Speaking during an interview with Mweb Gamezone, new Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) president Simphiwe Maphumulo said he wants its disciplines, including eSports, to become a viable profession, and popular on a scale such that eSport is represented at events like the All Africa Games.
The MSSA doesn’t just represent the video gaming side of things, but also table top games and traditional games, such as Morabaraba. Maphumulo said that those who play games recreationally need to become aware of the MSSA and what it does so that talent can be groomed.
Maphumulo also wants the MSSA to become a recognised name by the public, saying “The more people know about us, the better we can ‘get things done'”.
“I see eSports having a huge following in RSA in the near future because technology is always improving,” said Maphumulo.
Maphumulo said that eSports in South Africa has a bright future and is sustainable, but lacks good support structure, and this is where the MSSA comes in to prepare gamers to enter a world of professional gaming.
“The biggest stumbling block in South Africa is the gamers who continue to remain outside of the structure. The only way for gamers to get what they want is to join the MSSA. It is through being part of an active community that is both informed and responsible that gamers can effectively influence the decision making process,” said Maphumulo.
Maphumulo said the MSSA will approach government to discuss infrastructure and venues required to support eSports.
Maphumulo encouraged professional gamers to join the MSSA. “Only [MSSA] registered players are able to officially represent South Africa,” said Maphumulo, adding that this is similar to how all professional sports are handled in SA.