Friday, 24 February 2017

MSSA committed to international competition.

MSSA's Colin Webster as a panelist at the Global E-Sports Executive Summit in China.
While organisations come-and-go, and some private organisations seem to be fickle in offering competitions to only dash the hopes of gamers upon the rocks by not remaining constant, IeSF and MSSA remain true to their membership and offer championships year-in-and-year-out.

With Africa being replaced by Brazil (which in itself is understandable as Brazil has a larger gaming community), gamers in South Africa should now realise that events driven by private profit-making organisations have their own agenda which is mainly about profit.

Non-profit organisations like IeSF and MSSA have a very different approach.

For such non-profit organisations, while it  is important to break-even if not make a profit, the main concern is growth and development.

Thus IeSF has, against all odds run its World Championships consistently since 2009 making it one of the oldest events in the gaming calendar.

Year Title Location
2009 IeSF Challenge TaebaekSouth Korea
2010 IeSF Grand Final Daegu, South Korea
2011 IeSF World Championship Andong, South Korea
2012 IeSF World Championship Cheonan, South Korea
2013 IeSF World Championship BucharestRomania
2014 e-Sports World Championship BakuAzerbaijan
2015 e-Sports World Championship SeoulSouth Korea
2016 e-Sports World Championship JakartaIndonesia

MSSA too strives to develop and grow gaming at every level.

As a result, MSSA is utterly committed to participating in international competition.

Instead of hand-picking teams, players qualify for National Team Trials in a transparent system in order to deliver an annual national Protea Team.

It is therefore not surprising that through MSSA that 133 eSports athletes have received National Colours.

Will you be one of them?

The  numbers of players that have officially represented South Africa in eSports are:


Year# of National Players (overseas)# of National players (Test Match in SA)# of National Players (online test matches)Annual total
2016120315
2015801624
2014100515
20131011526
20124 (1)0913
20115 (2)005
20109009
20094004
20081506
20071001
2006100010
20055 (3)005
TOTAL79648133

Notes:
  1. Gabriela Isaacs won silver at IeSF's 4th World Championships - Cheonan.
  2. Jaco Engelbrecht won silver at IeSA - Jeju.
  3. Logan Brooke-Smith won gold at World Cyber Games.

Give everyone a chance to be inspired by mind sports.

Jade Klein - MSSA's Western Cape Provincial Director
There's not many activities that Jade Klein enjoys as much as playing computer games, and strategizing with her friends in an extremely competitive environment. 

Like many of MSSA's members, Jade is most excited to partake in international tournaments with her female team with respect to League Of Legends.

Jade feels that thanks to IeSF, and MSSA (with its new President, Morizane Boyes) and the continually updated regulations of both institutions that there is a greater possibility for her and all women to have a more equitable chance of competing on an international level.

Knowing that there is a great need to break down barriers and make this world more accessible to those who might not have access to a computer or any discipline run through the MSSA, Jade is determined to focus on introducing those neighbourhoods into game culture, and create an excellent setting for those who want to leave their old equipment in the cupboard and rather play the latest MOBA game with their friends, so they may too compete as she does.

As Jade emphatically states, "Our young are currently advanced enough and smart enough. I'd like to establish my role as a listener, supporter, organizer and give guidance in order to give not only our youth, but everyone a chance to be inspired by mind sports."

Now that Jade Klein has been appointed as the Western Cape Provincial Director, Jade's motto is: "Come on, jump on the gaming bandwagon with me!"

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Important Notice: MSSA's 2017 Gauteng Provincial Championships - 25 & 26 February 2017

MSSA's Gauteng Championships shall be held on 25 & 26 February 2017 at Jeppe High for Boys.


However, it  should be noted that the water supply to the whole greater area of Kensington will be off for the entire weekend due to a bypass at the feeder water reservoir.

The school has arranged ablution facilities. There shall also be barrels of water in the bathrooms. Nevertheless all competitors are requested to bring a couple of bottles of drinking water each for their own consumption. The schedule remains as follows:

Saturday – 25 February 2017
Discipline Period Start time
Board games Checkers 10H00
Morabaraba 10H00
eSports StarCraft II 9H00
PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) 9H00
League of Legends (LoL) 9H00
Hearthstone 9H00
Ultimate Street Fighter V 9H00
Counter Strike GO 9H00
TEKKEN TTII 14H00
Wargames Ancients 9H00
Sunday – 26 February 2017
eSports DotA 2 9H00
VainGlory 9H00
FIFA '17 9H00
Mortal Kombat X 9H00
Wargames Ancients (continuation) 9H00

Top ranked clubs from 2015 & 2016 Gauteng Championships.

Edwin Williams of Blue Dragon Online Gaming at the 2016 Gauteng Championships.
Mind Sport South Africa's (MSSA) membership consists of member clubs.

Such clubs are based at schools, universities, or are private associations or non-profit companies (NPC's).

The clubs in themselves may consist of as little as 1 team, or in the case of many of the school clubs, have a number of teams in most of the periods offered by MSSA.

Ever since MSSA started, points have been awarded to the clubs, rewarding them for the participation of each and every member club. These points are included into the Club Trophy which is used to determine the top club in the country.


Thus it is always exciting to see which clubs perform the best at the various championships.

Northcliff High which is currently the highest ranked school seems to be impressive in all the events in which the school participates, and is more than capable of taking on all the other clubs.

With MSSA's Gauteng Championships to be held on 25 & 26 February 2017 at Jeppe High for Boys, it will be most interesting to see the number of participants, as well as which club takes the pole position.

The results for  2015 and  2016 were:


2015 Gauteng Championships
2016 Gauteng Championships
Pos Club
Pos Club
1 Northcliff High School
1 Blue Dragon Online Gaming
2 Tuks Mind Sports Club
2 Northcliff High School
3 Knights Mind Sports Club
3 Knights Mind Sports Club
4 Riverview Mind Sports Club
4 Masters of eSports
5 HTS Witbank
5 BNKR
6 Pretoria Boys High School
6 All Stars
7 Old Edwardian Wargames Club
7 Old Edwardian Wargames Club
8 All Stars
8 Tuks Mind Sports Club
9 Vigilantes
9 St John’s College
10 Midstream College
10 Riverview Mind Sports Club
11 St John’s College
11 White Rabbit Gaming
12

12 BISH
13

13 St Stithians

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

More venues added.

Alwyn van Wyk - KwaZulu Natal Provincial Director.
Thank heavens for members who noticed an error on the Calendar of Events. Thank you Alwyn....

Also more and  more venues have been included as members have stepped up to the plate and have offered to host.

As usual it is a full year with many events.

2017 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue
11 FEBRUARY
On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships
CS:GO, DotA, FIFA, LOL, SC, TTT II, VainGlory
On-line
4 & 5 FEBRUARY
25th Old Edwardian Summer Championships
Ancients, Checkers, FIFA ‘17, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
25 & 26 FEBRUARY
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
Jeppe High for Boys, Cnr Roberts Avenue & Good Hope Street, Kensington, Johannesburg
25 & 26 MARCH
21st NORTH WEST Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
Curro Klerksdorp,
22 Elm St, Klerksdorp
22 APRIL
Provincial Online Championships
Dota 2,
CounterStrike GO,
League of Legends,
Street Fighter V
On-line
29 & 30 APRIL
Gauteng Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games
29 & 30 APRIL
Provincial School Championships for Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
Board and Figure games
TBA
6 & 7 MAY
National Team Trials
Morabaraba and Wargames
TBA
27 & 28 MAY
16th MPUMALANGA Championships
All
HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
27 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting
HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
3 & 4 JUNE
eSports National Team Trials
TBD
TBA
24 & 25 JUNE
14th FREE STATE Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
29 & 30 JULY
SA School Championships
Board, Figure and eSports
TBA
5 & 6 AUGUST
23rd KWAZULU NATAL Championships
All
TBA
12 AUGUST
StarCraft II, Hearthstone
eSports (PC)
On-line
26 & 27 AUGUST
22nd WESTERN CAPE Championships
All
TBA
TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
23 & 24 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All
TBA
28 & 29 OCTOBER
6th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
2 & 3 DECEMBER
30th S A NATIONAL Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
3 DECEMBER
33rd NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
TBA
SRSA's S A Schools Championships
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA

Notes:

  1. International events still need to be included.
  2. Inter-Provincial events need to be included
  3. Inter-regional events need to be included
  4. Club events need to be included
  5. Regional Championships need to be included.
  6. Free State is moved to earlier in the year.
  7. National Team Trials still need to be included

MSSA's Gauteng Championships - 25 & 26 February 2017

Xola Magwaza in Taebaek.
Excitement is running high as gamers do last minute preparations for MSSA's Gauteng Championships to be held on 25 & 26 February 2017 at Jeppe High for Boys, Cnr Roberts Avenue & Good Hope Street, Kensington, Johannesburg.

The Gauteng Championships have delivered sterling performances by gamers in the past, and many gamers who have won events  have gone on to represent South africa at international championships around the world.


Such gamers who have won events at Gauteng Championships in 2016 who have represented South Africa in official National Teams are:

Title Name of player/team Club Having represented SA at:
Ancients (DBM) Jason Batzofin St John's College Mbabane, Maseru, Shanghai, Jakarta
Ancients (DBM) (female) Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Mbabane, Maseru
CounterStrike: GO Thomas Brown All Stars Yingchuan, Beijing
FIFA Xola Magwaza Knights Mind Sports Taebaek, Busan
HearthStone Wynand Meiring BNKR Seoul