Saturday, 21 April 2018

Road to Kaohsuing - IESF announces the dates of the 10th World Esports Championships.

Colin Webster (IESF Board Member) handing over IESF's flag to CTESA in Taipei earlier this month.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has participated in every IESF World Championships since the inception of such World Championships in 2009.

International Esports Federation's World Championships has  grown from a mere 150 participants from 20 countries to 455 partici
pants from 39 countries.
Already, the International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced the various esports titles to be played, being:

On 18 April 2018, IESF released the dates of such World Championships being November 6th – 13th, 2018.

The announcement of the dates follow a rather extensive site inspection of the venue at Kaohsuing City. At such site inspection IESF officials not only inspected the site, but also signed a MOU with Kaohsuing City.

Thus, with all the
pieces falling neatly into place, it looks as though it will be a truly memorable World Championships.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Esports: National Team Trials 2018


2017 BOO! National Protea Esports team.

MSSA hereby announces that it shall be hosting the 2018 National Team Trials in Gauteng at Vereeniging Gimnasium on the 2nd and 3rd of July, 2018. Please note that National Team Trials are not a championship. A link to the location is below:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Vereeniging+Gimnasium/@-26.6646651,27.922076,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x1e9458077a5e7c37:0x54422ab61194b6ec!8m2!3d-26.6646699!4d27.92427


The event will take place on two separate days and will require players to bring their own PC and peripherals.

Only players who have qualified in MSSA events shall be allowed to enter team trials.

Registration will cost R64.00 per player.

The Documents required are as follows:

  • ·    Copy of South African Passport.
  • ·    Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).
  • ·    Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18
  • ·    Players need to be entered on their club drive page and clubs may start putting qualified members on from the 23rd of April, 2018.
  • ·    Registration dates close on the 25th of May, 2018. Please send all relevant documents to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com
Please note all clubs will need to enter via google drive and submitted all relevant documentation before the event, otherwise Players will not be permitted to play on the day. Please feel free to email the MSSA if you have any queries regarding this.  

National team trials shall begin at 09H00 and end at 18H00. Umpires will be there on the day to assist with any queries you might have.

In summary:

  • ·         Date: 2 & 3 June 2018
  • ·         Time: 08h00 - 18h00
  • ·         Venue: Vereeniging Gimnasium, 40 De Villiers Avenue, Vereeniging
  • ·         Entrance fee: R64.00 per player per title
  • ·         Contact person: Ruann Swart Phone: 079 422 8713 or E-mail: ruannswart@yahoo.com
  • ·         Phone: 079 422 8713 
  • ·         Accommodation: Available on request
  • ·         Entry feeR64.00 per player
  • ·         Enter on Google Drive Page
  • ·         All paperwork must be supplied by the 25th of May 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

South Africa to enter IESF's 10th World Championships - Kaohsuing City

Gabriela Isaacs who represented South Africa at IeSF’s 4th World Championships – Cheonan.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has participated in every IESF World Championships since the inception of such World Championships in 2009.

International Esports Federation's World Championships has  grown from a mere 150 participants from 20 countries to 455 partici
pants from 39 countries.

South Africa, too has a proud track record and is consistently is ranked among the top countries in the world.

IESF's official world rankings since 2011 are as follows:

YearVenuePosition
2017Busan –  South Korea12th
2016Jakarta –  Indonesia14th
2015Seoul –  South Korea12th
2014Baku –  Azerbaijan13th
2013Bucharest –  Romania10th
2012Cheonan –  South Korea18th
2011Andong –  South Korea13th
South Africa too has finished in the medals, and in 2012 Gabriela Isaacsb (SAHETI) finished in second place in the female division for StarCraft II.

Already,the International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced the various esports titles to be played, being:


MSSA's Management Board has thus agreed to send a team to compete in all the esports titles of 
Counter-Strike: GOLeague of Legends, and Tekken 7 at such IESF's 10th World Championships - Kaohsuing City.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

May non South African teams play in MSSA's 2018 On-line Provincial Esports Championships - 21 April 2018?

MSSA, helping to grow gaming throughout Africa.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is part of a larger international community. Not only is MSSA the largest membership based organisation in South Africa, but it is also a member of the largest membership based organisation for esports in world, being, the International Esports Federation (IESF).

With 49 member countries, it could be easily argued that IESF has the greatest reach of all esports organisations.

MSSA is also a member Confederation of African Esports (CAES). CAES is the African continental body to which African National Federations are affiliated. Should esports ever be accepted into the All African Games, it will be through CAES that such opportunity is made.

Thus, being a member of both IESF and CAES, there exists a great deal of reciprocity between members.

Any other member of IESF and CAES may give permission for one, or more,of their teams to enter South African championships.

However, obviously such teams would not qualify for National Team Trials and Provincial Colours, although, it would give such teams a good idea of the standard of play in South Africa.

MSSA's 2018 On-line Provincial Esports Championships is thus a unique opportunity for many teams in Africa, which are affiliated to their National Federations, to participate.

Importance of MSSA's 2018 On-line Provincial Esports Championships - 21 April 2018.

MSSA's 2017 Counter-Strike: GO, Tekken 7, and League of Legends Protea Esports Team (as sponsored by BOO! Surprising Media Solutions).
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) places a huge amount of of importance on its Regional, Provincial, and National LAN championships. It is the LAN championships which truly prepare Registered Players for grueling international championships. It seems as though many other gamerrs and organisers of private events in South Africa are now following suite in this regard as there are more LAN competitions in South Africa than ever before.

However, MSSA does take cognisance of the fact that it is difficult for some Registered Players to travel, and although MSSA does  more championships in more regions and in more provinces than any other organisation in South Africa, MSSA is still aware that there is a need for an online championships.

MSSA's 2018 On-line Provincial Esports Championships thus allows any Registered Player to enter and attempt to qualify for MSSA's prestigious National Team Trials (NTT) from anywhere. It also allows Registered Players to test their strength against other teams prior to MSSA's National Team Trials so that teams at such National Team Trials are ready and prepared.

For more on MSSA's 2018 On-line Provincial Esports Championships, please read:

Friday, 13 April 2018

What is the role of the Esports Board of Control?

Ryan Boyes - Chairperson of the Esports Board of Control from 2014 to present.
Mind Sports South Africa is without doubt the oldest member of the IeSF having been founded on 14 December 1985 as a non-profit Association.

As an Association, the MSSA is governed by a committee that is elected at its General Meetings. In order to create stability in the Association, elections for the posts on the Management Board are staggered so that the entire Management Board does not change at the same time which would result in a loss of knowledge and experience.

Obviously, the Chairman of the Esports Board of Control has become more and more important with the massive growth in Esports in South Africa. 

But what is the role of the Board of Control?

The Boards of Control are the bodies within the MSSA that look after the actual day-to-day running of the various disciplines. By having the various Boards of Control (BoC) administer and run the various disciplines, it stops the Management Board from interfering in such disciplines, and ensures that those directly concerned with the disciplines take an active interest. 

Registered Players who have chaired the various Boards of Control are:
Year eSports Board of Control chairpersons
2014 -present Ryan Boyes
2012 – 2013 David ‘bvd_russian’ Webster
2009 – 2011 Dr. Ryan van den Bergh
2006 – 2008 Johann von Backström
2005 Rob Stevens

For more on the Esports Board of Control, please read:

DotA 2: The full list of qualifiers.

Registered Players preparing for battle.
According to Mind Sports South Africa's Esports Representative, Ryan Boyes, no fewer than 67 registered players have so far qualified to participate in MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials even though there are still two more championships to be played.

The names below represent the registered players that have qualified in the period from 1 May 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are considered for determining the process  in which province such  National Team Trials shall be held.

The two remaining events which registered players may qualify are: 



The criteria to qualify for such trials all Registered Players that win a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials.

Also, all Registered Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials.

It should be remembered that members of the current Protea Squad automatically earn a berth at the National Team Trials (NTT) should they have met their obligations in terms of participation at MSSA events.


The list for the esports title of DotA 2 is:


# Name of player Club Period/title Province
1 JC Smidt Parys High School DotA 2 Free State
2 Tiaan Jordaan Parys High School DotA 2 Free State
3 Arend Roux Parys High School DotA 2 Free State
4 Estevan Fouche Parys High School DotA 2 Free State
5 Brendon Badenhorst Parys High School DotA 2 Free State
6 Miguel Alves Saheti DotA 2 Gauteng
7 Thomas Papademetriou Saheti DotA 2 Gauteng
8 Alexandros Pouroullis Saheti DotA 2 Gauteng
9 Pavlos Galanis Saheti DotA 2 Gauteng
10 Aidan Pahalad Saheti DotA 2 Gauteng
11 Kit Rawlings Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
12 Aiden Vermeulen Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
13 Brandon Watts Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
14 Darren Bouttell Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
15 Landen Viljoen Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
16 Jaryd Krishna Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
17 Alvin Ke Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
18 Keagan Oliphant Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
19 Hsiang Yu Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
20 Daniel Knight Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
21 Austin Liu Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
22 Bill Lu Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
23 Reuben Henderson Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
24 Mohammed Dhooma Westville High DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
25 Darren Spiers Westville High DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
26 James Britz Westville High DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
27 Zaid Patel Westville High DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
28 Jordan Adams Westville High DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
29 Jasper Crowley Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
30 Jan du Plooy Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
31 Erik v/d Merwe Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
32 Cameron Gilburt Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
33 DJ Malan Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
34 Elardus van Zyl Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
35 Wynand Bezuidenhout Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
36 Cobus Coetzee Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
37 Dillon Niemann Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
38 Matthew Brooks Curro Klerksdorp DotA 2 North West
39 Peter Mansfield Curro Klerksdorp DotA 2 North West
40 Devon Gomes Curro Klerksdorp DotA 2 North West
41 Richard Visser Curro Klerksdorp DotA 2 North West
42 Mohammed Gabru Curro Klerksdorp DotA 2 North West
43 Estiaan Oosthuizen NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
44 Kobus Nel NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
45 Francois Barnard NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
46 Stefan Barnard NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
47 Jaco de Kokker NW Mindsports DotA 2 North West
48 Matthew von Bulow Bishops Dota 2 Western Cape
49 Tristan Smith Bishops Dota 2 Western Cape
50 Alaric Mcgregor Bishops Dota 2 Western Cape
51 Karl Stapleberg Bishops Dota 2 Western Cape
52 Callum Fraser Bishops Dota 2 Western Cape
53 Dirk de Waal Paul Roos Gimnasium Dota 2 Western Cape
54 Jean du Plessis Paul Roos Gimnasium Dota 2 Western Cape
55 Arno de Beer Paul Roos Gimnasium Dota 2 Western Cape
56 Francois Joubert Paul Roos Gimnasium Dota 2 Western Cape
57 Stehan Malherbe Paul Roos Gimnasium Dota 2 Western Cape
58 Nathan Austin Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
59 Sven Botha Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
60 Luc Van Den Handel Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
61 Branden Van Staden Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
62 Liam Watson Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
63 Christopher Coetzee Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
64 Lourens Kok Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
65 Ryan Shearer Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
66 Simon Shearer Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
67 Kyle Underwood Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape

Registered Players that have earned a berth at MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) are:


The final lists are: