Putting A Lid On Toxicity

Putting A Lid On Toxicity

Competitive gaming has always had its ups and downs but the stress and emotional toll that it has on cyber athletes is immense. Ranging from new players learning the game to angry veterans ruining games with unwanted toxic behavior and “feeding”, this destroys the positive mindframe that players have and in turn induce them into taking part in turning on bad players as well as not focusing on the game in a positive way.

 

Identifying the need of the hour, Gamer.LK has come up with a solution to fight this issue and has decided to turn competitive gaming into a more calm and casual experience through games such as Fruit Ninja, Subway Surfer, Temple Run, etc. This will allow players to have a more flexible gaming approach, encouraging fair play on one’s individual skill and draws a blank on the toxic and otherwise harmful outcome competitive team-based games have become.

 

Through the 1st week of April, Gamer.LK will remove all competitive team-based games and introduce single player casual games. Over the coming weeks, these new titles will earn ranked status as eSports in the country. Shortly thereafrer, tournaments including large prize pools and high-speed gaming peripherals as gifts, will begin. Clans will be taking active charge in making the needed adjustments to their players and even being open to recruitment.

 

Gamer.LK hopes to thus usher in a new era with a diverse repertoire of games suitable for any age or gender. So make sure to download these up and coming eSports titles and ensure that you make the preparations ready to get that coveted number 1 spot!

 

Do you have what it takes to change and adapt to bring about the best individual talent that Sri Lanka has ever seen. Fewer team kills, lesser whining team mates and more exciting and fun games where you choose your own destiny are coming. Are you ready for it?

 

Leave a comment on what you think about this change as we step into a new era of eSports and gaming in Sri Lanka.

IESF Announces Second Game Title for 10th Esports World Championship

IESF Announces Second Game Title for 10th Esports World Championship

– League of Legends selected as official title of 10th Esports World Championship – An opportunity to promote the LoL esports as an amateur competition globally

Image Second Official Title 10th WC

International Esports Federation (IESF) hereby announces LoL as the second official game title to be included in the 10th Esports World Championship in Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei.

Thus Riot Games’ League of Legends (LoL) is now officially included in the list of game titles to be played at IESF’s Esports World Championship 2018.

2018 marks the fifth year since 2013 that LoL has been included in IESF’s Esports World Championship as an official game title for the event.

LoL esports in IESF’s Esports World Championship will continue to be promoted as an amateur competition, as all participating players shall be amateurs who have not participated in any professional or semi-pro league globally during 2018.

IESF’s Esports World Championship is an International Esports competition based on nationality. 46 Member nations of IESF which participate the World Championship shall hold National Qualifiers to qualify players who represent their countries. IESF’s Esports World Championships has been hosted in every year, started since 2009.

IESF is currently in the process of selecting additional games and shall make the final announcement for all official and demonstration game titles after completing all negotiations with the Game Developers.

This article is taken from ieSF Official website

IESF Announces Official Game Title for 10th Esports World Championship

IESF Announces Official Game Title for 10th Esports World Championship

Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO) announced as the official title for 10th Esports World Championship – Third time to be selected as an official titles for Esports World Championship

Image 10th WC Official Title CSGO

International Esports Federation(IESF), the only international membership based non-profit organization, has just announced one of the official game titles to be played in the 10th Esports World Championship 2018 to be held at Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei.

Such official game title is the ever popular Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO) as published by the Valve Corporation.

IESF’s 10th Esports World Championships marks the third time that CS:GO has been selected as an official title for such Esports World Championships. In 2016 (held in Jakarta, Indonesia), Finland became IESF’s first winner of the CS:GO game title. However, in 2017 (held in Busan, Korea), it was Russia that won the 1st place for the CS:GO game title.

IESF’s Esports World Championship is the only international esports event where players compete as representing their countries. IESF has held its World Championship event annually since 2009.

IESF is in the process of selecting other official titles and shall announce them as soon as all negotiations are completed with the relevant stake-holders.

 

This article was taken from official ieSF website

Recruitment spree by Noob Alliance snags Ghost Warriors

Recruitment spree by Noob Alliance snags Ghost Warriors

“Ghost Warriors” is a clan with immense talent in their ranks with teams such as Team Insane” for Call of Duty, and Team Dark Knights” for League of Legends as well as Special Forces 2. Having talent such as Real Mojo who is one of the best supports in League of Legends in Sri Lanka right now and the likes of Himasha Shalini Perera who has been the two time champion in the women’s Need for Speed tournament as well as a dedicated member in team Dark Knights who also became the runners up for Special Forces 2 during Sri Lanka Cyber Games in 2017. “Ghost Warriors” have shown great potential in the eSports arena, bringing together talented individuals who work both as a team and as individuals each doing their own role to the best of their abilities.Ghost Warriors wanted to take their gameplay to the next level, and  receiving an invite from Noob Alliance to join their clan was their way forward

In a smooth acquisition “Ghost Warriors” have now joined the ranks of Noob Alliance. The alliance will reap rewards as the talent that has been on display will have a chance to practice and compete with one another and bring about a sense of self improvement as being in an environment of high skilled cyber athletes always bring about the competitive side of any player, increasing the amount of time invested as well as the concentration levels as games become that much more intense.

 

We were able to catch up with both  clans and get their opinion on what is instore for the alliance in the coming future and how they felt about the acquisition. We spoke to Lahiru mi-_RA#” Perera about how he felt about joining Noob Alliance

 

“The truth is, when I started gaming, I was seeking for a great place to improve my skills, a great place to spend time with and a great place to have good friends. In this search of a great clan I found some but none of them lasted for long. Maybe it’s due to the experience of their admins, or maybe it’s due to the internal conflicts between the clan. It was then, I found ‘Ghost Warriors’, a small clan surrounded by all the huge clans which was out there, with the most friendly and caring people. So I decided to stay there, It was not the reputation of the clan which is important, it is always the people. Years passed we played every tournament, we played with all the great teams which was out there not always the victory but for the fun and experience. Times passed things changed and it was then we realized we have to bring forward our skills up to the professional level. We knew about nA, we had played against nA and we needed to improve. Yes, nA was out there among the clan giants who holds the experience and perfection, so we all agreed to go beyond our potential, improve our gameplay and most of all, as I said earlier, to have great friends.”

Finally finding a piece of the puzzle how will this affect the two clans? Will it lead to better growth of talent? Will it create an electrifying atmosphere that shocks the community with upsets in tournament to even tournament championships? Your guess is as good as ours – it is uncertain but also very possible.

 

Receiving a statement in regards to the acquisition from Noob Alliance,

 

“Noob Alliance’s main Target with the acquiring is getting a spot at women’s league and help them to develop the games they are currently playing. In return developing their skills Noob Alliance gets to secure some places at these games. They are mainly taking part in Special Forces 2 and Call of Duty 4 as well as League of Legends”

 

Noob Alliance currently placed third in the national rankings. With Ghost Warriors onboard, will they be able to reach the coveted number one spot on the Sri Lankan eSports clan ranking? Especially when it comes to getting a top spot at Women’s league with Special Forces 2 and Call of Duty having potential to rise to the top as well. Prior to their joining Noob Alliance, Ghost Warriors had been in high demand, having  been approached by Phoenix Gaming to join their ranks.

 

This is the latest in a series of recruitments and acquisitions by Noob Alliance over the past 6 months. With the stepping down of their senior team last year, the younger leadership has commenced an aggressive recruitment strategy to slingshot them to the number 1 spot in 2018. We watch eagerly to see the results of these decisions play out against the other clans vying for the top position.

Why Call Of Duty 4 is Not Dead in Sri Lanka

Why Call Of Duty 4 is Not Dead in Sri Lanka

Video games are a way of escaping reality by becoming a hero or just killing time, these games have become a part of people’s day to day lives. In accordance with this, games have evolved and developed more and more, since its inception. Certain games which were popular back in the 90’s are now just something children laugh at, with its limited graphics and funky animations, leaving the old school games to be a thing of the past.

Introduction

One such game that has been introduced but since has not gotten that much traction in a global scale is Call of duty 4:Modern Warfare. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a multi platform computer game in the genre of a first-person shooter developed by the American company Infinity Ward and published by Activision; the game itself was released on November 12 2007 on PC.

Upon the release of Call of Duty 4 in 2007, it was introduced competitively worldwide. Many professional teams, such as Fnatic and Evil Geniuses, took part in these various tournaments and the game itself saw a lot of fame. The first time Call of Duty 4 was introduced as an eSport in Sri Lanka was during the Sri Lankan Cyber Games back in 2008, which garnered a lot of attention and saw a rise in popularity ever since its introduction to the local scene.

“COD4, is a game that some would say is what defines Lankan gaming. A game which paved the way to all other games in the country. Call of duty is the pinnacle of esports in Sri Lanka right now, and has being for a very long time, from it’s extremely intense games to rivalries that has gone beyond gaming. Call of duty has lasted so long and will last even longer because of how competitive it is, and how passionate every cod player is towards their game.” – Javeen Tharka, prominent player in the League of Legends community.

As a game that was introduced such a long time ago with its limited graphics and small variations in weapons with limited skins, Call of Duty 4 is no longer being played in the international scene. Games that have introduced first person and third person perspective, along with purchasable weapon skins and additional items that you can use to customize your in game loadout, have become more popular with players in a global scale.

I have played all the fps games and moba games including lol and DotA and I’m fairly good at all of them and one thing that keeps me pulling back towards cod despite me wanting to get better at other games Is how much cod makes you feel utterly alive.
One moment, one shot, can give you such a rush. – Imalsha ‘Thunder’ Peiris, prominent player in the Call of Duty 4 community

Advantages & Disadvantages

Looking at Call of Duty 4, it has many positive points, such as its wide availability and the fact that you do not require a legal copy of the game to access online servers or play in a local area network. On top of this, the fact that the game requires minimal graphics, allows almost any personal computer to run the game; catering to a large population of gamers in Sri Lanka. As opposed to games like Overwatch and Counter Strike that have to be purchased online in order to play the game, while requiring mid to high end graphics; in turn not allowing the younger players to be able to take part or even get the game, as Sri Lankan parents don’t want to invest money into purchasing a virtual game that will not contribute to their children’s future. Third parties have created and added modifications or ‘mods’ to the game called ‘Promod’ (not a name of a Sri Lankan child), that levels the playing field by getting rid of overpowered features and weapons found in the normal game, such as perks like last stand, which allows the player to shoot even after he is dead for a few seconds. The International scene and Sri lankan tournaments have depended on this mod to create an even and competitive environment for players, making it a very high skill based game; the current version being played right now in Sri Lanka is “pml220”,.

“I think it’s just a really good game , and most of us didn’t have good enough personal computers with the performance to play other games when we started off. Somehow it became really huge in the gaming community and its one of the more easier games to grasp for a beginner.” – Sameera ‘SvTue’ Vidushanka, former captain for nA Team Spite.

What is it like in Sri Lanka

Taking a small visit to the gaming cafes available in the country, will show you that majority of these cafes will definitely have Call of Duty 4 installed, as it’s extremely popular with the locals and is fast paced; it also doesn’t punish the player for leaving games like Dota 2, which requires at least an hour to finish a game and puts the player into a low priority bracket when leaving early. A huge positive in Call of Duty 4 is the fact that it has a low skill floor, which allows newer players to enjoy and understand the game, while experiencing it fully with a wide variety of custom maps as well as game modifications such as the “Zombie Mod”, which allows players to have fun with their friends.

“Call of Duty 4 compared to other games have teams which compete on an equal level. There was no team which continuously dominated the game throughout the years. There was always tough competition between the top five ranked teams. The game was never one sided which is why it lasted so long and continues to grow in the gaming community.” – Harry ‘Distant’ Manoharan, captain of TechMorph Team EnvyUS

The Sri Lankan Call of Duty 4 tournaments has seen a huge growth in the number of competitive players, teams and clans.  The most recent Sri Lanka Cyber Games tournament hosted a whopping 112 COD4 teams which is an extremely high number of participants 10 years after the release of the game itself; in comparison, DOTA 2 had the next highest number, with 56 teams, half the number of Call of Duty 4 teams. SLCG Call of Duty 4 Matches were played out till 10 O’clock in the night and still saw a massive fanbase cheering the players on and supporting them, showing you just how popular the game is in Sri Lanka.

“No game has come out yet to compare with cod4
It doesn’t require a high performance pc to play it
Also it’s the fashion in Sri Lankan eSports
Many players started games like CSGO Dota2 and many other new games
And yeah glk keeps going with cod4 tournaments because people are asking for it. So it will not die for a very long time
I fear my kid will also will have to deal with cod4
Even I was a cod4 player” – Shenal AB Daniel, prominent player in the DOTA 2 community

Community

One of the major aspects of why Call of Duty 4 is so loved in Sri lanka is because of the support shown by the community itself, the blossoming rivalries as well as the intense games. As the glue that holds any game together, the community has shown tremendous support in and out of tournaments to ensure that this game receives the love that it deserves. We managed to get a few answers from some of the well-known people in the community itself, shedding some light as to why Call of Duty 4 is considered the best game in Sri Lanka and the game that paved the way for other great games as well.

“The strength of the game is always its community. Every member in the community has a great passion towards the game and gives their maximum effort to keep the game running. Though COD4 was removed from competitive tournaments in most of the countries around 4-5 years back, it was still increasing in the number of participants each and every year in Sri Lanka, so the community became stronger. Even one of the largest tournament hosted in Sri Lanka by SLT did not include Call of Duty 4 in it until they came to know how vastly the game is been played and how huge the call of duty community is” –  Harry ‘Distant’ Manoharan, captain of TechMorph Team EnvyUS

“Since the beginning of the e-Sports in Sri Lanka COD4 highlighted as one of the main attractions in the first person shooter genre, and today we see a lot of potential players of all age groups passionately engaged. We at Dialog Gaming are in motion to open the borders to international tournaments and showcase our local talent through similar titles such as Special Force 2 and many more which the COD 4 community can easily excel” – Udara Gunasekara Product Manager – Gaming Services Dialog Axiata PLC

“It has always been the community and the passion the players had. The competitiveness has not dropped a bit, and we can see new players emerging every year” – Isuru ‘Viper’ Herath, captain of TechMorph Outlaws

“Call of Duty 4 is game that is being held up high thanks to the Sri Lankan Call of Duty 4 community, all the way from the referees, to the players and even the spectators. After the death of X-fire, a social platform which was used by almost all the Sri Lankan cod players to find scrims and socialise, many people thought that the game was dead. However, the community persevered, and has now become the largest gaming community and game in Sri Lanka.” – Navod ‘Cyanide’ Bopitiya, captain of nA Team Phase 2.0

Call of Duty 4 has been a game that has created many memorable moments over the years for Sri Lankan fans and holds a close place in their heart, this is reflected by the majority of players that still find themselves running to their computer or the closest gaming café to play this game and create even more memorable moments, be it with friends or teammates.

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