JOHANNESBURG – MSSA is set to announce a final eProteas team to represent South Africa at the eighth International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) World Championship 2016, in Jakarta, Indonesia later this year .
This follows nationwide trials countrywide to identify talent especially amongst schools as part of MSSA bid to scout for new players.
“The school teams shook the foundations of gaming as they toppled many of the ‘giants’ to earn the respect of all who were present,” says Mind Sports South Africa , General Secretary Colin Webster .
National Team Trials is the bottom rung of international competition. By earning Protea colours a whole new world is opened up to gamers as they are able to then compete in recognised international events that are administered or accredited by International eSports Federation .
“The majority of those that qualified reside in Gauteng with a close second being the Western Cape. Mpumulanga and North West came in tie third. It is hoped that 2017 will see Western Cape wrest the trials down to Cape Town,” says Webster.
He says MSSA is thrilled with the increase in both standard and quantity of gamers.
For the team events alone (CS: GO, DotA 2, and League of Legends) there are no less than 38 teams that made the grade. Those that qualify represent six out of the nation’s nine provinces, proving that MSSA’s development programmes are bearing fruit. MSSA has now got all the results and is deliberating.
“There is of course, due process that must be followed before the team may be announced. As soon as the process is completed, MSSA shall announce the team. Only then the process of readying the team, through online test matches, shall begin,” concludes Webster.