Tuesday, 12 December 2017

How MSSA selects esports titles.

Gamers in action at MSSA's 2017 SA National Championships.
Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.

With gamers having strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourites to be given preferential treatment.

Thus, MSSA had to apply its mind at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 3 December 2017 to see which esport game titles would be played in 2018.

Member  clubs  had  proposed no fewer than 29 titles from which the AGM had  to make its final selection. No doubt, prior to the meeting, a great deal of horse-trading took place.

However, it should be noted that MSSA only ever selects 10 titles to be played at Provincial and National Championships. Priority is given to the esports titles that are played at IESF's World Championships in order to assist MSSA deliver a national team.

Even though only 10 titles are so selected, that does not mean that the other titles cannot be held at MSSA events.

Any approved title may be played at an official MSSA Regional Championships. In fact, it is at such Regional Championships that the popularity of various esports titles is tested in order to evaluate whether such titles should, in future, be included in MSSA's Provincial and National Championships.

The full rules on how titles are selected are as follows:

Schedule 3: SELECTION OF TITLES FOR PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
  1. The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Not more that ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
  3. The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
  4. The remaining titles may then be selected.
  5. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  6. The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
  7. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
  8. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and there are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  9. For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.
Also read:



Monday, 11 December 2017

MSSA further reinforces gender equity on its Management Board.

Esmari Swart (standing) watching Morizane Boyes (MSSA President).
There is no doubt that for any organisation to grow from year-to-year there needs to be gender equity. An organisation that does not actively cater for both halves of the population is doomed to fail in the long-run.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is fully aware of the need to have gender equity on its Management Board, as only through such equity can meaningful change be enacted and sustainable growth promoted.

Thus, at MSSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 3 December 2017, the group of member clubs gathered there, with one voice, passed the change to the Constitution that only allows males to be co-opted if less than 50% of the committee is already comprised of males.

Such motion effectively destroys the 'old-school-tie' network and enforces even greater gender equity.

Thus even if the position was held by a male, and such male resigns, if there are already 50% or more of the positions occupied by males, then only a female may be co-opted.

MSSA has already witnessed huge growth as a result of promoting gender equality, and expects even greater growth in the 2017/2018 season.

Anyone may participate in a MSSA Regional Championship.

Regional championships are the perfect breeding ground for development.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 3 December 2017 is again proof that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) always listens to the majority view of its member clubs.

Thus MSSA has amended the regulations so that any gamer, whether registered or not, may enter any MSSA Regional Championships.


For players who are not Registered Players, an additional amount of R30.00 per person per game entered shall be charged.


Thus anyone can enter and be eligible for both medals and Regional Colours.

However it sh
ould be noted that only players who are Registered Players shall be considered for eligibility for National Team Trials (NTT).

It is hoped that the Regional Championships will be expanded to each and every region in the country, as the championships will undoubtedly help:
  1. Strengthen clubs that are in each region,
  2. Encourage clubs to grow in regions that as yet do not have member clubs, and
  3. Allow a greater base of players to participate in official MSSA championships without having to travel vast distances.
However, the MSSA is aware that many of the clubs do not have the financial resources and 'know-how' to host a full provincial championship. Thus the Regional championships are designed to be much smaller affairs. 

Host clubs may host only the period that such club has an active interest in promoting. Thus there could be a Regional event held for each period within a Region at a different time – as long as the host clubs within the Region have met with all the criteria for such.

As an example, a member club like St John's may very well host the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Regional Championships, while the Old Edwardian Wargames Club hosts the CoJ Ancients Regional Championships, while Wits University hosts the CoJ Regional Championships for Board games and Starcraft II, and Northcliff High School hosts the CoJ Regional Championships for CounterStrike: GO and DotA 2.

This way the MSSA will create a larger pool of people able to host championships which will also do much to help the growth of LANs as well as financially bolster the member clubs as the net profit from these events will be kept by the host clubs.

Regional Championships thus remain the basis of grass-root development. With 56 regions in South Africa, should there be a Regional Championship in each and every region, more gamers will be able to qualify for National team Trials and be exposed to all MSSA's disciplines (board games, card games, esports, robotics, and wargames).

Content received from any/all Regional Championships shall also be screened on MSSA's TV Channel on Tuluntulu.

2017 Management Board Awards

Back in 2009, Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) started its Management Board Awards which takes into review the period 1 October to 30 September of each year.

The Awards were designed to recognise the contribution made by those who gave selflessly, and/or made an impact, to the promotion of the various types of gaming under the jurisdiction of MSSA.

The list is a veritable 'who's-who' in South African gaming.

Even though some of the 'names' have moved on to further their prospects in business, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall always fondly remember the winners and the incredible contribution that they made towards gaming.

Special thanks must be extended to MyComLinkMyComLink, has won the press award for two years in a row. The support given by MyComLink, to all sports, is truly phenomenol, and is very much appreciated.

The Management Board has agreed to award the following:

Mind Sports Person of the Year:
Adele Janse Van Rensburg
GenerationX
Board Gamer of the Year:
Cassandra van Tonder
JCS Academy
Computer Gamer of the Year:
Mxolisi Lukhele
Amplified Rebellion
Wargamer of the Year:
Terence Allwright
Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Volunteer of the Year:
Alwyn van Wyk
Maritzburg College
Mind Sports Writer of the Year:
Tamzyn Pamplin
MyComLink
Best Sponsor of the Year: TULUNTULU

Past winners are:

YearMind Sports Person of the YearBoard Gamer of the YearComputer Gamer of the YearWargamer of the YearVolunteer of the YearWriter of the YearSponsor of the Year
2016Jason BatzofinLucille BrownMatthew SmithGarth SchoemanColin WebsterTamzyn Pamplin (MyComLink)SterKinekor
2015Elishia RetiefLubabalo KondloKyle TurnbullJason BatzofinMorizane BoyesAndrew Rose (MyComLink)MWEB
2014Morizan BoyesLubabalo KondloBarry WestElishia RetiefLouis BrownKyle Wolmarans (MWEB Gamezone)MWEB
2013Simphiwe MaphumuloSimphiwe MaphumuloLyrene KuhnColin WebsterDorian LoveHan Ciliiers (MWEB Gamezone)MWEB
2012Robert BothaSimphiwe MaphumuloGabriela IsaacsEugene BurgerLouis BrownHan Cilliers (MWEB Gamezone)GIGABYTE
2011Jaco EngelbrechtLubabalo KondloRobert BothaDavid VannucciRyan van den BerghAlexandra Kayle (ITWEB)ASUS
2010Frans BrewisSimphiwe MaphumuloNialle MomsenGregory LaycockRyan van den BerghJaco DiedericksIncredible Connection
2009Colin WebsterMothusi MoabiStephen WhiteEdward van TrotsenburgRyan van den BerghMuhammed Nagdee (Verge)Incredible Connection


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Types of organizations in esports

Since an organisation is ultimately the result of societal needs and shares collective goals that are linked to both its internal and external environment, such organisations can take many different forms.

There are a variety of legal types of organisations (although we will only be looking at those used for esports), however, since sport in South Africa is governed by the Sports and Recreation Act of 1988 (as amended), the types of organisations that may be used are regulated by South African law. Such organisations may be:
  • companies, being associations incorporated in terms of the Companies Act,
  • national federations made up of associations,
  • provincial federations made up of associations,and
  • clubs made up of associations or individuals.
Essentially, any organisation that does not have a constitution or founding documents in line with the South African Companies Act is either run as a partnership (if ownership is jointly claimed by more than one person, or as a sole-trader (if ownership is claimed by a single person). It is the constitution (or founding documents) that ultimately defines the organisation and spells out the nature of such organisation.

It is important to note that the owners of a partnership and the owner of a sole-trader are personally liable for all debts.

Organisations that are of a profit making venture 

These include:
  • Sole-traders,
  • Partnerships, and
  • Companies that are of a profit making venture.

The above listed bodies are excluded from applying for the benefits that are listed below.


Organisations that are non profit organisations

These include:
  • Non profit companies,
  • Clubs, and
  • Associations.


All of the above qualify for all the benefits as listed below.

Benefits of a properly Constituted organisation

The benefits that accrue to sole-traders and partnerships are indeed limited. Not only are the owners liable to be taxed in their own hands for all sponsorships and winnings, and are liable in their own right, but none of the benefits which accrue to properly constituted organisations can be accessed by sole-traders and partnerships.

The benefits which may be accessed by properly constituted organisations are:
  • Local government funding,
  • Provincial Government funding
  • National government funding
  • Jack Cheetham Award (R500,000.00 for the winning programme)
  • Letsema Award (R500,000.00 for the winning programme)
  • Funding from the National Lottery Trust Fund
  • Participation in the S A Sports Awards
  • Participation in Regional Sports Councils
  • Participation in the Provincial Sports Councils
  • Participation in Mind Sports SouthAfrica
  • Limited liability for the members and office-bearers (depending on the Constitution)
So when starting your clan, carefully consider all the options.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

MSSA has approved its schedule for all Provincial and National LAN championships.

Once the doors close on the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the real  work begins as MSSA's Management Board (MANCOM) starts getting everything ready for the new year.

Yes, things do not just happen on their own, and yes, there is a great deal of back-end work that has to take place in order to make things happen.

Thus MSSA's MANCOM has already approved the new schedule for all Premier Provincial and National esports championships.

By having every such Premier Provincial and National championship played to the same schedule, gamers are able to become used to the schedule and the procedures enforced at such championships.

Gamers are requested to thus make themselves  aware of the championship schedule and to also note the changes in terms of games/titles hosted at such events.

The schedule is as follows:
Saturday
Time StarCraft II FIFA ‘18 Hearthstone Ultimate Street Fighter V
Counter Strike GO
09H00 Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts
09H45 Round 2 Starts Round 1 Continues Round 2 Starts Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues
10H30 Round 3 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts
11H15 Round 4 Starts Round 2 Continues Round 4 Starts Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues
12H00 Round 5 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues
13H00 LUNCH



Time
FIFA ‘18 (continued)
Ultimate Street Fighter V (continued Counter Strike GO (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
SUNDAY:
Time Dota League of Legends (LoL) PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) Rocket League TEKKEN 7
09H00 Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts Round 1 Starts
09H45 Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 1 Continues Round 2 Starts Round 1 Continues
10H30 Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 2 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 2 Starts
11H15 Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 2 Continues Round 4 Starts Round 2 Continues
12H00 Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 3 Starts Round 5 Starts Round 3 Starts
12H45 Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
13H00 LUNCH



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

17H00




18H00 Awards Ceremony
19H00 Doors Close

Also read:

SA's official StarCraft II rankings are now released.

Aidan Smale (Old Edwardian Wargames Club).
The most important championship of the year remains Mind Sports South Africa's SA National Championships (SAN).

The 2017 edition was hosted by Fakkel School on 2 & 3 December 2017, and the championship was a huge success.

The school provided wonderful facilities, catering, accommodation, venue - the works.

It is indeed pleasing to see that the 2016 SA National Champion, not only won his section again, but also is now the number one ranked player in the country.

It is hoped that Aidan Smale (Old Edwardian Wargames Club) is now inspired to reach even greater heights.

The full list of rankings  for the esports title of StarCraft II is as follows:

PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1Aidan Smale17Old Edwardian Wargames Club130.2
2Devon Morris17Blue Dragon123.2
3Edwin Williams17Blue Dragon123.2
4Stefan Morris17Blue Dragon123.2
5Joshua Goldin17Blue Dragon123.2
6Chris Conjé17Fragcon123.2
7Pieter Piek17Blue Dragon123.2
8Bernd Pfander17Blue Dragon123.2
9Jaco Joubert17Blue Dragon123.2
10Trevor Gray17Blue Dragon123.2
11Lourens de Jager16Blue Dragon123.2
12Brendon Botma17Fragcon123.2
13Marc Magon17Blue Dragon123.2
14Daniel Froneman15Maritzburg College123.2
15Gideon Hefer16Knights Mind Sports Club123.2
16Marcus Alberts16Blue Dragon123.2
17Ivan Cura17Blue Dragon123.2
18Chad Schuleman17Blue Dragon122.2
19Carl van Staden16Blue Dragon120.4
20Wouter Lomard17Blue Dragon116.4
21Kaira Gabrielle Pinard17Valhalla116.1
22Darren Clark17Northcliff High School110
23Mike Winson17Blue Dragon110
24Peter Jones17Fragcon107.9
25Keaton Roux17Blue Dragon107
26Damien Avis16Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog100
27Riaan Kruger16Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog100
28Beon Bronkhorst17Masters of Mind Sports100
29Dominique Magon17Blue Dragon99.3
30Angelique van Venrooy17Blue Dragon95
31Riaan van Staaden17Fragcon90.3
32Erna Wedemeyer16Blue Dragon62

Other official rankings produced by MSSA are as follows: