Mind Sports South Africa Makes Call for Women Esports Athletes

Gabriella Isaacs remains South Africa's top female esports achiever. Gabriella finished in second place at IESF's 2012 WEC in the StarCraft Female division - second only to South Korea's Kim "Aphrodite" Young. Photo: Supplied / MSSA 
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has always endeavoured to ensure gender equity in all levels of gaming.Even when the gaming community was slow to accept such gender equality, MSSA held firm to its principles and ensured that there were females as part of all levels in South Africa.

MSSA has more women and girls on its Board than any other esports federation, and has sent more females than any other national esports federation to compete at IESF’s World Esports Championships (WEC). In fact, MSSA, in the form of Marisa Van Der Westhuizen, has had the first-and-only female Team Captain and Flag Bearer at an IESF event.

MSSA’s current policies dictate that, where possible, half of all National Team Squads, from which the National Team, is selected, shall be female.

However, in 2022 MSSA did not fare so well. The Female CSGO team was unfortunately unable to attend IESF’s 14th WEC and as a result the Namibian team snuck through the African Qualifiers to end in fourth (4th) place in Bali and scoop US$5,000.00 prize money.

There is though, a second chance for South African CSGO female esports athletes. IESF shall be hosting a CSGO event for females at its 15th WEC in Lasi in August 2023.

All that a female esports athlete needs to do to be considered for selection is to:

Be a member of an affiliated club,
Participate, and win, a MSSA Regional Championship and/or Derby event,
Participate, and finish in the top three or top 20% (whichever is greater), of a MSSA Provincial and/or National Championships, and
Be ranked in the top 20 places of the official ladder for females.

Lasi awaits those who are not of faint heart. The benefits of merely being selected for the National Squad and earning National Federation Colours is of huge benefit in everyday life.

Photo 1 Caption: Gabriella Isaacs remains South Africa’s top female esports achiever. Gabriella finished in second place at IESF’s 2012 WEC in the StarCraft Female division – second only to South Korea’s Kim “Aphrodite” Young. Photo: Supplied / MSSA
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