As you’re all likely aware, there’s once again a world of drama following another MSSA sanctioned international DOTA match. Shortly after posting our rather boastful post about South Africa’s Dota 2 team thoroughly thrashing the national Mexican side. And then it happened. We received a flurry of emails, messages and comments from Mexico’s tight-knit Dota community saying that not only did they not hold the players involved in high regard, but that many of them weren’t Mexican in the first place.
The whole thing, according to MSSA president Colin Webster, was done through liaison with the International Electronic Sports Foundation, a South-Korean based, not exactly official international e-sports governing body that was created in 2008 with the noble intent of ensuring eSports had the accreditation regular sports enjoy.
With 25 nations as members, including South Africa and Mexico, it looks like the closest thing we have to an international eSports governing body – but it seems that it’s all a bit of a farce, with many of those nation’s representative body’s not really being “official” in any way. Arguably the US’s most prominent eSports federation, Major League Gaming has not affiliated, opting instead to partner with KeSPA, the Korean eSports Association. As mentioned previously, UK membership liaison is apparently done through the UKeSA, which has been defunct (through bankruptcy) since 2009.
What does that have to do with Mexico? According to the ieSF, Miexican liaison is done through Mexico’s esports governing body, Esports.mx, which is essentially a dead website, not updated, with no tournaments or structure, and importantly, no actual Mexican Dota 2 team. As we’ve said, we’ve been in direct contact with a number of members of the Mexican Dota community, and they don’t believe that the team South Africa played against was official.
We want to make this right, and make sure that Mexico’s been properly represented.
This is how it’s going to be. We’re organising for two of their premier teams, Team Quetzal and SUMA – to take on some of our own superstars, like Energy eSports (and another, as yet unconfirmed team) in an unsanctioned international friendly. Only we’ll be doing it without any of that bureaucratic nonsense that so, so often gets in the way. We’re trying to get shoutcasting rockstar Congo Kyle to shoutcast.
It’ll all be organised by tournament hosting chaps Polarfluke and streamed on the magical internets so we can all see which nation really does Dota better. And for funsies, because why not?
Stay tuned for more details.