Monday, 20 November 2017

How to qualify to serve on an international body

Alex Lim, IESF's Secretary General.
Whenever Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) takes a team overseas, players  within the team are always impressed with the magnitude of the international event.

The people, atmosphere, venue, media, flights, and accommodation all inspire the team members to aim for higher things.

Thus some of the team members express an  interest in serving the sport at a higher level.

Certainly, MSSA encourages all its players, whether in board games, card games, esports, or wargames, to become more involved.

However, it should be noted that such participation starts at home.

It starts with being a paid-up Registered Player, becoming involved in running a club,and then progressing to a position on the national federation. It is also not something that will happen immediately as anybody wishing to get involved needs to establish a track-record.

Administrators that aim to serve on an international level are here for the 'long-haul'.

It should also be remembered that any position on a committee is a work position. These positions require time and effort. Registered Players that get elected who do not perform, often will be removed.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Jason Batzofin shines at GEES.

Professor Andy Miah (left) and  Jason Batzofin (right).
Following the Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES) 2016 which was held in Shanghai, International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) held its Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES) 2017 in Busan, at the International Passenger Terminal Convention Center on November 13th - 15th.

So it was that Mind Sports South Africa's Jason Batzofin (who is also IESF's Chairman of the Players' Commission) shared the stage with Matthew Pound (Head  of Communications of the Internnational Table Tennis Federation), Professor Andy Miah (university of Salford), and Sean Kwom (VP of International Business of Appnori) discussed the topic: Esport and Sports Synergies "Value Creation".

What ensued was a lively debate in which Jason proved to be a equal to thee other panelists.

By the end of the discussion a number of the areas in which there are synergies had been explored, and the audience further educated.

Do you know where you are going to?

Vlad Marinescu, president of Rsportz, speaking at the 2017 edition of GEES on the development of esports.
While many gamers tend to think that esports, as being a new sporting code, needs to have new structures and that the structures of existing sporting codes do not apply to esports, few gamers are aware that the development of esports is practically mirroring the development of all other sporting codes.

The only real difference is that with esports, like the titles therein, it is all happening at a much faster rate.

In many of the established sports, out of the development of 'professional' teams, there was a slow and steady movement to institute controlling bodies in order to establish generally accepted rules and regulations. It was through such rues and regulations  that the sports became better governed and were able to attract larger sponsorships.

One only has to look at the development of American Football. 

American football had short-lived professional leagues around the turn of the twentieth century. 

The leagues in the 1920's were underfinanced, and the teams often went out of business.

It was only after World war II that professional teams gained considerable popularity. 

With such popularity, American football then had to deal with such problems as franchise relocations, nationwide expansion, conflicts with interlopers, limiting player salaries, and racial integration. 

This is where esports finds itself, both here and abroad, at the cusp of developing into one of the  world's greatest sports.

Thus everybody involved in esports at the current moment  of time is a pioneer in esports and are responsible for helping  build a structure that will carry esports, as a fully accredited sport, into the future.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), being South Africa's largest member based esports organisation, is at the spearhead of such development and welcomes participation from all members.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Final entry date for MSSA's S A National Championships.

Most, if not all, of the BOO! Protea Esports Team shall be present at MSSA's South African National Championships shall be played on 2 & 3 December 2017.
MSSA's South African National Championships shall be played on 2 & 3 December 2017.

The final entry date for teams will be 20H00 on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

If entries are not submitted before the close off date and time, entries will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

The championship is an awesome opportunity for players to earn Provincial and High School Provincial Colours (whichever is applicable) for their respective games and provinces.

South African National Championships shall be held at Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg, on 
2 & 3 December 2017.

South African National Championships is part of the process of selecting the 2018 Protea teams that will attend IeSF's 10th World Championships as well as helping to determine the venue for such 2018 National Team Trials.

Gamers are reminded that the event shall be filmed, and the content screened on Tuluntulu.

All gamers are reminded that MSSA's 
South African National Championships are 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.

You may contact MSSA at

Details are as follows:
  • Board gaming
  • Esports
  • Wargaming

Reviewing the performance of the Protea CounterStrike: GO team

The group stage draw for CounterStrike: GO at IESF's 9th World Championships - Busan.
The BOO! Protea Esports CounterStrike: GO Team faced off against Korea, Romania, Malaysia and the Philippines at IESF's 9th World Championships - Busan.

There is no doubt that the team was in a very hard group with Romania and Korea finishing in 2nd and 3rd place at the championships.

The group could be seen as a group of 'death', however, if the truth be told, any of the four groups could be viewed as groups of death.

At world championship level, there are no easy groups. Even if there were easy groups, the winners of such groups would be quickly dispatched by the more robust teams.

Thus, in my opinion, there is not a single team, professional or amateur, in South Africa that would actually have beaten either Korea or Romania to get out of the group stages.

That means that there is a serious problem with the overall standard of play in South Africa in the CounterStrike: GO esports title.

It also means, in my personal opinion, that MSSA should be looking at the CounterStrike: GO teams from a more developmental point  of view.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

SA's BOO! Protea League of Legends Team is ranked 15th in the world.

MSSA's BOO! Protea League of Legends Team was without doubt the strongest, and best, South African League of Legends team.

The team (consisting of players from VexxedPhoenix) dominated the South African scene during 2017.

However, luck was not on the team's side when it found itself in Group C with Taiwan, Russia, Switzerland, and Korea in what could only be described as the group of 'death'.

Nevertheless the team gave it their all and the team romped home to victory but succumbed to Korea, Taiwan, and Switzerland.

IESF's 9th World Championships, however, not only showed the character of the team, but also the weaknesses inherent in South African gaming.

Team captain, Brandon Fester, is already busy compiling his recommendations for MSSA's Esports Board of Control.

It is hoped that such recommendations will lead to the development of a more competitive esports scene in South Africa.

Should the scene become more competitive,  with more depth, South Africa will be able to build on the solid foundations created by MSSA's 2017 BOO! Protea League of Legends Team in order to deliver even better teams to IESF's 10th World Championships.

There is no doubt that there is a  lot of work to be done between now and MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials,

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

South Africa climbs to 12 place in world esports rankings.

IESF's official rankings
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has always prided itself on its rankings earned at IESF World Championships.

MSSA 2017 BOO! Protea Esports Team is no exception having given it their all while facing extremely tough competition.

As usual, the standard of esports rises from year to year.

Therefore it is not an option to remain constant as to do so actually shows a decline in standard.

With every country pushing the envelope from a year-to-year basis, MSSA has had to continually up its game in order to produce better teams.

In 2016, South Africa slumped to be ranked 14th in the world from its 2015 ranking of 12th.

Through reviewing  its systems and promoting an even greater degree of  competitiveness, the teams representing South Africa have pushed South Africa back up to be ranked 12th in the world.

The improved rankings show the increased South African standard, and MSSA intends to build on its successes in 2017 to push further up the international rankings at IESF's 10th World Championships.