Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.
All esports athletes have strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourite esports titles to be given preferential treatment.
In order to make the process more objective and reduce the influence of any one member club and/or individual, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has a policy in place in order to ensure that there is a due process as well as a fair system in place in order to ensure that the correct titles are selected.
However, it should be noted that MSSA currently only selects 10 titles to be played at Provincial and National Championships.
Priority is given to the esports titles that are played at IESF’s World Championships and Global Esports Federation’s Global Esports Games (GEG) in order to assist MSSA deliver a national team.
Even though only 10 titles are so selected, that does not mean that the other titles cannot be held at MSSA events.
However, it should be noted that any approved title may be played at an official MSSA Regional Championships. In fact, it is at such Regional Championships that the popularity of various esports titles is tested in order to evaluate whether such titles should, in future, be included in MSSA’s Provincial and National Championships.
The full rules on how titles are selected are as follows:
The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
- Not more than ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
- The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
- The remaining titles may then be selected.
- Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
- The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
- Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
- Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and there are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
- For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.
All proposals for titles must be submitted to MSSA by 1 November 2022 for inclusion in the Agenda for the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
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Twain Sport, the newly launched live sport vertical from the Hybrid Sports League and BetGames, is set to make its landmark debut in Africa thanks to a new partnership with Super Group-owned Betway.
The revolutionary hybrid sport product will be available to Betway’s significant customer base in the leading South African market as well as across the continent where the major brand operates.
The launch is set to bridge the gap in demand for increased live sport with high-frequency entertainment, which is in strong demand from the next-gen player, with Twain Sport already proving hugely popular.
Partner company BetGames has long enjoyed an impressive foothold across regulated African markets, with the SBC Award-winning studio’s instrumental heritage providing a crucial platform for Twain Sport’s fast-growing popularity.
Twain’s Sport’s launch offering, T-Basket, is the first that will hit the market, delivering head-to-head basketball tournaments every hour and a match every three minutes, totalling 6300 monthly.
African bettors will have a wealth of betting markets available to them to enhance the experience, via an intuitive mobile-first designed UI, with the initial launch expected to attract multiple audience demographics.
T-Basket features professional athletes competing head-to-head to score the most points in 60 seconds. With eight players in a tournament and a new game every three minutes, a full tournament experience is broadcast in just one hour with 14 tournaments and many hours of action every day.
Commenting on the deal, BetGames’ VP Sales, Africa, James Everett said: “Africa as a whole is a hotbed for sports betting and the Twain Sport proposition is perfectly suited to match the rapidly-growing demand for contemporary entertainment in the space.
“We expect T-basket and then T-kick to make a real impact with Betway. As one of Africa’s most trusted names in betting we couldn’t have hoped for a higher profile partner to get started with – the opportunity this represents cannot be understated.”
Mark Rowles Head of Marketing at Betway, added: “We’re excited to launch the Twain Sport offering across our African markets and look forward to seeing the traction of this innovative new feature across our existing offering”
Following the success of T-basket, the exciting supplier brand will compound its impact with a further new sport in Q1 2023 when T-kick makes its debut in the famously football-mad continent and all other markets where it is currently live.
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Bitville Gaming South Africa Expands Its Product Bouquet through TVBET
B2B provider of live games TVBET acquired a certificate of suitability in the province of the Western Cape, South Africa. It has also undergone integration into the Bitville Iframe Solution and has passed BMM testing for all nine provinces in South Africa. TVBET is a live Games provider and is, therefore, able to render its live lottery and numbers games in all of South Africa’s jurisdictions.
TVBET is ecstatic to bring fresh content to SA and in doing so extending its footprint into South Africa. Bitville Gaming is a well-established B2B Igaming Platform, Aggregated Products, Bespoke Lottery and custom software solutions company.
Emily Asava, TVBET Business Development Manager in Africa, states: “TVBET continues its cooperation with Bitville Gaming, and we are happy to reach new achievements within our partnership. Getting the license by WCGRB confirms our straight decision to expand in Africa and deliver our products to new markets in the region. And we’re happy to do that together with Bitville Gaming.”
Bitville Gaming CEO Andrew Von Hoesslin says: “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to work for Bitville Gaming South Africa, a company that is dedicated to keeping content relevant and fresh. The Company prides itself on being a Level II BBBEE manufacturer in SA; in addition, we are striving to keep the online and retail products fresh and new, so we don’t find ourselves in a space where the one market cannibalises the other and TVBET is one of those products that effectively helps secure this. If we don’t ensure that we preserve our land-based betting shops and keep them financially profitable by bringing exciting retail content, it will have a negative impact on the economy in South Africa. TVBET has wonderful retail and online content, so you could say it’s the best of both worlds.”
Entain Launches Bwin in Zambia
Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, has announced the launch of bwin, its leading sports betting brand, on the Zambian market. Customers in Zambia will now be able to access a wide range of sports betting and casino offers.
“We are thrilled to enter the Zambian market which has one of the most highly regarded regulatory environments on the African continent. It was an obvious destination for our first launch in Africa given its stable economic and regulatory framework, which provides a great platform for growth. We are extremely confident that our new Zambian customers will love the unparalleled bwin brand experience with its exciting line-up of thousands of betting markets and hundreds of games,” bwin Africa Chief Marketing Officer Spencer Okach said.
bwin is the Official Partner of both the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League as well as the Official Partner of the German Football Association and national team.
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