Saturday, 22 July 2017

Final entry date for 4 term Inter-school League - Monday, 24th of July 2017.

MSSA has decided to allow schools an extension for the 4 term Inter-school League.

The final entry date for teams will be 20H00 on Monday, 24th of July 2017.

If entries are not submitted before the close off date and time, schools will not be able to participate in this championship.

The championship is an awesome opportunity for scholars to earn provincial colours for their respective games and provinces.

Further details are as follows:

Four term schoolsschool league - 
1st round - week ending 28 July 2017
2nd round - week ending 4 August 2017
3rd round - week ending 11 August 2017
4th round - week ending 18 August 2017
5th round - week ending 25 August 2017

eSports titles to be played at 2017 School LAN Provincial and National Championships

StarCraft IILeague of LegendsHearthStoneTekken 7
CounterStrike: GOFIFA '17DotA 2VainGlory

Schools  must enter their teams on the allotted Google Drive pages.

Senior National Federation Colours awarded in 2016

Xola Magwaza wearing Senior Nationa;l Federation Colours
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), South Africa's largest membership gaming body, awards National Federation Colours as well as Regional, Provincial, and Protea Colours.

The highest award is, of course, Protea Colours. To earn such you have to play in an international event for MSSA. Readers will be quite disturbed to note that a number of gamers claim to have received Protea Colours and have never been awarded such. A full list of gamers who have received Protea Colours for esports may be viewed on

Just below the Protea Colours award is MSSA's Senior National Federation Colours. To receive such is less difficult than to receive Protea Colours, and gamers may be awarded such Senior National Federation Colours on the following grounds:

  1. By any person selected to represent MSSA, or
  2. By any person who has won all his/her games at the S A National Championships.

Any player who has received the award three times is the awarded the 'Honours Award'.

The full list of gamers who have been awarded Senior National Federation Colours in 2016 is as follows:

 Date Name of player Honours How awarded Period Club/Team
2016 Jason Batzofin
National Team Manager St John’s College
Joline Bico Honours Nat. Team & SAN FIFA ‘16 BNKR
Ryan Boyes Honours National Team Manager BNKR
Gregory Edward Brittain
S A Nationals Counter Strike: GO VexxedPhoenix
Michael Charles Brittain
S A Nationals Counter Strike: GO VexxedPhoenix
Kyle Chan Some
S A Nationals Mortal Kombat X Northcliff High School
Riaan Coetzee
SA Nationals League of Legends VexxedPhoenix
Sybrand De Kock
SA Nationals League of Legends VexxedPhoenix
Richard Ferreira
S A Nationals PES 2016 Fakkel School
Gawie Fick
S A Nationals Tekken Tag Tournament II Fakkel School
Robyn Gertzer
S A Nationals Mortal Kombat X Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club
Lyle Jeacocks
National Team CounterStrike: GO Anteria
Dylan Johnston
S A Nationals DotA 2 VexxedPhoenix
Jessie Joubert (Team Captain)
National Team CounterStrike: GO Rondebosch Boys
Dillon Justus
National Team CounterStrike: GO DF Malan
Maryke Kennard
National Team League of Legends Tuks University
Kayle Koegelenberg
S A Nationals DotA 2 VexxedPhoenix
Jarryd Knight
S A Nationals DotA 2 VexxedPhoenix
Leonard Loftus
S A Nationals Street Fighter V Masters of Mind Sports
Leone Loftus
S A Nationals Mortal Kombat X Masters of Mind Sports
Khahliso Malape
S A Nationals FIFA ‘16 Fakkel School
Matthew Martle
S A Nationals DotA 2 VexxedPhoenix
Francois Mouton
National Team HearthStone Tuks University
Stephan Pauley
S A Nationals Counter Strike: GO VexxedPhoenix
Paul Prinsloo
SA Nationals League of Legends VexxedPhoenix
Taylor Rose
National Team League of Legends Knights Mind Sports
Danie Rusch
SA Nationals League of Legends VexxedPhoenix
Alan John "Aj" Simpkins
S A Nationals DotA 2 VexxedPhoenix
Aidan Smale
SA Nationals StarCraft II Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Matthew Smith (Team captain)
National Team League of Legends Knights Mind Sports
Leandré Sparks
National Team CounterStrike: GO Anteria
Nadine Swart
S A Nationals Tekken Tag Tournament II HTS Witbank
Kyle Turnbull (Team Captain) Honours National Team FIFA ‘16 HTS Witbank
Johan Uys
National Team League of Legends Tuks University
Johan van Breda
National Team League of Legends Tuks University
Sune Van Der Merwe
S A Nationals Street Fighter V HTS Witbank
Sarel van Jaarsveld
S A Nationals Counter Strike: GO VexxedPhoenix
Adele Janse van Rensburg
SA Nationals League of Legends VexxedPhoenix
De Toit Van Rooyen
S A Nationals Counter Strike: GO VexxedPhoenix
Kelvin Yang
S A Nationals HearthStone Northcliff High School
Simon Zandstra
National Team CounterStrike: GO Rondebosch Boys
Bonge Zwane
National Team FIFA ‘16 HTS Witbank

Ekasi Esports has a CounterStrike: GO team.

From left to right: Sibonelo Vilakazi, Michael Mbatha, Buhle Dludla, Jabulani Mthombeni and Rungulani Vilakazi. 
Team Manager: Smilo "Slim" Gosa.
Ekasi Esports is the first official esports club in Soweto, and being determined to make their mark on gaming in South Africa, the club has forged forward to create Soweto's first CounterStrike: GO team.

Under the watchful eye of team manager Smilo Gosa, the team is expected to do great things as Sibonelo Vilakazi, Michael Mbatha, Buhle Dludla, Jabulani Mthombeni and Rungulani Vilakazi take on all comers.

In fact, Smilo has made it quite clear to a number of MSSA officials, that under his guidance, he will train up his team to the level of entering the Protea Team and represent South Africa in official  championships.

The gauntlet has been thrown down, now all that remains is to see SOWETO's best astound all.

How to play against the official Protea Esports Team.

The 2012, 2013, 2014,  and 2015 Protea Teams that attended IeSF's World Championships.
With the official Protea Esports Team having been selected to officially represent South Africa for esports, and since the team has the same status as any other South African national team, the team only competes as the national team upon instruction from Mind Sports South Africa.

Thus the team almost plays exclusively as a composite unit against other national teams. From time-to-time the team may also play 'friendlies' against  top ranking international  club teams in order to practice for the World Championships.

Team members from the same club may even participate in other local events together. However, such games are obviously considered to be practice matches and are not done in the livery of the national team.

It therefore stands to reason that unless the entire national team is playing as a composite whole with MSSA's approval, the team playing is not the national team.

So when do local players get to play against the National Esports Team?

Simply put, only with the approval of MSSA's Management Board, and after written request. Any such match, if agreed to would only be done under the following conditions:

1. The team requesting such match is affiliated to MSSA, and

2. The event is  done at a LAN, and
3. All equipment is standardised, and
4. All players are subjected to the WADA drug test, and
5. There is no  ambush marketing, and
6. Costs are paid by the applicant.

Otherwise,, any player who  qualifies for the annual National Team Trials have the opportunity to 'battle' it out against the previous years'  team members as they seek selection.

Any team that qualifies for National Team Trials has automatic entry into such Trials.

To qualify for National Team Trials, all a team has to do is be placed
 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.

The next national  event is MSSA's 
Annual South African National School Championship to be played on 29 & 30 July 2017. The championship is hosted by Oakhill College in Knysna.

The next provincial event is 
MSSA's KwaZulu Natal Provincial LAN Championship to be played on 5 & 6 August 2017. The championship is hosted by Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Why MSSA is so able to adapt to new circumstances.

The member club is central to how MSSA is administrated.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA)'s system of affiliation is almost unique in South Africa.

Instead of having clubs affiliated to Regional Associations which are then having the Regional associations affiliated to Provincial associations, and then having the Provincial associations affiliated to the National Federation, MSSA has a far more direct structure.

MSSA's structure has the member  club directly affiliated to the National Federation.

The advantages in doing it this way are obvious, and are:

  1. It allows the member  clubs greater say, and
  2. It allows a greater degree of upward mobility to those who want to  take up a position as an office-bearer, and
  3. It allows the continual introduction of fresh and new ideas.
Thus instead of spending years in the trenches, as one would in another sporting code, Registered Players can quickly move up the ranks to make their voices heard.

However, it should be borne in mind that just because you have a voice that everything that you propose will become the rule.

All decisions are voted upon, and all decisions are made by majority vote.

There is not a single committee member that has his/her own way. Every office-bearer has had ideas shot down in flames.

However, at the end of the day the committee is unified, and speaks with one voice.

Growth is dependent on introspection.

The growth of esports, like any other sport, requires the sport to  adapt from year-to-year in order to accommodate changes.

This we have seen in traditional sports like cricket where the faster paced T20 series  has become more popular than the 5-day test matches. It does not mean that the 5-day test matches have been replaced, all it means that there are now other alternatives.

So it is with rugby. 'Currie Cup' was once hailed as the highest standard of play for the South African provincial franchises. However, the dominance of 'Currie Cup' has, in my opinion, largely been replaced by 'Super Rugby'. In my mind, the thrill  of seeing South African franchises take on the Australians and New Zealanders eclipses the 'Currie Cup'.

And so it is with esports.

There are various ways of promoting esports, some very different to each other.

The problem is that when a group of gamers fail to understand that various techniques should be used, growth and development is nigh on impossible amongst such group.

The largest problem that South  African esports has, just  like any other sporting code, is that it is easy to develop a 'bif-fish-in-a-small-pond' mentality. As such a team that does well in South African  events may continually fail to do well in international events as on  an international level it will be a 'minnow'.

So how is this trend reversed?

For a start the players who wish to compete on an international level have to shelve  there personal likes and  dislikes and adopt a professional attitude on all levels.

By playing  in every possible local competition, the team would thus ready itself by qualifying for more international events. By only playing in some, and excluding others, the team does no justice to itself and its gamers.

The key is to play in as many international events as possible.

However, once players in South Africa improve sufficiently, South African gaming will have a new problem - as like all other sports - in that the top players will leave South Africa to play in more lucrative markets.

The fact that so few South Africans get placed in foreign professional teams is the true acid test of the current standard of South African gaming.

It is one of Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) development programmes to nurture gamers to become good enough so that they can follow a career in esports overseas.

And is that  not what every esports athlete wants?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

I-Village Schools Digital Skills Workshop.

I-Village will be hosting a digital skills workshop, at Emadwaneli Secondary School, on the 26th of July 2017.

The objective of the workshop is raise awareness on the digital career opportunities , understanding that more jobs today requires a level of adequate understanding of digital skills and further to ensure that our youth participate in the digital economy. The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with Emadwaneli Secondary School, The National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa), Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) and Acer South Africa..
At I-Village we are committed to bring about digital opportunities to the youth, most importantly in the townships and rural areas and with the key objective that our youth not only become consumers, but active participants to the 4th Industrial Revolution, says. Mr Mpho Tladi - Business Development Manager at I-Village.
The workshop will be showcasing digital career opportunities in Creative New Media Industries, Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC): Robotics, Coding and Electronic Sports (Esports).
About Us:
Innovation Village herein known as “I-Village” is a non-profit organisation that provides digital skills
training to the students, entrepreneurs and unemployed youth in townships and rural areas. The IVillage is based in Soweto, Dube, Kronen Centre.