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Mind Sports South Africa’s (MSSA) 2023 Gauteng Online Championships held on 11 March 2023 showed sterling results.

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The championship was a last chance for many esports athletes to qualify for MSSA’s National Team Trials to be held on 25 March 2023 at which the team will be selected to officially represent South Africa at the African Qualifiers which lead up to IESF’s 15th World Esports Championships to be held in Lasi, Romania in August 2023.

All Registered Players who have finished in the top three places, or the top 20% – whichever is greater, are entitled to enter trials.

However, it must be remembered that all players must have a valid passport at the date of entry.

It was indeed exciting to watch just how much all the female teams have improved.

White Rabbit Gaming Club’s (WRG) female team astounded all with their skill and sportsmanship. The team demolished all the female opposition and narrowly lost to the male team which ultimately won the premier event.

It is expected that the selection process for the esports title will be hotly contested.

Other female teams that excelled are:

  • Roedean College – League of Legends, and
  • Northcliff High School – Mobile Legends: Bang, Bang

The high standard of play saw a number of Registered Players being awarded Provincial Colours. Only Limpopo and Northern Cape did not have rRegistered Players who did not earn provincial colours.

The winners are as follows:

Title Name of player/team Club Provincial Colours awarded
Clash of Clans – Premier Christo van Zyl Point High School Western Cape
Clash of Clans – Hgh School Martin venter Hoër Volkskool
Clash Royale – Premier Jimmy Swanepoel Point High School Western Cape
Clash Royale – High School Norrice Le Roux Point High School
CS:GO – Premier
ZAG CS ZAG Academy
Josh Chapman Western Cape
Sebastian Montoya-Pelaez Western Cape
Michael de Villiers Western Cape
Josh Orelowitz Western Cape
Thomas Venables Gauteng
Ayush Singh (sub) KwaZulu Natal
CS:GO – Premier – Female
White Rabbit Gaming White Rabbit Gaming
Karla Grewar Gauteng
Kaylee Ludick Gauteng
Rochelle Elizabeth Noortman Free State
Roelien van Dyk Gauteng
Jessica Eleez Greeff KwaZulu Natal
DotA – Premier
ZAG DOTA 1 ZAG Academy
Suhail Khan Gauteng
Travis John Waters Western Cape
Mark Kilian Lehle Gauteng
Mohammad Dhooma Eastern Cape
Nicholas Dammert Gauteng
DotA – High School
CCL Knights Crawford College Lonehill
Howie Chen Gauteng High School
Srivar Premjeeth Gauteng High School
Arav Harrielal Gauteng High School
Ashen Naidoo Gauteng High School
Tej Kistasamy Gauteng High School
eFootball – Premier Ridah Hendricks PES Society Western Cape
FIFA 23 – Premier Rethabile Masangane NWU
FIFA 23 – High School Antonie Botes Hoër Volkskool
HearthStone Kyle Vorster ZAG Academy Gauteng
League of Legends
TuksEsports TuksEsports
Thomas Stephanus Swanepoel TuksEsports Gauteg
Hein van Rooy TuksEsports Gauteng
Jason Harris TuksEsports KwaZulu-Natal
Johannes Gysbert Du Preez TuksEsports Gauteng
Fabio Spazzoli TuksEsports Gauteng
League of Legends Female
Roedean Paladins Roedean
Hannah Schreiber Roedean Gauteng
Ireoluwatomiwa Iluyemi Roedean Gauteng
Aadilah Noorbhai Roedean Gauteng
Abigail Adonis Roedean Gauteng
Caitlin Newman Roedean Gauteng
League of Legends – High School
Grotto Middies
Lu-Zelle Kruger Mpumalanga High School
Xavier de Beer Mpumalanga High School
Patric Nel Mpumalanga High School
Dylan Putek Mpumalanga High School
Calvin Kok Mpumalanga High School
Mobile Legends Premier
MOMS Legends Masters of Mind Sports
Leone Loftus (Captain) Free State
Joost Loftus Free State
Leonard Loftus Free State
Adriaan du Plessis Gauteng
Dewald Greyling Gauteng
Mobile Legends Female
Pr0NHS Northcliff High School
Kennedy Cassells (captain) Gauteng
Isabella Lawrence Gauteng
Siann Richardson Gauteng
Beverly Makhafola Gauteng
Sadie Rennie Gauteng
Rocket League – Premier – 1 v 1 Ngwazi Mathebula Middies Mpumalanga
Rocket League – High School – 1 v 1 Nathan Jacobs Middies
Rocket League – Premier – 3 v 3
MIGHTY TEDDY BEARS King Edward VII School
Liam Hughes King Edward VII School Gauteng
Emilo Dos Santos King Edward VII School Gauteng
Judah Dos Santos King Edward VII School Gauteng
Tekken 7 – Premier Jonathan Brown Team PlayBell Western Cape
Sportsmanship Award Jessica Eleez Greeff White Rabbit Gaming Club

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Manchester City FC Partners with SportyBet

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Manchester City has announced a new regional partnership with SportyBet. The agreement will see SportyBet become the Club’s Official Betting Partner in Africa.

SportyBet is a brand of Sporty Group, a global sports entertainment and technology company, and it is a pan-African market leader with licensed operations throughout Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Widely recognised as the most innovative betting platform in Africa, SportyBet delivers a world-class mobile user experience with carefully considered product design and a focus on speed and performance.

As part of the new agreement, Manchester City and SportyBet will collaborate to create co-branded content and unique experiences for customers in the region.

Kaitlyn Beale, Vice President, Global Partnership Sales, said: “We are pleased to welcome SportyBet as a new regional partner of Manchester City today. Our fanbase within Africa continues to grow, shown by the interest in our fan events and trophy tour visits to Africa in recent years, and we look forward to working with SportyBet to bring fans even closer to the club.”

Sporty Group’s Brand Director, Oluchi Enuha, said: “We are absolutely delighted to add Manchester City to our list of partners. Manchester City has consistently proven to be one of the most exciting teams in Europe. Their exciting brand of football and dynamic players perfectly represent the type of entertainment Sporty Group aspires to bring to their customers in Africa. We believe this is just the beginning of a uniquely innovative collaboration which we believe will elevate both brands in Africa.”

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MSSA’s view of encouraging females to play esports

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Esports, or electronic sports, has become a global phenomenon, with millions of people tuning in to watch competitive video game matches online or in person. As the popularity of esports continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly important to encourage diversity and inclusivity in the industry, particularly in terms of gender.

Since 2009 Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has had an active policy to increase female representation in esports. This is important for a number of reasons. First, it is simply a matter of fairness and equality. Women should have the same opportunities to compete and succeed in esports as men. By promoting gender diversity in the industry, we can help to break down barriers and create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

However, as MSSA President, Colin Webster, stated, “There are also practical reasons why having more females play esports is important. For one, it can help to grow the industry. Women make up a significant portion of the gaming market, and by tapping into this market, esports organizations and companies can reach a wider audience and increase their revenue streams.”

Webster added, “Additionally, having more females involved in esports can help to address some of the toxic behaviors and attitudes that have plagued the industry in the past. Women have historically faced harassment and discrimination in the gaming world, but by promoting gender diversity and inclusion, we can help to create a more welcoming and supportive community.”

There are also potential benefits to individual female players. By participating in esports, women can gain valuable skills and experience in areas such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving as well as earn Regional, provincial, and National Colours that may help such females obtain bursaries in order to study further. These skills can then be applied to other areas of their lives, such as their careers or personal relationships.

However, increasing female representation in esports is not without its challenges as MSSA is painfully aware. Women are still underrepresented in the industry, and those who do participate often face a range of barriers and obstacles. Some of these include online harassment and discrimination, a lack of female role models and mentors, and limited opportunities for sponsorship and funding.

MSSA faced very stiff opposition from many gamers, some of them who even have daughters, over the years when promoting its policies of enablement and inclusion.

To address these challenges, MSSA has always taken proactive steps to promote gender diversity and inclusion. This has included initiatives of providing incentives and creating real and credible upward movement. MSSA is the only esports national federation, world-wide with 40% of its Board consisting of female Board Members.

In conclusion, increasing female representation in esports is not only a matter of fairness and equality, but also a practical way to grow the industry and create a more inclusive and supportive community. By taking proactive steps to promote gender diversity and inclusion, we can help to build a better future for esports and for everyone involved in it.

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IESF has announced the slots for 15th World Championships to be held in Iasi, Romania

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With South Africa’s National Team Trials, to be held on 25 March 2023, quickly approaching, excitement among Registered Players is reaching an all time high.

It is  thus welcome news that International Esports Federation (IESF) has just informed Mind Sports South Africa of the number of slots for Africa for IESF’s 15th World Esports Championships (WEC 23′) to be held in August in Iasi, Romania.

The slot distribution for WEC 23′ is divided per registered country per continent, and we would like to inform you that Africa acquired a total number of 13 out of the 82 slots for the following games:

  • CSGO – 3
  • Dota 2 – 2
  • Mobile Legends Bang Bang – 3
  • PUBG Mobile – 3
  • CSGO Female – 2

IESF has also advised MSSA that all African National Federations that have registered athletes for Tekken and Efootbal get a direct slot.

Thus with MSSA having so registered for both Tekken and Efootball, the Registered Player selected by MSSA at its National Team titles for these two esports titles will go straight through to lovely Iasi and not have to fight it out in an African regional Qualifier.

The last chance for athletes to qualify for National Team Trials is:

  • 2023 Gauteng Online Championships to be held on 11 March 2023.

All those entering National Team Trials are again reminded to have valid passports on the date of such National Team Trials.

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