South African gamers will have an opportunity to develop their skills and unlock new talent as registrations open for the Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) 2009 Online League.
The league is comprised of two legs: The first Leg is a Provincial Championship and will run over five weeks from 16 February to 22 March 2009.
The second Leg is a National Championship and only teams that have participated in Leg 1 qualify to enter. This will run over a five-week period from 6 April to 19 May 2009.
The closing date for registrations of Leg 1 of the league is 8 February 2009.
The league will be hosted on iBurst's iGame servers.
Thami Mtshali, CEO of iBurst, says: "Judging by previous registrations, greater numbers of people want to engage in online gaming tournaments on a professional level. iBurst's partnership with MSSA is seeing online gaming being recognised as a sport, which more people are taking seriously."
Individuals may choose from a list of games to be played in the Online League: Counter Strike 1.6 (PC), DotA- Allstars (PC), Team Fortress 2 (PC), Quake 3 (PC), Call of Duty 4 (PC), Call of Duty: World at War (PC), Starcraft (PC), TrackMania Nations Forever (PC), Red Alert 3 (PC), Gears of War 2 (XBox 360) and Guitar Hero (XBox 360).
Medals will be awarded to the overall winners ranked first, second and third as well as university and high school teams ranked accordingly. Provincial colours will be awarded to teams that make it to the top 50% of Leg 1 and Leg 2, and/or teams that win all their games in Leg 1. Players automatically earn National Federation colours if players win all their games in Leg 2.
In addition, all players that arrive in the top 20% of the league automatically qualify for National Team trials. It is only through participation in the national team trials that players qualify for official team selection and Protea colours. However, players need to ensure that all the criteria have been met in terms of participation to qualify for team selection.