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Gamers shoot for national colours

By   |  August 24, 2006

The Amateur Gamers Association of South Africa (AGASA) has created the first official online national gamers’ league in the country and gamers will now be eligible for provincial and national colours.

The news was announced yesterday in Johannesburg by AGASA’s president, Johan von Backström. The league has the full backing of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) which is the national federation responsible for developing and administrating mind sports.

“South Africa is the first country to award national colours to computer gamers and we are extremely proud. We are working towards getting other countries to follow our example and take computer gaming seriously,” Von Backström said.

When Springbok Colours were first awarded for mind sports in 1991 it was only for the conventional games such as chess. Since then, many other sports have gained this status. Computer gaming, which up till now has been seen as a hobby, will now become a national sport. Four hundred players are registered with AGASA, and play games such as Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Day of Defeat and Guild Wars.

President of MSSA Colin Webster attended the launch and expressed his joy at seeing mind games coming so far. “This is a watershed in computer gaming; it is a beginning of greater things,” he said.

Development is a focus point within AGASA and the league currently has several programmes running. The Digital Teammate Development Programme was introduced as part of an ongoing effort to expand the gaming experience to all South Africans, The Smoking Gun Award is awarded for the best video screenshots within the AGASA league and the Young Designer Award gives aspiring graphic designers the opportunity to design a promotional campaign for the league.

MSSA has made a long-term commitment to accredit the AGASA league as the official gaming league in South Africa and has further confirmed that it will host the African Championships in South Africa in 2008.

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  1. Colin Webster
    January 9th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

    You state “The Amateur Gamers Association of South Africa (AGASA) has created the first official online national gamers’ league in the country and gamers will now be eligible for provincial and national colours. ”

    Please note that AGASA was not the originator of the league, but merely the host of the League which belongs to Mind Sports South Africa.

    Regards

    Colin Webster
    President
    Mind Sports South Africa
    http://www.mssa-cgboc.org

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