are many advantages of having a MSSA affiliated club, such as:
  1. Being part of a community where your club has a real say in how things are done
  2. Being able to apply for National Lottery Funding – MSSA member clubs can apply for up to R500,000.00 in funding, 
  3. Being able to get assistance from your local government,
  4. Experience increased media exposure of your events and your gamers,
  5. Become part of the international community through the MSSA Registered players are able to become internationally recognised umpires, etc.,
  6. Being able to put your club's news up on MSSA's blog,
  7. Enable your gamers to take part in MSSA events, which may qualify them for colours, overseas trips, and even sports bursaries at university.
How to affiliate a club
To affiliate a club is quite an easy affair, all you have to do is follow these easy steps:
  1. Gather the people together that want to form the club. Please note that there needs to be at least three members, and
  2. Hold a meeting at which you agree to start a club, and at which meeting you agree to the Constitution as well as who are the elected office-bearers of the club (all such decisions must be by consensus), and
  3. Write up the minutes of your inaugural meeting, and
  4. Send in the club’s Constitution and Application Form for Affiliation to the MSSA.
However, it should be noted that school clubs do not need their own constitution and only require the permission of the school's  principal.
Once the MSSA is in receipt of the Constitution and Application Form for Affiliation, the MSSA will go through the Constitution and (if acceptable) approve it at the next Management Board Meeting. Only once membership is approved, are fees due.

MSSA’s Constitution  
The Constitution forms the foundation of the MSSA. It guarantees members rights and governs the way that the MSSA operates. It can only be amended by a two-thirds majority at a Council Meeting. Please remember that Associations only have two (2) votes each, whereas member clubs have a representational vote, being: normal clubs: one vote per every five registered players, and school clubs: one vote per every ten registered players.

MSSA’s General Regulations  
The General Regulations comprises of decisions made by both Council and Executive Committee Meetings. The General Regulations deals with how sub-committees operate as well as to how teams are selected and development funding is distributed. Please refer to Schedule 10.12 in regard to the rights of clubs in hosting events.

MSSA’s Discipline Specific Regulations  
The Discipline Specific Regulations deal with rules concerning the different disciplines. The Disciplines that the MSSA caters for are; Board games, Card games, Esports, Robotics, and historical figure games.  
Application for Affiliation form  
When a club applies for membership, the applicant club must complete such form and return the same to the MSSA.
Fee note for the 2017/2018 year 
The fee note details the Affiliation Fees and Registration fees that are payable.
The fees for the 2017/2018 gaming year (1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018) are:
Affiliation fees per clubR100.00 per annum
Registration fees:Registered with MSSA
Players who are members of school clubs
R101.00 per player
R  6.00 per player

Player Registration Form   
The Player Registration Form needs to be completed by every player that is a member of a club and intends to participate in MSSA affairs.
Proforma Constitution  
In order for a club to be a legal entity, a club must have a Constitution and must have multiplicity of members (3 or more members). The Constitution tells how the club operates and must, to a certain extent mirror MSSA’s Constitution. The Constitution  of a club must have certain clauses in order to ensure that there are the necessary bonds between the MSSA and the club. Therefore, MSSA insists that the clauses, “Objectives”, “Title and Legal Personality”, “Dispute Resolution”, and “Dissolution” remain unchanged. However, the club may amend the other clauses. Once the applicant club is satisfied with their Constitution, the elected Chairperson must initial each page, and sign and date the last page and submit a copy to the MSSA.
MSSA’s Letter of Undertaking  
The Letter of Undertaking is for all registered players who sit on any MSSA committee.
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Anyone who would like to obtain more documentation, as well as the necessary application forms to register or affiliate with the MSSA please contact MSSA directly.

Game titles under review.

Console gaming allows greater development in esports.
Just as Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) will review the esports game titles to be played at its 2018 Online School Championships and at its 2018 School Provincial and National Championships, so MSSA will review all the titles that are played at its 2018 Premier Provincial and National Championships.

The esports titles offered in 2017 by MSSA were:

SaturdayStarCraft IIPro Evolution SoccerHearthStoneTekken Tag Tournament IIUltimate Street Fighter VCounterStrike: GO
SundayBattlefield 1FIFA '17Mortal Kombat XDotA 2League of LegendsVainGlory
The process that is  followed is very simple, and is open to every fully-paid-up member club, being:
  • Member clubs must submit their proposals to MSSA on or before 1 November 2017,
  • All the proposals are then put on the agenda  which is sent out to the member clubs at least 21 days before MSSA's AGM on 3 December  2017, and
  • All member clubs vote on the proposals.
Of course preference is always given to:
  • Esports titles played at IeSF World Championships,
  • Esports titles that are well supported by the membership during the previous year,
  • Esports titles which have been proven to be popular at Regional Championship  level, and
  • Esports titles which MSSA's Council believes will be beneficial to promote.
Of course there is always a cost associated to holding championships, and with MSSA being a non-profit association, MSSA is always aware that every rand counts. Thus the titles chosen also need to  be financially viable if not having a strong  development nature attached thereto.

Member clubs are therefore welcome to submit their proposals.