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MSSA vs SAESA website battle

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One of the smaller complaints around the MSSA is that their website has been pretty woeful and they have been attempting to use Facebook and Wikipedia to spread the information on their goals.

In response to his woeful comment on his first interview, Simphiwe Maphumulo responded to Mweb on the 28th of February stating

“With regards to the MSSA website, this setup of a new website is a priority for me, and I have been assured by our developer that it will be up and running in two weeks.”

The 14th of March came and went and still no website and so on the 15th of March 2014 the MSSA held a pretty useless press conference and again Simphiwe promised that they would have a website up with the next 7 days. It’s 9 days on from that event and we have still no sign of an MSSA website. In fact it’s gotten worse and their ugly landing page has now been replaced with a blank screen.

MindSportWebsite

As you can see the above isn’t much of a website… not to mention that they registered the name wrong as it should be mindsportssa.co.za but hey they can’t get anything everything right. So we know the new president is ineffectual and makes promises he unable to keep. 

But what about the competing players’ association, The South African eSports Association? Well they have also promised that they wiould have an awesome new website a few weeks back, however while their website is a lot prettier than the blank page that the MSSA has it’s not quite a website either.

saesa

So two organisations vying for eSports in South Africa and neither of them have been able to create one over a couple of weeks.

What’s worse in my opinion is that both the organisations are planning on using WordPress for their sites. Same as we do. So I can personally guarantee that you can get a WordPress website up and populated with content in under an hour.  It’s a poor attempt from both parties on what is probably the least important aspect of the organisations…but also probably the easiest.

I’d reach out for comment but the MSSA has banned me from contacting any of them,  and the SAESA already said last week they are working on getting their site up and running. 

[Update] The official SAESA website is now live – 11:53am 24th March 2014

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Last Updated: March 24, 2014

40 Comments

  1. Rags

    March 24, 2014 at 11:06

    Good use of white space by MSSA.

    Reply

    • oVg deprived

      March 24, 2014 at 11:43

      • Skyblue

        March 24, 2014 at 16:46

        He was so awesome in this (except that one shout). I hated him with a passion until this movie and he has only done awesome work since then. He’s also 100% correct in his statement.

        Reply

  2. Rince

    March 24, 2014 at 11:09

    Wow… Just… WOW…

    Reply

  3. ToshZA

    March 24, 2014 at 11:11

    Seriously, using WordPress and it takes them weeks to not create a website?

    Is this going to be another typical SA thing where we get promised 100 things from each organisation, but both are too busy shifting blame to actually deliver on them? AKA Local politics…

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 24, 2014 at 11:14

      Never used wordpress but I am assuming is alot easier to use that dreamweaver.

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      • ToshZA

        March 24, 2014 at 11:24

        Here’s the process in a nutshell:

        1. Upload wordpress base to your website. Some hosting companies already have this done for you in 1 click. 5 minutes.
        2. Create your passwords and database settings using the easy to use installer. 10 minutes.
        3. Upload a theme, you can buy one or use many of the free ones out there. 5 minutes.
        4. Log into the back end, and start adding your pages and menu items. 15 minutes (if you’ve got the content planned).
        5. Copy/paste or type out the content and add images to articles and so on. This part can take some time, but you can create a front page in an hour, ready to go. From nothing. While you’re doing the content. Assuming everything is already planned, content-wise, the text should take you no more than 45 minutes to copy/paste, and then its simply a matter of adding images, which usually can be added while you copy/paste.

        Without much knowledge, pretty much anyone who can read can set up a wordpress website in an hour or two, depending on the amount of content. The only 2 things that take time, are designing a custom template and writing / creating the content itself.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 24, 2014 at 11:34

          cool man, I must look into this.

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          • ToshZA

            March 24, 2014 at 11:41

            There’s also Joomla you can look into as well – same process basically. Slightly different back-end but the end result is mostly the same. I prefer Joomla, but WordPress is just as good.

            You can also look at Drupal, but I’ve not used it before. No reason, other than no need.

    • Rags

      March 24, 2014 at 11:33

      And don’t develop live. ><

      Reply

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 24, 2014 at 11:11

    I hate it when websites say they’ll be up “soon”. Soon when? Should I check back every day for your convenience? Put a damn date there.

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    • oVg deprived

      March 24, 2014 at 11:49

      They need to secure their tender with Another Naughty Comrade first 😛
      I am still amazed how the Football stadiums got finished in time after years of striking and contractual black mail.

      Reply

  5. TiMsTeR1033

    March 24, 2014 at 11:20

    In other news:

    Anyone see this? Rime on ps4 looks awesome. Remind me alot of games like Ico and shadow of the Colossus

    http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2014/03/rime610.jpg

    http://za.ign.com/en/preview/2665/gdc-how-rime-on-ps4-tells-its-story-without-words

    Reply

    • Robert Hart

      March 24, 2014 at 11:29

      spambot?

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 24, 2014 at 11:35

        I aint spamming, just pointing out a cool game for others to see.

        Reply

  6. Hammersteyn

    March 24, 2014 at 11:20

    A site to behold then?

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  7. Tarisma

    March 24, 2014 at 11:39

    Well at least SAESA Keeps the community in the loop

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    • ToshZA

      March 24, 2014 at 11:42

      Sure, but if they’re trying to be better than the MSSA, then why are they basically doing the exact same BS with their website. ie: not actually putting one up, when promised.

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      • caponeil

        March 24, 2014 at 14:37

        It is up now if you look. Feel free to criticize if you feel like it – we won’t ban you. If you feel like getting involved send some deets to info@saesa.co.za and we could look into it.

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        • ToshZA

          March 24, 2014 at 15:46

          This is probably the first time I’ve ever been happy to eat my words. 😀

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          • caponeil

            March 25, 2014 at 07:23

            Not so happy to make you eat your words but happy that you approve! Cheers!

  8. Sk3tz0

    March 24, 2014 at 11:46

    Too Busy taking poor innocent Jouros to court over kak to build a website.. Bunch of Asshats MSSA..

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  9. Kromas

    March 24, 2014 at 11:46

    An eSports Association not being able to set up a website is like a 7 year old not able to use a smartphone. It is impossible to even imagine.

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    • Weanerdog

      March 24, 2014 at 14:44

      I think that the MSSA have emphatically proven that 1. they only have one computer and 2. they are not really an eSport Association.

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      • Kromas

        March 24, 2014 at 14:45

        A 486DX66 is not really the “latest and greatest” 😛

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        • ToshZA

          March 24, 2014 at 15:56

          Can still play chess on it though. That’s a Mind Sport, isn’t it?

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          • Weanerdog

            March 24, 2014 at 16:56

            No chess have their own association, they were clearly a move ahead of the MSSA.

          • Kromas

            March 24, 2014 at 17:03

            Comment of the week!

          • ToshZA

            March 24, 2014 at 17:11

            Zing.

          • Kromas

            March 24, 2014 at 17:03

            BattleChess!

  10. Admiral Chief of Auraxis

    March 24, 2014 at 11:50

    MUPPETS

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  11. Matthew Holliday

    March 24, 2014 at 11:54

    and 50 minutes later the website goes live.
    http://saesa.co.za/

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    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      March 24, 2014 at 11:58

      BOOM… Headshot 😛

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

        March 24, 2014 at 12:24

        BOOOOOOOOOM indeed

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        • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

          March 24, 2014 at 12:30

          Think Gavin might have jumped the gun on this one a bit 😛

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    • Norm

      March 24, 2014 at 12:28

      That’s how it is done.

      Reply

    • Rags

      March 24, 2014 at 13:12

      Thanks! Can’t wait for the constitution etc. One small criticism, the font is not very legible imo. Could change it to verdana or something.

      Reply

    • Makes

      March 25, 2014 at 01:28

      Took roughly 4 hours – Fire your developer MSSA

      http://www.teameliteza.co.za

      Reply

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