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).
Abios Powers Nigerian Esports Betting Brand Oyawin with Data and Widgets
As part of Kambi Group, Abios powers Nigerian sports betting brand Oyawin with odds and statistics from the largest matches and tournaments in esports.
Oyawin, the newly launched mobile-first sportsbook, allows Nigerian esports fans to access a wide range of statistics, as well as streams and odds from top esports matches, directly on their phones.
Abios has supplied 1337Pro with data and statistics for the largest esports titles, including CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends, for years. The organisation has expanded from being a media platform to include a sportsbook solution and Oyawin, a sports betting brand registered in Nigeria.
With the help of Abios’ product portfolio, Oyawin can provide a comprehensive esports solution to Nigerian bettors. It is focused on tier 1 esports titles, including CS:GO, League of Legends and VALORANT. With access to Abios’ full portfolio, Oyawin can engage their audiences with engaging content such as player props, data visualisations and embedded streams.
It also features Abios’ esoccer solution, allowing fans to engage with engaging around-the-clock content supported by widgets and streams.
Oskar Bonnevier Fröberg, CEO and Founder of Abios comments: “To support the growth of esports in Nigeria, we’re delighted to supply Oyawin with our esports odds, statistics and data visualisations. It allows Nigerian bettors to discover and get access to engaging content for the largest tournaments in esports.”
Jason Foster, Managing Director of 1337Pro Bet: “Abios data has powered 1337pro.com for years, from fixtures, statistics and results to live stream links. We have now extended this success with full odds and trading integration for Oyawin. The platform’s successful launch has given us complete confidence in Abios and our products. We look forward to delighting our sportsbook operators.”
Xprizo announces groundbreaking integration with M-PESA
Xprizo, a cutting-edge iGaming fintech platform, has bolstered its payment service offerings by integrating with one of the most popular African networks, M-PESA.
Adding M-PESA into Xprizo’s payment service aggregator means users can access the very popular mobile money service seamlessly within a single interface.
This collaboration also aims to bridge critical gaps in the payment ecosystem, notably facilitating seamless cross-border transactions and providing businesses with an invaluable tool for local operations.
Xprizo has effectively built bridges between local and international payment landscapes. Community members can now deposit and withdraw funds using M-PESA directly into their Xprizo wallet. From there, users gain access to an array of services, from making transactions in international e-commerce environments to utilising wallet-to-wallet functionalities.
Committed to offering the best value, Xprizo ensures very low transaction fees, passing on the bulk of the benefits to end-users.
Businesses can integrate the full Xprizo wallet, enabling users to top up their accounts using M-PESA or other integrated solutions. Following that, consumers can make transactions from their Xprizo wallet to any Xprizo-registered merchant. Alternatively, end-users have the option to pay directly via M-PESA on a merchant’s website.
Xprizo CEO Richard Mifsud commented: “M-PESA has fundamentally transformed how people manage money. Where Xprizo steps in is to expand that revolution into cross-border payments and corporate services – we’re very optimistic about the new addition to the Xprizo payment aggregator.”
ESA Gaming Set for South Africa Debut Following Western Cape Certification
Innovative games provider ESA Gaming has been awarded a Certificate of Suitability from the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board to supply its array of leading casino content across the province.
It is a further statement of intent by ESA Gaming to bring its lightweight EasySwipe portfolio to the African continent with its swift-loading and easy-to-access games well suited to the local market.
A wide range of high-performing titles are now available to operators in the market through local supplier Kiron Interactive including the popular Mine series of games, which features recently-launched Dragon Mine, Pirate Mine and Goal Mine as well as modern takes on casino staples such as roulette and blackjack.
It paves the way for the latest market entry for ESA Gaming following growth in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia over the last twelve months.
“South Africa is a market with huge potential and we’re delighted to receive our Certificate of Suitability to supply our games in the Western Cape,” ESA Gaming Director Zorica Smallwood said. “Our EasySwipe portfolio of content has been extremely well received in nearby territories such as Kenya and Mozambique and we’re confident we’ll hit the ground running in South Africa as well.”
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