Monday, 27 March 2017

MVP Revolution receive SPORTS ATHLETE VISA

MVP, a professional e-Sports club in Korea, announced that its DOTA2 team ‘MVP Revolution’ has successfully attained a sports athlete VISA (E-6-3) by the Korean Government. 6 members of the team who are from Kyrgyzstan are now able to reside and continue their career as e-Sports athletes in the South Korean territory.

IeSF supported the process of attaining visa through the cooperation with its member nation KeSPA (Korea e-Sports Association), the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Korean government. It is the first case where non-Korean e-Sports players have received such visa from the Korean Government, although it has been well known as a country where majority of global e-Sports talents reside.

e-Sports athletes have received support in visa related issues for the past 8 years during its annual e-Sports World championships of IeSF, working closely with each host nation governments. IeSF has also previously resolved visa issues during AIMAG (Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games), a sports event endorsed by the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia).

Alex Lim, the Secretary General of IeSF commented:


"We are delighted to hear that the MVP Revolution team has successfully attained the sports athlete visa. Resolving visa issues is the first, but most important step to protect player interest and to support them on and off the field of play. Close cooperation between international federations, national associations and governments is crucial. IeSF will continue to support and dedicate its resources to ensure that e-Sports players are able to benefit from social and public structures in each nation.”

Results: 21st North West Provincial Championships

Sinister5 with their Provincial Colours certificates.

As the year continues with its relentless march forward, players frantically scramble for a place in MSSA's National Team Trials.

Thus MSSA's 21st North West Championships is the third last championship in which players may qualify for such Trials.

For those teams that have qualified, the work has begun in earnest in order to hone their skills for Trials, while some players are still desperately trying to qualify.


MSSA's 21st North West Provincial Championships were hosted by Curro Klerksdorp
.

Thanks must be extended to Curro Klerksdorp and especially Hannes Esterhuizen.

The championship attracted players from the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, North West, and Mpumulanga.

Players battled it out to earn the various titles of North West Champion, and the right to fight for a place in the 2017 National Team Trials that will ultimately deliver a team to the IeSF's 2017 9th World Championships later in 2017.

The  standard at MSSA's north west Championships has certainly improved, and the championship was  characterised by some very fierce competition.

DotA 2 was dominated by 
Sinister5. The newly affiliated team dominated their opponents in order to take first place and secure their berth in the National Team Trials.

The winners are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Ancients (DBM) (female) Elishia Retief North West University Provincial
Ancients (DBM) Jason Batzofin Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Counterstrike: GO Soviet UZ Midstream College Provincial
Counterstrike: GO (High School) Quantum Curro Klerksdorp
DotA 2 Sinister5 Sinister5 Provincial
FIFA '17 Jade Appels Curro Klerksdorp Provincial
FIFA '17 (High School) Lesedi Motale Curro Klerksdorp
Mortal Kombat X (female) Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club
Mortal Kombat X Theunis van der Merwe Curro Klerksdorp Provincial
Mortal Kombat X (High School) Tumelo Sesinyi Curro Klerksdorp
PES 2017 Ryan Gathita & Mpumi Madeou Curro Klerksdorp Provincial – Mpumi Madeou
PES 2017 (High School) Alessandro Sacca Curro Klerksdorp
StarCraft II (female) Dominique Magon Blue Dragon Provincial
StarCraft II Stefan Morris Blue Dragon Provincial
Street Fighter V (female) Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club
Street Fighter V Theunis van der Merwe Curro Klerksdorp
Tekken Tag Tournament II (female) Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club
Tekken Tag Tournament II Mark Morobane Curro Klerksdorp Provincial
VainGlory Pr0NHS Northcliff High School

In total 17 players earned the right to wear provincial colours.

Photographs of the event may be found on: 
https://www.facebook.com/146018324007/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155891702889008

Friday, 24 March 2017

Excitement runs high for MSSA's 2017 North West Championships.

Gamers in training.
The teams are entered and the players are doing last-minute preparations.

MSSA's 2017 North West Provincial Championships is part of the process of selecting the 2017 Protea teams that will attend the various World Championships.

All gamers are reminded that MSSA's 2017 North West Provincial 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 mindsportssa@gmail.com

Details are as follows:
  • Board gaming:http://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/03/mssas-21st-north-west-board-gaming.html 
  • eSports: http://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/02/21st-north-west-championships-25-26.html
  • Wargaming: http://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/03/21st-mssa-north-west-wargaming.html
The winners of MSSA's 2016 North West Championships were:

TitleName of player/teamClubColours awarded
CounterStrike: GOQUNATMCurro KlerksdorpNorth West Provincial
DotA 2PR0NHSNorthCliff HighGauteng Provincial
FIFA '15Kgosi TshosaCurro KlerksdorpNorth West Provincial
League of LegendsWRGWhite Rabbit GamingGauteng Provincial
Morabaraba (female)Lucille BrownAllAll Stars
MorabarabaGerard van BiljonCurro Klerksdorp
Mortal Kombat X (female)Tania BrownAll Stars
Mortal Kombat XKyle Chan SomeNorthCliff HighGauteng Provincial
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCERWetsho MorobaneCurro Klerksdorp

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Swiss e-Sports Federation: New Board Members

SeSF president: Mr Vinzenz Kögler 
On Saturday, March 18 2017, the Ordinary General Meeting of the Swiss e-Sports Federation has elected the following person into the Board:
-          Vinzenz Kögler, President, (as before)
-          Boris Mayencourt, Vice-President, (before: treasurer)
-          Cédric Schlosser, Treasurer, (new treasurer)
-          Yann Beaud, Board Member, (new board member)
-          Pascal Burri, Board Member, (new board member)

All positions on all organs of the SeSF were scheduled for re-elections during the 2017 General Assembly. 
In the weeks before the assembly, the Board has received several applications from members to run as candidates for position in the federation.
Of the current board, only Vinzenz Kögler and Boris Mayencourt decided to re-apply for a position on the board. Rafael Kink, Stephan Mäder and Tom Riat expressed their wish to no longer continue in their active position on the Board. Thus, making space for at least three fresh faces.
Vinzenz Kögler was successfully re-elected as President. 
Boris Mayencourt, who acted as Treasurer in the past term of office, was newly elected to the position of Vice-President. 
Cédric Schlosser from mYinsanity as Treasurer, 
Yann Beaud from PolyLAN and Pascal Burri from SILENTGAMING complete the new Board of the SeSF.
With the newly elected members of the Board, some of the largest and most influential organisations in Swiss e-Sports accept more responsibility. Considering their vast experience, the extensive personal networks and their energy, this new Board appears very promising in regards of the SeSF’s challenging aspirations.
The Revision Board and the Control Commission changed in a similar fashion. Continuing with some of the current members as well as new joiners. Nicolas Pidancet from the cantonal e-Sports Federation of Geneva and the Geneva Gaming Convention, and Cyril Dettwiler will remain in the Revision Board and will newly be reinforced by Nicolas Giller from the QWERTZ Café in Lausanne. 
The Control Commission will continue with Nguyen-Phuong Le aka. “Drez” and Marco Wettstein, who have both been already involved in this organ in the past months. Nicolas Pidancet will be representing the Revision Board on the Control Commission, Lukas Jakob from ArcticGaming and former SeSF Board member Tom Riat complete the commission. 
The weeks to come will be characterized mostly by hand-over and on-boarding of the new faces, SeSF is confident that new progress will soon be visible.

In wargames, the only limitation is your own imagination.

Colin Webster (left) in action at IWF's 13th World Championships - Athens.
Figure Gaming is a form of wargaming which incorporates miniature figures, representative terrain, probability, and the negation of luck as the main components. The use of wargaming was used as far back as far as 3 000 BC to train the princes of Ancient Egypt, was first codified as a game in the 19th century in Prussia.

Both in Prussia and Russia, the Kaiser and Tsar would preside over games played by their senior officers, and in England, the foreword of the "Conduct of the War Game" state that the Prince of Wales expected that every senior officer would "avail themselves of these rules".

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is recognised by Act of Parliament as the national controlling body for mind sports in South Africa according to the Sport and Recreation Act.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is also an affiliate of the International eSports Federation, Federation de Jeau du Mondiale, and the International Wargames Federation).

DBM 3.2 is free rule set for wargaming ancient battles from 3000 BC to 1500 AD. Typically three commands are fielded with a variety of troop types used depending on the organisational structure of the chosen nations army.

Any army within the dates specified (3000 BC to 1500 AD) can be used. Players can use armies as used by all the greats, such  as Rameses, Alexander, Ptolomy, Cleopatra, Zenobia, Boudicca, Augustus, Constantine, Nikephorius, Mohammed, Charles the Bold, and so many more.

In wargames, the only limitation is your own imagination.

Link to download the rules: http://www.wrg.me.uk/WRG.net/History/DBM%203.2.pdf

For more information, please contact:

Sean Barry   072 710 1286    nizzybarry@gmail.com
Colin Webster   011 828 4994    mindsportssa@iafrica.com

MSSA's 2017 Online School League

Maritzburg College's 2016 DotA 2 team.
One of the biggest problems in running the Online School Championships is the different school terms.

The school terms meant that some school teams in the past had to forfeit their games as they were not able to play in the allocated weeks.

All-in-all such system was less than perfect.

Considering  that the online league delivers provincial colours and qualifies teams for National Team Trials, MSSA was aware that much had to be done to maintain the integrity of the  league.

Thus MSSA's MANCOM has approved that the league be split into two for the 2017 season. The split will be between schools on the 3 term and on the 4 term systems as follows:

3 term school league -  4 term school league - 
1st round - week ending 5 May 2017 1st round - week ending 28 July 2017
2nd round - week ending 12 May 2017 2nd round - week ending 4 August 2017
3rd round - week ending 19 May 2017 3rd round - week ending 11 August 2017
4th round - week ending 26 May 2017 4th round - week ending 18 August 2017
5th round - week ending 2 June 2017 5th round - week ending 25 August 2017

Although every effort has been taken to take every factor into account, should member clubs have any queries or suggestions, please contact the Management Board on mindsportssa@gmail.com.

Structure of MSSA eSports championships.

Jeppe Boys in action.
The basic tenant that underlies all of out championships is that of growth.

Therefore the MSSA uses a modified ‘Swiss’ system for all its championships. The system is hard on the winners, making them perform to the best of their abilities, while also encouraging the weaker players/teams by allowing them to play all the rounds and improve.

The MSSA currently holds provincial championships in seven out of the nine provinces. To see the full schedule, please refer to MSSA's 2017 Calendar of Events.

The MSSA also holds a South African National championships in which all players may participate.

Due to the distances between cities in South Africa, the MSSA realises that it is not always feasible for gamers to attend LAN’s.

Thus MSSA also hosts online championships which is deemed to be the of the same status as a Provincial LAN championship.

MSSA's system of provincial and national championships form an integral part of team selection and for the award of provincial and national colours.

To be eligible for team selection, a player must finish in the top twenty percent of a provincial or national championships. Such players are then invited to National Team Trials and the Selection process is handled by our Selection Committee.

In the interests of promoting growth, the MSSA’s school championships are free to all learners that are members of affiliated clubs.

In 2009, the Department of Education handed over all control of sport at schools to the Department of Sport and Recreation and to the recognised National Federations.

Thus from 2010, the MSSA assumes all responsibility for the promotion of eSports at school level. Although only three schools initially affiliated to MSSA, the numbers have swelled significantly, so that at the end of 2016 there were over 40 schools affiliated to MSSA.


To ensure that the MSSA develops gaming at school level, MSSA offers schools the following: