Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Polokwane Regional Championship - 30 September and 1 October 2017.

Ready for the Polokwane Regional Championships?
The Polokwane Regional Championship shall be played on 30 September and 1 October 2017.

The championship also counts as a qualifier for the MSSA's National Team Trials as according to MSSA's rules, the winner of a Regional Championship automatically is invited to such National Team Trials.

Registrations will close on the 
22 September 2017. Late entries may be accepted. Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the 
Polokwane Regional Championships is an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:
Hosting Club
: Fragcon Gaming - 
  • Contact:  Petrus Maartens @ 084 637 1568 or fragcongaming@gmail.com
  • Venue: Tom Naude High School, Potgieter Avenue, Polokwane
  • Date: 30 September and 1 October 2017
  • Game Entry Fees: R100.00 per Player per weekend team game & individual game.                                 R50.00 per Player per game.
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
  • Schedule: No LAN / PC gaming. Only Board and Console Gaming at this championships.
  • Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices

Spectators are welcome!

The schedule for the event is:
SATURDAY:
Time
CounterStrike: GO
League of Legends (LoL)
Pro Evolution Soccer
Injustice 2
09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
09H45
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
10H30
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
11H15
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
12H00
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
13H00




Time
CounterStrike  (continued)
LoL (continued)
PES (continued)
HearthStone (continued)
14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close
SUNDAY:
Time
StarCraft II
Tekken 7
Street Fighter

09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts

09H45
Round 2 Starts
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues

10H30
Round 3 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts

11H15
Round 4 Starts
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues

12H00
Round 5 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts

12H45

Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues

13H00
LUNCH
Time
Dota (continued)
Tekken 7  (continued)
Street Fighter (continued)

14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts

14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues

15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts

16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues

17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close

Rules and Regulations
: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.

The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA's 2017 Polokwane Regional Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in both category as above.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours. 
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
  • Regional Colours: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall be awarded Regional Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials in such division. All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

It takes everyone's effort.

The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has advised all members on their good governance records based on their annual returns, membership, and good standing.

In 2016, under Simphiwe Maphumulo's presidency, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) soared to fifth place. Such ranking inspired MSSA's Board to reach even higher.


Thus in the first year of Morizane Boyes' presidency, MSSA has pushed itself even further. Under Morizane's astute leadership, the forces of administrators, officials, and athletes combined to create a winning team. The success of MSSA is not dependent on any one individual, it is dependent on the contribution of all. 

Yet even with the commitment, loyalty, dedication of people like Adele Janse van Rensburg, James Evans, Alwyn van Wyk, Ryan Boyes, Brandon Fester, and so many, many others, MSSA has reached a height not dreamed of. It is unfortunate that one cannot list all the names of all those who contributed to such success.

MSSA now climbed to the position of being ranked 1st for its administration.

Never before has South Africa been ranked first, and now that MSSA is so ranked, the challenge is to keep such ranking.

Review of SA's test match held against Tunisia.

MSSA's Team: (back row l -r): Angelique Ramos, Brandon Fester (Captain), Connor Cryans,
(front row l - r) Leana Jackson, Amone Bekker
Under the watchful eye of MSSA's Vice-President (James Evans) MSSA took to the field against Africa's premier League of Legends esports team - Tunisia on Saturday, 16 September 2017 at MWEB's MCAVE.

The test match was  also streamed on TULUNTULU.

The Tunisians were always going to be a hard nut to crack.


Nevertheless, MSSA continued with its policy of  'wetting the spears' of all its members of its national squad. Thus the remaining three members of the  national League of Legends squad, were selected to engage Tunisia in an  exciting test match.

The officially accredited test match is part of South Africa's preparations for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan. However, there is more at stake than just that... MSSA has a number of plans for 2018, and it is  trying to ensure that its entire squad is on the same standard.

The Protea team selected to play against Switzerland consisted of the following players:


There  is no doubt that the South African team rose to the challenge. Faced by Africa's top team, the Proteas fought long and hard. The brave South African team made the Tunisians pay for every victory.  Even viewers at the Asian Esports Confederation's General Assembly Meeting were impressed with the 'never say die' attitude of the Protea esports team as they attempted comeback-after-comeback.


At the end of the day, the objectives had been reached. Although South Africa lost 2 - 0 to Tunisia, many important lessons  had been learnt. Tunisia too has shown its hand prior to IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan whereas South Africa remains a 'dark horse'.


The entire national South African squad for the esports game of League of Legends are now the proud recipients of Protea Colours, and team training sessions have increased in intensity in order to uplift the entire squad's standard.

MSSA could not be prouder of its League of Legends squad.


Fury Born Gaming CS Team Hits the Ground Running


A new clan has risen to the challenge! Fury Born Gaming (FGB) based in the United Kingdom has created a new CS GO team which are jumping straight into the deep end by competing in a Gfinity tournament later today.

The team is very new but intend to make the clan, and themselves, proud. The team is lead by the fearless leader Kieran "Cython" Gilhooly who has been proving himself in the world of Counter Strike. Alongside him he is joined by Glynn "4llsopp" Allsopp who is an old hand at gaming and intends to bring his overall game experience to the team. Glynn's been playing games from the beginning and intends to support the team through thick and thin. You can catch him streaming on twitch.tv/4llsopp. Joining them is some young internationally blood; Jason "Salty_Jayy" Batzofin who's been making waves within the International e-Sports Federation. He hopes to bring some international experience and exposure to the team. And finally to finish the team off two solid CS players who can claim experience and skill; "Greggs" and "REAPQ1". Both these players have the skill and determination to pull through and be a part of leading this team to success.

Together the team will progress in the hopes of achieving greatness and it all starts with a single step. Be sure to follow any updates on the team on this blog page, on the Fury Born Gaming Twitter page @furyborngaming or at our website: http://furyborngaming.tk/

Fury Born Gaming
Feel Reborn

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Jason Batzofin (IeSF's Athletes' Commission) meets with AeSF's Players' Representative.

Frederico Alexandre Dos Santos Rosario (AeSF's Players' Representatives) and Jason Batzofin (IeSF's Athletes' Commission)  
The Asian Electronic Sports Federation's (AeSF) Annual General Meeting held at Hilton Al Ain on 15 September 2017 saw AeSF induct its Player's Representative.

Under the watchful eye of  His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, the General Meeting unanimously elected Frederico Alexandre Dos Santos Rosario (of Macau) as its Players' Representative.

International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has a policy of 'Protect the Player', through which IeSF is working to improve the basi
c conditions of esports athletes

As soon as he was elected to the position Jason Batzofin (Chairman of IeSFs' Athletes' Commission) welcomed Frederico to his newly elected position.

Readers should note that AeSF is without doubt the largest member based continental confederation for esports in the world. In fact, its size of membership is only dwarfed by IeSF itself. Affiliated to International e-Sports Federation, AeSF enjoys the spotlight of being the premier Continental Confederation for esports.

There is no doubt that AeSF shall become a major 'mover and skaker' in the world of esports as esports as a fully accredited sporting code continues to grow and develop.

Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan returned as President of Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AeSF)

 His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, (left) with Alex Lim of IeSF.

The Hilton Al Ain in UAE was a spectacular host the Asian Electronic Sports Federation's (AeSF) General Assembly Meeting on 15 September 2017.

The dazzling hotel was  only matched by the passion of the esports administrators present.

Presided over by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, the meeting consisted of representatives of 16 National Federations, being; Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. There were also five IeSF Board Members present from South Korea, England, Russia, South Africa, and Sweden.

With almost one voice the proposed changes to the Statutes were accepted to create a leaner, more efficient, AeSF.

The elections too were very positive, and His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan was returned as President of AeSF to the satisfaction of all who were present. Members of the Board were elected from 12 of the member nations present to create a diverse and democratic institution ready to meet the challenges that lie before it.

The ever efficient Loghman Shavarany (Iran) was returned as General Secretary.

Readers should note that AeSF is without doubt the largest member based continental confederation for esports in the world. In fact, its size of membership is only dwarfed by IeSF itself. Affiliated to International e-Sports Federation, AeSF enjoys the spotlight of being the premier Continental Confederation for esports.

There is no doubt that AeSF shall become a major 'mover and shaker' in the world of esports as esports as a fully accredited sporting code continues to grow and develop.

Test match schedule for SA vs Tunisia - 16 September 2017.

On 15 September 2017, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) announced its team for the official online esports test match that is to take place on 16 September 2017.

The Tunisian national team will take on the official South African National Protea Esports Team in an exciting test match which MSSA considers to be a vital step in MSSA's preparation of Team Esports South Africa for IeSF's 9th World Championships - BUSAN.

As loyal readers will note, MSSA has its own channel on TULUNTULU.

TULUNTULU is one of the largest mobile content platforms targeting audiences in Africa, and globally, with African focused content. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and iOS App stores; usage is free (no subscriptions), 100% free on Wi-Fi - with data costs only if connected via a mobile network (the low data setting consumes +-50MB/hr.). The “FREE” business model is designed to maximize audience reach and engagement.

TULUNTULU continues to grow and is approaching 500,000 app installs.

MSSA shall be streaming the official test match on its channel.
The schedule for 9 September 2017 is as follows:
  • Award Ceremony shall be from 12H00 till 13H00.
  • League of Legends (Game 1) - 13H00 to 14H00
  • League of Legends (Game 2) - 14H00 to 15H00
The League of Legends games shall be streamed live.

Should you wish to watch any of the above, please download the free TULUNTULU app, and enjoy the games on MSSA's channel.

Friday, 15 September 2017

MSSA announces its Protea League of Legends team to battle against Tunisia.

Mind Sports South Africa continues to make sure that MSSA is a better and more representative national federation..

Already MSSA has played an online test match against Switerland on 9 September 2017 in an officially accredited IeSF onli
ne test match. It was in such test match that more females have participated than ever before.

However, MSSA has upped the ante.

For the 
officially accredited IeSF online test match to be played against Tunisia on 16 September 2017, MSSA has increased the number  of female gamers to three.
This means that 
Amone Bekker, Leana Jackson, and Angelique Ramos shall be awarded Protea Colours.


The Protea team to play against Switzerland shall consist of the following players:

  • Brandon Fester (Captain), 
  • Amone Bekker
  • Leana Jackson
  • Angelique Ramos
  • Connor Cryans
MSSA is convinced that the Protea Team will do South Africa proud as they play from MWEB's MCAVE on 16 September 2017.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

South Africa's Jason Batzofin elected as IeSF's Athletes' Commission Chairperson.

Jason Batzofin (Old Edwardian Wargames Club) at IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.
Internationale-Sports Federation (IeSF) Athletes’ Commission announced that Jason Batzofin (South Africa) has been elected as the Chairperson of Athletes’ Commission in August 2017.

The Athletes’ Commission chair will now be sitting as a Board member of IeSF to deliver the voices of esports athletes to the Board of IeSF, and also to actively participate in decision making processes to be more focused on athlete driven initiatives. Jason's main focus will be on building a platform and communication channel for esports athletes to voice freely on national and international level, for athlete voices, interest, and welfare to be heard directly to esports national federations and IeSF.

Madeleine Leander (Sweden)
Jason Batzofin has been the Junior World Champion for Historical Wargames-Ancients Period, and has also been the CounterStrike: GO Player and athlete representative of South Africa (MSSA) in 2015. 

Madeleine Leander (Sweden), the gold medalist for StarCraft 2 in 2013 Esports World Championships, was elected as Vice Chairperson.

The Athletes’ Commission was inaugurated at the 1stGlobal Esports Executive Summit 2016 in Shanghai, China. To take more active footsteps the Athletes’ Commission supported to attend the Esports World Championships in 2016 and also have been invited to the General Meeting to “look and feel” the current structures in place. The nomination of the first chair and vice-chair this august is the step to systemize the Athletes’ Commission and to take further steps to develop the foundation in the future.

For more information please read through the card news uploaded at IeSF official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IeSFederation/photos/pcb.1340274472695369/1340274262695390/?type=3&theater

Results: City of Johannesburg Regional Championships

Muhammed Laher
MSSA's 2017 City of Johannesburg Regional Championships was hosted by the Old Edwardian Wargames Club on 9 September 2017 for the 4th year in a row.

However, the Old Edwardian Wargames  Club has only held three periods (Ancients, FIFA '17, and Morabaraba) which now  allows other member clubs based inn Johannesburg to hold Regional Championships in other board game, esports, and wargames periods.

Readers should also be aware that MSSA awards Regional and Provincial Colours based on residency. Thus if a player lives in Polokwane but plays in the City of Johannesburg Regional Championships and qualifies for Regional Colours, such player would still be awarded Polokwane Regional Colours.


The winners of MSSA's 2017 City of Johannesburg Regional Championships are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Ancients – DBM 3.2 Terence Allwright Old Edwardian Wargames Club Gauteng Regional
FIFA '17 Muhammed Laher Mayfair Gauteng Regional
Morabaraba Terence Allwright Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Morabaraba (female) Anne- Lee Steyn JCS Academy

Photographs of the event may be found on: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mindsportssa/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156548349404008

Parys High School affiliates.


The growth of esports at school  level continues unabated with the affiliation of  Parys High School (Hoërskool Parys) to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).

This now pushes the total number of properly constituted clubs affiliated to MSSA to 79 clubs country-wide.

However, it  is particularly exciting to see Parys High School affiliate.

The 134 year-old school, which is known for having 'heart' truly caters for its learners,  and  can move with the times - as seen by the school  accepting  esports into the fold.

The school has affiliated in time to participate in MSSA's 31st SA National Championships.

MSSA's 31st SA National Championships shall be held at Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg on 2 & 3 December 2017.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

How are National Team Managers appointed?

There are few things as treasured as much as officially representing the country in any sport.

It is a topic that always inspires heated debate by members and non-members alike. Almost everybody has an opinion of who should, or should not be, in any national team.

It is not only on the athletes that the public-at-large express an opinion, but even on the managers, coaches, and sometimes even on the technical staff selected by the national federation.

The National Team Manager is the person within MSSA who is responsible to the administration in all matters concerning the national team.

So how is the National Team Manager selected?

The rules for the selecting a National Team Manager to represent Mind Sports South Africa are clearly stated in Clause 40 of the Constitution.

The constitution gives provision for a National Team Manager to be selected from the following should the Gaming Representative be unable or unwilling to act as Manager of such team:
  • Any member of the Management Board, or
  • Any Registered Player who has held any office for at least three years in an administrative or technical capacity for MSSA, or
  • Any Registered Player who has already served as a National Team Manager
All previous National Team Managers are listed below:

Year Name of Manager Club Discipline
2017 James Evans Knights Mind Sports Club Esports
Ryan Boyes BNKR Gaming Esports
2016 Jason Batzofin St John’s College Esports
Ryan Boyes BNKR Gaming Esports
2015 Ryan Boyes BNKR Gaming Esports
Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Boardgames & wargames
2014 Ryan Boyes BNKR Gaming Esports
2013 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Boardgames, Esports & wargames
David Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Esports
2012 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Boardgames, Esports, & wargames
David Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Esports
2011 Dr Ryan van der Bergh Wits University Wargames Club Esports
Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Boardgames & wargames
2010 Ginny Daly Knights Mind Sports Club Esports
Michelle Marder Knights Mind Sports Club Esports
Dr Ryan van der Bergh Wits University Wargames Club Esports
Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Boardgames & wargames
2009 Ginny Daly Knights Mind Sports Club Esports
Dr Ryan van der Bergh Wits University Wargames Club Esports
Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Boardgames & wargames
2007 Johann von Backström AGASA Esports
Dr. David Vannucci University of Witwatersrand Boardgames & wargames
2006 Johann von Backström AGASA Esports
Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
2005 Joann Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Boardgames & wargames
Wayne Kruger Exactmobile Esports
2004 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
2003 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
2002 Sylvia Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
2001 Robert England Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
2000 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
1999 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
1998 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
1997 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Boardgames & wargames
1996 Gregg Kupczyk Jeppe Quondam Wargames Boardgames & wargames
1995 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Wargames
1994 Andrew James Northern Suburbs Wargames
1993 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Wargames
1992 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Wargames
1991 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Wargames