Thursday, 28 May 2015

Maryke leads yet another Tuks League of Legends team to victory!

Maryke Kennard - second from the left
There is no question about just how passionate Maryke Kennard is about the game of League of Legends, or LoL to some.

Maryke Kennard - second from the right
Maryke is the force that pushes and promotes the game in the Tuks Mindsports Club. Without Maryke's boundless enthusiasm and commitment, the teams from Tuks would certainly not do as well as they are.

Since 2014 Maryke has lead the Tuks Mindsports League of Legends to the following victories:
  • The 2014 MWEB Gauteng Provincial Championships, 
  • The 2014 MWEB South African National Championships, 
  • The 2015 MWEB Gauteng Provincial Championships, and
  • The 2015 MWEB Mapumulanga Provincial Championships.
For her efforts Maryke has earned both Gauteng Provincial Colours (in both the Student and Senior divisions) as well as South African Nationa Federation Colours (in both the Student and Senior divisions).

Should Maryke continue on this path, it is more than likely that she will become the first female in the history of the MSSA to be awarded the much desired Honours Award in both categories as well as in both divisions.

Such award will place her in among a very select group of people who have the Honours Award.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Kyle still at the top of his game!

Kyle Turnbull receiving his Protea Colours
Kyle Turnbull really does have a remarkable talent at the game of FIFA '15.

There is not an official MSSA championship in which he has played that he has not won outright. In fact it has come to our attention that Kyle is totally dominating the unofficial leagues as well.

This young player from HTS Witbank is as dedicated to the game of FIFA as one can imagine. His dedication and hard work means that for the third consecutive year, Kyle is at the top of his game.

At the MWEB sponsored 14th Mpumalanga Championships held on 23 and 24 May 2015, Kyle simply demolished all of his opponents. There were even games that Kyle won 17 - 2.

The only real competition that Kyle got was from Joline Pico (also of HTS Witbank) who at least held him for the greater part of the game. But even Joline crumbled in the end to Kyle's mastery of the game.

There is no doubt that Kyle needs international competition to further improve.

Tuks Mindsports Monthly Cup

Welcome to the second Hearthstone Monthly Cup. This cup is hosted jointly by eAegaming and Tuks MindSport Club.

The cup will span over two days, where the group stages are played on the 30th and the single elimination brackets are played on the 31st. We will attempt to have as many matches casted as possible, and we urge players to attempt to cast, or record, some of their own matches.

Registration for the tournament can be done on:

When signing up, select to use an alternative name and include your full battle tag as the alternative name when signing up. This is required so that the tournament can have a much easier flow.

Groups of 4 Schedule
Matches will be played on the 30th.
Each group has brackets with the titles of A, B, C, F, G. (It is the letter next to the bracket).
Bracket A and B will be from 17:00-18:00.
Bracket C and F will be from 18:00-19:00.
Bracket G will be from 19:00-20:00.

Single Elimination Rounds Schedule
Matches will be played on the 31st.
Round 1 will be from 17:00-18:00
Round 2 will be from 18:00-19:00
Top semifinal will be from 19:00-20:00
Bottom semifinal will be from 20:00-21:00
Finals will be from 21:00-22:00

Tuks Mindsports gamer dominates at Mpumalanga Provincial Championships

Erasmus Burger with medal
At the MWEB sponsored 32nd Gauteng Championships, Erasmus Burger dominated the championships from start to finish.

At such championship, held in March, Erasmus scored a perfect victory earning himself the maximum points that could be earned.

A number of critics started to claim that it was due entirely to the fact that the current SA Champion from St John's College ((Jason Batzofin) was not present.

Erasmus of course laughed off such critics, and to prove a point entered the MWEB sponsored 14th Mpumulanga Championships.

Erasmus on the attack
So, on a misty Saturday morning, Erasmus headed out to Witbank to do battle, and do battle he did.

Erasmus showed no mercy and attacked each and every opponent with passion.

None could blunt his attacks, and all succumbed as Erasmus again notched up not only another provincial title, but also a perfect win.

Obviously his seeding points reflect his win as he pushed his points from 668 to over 1,000 points, being the first South African in 2015 to cross such threshold.

Erasmus is now setting himself up as the undisputed champion in Ancients wargaming.

It will be interesting to see if he can maintain his form until the SA National Championships in December.

The rankings of the top twenty South Africans is as follows:

How cool is this?

Join us in May 29-31 when we travel to Bran Castle, Romania, for the third edition of Viagame House Cup
I came across this on the MSSA facebook page.

Even though I am an avid reader, I have not discovered this little gem on anybody else's site. Why should I, after all it is not an event being played in South Africa, even if, well, gosh, it is just so damned cool!

Imagine sitting in Bran Castle, thje home of Count Dracula while playing a Hearthstone competition.


Talking about the fusion of the old and the new!

I wish I knew about it sooner - I would have gone just to watch.

How cool would it have been if the MSSA had sent a member of the MWEB Protea eSports Team to this?

Yet no-one other the MSSA has even mentioned this to my knowledge.

Is this really how far our eSports journalists are behind what is going on in the rest of the world?

Monday, 25 May 2015

Announcement of the official SA Counterstrike: GO squad.

Johan Heymans
With great delight, the MSSA is now in a position to announce the squad from which the official South African Counterstrike: Go teams will be drawn to represent South Africa at the upcoming World Championships as well as at the 7th IeSF World Championships later this this year.
Of course none of this would be possible without the continued support of MWEB. MWEB is the official team sponsor, and through their continued support, South Africa has been able to climb from being ranked 18th in the world in 2012 to be ranked 13th in the world in 2015.
The squad consists of nine of the finest Counterstrike players that participate in the official South African tournament scene.
To be selected or the final squad, each player qualified for National Team Trials at either a Regional, Provincial or National Championship. It was then at the official National Team trials that the squad was selected.
The squad has now gone through the full selection process and the Management Board has the pleasure of announcing the team.
Name Club Position
Heymans, Johan BerZerK Team Captain
Batzofin, Jason St John's College Player
Boucher, Michael BerZerK Player
Brown, Thomas All Stars Player
Krugel, Wilmar BerZerK Player
Nortjé, Thylé All Stars Player
Smale, Duncan St John's College Player
van Wamelen, Bastiaan St John's College Player
Venter, Cornel BerZerK Player
Boyes, Ryan BNKR Gaming Team Manager
The squad is now in full preparation for the qualifying matches for both championships.
The official award ceremony where each player shall be awarded his Protea Colours shall be done in due course prior to the first online qualifying match.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tuks Mindsports club set to dominate Mpumalanga Championships in DotA 2

The Tuks Mindsports DotA 2 team with the spoils of war
The Tuks Mindsports Club is one of the newest clubs affiliated to the MSSA.

In its brief history since 2014, the club has been ably lead by Morne Snyman who has steered the club to become, without any doubt, the most promising eSports club in South Africa.

As such the Tuks Mindsports Club has totally overshadowed the once dominant Wits University Wargames Club as the leading university club in South Africa.

Already this year, 2015, the Tuks Mindsports Club has captured one victory after another.

Although the club did not attend the North West Provincial Championships in Klerksdorp, the club has won the following two official MSSA championships:
  • The MWEB Gauteng Provincial Championships, whereat the team won all their games, and where all the players were awarded Gauteng Provincial Colours, and
  • The MWEB Online DotA 2 Championships. At such championships, the team again won all their games and displayed to all their mastery over the game.

Thus the Tuks Mindsports Club's DotA 2 team has set themselves up as the team to beat, and is more than likely going to be the team that will take the honours at the 14th MWEB Mpumulanga Provincial Championships to be held on 23 & 24 May 2015.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Clarification on the role of Ryan Boyes

Ryan "Snowflake" Boyes handing out medals.
On Thursday, 14 May 2015, put up the details of the 'captains' of all the national teams on their

It was very pleasant to see many of the old names there who would be 'captaining' their national teams.

Immediately though, some South African gamers went berserk. “Who are these people?”, and “I do not know any of them” were the general responses before any of the gamers even bothered to ask for an explanation or for any sort f clarification on the matter.

Indeed, this seems to be the South African manner, when instead of stopping to think, ask, and deliberate, our trusty keyboard warriors just 'fly off the handle'.

The MSSA calmly wrote to and suggested that Ryan Boyes was indeed not the captain but was instead the manager of the team.

A swift response was returned saying, “the word 'captain' is unique to our tournament. It refers to the role of possibly being both a player and manager – which is what some of the captains are doing!”.

However, the MSSA as the National Federation (in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act) has its own rules, and the roles of manager and captain are distinct from each other.

Thus all those gamers who were quick to respond before seeking any answers from the MSSA will no doubt be pleased to know that Ryan Boyes is only the manager.

But how is Ryan appointed as the manager, I hear you ask….


The eSports Representative, by virtue of his position, is the manager of all the National eSports Teams. Likewise the Board Gaming Representative is the Manager of all the National Board Gaming Teams, the Figure Gaming Representative is the Manager of all the National Figure Gaming Teams, the National Schools Director is the Manager of all the National Schools Teams, etc.

However, it should be noted that the above-named office-bearers do have the power to appoint another fully-paid-up member to act in their stead.

And, this is important, only fully-paid-up Registered Players can act as office-bearers ((on any level) of the MSSA.

As soon as the team has been approved, the MSSA shall announce the entire official South African MWEB Protea eSports Team for Counterstrike: GO squad for the 2015 season.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Confused by sports law - then read this!

Employees of Sport and Recreation South Africa: 
It is often said that South Africa law is becoming too complicated. This is debatable, it certainly seems to be proving a challenge for the Minister of Sport and Recreation and his department.
Let’s start by sketching some background. The Companies Act, 2008 provides for the creation of a company known as a Non Profit Company (also known as an NPC). (The equivalent provision in old Companies Act was the Association Not For Gain or s 21 Company.)
The Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997 on the other hand deals with the registration and regulation of Non-Profit Organisations (or NPOs). NPOs are in many cases voluntary associations which are registered in terms of the Act.
They are completely types of organisations and are dealt with differently. There are even different government departments which look after them.
There is no provision in the Companies Act for a company to become a Non-Profit Organisation (and vice versa). The Companies Act only provides for a company, under very narrow circumstances, to become a Co-operative, but other than there is no provision in that Act for a company to become something other than another type of company.
There’s a good reason for that – a member of the public dealing with a company needs to know who they are dealing with. If the company is allowed to chop and change what type of legal entity they are there would be no protection for creditors, etc. You enter into a contract with a company based on the provisions of the Companies Act and suddenly you find it is no longer registered with the CIPC because it has decided to become something else with different rules applying. You may not have entered into the contract if you knew the organisation was not a company.
It is also important to understand that if a Company is wound up in terms of the Companies Act it is dissolved and ceases to exist. If a new organisation starts up using the same name, it cannot be regarded as the same organisation.
To give an example, ABC Company employs staff and is registered for Income Tax, VAT, Employees’ Tax, etc and has all the relevant registration numbers. The owners decide to wind up and start over again as DEF Company. They have to retrench their staff, pay off any debts, and have the company deregistered. Then they have to register with SARS all over again as DEF Company. They also aren’t the employers of the staff at ABC Company. That all seems obvious.
The only way ABC can transfer everything to DEF is to pay all of ABC’s debts, transfer all left over assets to DEF, transfer the staff to DEF in terms of the Labour Relations Act, and then close ABC down. It is not possible for ABC to transfer it’s debts to the DEF without all the creditors’ agreement. Also, any court cases with which ABC is involved will end with its dissolution, unless the court grants it leave to substitute DEF as a new party in its place.
Any properly trained lawyer will tell you this. But it seems the Minister (Fikile Mbalula) and his department (SRSA) do not have access to any of them. Or at least his response to a question asked in Parliament by Mr MS Malatsi (DA) last year would indicate that to be the case.
When asked where he was aware that the non-profit company of SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) had indicated its dissolution in its 2014 financial statements, the Minister responded that he and his department were “fully aware that SASCOC was converting from an NPO (sic) registered in terms of the Companies Act to a Voluntary Association” and further that “the SASCOC membership took a resolution at its Special General meeting on 9th November 2013 to dissolve the NPO (sic) SASCOC as of the 31st March 2014 and adopted a constitution and the formation of SASCOC as Voluntary Association. The Assets and Liabilities of the NPO SASCOC will be transferred to SASCOC the Voluntary Association.”
As we have seen, an NPO is registered in terms of the Non-Profit Organisations Act, and not the Companies Act. SASCOC is also a Non Profit Company, not an NPO.
There seems to be no consideration of the fact that debts can’t just be transferred. Otherwise anyone could just call a bank up and tell them that they have transferred their overdraft to their friend. Try that and see how far you’d get.
In response to further questions the Minister clearly refers to SASCOC NPC being wound up in terms of s 80(2) of the Companies Act.
But the Minister further states that a body called SASCOC is still recognised as the macro sports body, claiming that it is still in existence as a voluntary association now and no longer a company. As we have seen, once a company deregisters it ceases to exist and any new organisation has to start from scratch. It is not the same organisation.
This, of course, has far reaching consequences, which need to be dealt with otherwise it will create a legal headache in years to come.
Since a company cannot ‘convert’ to a voluntary association, if SASCOC has formed itself as a new organisation it will have to have done, at the very least, the following:
  • Registered afresh with the tax authorities.
  • Signed new leases on all property and equipment it rents.
  • Transferred all its staff from the company to the association, in terms of the Labour Relations Act.
  • Settled all its debts or obtained the agreement of its creditors to allow the new organisation to accept the liability to pay the debt.
  • Terminated any court cases with which it is involved or obtained the leave of the court to substitute the new organisation in place of the company. It is known that SASCOC NPC is involved with several court case, including a high profile defamation case against Graeme Joffe. With SASCOC NPC dissolving, that will have to end, as it is inconceivable that someone can sue for defamation on behalf of someone else.
  • Asked the Minister to end the recognition of SASCOC NPC as the macro sports body in terms of the National Sports and Recreation Act and recognise the new body in its place.
The Minister and his department, and SASCOC (whether the company or the voluntary association), seem to burying their heads in the sand and not dealing with a legal dilemma they have created by the hasty decision to deregister as a company, after they found the provisions of the Companies Act to be too onerous. If nothing is done to correct the mistaken which have been and are being made, future generations of sportspeople and administrators could find themselves paying for them.

As a matter of interest, SASCOC NPC is still registered with the CIPC as being in business, over year after it was supposed to be wound up. Even more interestingly, SASCOC was registered as a Non-Profit Organisation on 25 April 2006 and is still registered. So we have a SASCOC which is an NPC, one which is an NPO and one which is a voluntary association. Confused? You are not the only one.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Are SASCOC's plans for NF's inspirational, or just a fail?

There is no doubt that it is vitally important for every federation to extend their activities into every nook and cranny of South Africa if South Africa's vast resources of human potential are to be unlocked.

SASCOC has taken an aspirational approach to the problem although they seem to be looking at a 'one shoe fits all' solution.

Of course I do not believe that such an approach can work, but in order to be fair, let us look at what SASCOC is suggesting.

SASCOC maintains that the structure should be in a pyramid in nature which will be best represented as such:
Now it looks great, at first, but it must be remembered that the majority of sport is driven by volunteers.

Thus the system will require the following numbers just to 'man' the committees:
  • National Federation - 10 office-bearers
  • Provincial Federations (9 provinces x 10) - 90 office-bearers
  • District Federations (52 districts x 10) - 520 office-bearers
  • Clubs (There will have to be a minimum of 3 clubs per District in order to make the Districts legal entities, therefore there will have to be 52 x 3 x 5 (presuming that each club committee has five members on their committee)) - 780 office-bearers

So, the above proposal will require roughly 1,390 office-bearers just to run the system.

Remember most of these people will have to be volunteers!

This of course does not even include technical officials who will be needed to run the competitions.galas/ track-meets, etc.

It is estimated that the average federation would need another 2,500 technical officials, or if they do not have that, there will be a very overworked hard core of parents who will become less-and-less enthusiastic as they lose all of their weekends in providing events for others.

Being an office-bearer or technical official is often a thankless task as decisions are often made which do not sit well with the vocal few. Even the likes of Cathy Doyle (who was much liked by most of the swimmers) of the Central Gauteng Aquatics Association had a small group of vocal detractors.

The increased burden of the system as outlined by SASCOC is likely to have the unexpected outcome of chasing away the committed few which will lead to the total collapse of many sporting codes.

I believe that volunteerism goes hand-in-hand with financial ability. No-one can expect a person who is not financially advantaged to volunteer to run a sporting body. However, it should be noted that many sporting bodies are themselves quite poor and unable to pay anyone to do the required tasks.

The proposed system also dilutes the influence of the athlete.

Instead of the athlete now having direct recourse at National Federation (NF) level, the athlete has to struggle through an increased bureaucracy to get through the club, district, provincial, and national federation officials and red-tape.

The dilution also affects the ability of people to stand for positions on the National Federation. In such a way the Committees that run NF's become very little more than cabals of like-minded people who become almost impossible to dislodge.

Good governance is then often discarded as personal interest becomes entrenched.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Top ten rankings for Ancients leading up to Mpumulanga

Erasmus Burger at the 2015 Gauteng Provincial Championships
The MSSA's MWEB Gauteng Provincial Championships held on 28 & 29 March 2015 was a hotly contested affair which saw a larger pool of players competing for many a year - even though firm favourites like Elishia Retief, Colin Webster and the 2014 SA National Champion, Jason Batzofin were not participating.

The standard of play at such championship was particularly high with Erasmus Burger (a Protea Team Member of 2006 vintage) taking the honours.

In fact, it was most pleasing to see that all three players who finished in the top three were old Protea Team members.

The top three players at the Gauteng Championships were none other than::

Pos Name of player Club
1 Erasmus Burger TMSC
2 Garth Schoeman KMSC
3 Sean Barry  RPS

Of course the Gauteng Championships influenced the rankings. With Erasmus's fine result at Gauteng - winning every game by the maximum points possible, Erasmus clawed his way up to be ranked first in South Africa. 

This is the first time that Erasmus Burger, and is also the first time that a member of the Tuks Mind Sports Club is so ranked.

However, it is more than likely that Erasmus will have to fight hard to keep his ranking as both Colin Webster (the current World Champion) and Jason Batzofin (the current South African Champion) have vowed to put him in his place.

Other threats to Erasmus keeping his number one spot are Carl Holliday and Sean Barry. Both Carl and Sean have represented South Africa in Protea Teams (2009). Carl may have a slight advantage over most of the other players in that he taught and trained Erasmus Burger how to play the game when Erasmus was still a learner at Pretoria Boys High School.

Thus the stage is set for a good fight at Mpumulanga....

The top ten Ancients players in South Africa are thus:
Pos Name of Player year Club Points
1 Burger, Erasmus 15 TUKS 816.8
2 Schoeman, Garth - 02 15 KMSC 683.5
3 Webster, Colin – 91 14 OE 522.3
4 Holliday, Carl – 09 14 PBHS 440.9
5 Humphreys, Connor 13 PBHS 440.9
6 Mullany, Donald 14 OE 440.9
7 Barry, Sean- 09 15 RPS 290.9
8 Batzofin, Jason – 14 14 SJC 238.3
9 Bouwer, Abie 15 OE 220.8
10 Beuken, Leopold 15 RPS 195

Friday, 8 May 2015

Developments at the IeSA

Prof Sok-Rok Song (left) and Jaco Engelbrecht (right)
The MSSA stated in a recent facebook posting that it learnt with shock that the General Secretary, Prof. Sok-Rok Song, had resigned from his position on the IeSA (being the International eSports Federation for the Differently Abled).

The IeSA is the successor to the IeSMoD which was founded in 2011. However after a change of constitution, and change of name, the IeSA was born.

All those who ever participated in the IeSMoD or the IeSA will always be indebted to Prof. Sok-Rok Song for all the work that he put into making the IeSA a success.

According to Lim Puay Tiak, it will be difficult to replace  Prof. Sok-Rok Song as he was a prime mover and was always able to secure sufficient funding.

Apparently the President of the IeSA, President Lim, has taken over the reigns and is directly co-ordinating the IeSA's affairs.

Few South Africans though will ever forget the successes shared by Jaco Engelbrecht and Jason van Belkum at the IeSA World Championships on the island of Jeju in 2011.

The international community will always miss Prof. Sok-Rok Song, as it also wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

However, just moments ago the IeSA brought out a survey of the IeSA World Championship. Those interested may fill out the form. It takes just 5 mins.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Democracy rules!

Without doubt the MSSA is one of the most democratic sports organisations that exist - anywhere!

Clubs have a direct influence on the Annual General Meeting and their input is not watered down by artificial district and provincial structures.

Every club gets to see the Annual Financial Statements, decide on who is elected as well as have a say to any changes to the Constitution and Regulations.

And that is probably what irks the 'community'. The 'community' is largely made up of self-appointed guardians who do not have any form of electoral base and are certainly not voted in by anyone.

And that is probably why the 'community' (whoever they are, are so opposed to the MSSA.

The self-appointed 'community' is terrified of having to be voted in. It is after all a very humbling position to be in when you realise that you are not as popular as you thought you were.

But without fail, every year the MSSA holds its elections. Some clubs vote and others do not. Sometimes you get the person you want, and sometimes you don't, but in an organisation made up entirely of volunteers, that is really all you can hope for.

Even though the MSSA only holds its elections in December of every year, the MSSA has already started reminding the faithful of which positions are available. Incredible, the MSSA takes democracy so seriously!

The following positions will be up for election at the 2015 AGM in December 2015:

Management Board:
  • 1st Vice-President (in charge of development)
  • Board Gaming Representative
  • Card Gaming representative
  • Figure Gaming Representative
  • Member representing Players with disabilities

Provincial Directors:
  • Eastern Cape,
  • Free State,
  • Gauteng,
  • KwaZulu Natal,
  • Limpopo, 
  • Mpumulanga,
  • Northern Cape, and
  • Western Cape
Regional directors:
Selection Committee
  • All four positions
To stand for a position for any of the above positions, a player must be affiliated to an affiliated club and must be a fully-paid-up member as at the date of being nominated as well as at the date of election. Any Registered Player who has reached the age of majority may stand for any/all of the above-mentioned positions.
However, a Registered Player may only be elected into one position. Thus if a Registered Player is elected into a position, all other nominations are vitiated.
All nominations may only be made by affiliated members (clubs) which are fully -paid-up as at the date of the nomination.
No wonder that MWEB has sponsored the MSSA for three consecutive years.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Johan Heymans leads the pack

At the recent 2015 MWEB Gauteng provincial LAN Championships and the 2015 MWEB On-line Championships for Counterstrike: GO, the Boksburg based team, BeZerK Gaming, under the leadership of Johan Heymans, thoroughly demolished all that stood in their way.

The victories were made even more pleasant as by winning all their games at both events, all members of the team were awarded Gauteng Provincial Colours. An added bonus to the victories was that all the team members qualified for the MSSA's National Team Trials that were held on 25 April 2015.

The National Team Trials were held to select a team that would attend the eFRAG Championships in Serbia as well as the 7th IIeSF World Championships - Lodz.

The BeZerK Gaming team is already considered to be the best of the Counterstrike teams in South Africa, but with the option of officially representing South Africa as the Protea eSports Team, the team played their hearts out.

Thus Johan lead his team into the National Team Trials at Roedean School, and under his leadership replicated the victories that the team had experienced during the entire season.

None of the other teams came close to beating BeZerK.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is now busy reviewing all the results and deliberating over the selection of the 2015 MWEB Protea Team.

Sunday, 3 May 2015


The MWEB 14th Mpumulanga Championships shall be played on 23 & 24 May 2015 and shall be hosted by HTS Witbank.

As usual, the championships also count as part of the process for qualifying for the MSSA's National Team Trials for all disciplines.

Registrations are thus open for MSSA's MWEB 2015 Mpumulanga LAN Championships. Registrations will close on the 15th May 2015.

Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may registered as Registered Players as soon as possible.

Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the Mpumulanga 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: HTS Witbank
  • Venue: HTS Witbank
  • Date: 23 & 24 May 2015
  • Entry Fees: R60.00 per Registered Player per Period
  • Computers: Bring your own. Please ensure that all game updates are done prior to arrival. No updates shall be done at the event.
  • Schedule: The LAN Schedule for all Provincial events in 2015 is:
TimeStarCraft IICall of Duty: AWLeague of Legends (LoL)HearthstoneUltimate Street Fighter IV
09H00Round 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 Starts
09H45Round 2 StartsRound 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 2 Starts
10H30Round 3 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 Starts
11H15Round 4 StartsRound 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 4 Starts
12H00Round 5 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 5 Starts
Round 3 ContinuesRound 3 ContinuesRound3

TimeTEKKEN TTIICall of Duty: AWLoL (continued)Hearthstone (continued)
14H00Round 1 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 Starts
14H45Round 2 StartsRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 Continues
15H30Round 3 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 Starts
16H15Round 4 StartsRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 Continues
17H00Round 5 Starts

18H00Awards Ceremony
19H00Doors Close
TimeDotaCounterStrikeOSUFIFA '14Trackmania Nations
09H00Round 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 Starts
09H45Round 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 2 Starts
10H30Round 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 Starts
11H15Round 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 4 Starts
12H00Round 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 5 Starts
12H45Round 3 ContinuesRound 3 ContinuesRound 3 ContinuesRound 3 Continues
TimeDota (continued)CounterStrike  (continued)OSU

14H00Round 4 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 Starts
14H45Round 4 ContinuesRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 Continues
15H30Round 5 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 Starts
16H15Round 5 ContinuesRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 Continues

18H00Awards Ceremony
19H00Doors 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 League 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 the eSBoC who will take all comments into account.
The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA's 2014 North West LAN Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • UNIVERSITY:Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are currently registered at any officially recognised University, provided the players have not received any Premier Medals.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in all three categories.
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.
  • National Team Trials: 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 the MSSA does not carry stock of shirts that are awarded. Registered Players who are awarded colours will thus be awarded at an event that they attend after being so awarded.

Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

Issued by:
Colin Webster
General Secretary
Mind Sports South Africa
P O Box 19275
Tel: 011 828 4994
Fax: 086 672 1911
Cell: 073 593 9451
Twitter: @mindsportssa
Skype: colin.webster4

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is an affiliate of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee.

The MSSA is responsible for the good governance and promotion of Board games (such as Backgammon, Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba, etc), eSports (whether they are played on ?cell phones, Sony® PSP?s, personal computers or similar), and Historical figure games (also known as wargames).