Monday, 25 September 2017

MSSA's fees for 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018


'Time waits for no man', and as time marches on - as usual - Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) finds itself having to do all the necessary administration required of it at this time of the year.

The usual administration adds an additional burden to the already hard-working Management Board which is busy tying up all the loose-ends in order to ensure that the 2017 Protea Esports Team has a safe and pleasant journey to IeSF's 9th World Esports Championships - Busan.

However, MSSA would not be able to achieve much without its members.

The annual affiliation and registration fees are a vital ingredient to MSSA's ability to deliver its development programmes and even getting its national team overseas.

Every member counts, and every member helps assist MSSA in its core functions.

Thus, MSSA ensures as much as possible, that the fees not be a burden to the membership, but instead, just a contribution to enable MSSA meet its obligations.

Thus, the fees for 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 are as follows:

Affiliation fees:

The Affiliation fee needed to be paid by every member club on an annual basis remains at the amount of R100,00.

Registration fees:

Registration fees are divided into two categories, being:

  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a school club - R6,00 per player per annum.
  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a club other than a school club - R101.00 per player per annum.
However, in keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies apropos development programmes, MSSA may waive the fees from registered players who are unable to afford such, should the member club make such request in terms of MSSA's rules.

Regional Championships - development at its best.

Much has already been written about Mind Sports South Africa's Regional Championships, however, few truly understand the true value of the championships.

Not only does MSSA's Regional Championships allow the winner to earn a berth at MSSA's much coveted National Team Trials, but it also promotes development of a 'breeding-ground' for the games that fall under MSSA's custodianship.

Due to  the fact that you do not need to be a Registered Player to play in a Regional Championship, players are offered the opportunity of experiencing official competition in their own 'home-town'. Through Regional championships, MSSA has  been able to hold official championships in towns that have never before seen such type pf championship before.

Through such programme, MSSA has been able to extend its footprint and find new talent. The new talent has. in many cases, shaken the status quo, and promises fresh new competition and challenges in the coming year.

Game titles that are not played at Provincial  and National Championships may also be played at such Regional Championships.

Thus growth and development starts at grass-root level and such Regional Championships allow MSSA the opportunity to truly see the support given to, and popularity of, game titles that may otherwise overlooked.

The Regional Championships thus allow MSSA to move forward and remain relevant among the gaming community, and keep it as SA's gaming leader.

Thus the inclusion of 'Injustice 2' in the schedule of the 2017 Polokwane Regional Championships (30 September 2017 and 1 October 2017) is part of this dynamic policy.

For more information about the 2017 Polokwane Regional Championships please go to: http://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/09/the-polokwane-regional-championship-30.html


Sunday, 24 September 2017

"Parting is such sweet sorrow".

Alwyn van Wyk
The 'brain-drain' continues and South Africa continues to 'haemorrhage' top quality citizens.

So it is that Alwyn van Wyk has now taken up a teaching position in UAE.

Not only is Alwyn an exceptional  Educator, but Alwyn too served MSSA with distinction. Alwyn served as the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Director in 2016 and in 2017.

Under Alwyn's watch the KwaZulu Natal Championships has grown to be the third largest Provincial Championship. The province too has shown 
phenomenal growth among schools, to have the second largest number of schools affiliated in any one province.

Alwyn's departure from South Africa thus leaves a gaping hole.

As such the position (2-year term) of KwaZulu Natal Provincial Director is now available, and hopefully will be filled at MSSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held on 3 December 2017.

Alwyn, has left huge shoes to fill.

Until we meet again.

The best MGO.

Learners representing their school with pride.
In South African esports there is a lot of talk about Milti-Gaming Organisations (MGO's).

But what is an MGO?

Currently, the definition for an MGO on Wikipedia is stated as such:
    "Multi-Gaming-Organisations (MGO's) are in many ways like clans or clubs except they are focused on the business aspect of eSports and are made up of many competitive teams. While the teams within MGO's are often managed in the same way a normal clan is managed, the organisation's top level management would include marketing, business and public relations personnel. In short, an MGO functions like a business while, in general, clans / clubs do not."
So what we  can gather from the above definition is that an MGO can take the form of various legal entities.

Such entities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Private companies (owned by one or more shareholders), 
  • Clans owned by sole-traders,
  • Clans owned by partnerships,
  • Associations,
  • University clubs,
  • School clubs.
Without doubt, in my opinion, the MGO's which are Associations, University clubs, and School clubs are the types of organisations that best look after the interests of the player as the administrators govern through passion, and not from a profit-making point of view.

However, the  best, and biggest, MGO's are without doubt the  schools themselves.

Not only do  the school clubs have a reach that dwarfs that of any private MGO, school clubs are able to develop gamers on every single level, in every single game, and also have the facilities on hand to do so. 


Schools like Northcliff High School have produced gamers in every genre of esports from computer gaming through to gaming on mobiles. Such types of schools have also produced players that have made it into the Protea Team. Gamers like Robert Botha and Ian Pillay represented South Africa  with pride and excelled representing Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) at various International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) events.

The  growth of gaming thus seems secure while it it is in the hands of the schools. Schools are a stable base which can develop a healthy foundation to the long-term growth.

In other words, schools are the best MGO's there are.









Saturday, 23 September 2017

Time to have your say.

Morizane Boyes - President of Mind Sports South Africa
Unlike any other esports organisation in South Africa, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) offers its members an opportunity to decide on the direction that esports shall take in South Africa.

How is this done?

Through MSSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) member clubs are able to propose motions, and vote on issues that directly have an impact on the disciplines and games that fall under MSSA's jurisdiction.

Any motion timeously submitted by a member club must be be tabled on the agenda of such AGM.

All member clubs then vote on any such motion which allows the majority to have their say.

However, more importantly, it is at such AGM that MSSA elects its office-bearers - whether they stand for the Management Board, Provincial Directorships, and/or Regional Directorships.

Since MSSA is driven by good governance, no person may hold more than one position. Also, any Registered Player in good-standing at the date of nomination may stand for any available position. To stand, the Registered Player must be nominated by an affiliated member club (also in good-standing) and must sign the letter of undertaking.

Remember that these, although voluntary, positions are work positions. Even though there is no pay, MSSA expects its office-bearers to be as professional as possible.

Positions on the Management Board (these positions have a three-year term) that are available for the 2017 AGM are:
  • Two (2) Vice-President positions,
  • One (1) Figure gaming Representative, and
  • One (1) National Schools Director.
Nominations must be submitted by member clubs by 1 November 2017 and all nominees must be fully-paid-up for the 2017/2018 year.

It's all go, go, go...


Few understand the amount of work required by a national federation to get an official team overseas.

In esports, only one organisation has consistently sent teams overseas.

Such organisation is Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), South Africa's largest membership based gaming organisation in South Africa.

MSSA has sent teams for esports overseas since 2005. Only in 2008, MSSA did  not send a team overseas. Instead in 2008, MSSA brought out SK Gaming to participate in the African Continental Championships that were held at Wits University in 2008.

Thus MSSA's  MANCOM is hard at work organising, sourcing, and tying up all the loose ends that will see the 2017 Protea Esports Team head off for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Polokwane Regional Championships - 30 September and 1 October 2017

Championship Details:
  • Hosting Club: Fragcon Gaming - 
  • Contact:  Petrus Maartens @ 084 637 1568 or fragcongaming@gmail.com
  • Venue: Tom Naude High School, Potgieter Avenue, Polokwane
  • Date: 30 September and 1 October 2017
  • Game Entry Fees: R100.00 per Player per weekend team game & individual game.                                 R50.00 per Player per game.
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
  • Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices


Spectators are welcome!

The schedule for the event is:
SATURDAY:
Time
CounterStrike: GO
League of Legends (LoL)
Pro Evolution Soccer
Injustice 2
09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
09H45
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
10H30
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
11H15
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
12H00
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
13H00




Time
CounterStrike  (continued)
LoL (continued)
PES (continued)
HearthStone (continued)
14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close
SUNDAY:
Time
StarCraft II
Tekken 7
Street Fighter

09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts

09H45
Round 2 Starts
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues

10H30
Round 3 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts

11H15
Round 4 Starts
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues

12H00
Round 5 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts

12H45

Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues

13H00
LUNCH
Time
Dota (continued)
Tekken 7  (continued)
Street Fighter (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


See more about the event on: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/09/the-polokwane-regional-championship-30.html