MSSA (Mind Sports South Africa) will again be sending a team overseas to represent South Africa at the annual IeSF World Championships.
This year’s Championships will be held in Cheon-an City (or ‘the most peaceful place under the sky’) in South Korea from the 4th to 8th of October 2012. I guess missing rAge will be worth it though…
The MSSA has sent teams across to the IeSF every year since 2009.
Many of South Africa’s top gamers have been afforded through this ongoing venture the ability to hone their skills and make their mark on the international scene. One just has to think of Abubakar Ebrahim Akhalwaya , Rolando De Aveiro, Magiel de Lange, and Robert ‘PandaTank’ Botha.
Thanks to the IeSF/MSSA collaboration, Robert ‘PandaTank’ is now seeded in the top five StarCraft II players in the world.
Through this participation, the lucky few, not only earn their Protea Colours and are are also afforded the opportunity of meeting all the other top players from the rest of the world.
However, the titles have changed.
In 2011 it was FIFA Online and StarCraft II. This year it will be TEKKEN and StarCraft II that will be played.
Already the following gamers have qualified for the 2012 National Team Trials to be held in August:
Robert Botha PolarFluke (represented SA in 2011)
Ryan Niksch MAYHEM (SA National Championships)
Allen Brown MAYHEM (SA National Championships)
Brett Alexander MAYHEM (SA National Championships)
Ryno Gildenhuys KMSC (Free State Championships)
Johannes Bothma HSDOJO (Free State Championships)
Lyrene Kuhn KMSC (Free State Championships)
Babas Abbas TEKKEN ARENA SA (SA National Championships)
Scott Sutherland OE (SA National Championships)
Donald Mullany OE (SA National Championships)
Matthew Mariga WITS (Gauteng Championships)
Marushka Bosch KMSC (Gauteng Championships)
As we get closer to the NTT’s so the list of qualifiers will grow.
With the Mpumalanga, Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal, and online championships for StarCraft still to be held, there is more than enough time for aspirant competitive gamers to qualify for the annual National Team Trials in order to be selected to represent South Africa.