I stayed out of the last IesF and MSSA rubbish with girls having their own leagues because both of those organisations are stupid and don’t really understand how to help gaming in the world. Well that’s my opinion at least. However I saw the theme crop up again recently when an all girl team was penalised for playing too well.
It’s been a while since our last court case update because to be truthful it all got very complicated - and I am bitterly disappointed in where we currently stand.
Two weeks ago the Afrikaans current affairs program, Fokus, that I was part of was aired. I’ve finally got the clip thanks to some great YouTube searching by dogaming’s Rob Clegg and now I’ve cut out all the crap we don’t want to see and added in some sub titles for my best friend in the whole world.
My life long nightmare is about to come true. People who know me know I have a terrible aversion to cameras and will do just about anything to avoid being in the front of one. However when the producers of a local current affairs program asked if I’d be willing to chat about local eSports and the MSSA I couldn’t really say no.
Sometimes writing about the MSSA feels like I’m explaining away the follies of that annoying kid in school who refused to listen. But I’ve been asked by a number of people about the MSSA response and our original report so here are the facts and nothing but the facts.
We’ve received word, and subsequently confirmed with SASCOC that Mind Sports South Africa is no longer affiliated with the organisation.
We’ve often decried the MSSA’s backwards mentality when it comes to eSports, in that it segregates men and women. This is patently, and inherently stupid as whatever physical differences exist between genders are rendered moot by videogames. Whenever they've been taken to task over this, they've always pointed the finger at the IeSF. Now that organisation is in trouble over the same thing... and they've got nowhere to point fingers. Thankfully though, things are changing.
We were proud of the Southern Barbarians no matter what happened. However, these latest results make us want to dance for joy - and leads to more questions about the state of our national eSports body.
The IesF is an international body whose goal is to bring together all the national sporting bodies for eSports and create an international federation, ala FIFA style, to maximise and help improve eSports worldwide.
It’s been a while since we covered any of the MSSA’s attempts at being an organisation and that is mainly because they really are rather incompetent and there are only so many times you can point it out before you start feeling bad.
Unlike most quickies this one isn’t that much fun. Yesterday my attorneys and advocates were back in court along with Colin Webster’s team. Apparently my knowledge on court proceedings is about as in depth as my understanding of the different types of cases that exist.
While many of us spent the long weekend catching up on gaming backlogs and eating mountains of chocolate, some of South Africa's best Dota 2 players were going head to head. There were two major tournaments this weekend: the Liberty LAN and the MSSA's provincial online championships. Check out all the details.
I’ve received a few questions in public and private recently about the on going court battle that Colin Webster has launched against me. There isn’t much to say now but here is the quick update.