Whenever articles are published apropos eSports, there is always a long line of 'trolls' who cannot wait to spew forth with their negative attitudes.
Yet in their many comments you can find the failings of eSports in South Africa, as such 'Trolls' demonstrate the lack of understanding of what is required to get eSports to the next level.
Invariably there is always a laughable attack on Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).
However, it is through the efforts of MSSA that:
1. eSports is considered to be a sport, and
2. That a team has been sent every year overseas since 2005, and
3. Protea Colours are awarded to eSport athletes, and
4. eSport athletes are able to earn sports bursaries.
Thus MSSA works hard to get the fundamentals right.
MSSA has a strong base of member clubs which actively participate in the decision making process.
Through the school clubs, MSSA can ensure that there is growth and development among all South Africans.
Only once there is a strong base of clubs will there be:
1. A strong competitive grounding, and
2. The development of professional coaching.
In turn the strong inter-club competition will lead to an even stronger inter-provincial system which will attract greater investment from sponsors.
The widened base will also attract more coverage in South African events.
Only then, will South African clubs and provincial structures be able to pay salaries to eSport athletes to create true professionals.
However, it won't happen if the fundamentals are not in place.