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Reallocation of prize money to the FIFA esports title.

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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) originally allocated the prize money to the esports title ‘eFootball™’, as published by Konami, but since such esports title does not allow person to person play over the  internet, MSSA has agreed to reallocate the prize money to the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 2022 sports titles.

With the MSSA’s NWU Online School League about to start on 25th of July 2022 esports athletes devoted to the FIFA 2022™ esports title now stand to participate in the generous prize money as offered by North West University (NWU).

The prizes are divided into three categories:

  • Overall purse prize being a bursary (courtesy of NWU to the value of R30,000.00 and R5,000.00 for the CS:GO, DotA 2, FIFA 2022™, Mobile Legends Bang Banc, and Street Fighter V esports titles,
  • Prizes for the best female athletes, and
  • Best school award.

Even though only six (6) of the eleven (11) titles carry the fabulous prizes as sponsored by North West University (NWU), it should be noted that that ALL titles offered do count towards:

  • Participation in National Team Trials, and
  • School Provincial Colours

The distribution of prizes is as follows:

 

Title Platform age restr. Players Prize distribution Female prize
Clash Royale Mobile 12 1 v 1 R30,000.00 bursary to study at NWU R1,000.00
CS GO PC, 16 5 v 5 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
DotA 2 PC 12 5 v 5 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
FIFA 2022™ Console 12 1 v 1 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
Mobile Legends Bang Bang Mobile 12 5 v 5 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
Street Fighter V Console 12 1 v 1 R5,000.00 R1,000.00

The other esports titles being offered are:

 

Title Platform age restriction Players
HearthStone Mobile 7 1 v 1
eFootball™ Console 12 1 v 1
League of Legends PC 12 5 v 5
Paladins PC/console 12 5 v 5
VainGlory Tablet/cell 12 3 v 3
In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa’s policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the designated school official formally request assistance. 
Players who are registered with any affiliated school may participate.

  • Only a designated school official may enter a school team  consisting of at least one athlete.
  • Entry fees must be deposited directly into Mind Sports South Africa’s account, held at ABSA Bank, account number, 90 4766 7676.
  • Entries are R50.00 per player and photographs of all athletes must accompany such entry.
  • No entries shall be accepted without MSSA having received proof of payment.
  • All entries must be entered onto the entry form
  • Entries close on Sunday, 24 July 2022.
The following Medals may be awarded at MSSA’s 2022 Annual Inter-School League:
  • HIGH SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • HIGH SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.

Please note the medals shall be awarded at a MSSA offline event.

Colours and National Team Trials:
  • Provincial Colours: All Players who win all of their Matches at MSSA’s 2019 Annual Inter-School League will earn Provincial Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at MSSA’s 2019 Annual Inter-School League in the same period and in the same year, shall earn Provincial Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will be eligible for selection for the National Squad.

It must be remembered that only schools affiliated to MSSA may participate in the 2022 NWU Online Schools League.

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Flutter-owned Sisal Awarded Tunisian Gaming Contract

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Sisal, part of Flutter Entertainment, has won the contract for the management of games in Tunisia organised by Promosport, the sports betting administration under the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

This important milestone will enable Sisal to manage and develop a comprehensive product portfolio including sports betting, digital games, instant lotteries and online games for a period of 10 years. The games are distributed in Tunisia through an extensive retail and online network.

“Obtaining the award makes us very satisfied, as this tender has attracted the attention of the most important international players, with whom we have been competing in the various phases. The victory in Tunisia is strategic for us because it completes our growth path in an important area with considerable prospects for development in the future and at the same time certifies our leadership and know-how of Sisal at an international level,” Marco Caccavale, International Managing Director of Sisal, said.

The victory of the tender for the management of lotteries and sports betting in Tunisia is only the latest of the numerous results obtained by the company at an international level in recent years.

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Betika Partners with Fast Track for Automated Player Engagement

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Betika has chosen Fast Track as their partner in providing automated, personalised player engagement.

Betika is a sports betting operator founded in Kenya and now operating across 9 other African countries. As well as a focus on delivering an exceptional player experience, Betika invests in local sports via their initiative: “Betika Na Community”, and sponsors the Kenyan team: Sofapaka.

The operator has a vision of creating an automation-driven CRM strategy to increase retention. They have a high volume of monthly players, with Kenya being their largest market.

Betika chose Fast Track as their partner in developing automated CRM due to the player engagement platform’s capabilities and ease of use. Fast Track Lifecycles makes it easy to set up multi-channel automations, while the built-in segmentation model allows operators to create precise targeting for retention campaigns.

Johaar Bassier from Betika commented: “We’re delighted to find a solid CRM partner in Fast Track. Betika has player experience at the core of its values and working with Fast Track will assist us in developing this.”

Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track, commented: “Betika’s specialised experience in Kenya and other African markets makes them an exciting operator to work with. They have big plans for how automated CRM will change their player engagement and we are happy they have chosen us to support them in this next phase of their journey.”

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The return of Team Esports South Africa

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Mind Sports South Africa’s Student Team Eaports South Africa arrived home safely from Russia on Monday, 19 September 2022.

While there were critics who voiced their opinion that South Africa should not have sent a team to Russia, MSSA’s Board took the view that it was an important championship in which to compete as Team Esports South Africa would be able to gain valuable international experience.

Certainly facing the mighty CSGO and DotA 2 teams of Serbia, Russia and Khazakstan at first saw Team Esports South Africa overwhelmed, but such was the character and resilience of the South African team that the team members upped their games in subsequent games.

Simon Zandstra, captain of the CSGO team said of the experience, “It was a very good experience all round. Overall everyone had a rough time being introduced to international gaming as the standard is much  higher than what is found in South Africa.”

Suhail Khan, captain of the DotA 2 team said of the experience, “This was a worthwhile experience. This was the first time that a number of our players had participated in a first class international event. The hotel, hosts (Russian Esports Federation – ReSF), championships, and other players were absolutely amazing.” Sebastian continued to add, “The event has helped the entire South African team to grow and develop. This event will long be remembered as a watershed in terms of the improved standard of South African esports”.

Colin Webster, MSSA President, stated, “The team did South Africa proud. All of the team members are a credit to the country and I am sure all will grow in stature, experience, and skill as time goes on.”

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