Sunday, 15 October 2017

eSports titles to be played at 2018 Online School Championships

Northcliff High School's 2017 winning 'VainGlory' team.
The 2017 MSSA Online Inter-schools Championships was no doubt the most well attended MSSA online championships ever.

The 2017 edition of the championships involved more schools than ever before from seven provinces, and many of the top private and public schools were represented.

Every year more-and more schools affiliate to MSSA, and many predict that within the next four years, the school online league shall involve more schools than any other sport.

Players were able to participate in CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ’17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, and VainGlory.

MSSA believes that the Online School Championships remains an important foundation phase to the development of eSports as a whole. MSSA is too of the opinion that the winning winning teams and players will go on to rattle the cages off the older teams and successfully challenge the 'status quo' of the senior teams which will ultimately provide the competition needed for South African gaming to improve upon its current standards.

The winners of the 2017 championships are:
TitleTeam nameName of school
CounterStrike: GOSpartans ASAHETI
DotA 2ParklandsParklands College
FIFA'17Mikhyle NaidooNorthcliff High School
Gadi FriedmanCamps Bay
Sheldon ArendseCamps Bay
League of LegendsFuga DraconesHoërskool Wonderboom
StarCraft II
Dylan van HeerdenParklands College
Adam KnoesenParklands College
Tekken Tag Tournament II
Connor ChaplinNorthcliff High School
Nadine SwartHTS Witbank
VainGloryPr0NHSNorthcliff High School

However, it is that time of the year when the member clubs of Mind Sports South Africa will decide upon which esports titles shall be offered for MSSA's 8th Online Inter-schools Championships.

The titles offered in 2017 were:
CounterStrike: GODotA 2FIFA '17HearthStoneLeague of LegendsStarCraft IITekken Tag Tournament IIVainGlory
The decision on the esports titles to be played in MSSA's 8th Online Inter-schools Championships will depend on:
  • Nominations made by member clubs,
  • Popularity of the esports title among entrants, 
  • If the esports title will promote development and representivity,
  • If the esports title will help produce future members for the Protea Esports Team, and
  • The financial affordability of promoting such esports title.
Thus all those who think changes must be made, must please discuss such with your club chairmen/chairwomen.

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