Mind Sports SA (MSSA) announced an 11-member Proteas team for the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) 10th World Championships in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei from November 6 to 13.
The team will be competing in the League of Legends®, CounterStrike: GO®, and Tekken 7® games where they will be looking to finish among the top-10 nations.
“MSSA is extremely confident in the abilities of the team to not only play well and maintain but to also win the hearts, minds and souls of all those present at IeSF’s 2018 world championships,” MSSA said in a statement.
South Africa’s best result at the world championships was in Bucharest in 2013 where they finished in 10th place.
Marisa van der Westhuizen will be making history at the championships as the first female Counter-Strike: GO® team captain at the global showpiece.
“Marisa is consolidating on, and is building on, such gains to create greater equality for females in esports,” MSSA said.
She follows in the footsteps of compatriot Maryke Kennard, who was the first woman to represent a nation in a team game in 2015 leading South Africa at the Seoul championships.
E-Sports in South Africa has grown from being a mere activity to being a fully-fledged sport in which players earn regional, provincial and Protea Colours in recent years.
Making his return to the world championships, Alasdair Donaldson will represent South Africa in Tekken 7®.
The country’s League of Legends® (LoL) team is a combination of the two finest teams from the national trials and will be led by Donovan de Klerk.
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“With many of the members having obtained experience in online test matches as well as at IESF’s 9th World Championships, there is great confidence in the team selected,” MSSA said.
“Donovan has proved himself to be a strong team captain being able to marshal, inspire, lead and maintain the integrity of his teams.”
The Proteas e-Sports team:
CounterStrike: GO team:
Marisa “Faith” van der Westhuizen (captain), Nicole “Nexxy” Rootman, Alora Ann “Saphira” Liebenberg, Lelane “Lilly” Soldin, Leander “Chappy” van Schalkwyk
League of Legends team:
Donovan de Klerk (captain), Stephen “
Johan van Breda