Monday, 16 January 2017

Titles to be played in MSSA's School Championships

The St Stithian's League of Legends Team

On 30 November 2016 I wrote an article about which games were proposed by MSSA's member clubs to be played in the Online Inter-School Championships as well as in the Inter-School Ladder.

The member clubs sat long and the deliberations were sometimes quite heated as members debated the pro's and con's of each game.

However, by the end of the evening, the dust had settled and MSSA's Council meeting had agreed to accept all the games that were proposed.

This is the first time that VainGlory shall be played as an official title in South Africa.

VainGlory is a free to play MOBA perfected for touch.


Players may outplay real opponents in this deep, uncompromising real-time MOBA. Fight with lightning-fast controls using powerful heroes. Destroy the enemy Vain crystal and claim glory! Watch the preview video now to see real gameplay of 3-vs-3 multiplayer battles.

VainGlory is compatible with:
  • iOS
  • iPads 2 and up
  • iPhones 5 and up
  • Requires iOS 6.1 and above
  • Android
  • High-end Android devices with 2GBs of RAM or more
  • Requires Android 4.4.2 Kitkat or newer
The first event for Schools is the Online Inter-School Provincial Championships which shall be played on 11 February 2016.

Any affiliated school may play in the 
Online Inter-School Provincial Championships and such event counts towards Provincial Colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials. The same National Team Trials shall be used to select the Protea eSports Team that shall attend IeSF's 9th World Championships.

The titles to be played are:
Period/genre
#
Title
Platform
Players
FPS
a
CS GO
PC,
5 v 5
Sport
b
FIFA '17
Console
1 v 1
RTS
c
StarCraft II
PC
1 v 1
AOS
d
Dota 2
PC
5 v 5
e
League of Legends
PC
5 v 5
f
VainGlory
Tablet/cell
3 v 3
Fighting
g
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Console
1 v 1

Parklands College heads the school rankings for DotA 2.

2016 SA Schools hosted by Parklands.
With MSSA's Online School Provincial Championships to be played on 11 February 2017, MSSA has just released the rankings for such.

Of course there is still time for schools which have not registered to both register and enter.

Already six new schools have indicated that they will  be affiliating to MSSA in 2017.

School clubs are essential to the growth of esports in South Africa, as such clubs do not come in with only one team, but multiple teams.

With the huge influx of schools entering MSSA in 2017, it  will  be interesting to see is Parklands can hold onto their number 1 ranking.

Parktown College did a splendid job of hosting MSSA's 2016 SA School Championships, and through active participation have taken first place on the ranking table.

The ranking is as follows:


PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1PC DOTA16Parklands College306
2An Skeletons16Parklands College215.4
3PRIDE16Parktown Boys200
4Maritzburg College B16Maritzburg College135
5SSES DOTA16St Stithians124.3
6MIDAS15St Albans College100
7Fairmont 3rd Team15Fairmont High School100
8Hyde Park High School15Hyde Park High School100
9Alpha15Linkside High School100
10Rondebosch15Rondebosch Boys High100
11FHHS 115Fish Hoek High School100
12LHG 215King David High School100
13HTS 315HTS Witbank100
14SJC DotA Society15St John’s College100
15Fairmont 1st Team15Fairmont High School100
16Fairmont 2nd Team15Fairmont High School100
17Sacred Heart 215Sacred Heart100
18FHHS 215Fish Hoek High School100
19Parklands College A15Parklands College100
20Sacred Heart 115Sacred Heart100
21HTS 215HTS Witbank100
22Bravo15Linkside High School100
23Parklands College B15Parklands College100
24SJC Outdoor Decorator16St John's100
25SJC Eagles16St John's100
26HTS Blue16HTS Witbank75
27HTS Yellow16HTS Witbank75

Other rankings published by MSSA are:

Sustainability and long-term growth!

Leaders in meeting.
Esports is now where most other sports have been.

When any sport first starts you find that there are  always a number of private  operators who try to dominate the market in search of the all powerful dollar.

However, through time, and sometimes quite a bit of angst, the non-profit model wins through.

The question is "why".

I believe that it is due to the fact that the model found with most sporting codes is far more sustainable for the following reasons:

The sports model is more inclusive.

The traditional sports body model allows everyone, and anyone, to join. Through observance of its own rules it too allows everybody to have a say at some level which creates an atmosphere of  inclusivity. The company model, on the other hand is there to produce a profit for the owner. Whereas in the sports model the Annual Financial Statements are circulated among the membership, a privately owned company has no obligation to do so and is unlikely to do so either.

Also  the rules by which  a sports body is governed are made by the membership itself. This is probably the greatest act  of inclusivity as  the majority of members, in true  democratic fashion, decide on the direction of the body.

Teams are not dictated by any one person.

Whereas  in privately run organisations the selection of teams is done  on the whim of the owner (who may or may not consult the team members), team selection within a sports  body is  done  on a transparent basis. The selection will always follow the guidelines and the selection itself will always be subject to approval by a higher body to ensure that  due process has been followed.

Thus being selected to  be a member of an official team is a far more open process and allows greater upward mobility.

Volunteers contribute.

The traditional sports body utilises an 'army' of volunteers. Such volunteers have a  passion for the sport and are determined to see it succeed. Such volunteers do not draw salaries, so the monies held by the sports body may al  be used for promoting such sport.

The leaders are elected.

Like Mind Sports South Africa, all sports bodies hold regular elections as dictated by their Statutes/Constitutions.

Again this allows a great deal of upward mobility by those who want to take positions of leadership.

It allows change to happen on a regular basis, and  fresh ideas to come  to the for.

In such a way, the traditional sport body can re-invent itself from time-to-time to meet the changing needs of society.

There is a sense of 'belonging'.

With the membership having such a large say in the affairs of a sport body, the membership has a real bond with such body. Such ties are not easily broken, and many an athlete will feel  fondly long  after their competitive career is over. Thus too, many an athlete will return to take up positions of leadership in order to give back to others so that they too can  enjoy the fruits of competition and personal improvement.

Governed by a committee.

A sports body is governed by committee. The composition of the committee is defined in the organisations Statutes/Constitution. Such Statutes/Constitution also defines the powers and duties of such committee to prevent abuse. There is therefore, no one person in control as all decisions are made by committee.

A person may be tasked to speak on behalf of the organisation, but the decisions are still made by committee.

Such ensures that due thought is applied to the issues of the day. It ensures that there are few 'knee-jerk' reactions, and while it may seem to be a slower approach, it is far more sound

Sunday, 15 January 2017

WESG: And the winner of DotA 2 is...

Click the logo for the WESG website.

The final has been completed, and the winner for DotA 2 is 'TNC Pro Team'.


WESG: The winner of StarCraft II is...

Click the logo for the WESG website.

The final has been completed, and the winner for StarCraft II is 'TY'.


WESG: And the winner of CS:GO is......

Click the logo for the WESG website.

The final has been completed, and the winner for CounterStrike: GO is 'Team EnVyUS'.


Not yet available in SA.

Predator 21 X Gaming Laptop

Acer’s Highly-Anticipated Predator 21 X Gaming Laptop, Featuring the World’s First Curved Screen Notebook, Shipping This Quarter

Loaded with high-end features and technology, the Predator 21 X is the de facto dream machine for ultimate gaming enthusiasts

Editor’s Summary
l   The Acer Predator 21 X is the world’s first notebook with a curved screen and integrates eye-tracking technology for an even more immersive user experience
l   The Predator 21 X features the latest 7th Generation Intel® Core i7 processor, 5 cooling fans and dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI for unmatched graphics performance
l   Making each Predator 21 X unique, Acer lets customers add a design, flag and laser engraved name to the notebook’s maintenance panel.
l   Acer also updated its high-performance Predator 17 X gaming notebook with the powerful 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.

LAS VEGAS, (Jan. 4, 2017) Acer announced the availability of its highly anticipated Predator 21 X gaming laptop, the world’s first curved screen notebook. Designed for ultimate gaming enthusiasts who only want the best, the Predator 21 X is advanced beyond anything on the market today.
The world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate), it delivers a truly immersive gaming experience, especially when combined with the notebook’s  eye-tracking technology from Tobii. Taking PC gaming immersion to new depths, eye tracking lets gamers identify enemies, aim and take cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen in over 45 titles like Elite Dangerous, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and WATCH DOGS 2™. The curved screen also features NVIDIA® G-SYNC technology, ensuring smooth and sharp gameplay.
Beneath the notebook’s curved hood lies a powerful engine just waiting to be unleashed. The Predator 21 X GX21-71features dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI and an overclockable 7th Generation Intel® Core i7-7820HK processor for ultimate performance and responsiveness.
Supporting all this power is 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory, up to four 512GB solid state drives in RAID 0 configuration (including 2 NVMe PCIe SSDs, which are up to 5x faster than SATA SSDs) and a 7200 RPM hard drive of 1TB capacity. In addition, Killer DoubleShot Pro automatically picks the fastest network connection (Ethernet or wireless) and sends all high priority traffic over that interface while standard traffic is sent over the other. This ensures the highest priority traffic will always be put on the fastest and most reliable link. Thunderbolt™ 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps.

Dissipating excess heat effectively for uninterrupted performance during intense gaming sessions, the notebook also features an advanced cooling architecture consisting of 5 system fans (including 3 ultra-thin AeroBlade™ metal fans) and 9 heat pipes. It also includes Acer Dust Defender, which removes dust build-up and improves heat dissipation, and Acer’s CoolBoost app, that can be used to adjust the fans’ airflow to deliver extra cooling performance during heavy use.

Its full-sized mechanical keyboard features Cherry® MX Brown switches, with individually programmable backlit keys, offering 16.7 million color options. Customers can swap out the black W, A, S and D keys with teal ones, using the included accessory kit. A unique numeric keypad allows it to be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad.

Making the action come to life, the Predator 21 X features a new 3-way (tweeter, midrange, woofer) audio design which produces Hi-Fi quality sound and is powered by 4 speakers (2 tweeters, 2 midrange) and 2 subwoofers to produce a full spectrum of sound.

Preloaded Acer PredatorSense software allows users to control and customize the whole gaming experience from one central interface, including overclocking, lighting and fan control. In addition, the included Xsplit Gamecaster software makes it easy for gamers to record and edit videos and live streaming on Twitch and Youtube channels.

Located just above the keyboard on the right side is a metal maintenance panel which provides access to the RAM modules and one 2.5-inch hard drive. The notebook ships with a blue dragon graphic on the panel, or it can be customized with a combination of  graphics,  nation flags and name engraving.  In addition, the first 300 notebooks will include a limited edition series number on the panel.
For safe transport and storage, each Predator 21 X ships with a custom ultra-durable hard-shell carrying case which securely stores the notebook and accessories.

Predator 17 X gets an upgrade with higher performing CPU and GPU
The Acer Predator 17 X gaming notebook also received both a CPU and GPU upgrade, and will now include models with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 8G GDDR5X video memory. Featuring overclocking, desktop grade components, a custom triple-fan cooling system with front air intake and a server-class vapor chamber, it is ideal for the most demanding games and running virtual reality (VR) devices. It’s overclocking lets gamers experience turbo speeds[1] of up to 4.3GHz for the CPU; up to 1732MHz for the GPU; and up to 5.4GHz for VRAM. Immersive game play is delivered with buttery smooth visuals via the notebook’s 17.3-inch G-SYNC FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) or UHD IPS (4K 3840 x 2160) display.

The Predator 17 X (GX-792) is also configured with an overclockable 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK[2]processor, up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory and an enterprise level NVMe PCIe solid state driveor three-SATA-SSD RAID 0 array for immense data transfer speeds.

Price and Availability
The refreshed Predator 17 X will be available in the South Africa with recommended prices starting at R 49,999.00.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.

About Acer
Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's product offerings include PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones and wearables. It is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. Acer is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 and is one of the world’s top 5 PC companies. It employs 7,000 people worldwide and has a presence in over 160 countries. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

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[1] The default configuration figures are based on Acer test conditions to ensure the performance and system quality. The max speed may vary by the different power demand from either CPU or GPU.
[2] Specifications may vary depending on market and configuration