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In 2022 Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) held its fifth annual Provincial Online Student Championships. The Student Championships formed the basis for the selection of the Student Championships for the student team that MSSA sent to Russia in September 2022.

Any student of any South African tertiary institution (University, colleges, and TVET’s) may participate, regardless of whether the institution is MSSA affiliated, or regardless if the player is registered, or not. Thus every student is afforded the opportunity of qualifying for the National Protea Team.

It may interest readers to note that the majority of esports athletes that have represented South Africa as members of the official Protea Teams have done so while being students at a tertiary educational institution.

However, it should be noted that only official teams entered by University Clubs affiliated to MSSA or the Sports Councils may use the tertiary institution’s name. Also, only Registered Players qualify for the team selection process.

MSSA’s Student championships allow students from all over the country to test their mettle against each other in an official championship that has the following benefits:

  • Enable students to earn Student Provincial Colours, and
  • Qualify for selection for the National Squad, and
  • Earn medals. The medals earned are awarded at MSSA’s LAN Championships.

All the titles to be played at such event are:

Period/genre Title Platform Age restriction Players
Shooter
CODM Mobile 18 4 v 4
CS GO PC 16 5 v 5
PUBGM Mobile 18 4 v 4
Sport
FIFA ’23 Console 12 1 v 1
eFootball 2023 Console 12 1 v 1
Rocket League PC and console 12 3 v 3
MOBA
DotA 2 PC 12 5 v 5
Clash Royale Mobile 12 1 v 1
League of Legends PC 12 5 v 5
Clash of Clans Mobile 12 1 v1
Mobile Legends Bang Bang Mobile 12 5 v 5
Fighting
Tekken 7 Console 16 1 v 1
Street Fighter V Console 12 1 v 1