• Regional qualifiers held online, kicks off today, the 12th of June 2018 at the Ultra Gaming Colombo café in Maradana.
  • Mohamed Mufeeb and Shihab Rizan will be donning the responsibilities of the two representatives from Sri Lanka for PES, both carrying experience in both Pro Evolution Soccer as well as FIFA.
  • Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s first connectivity provider to launch a mobile gaming platform, aims to empower the local pro-gaming community by powering cyber athletes to represent Sri Lanka in the Asian Games 2018.

With the introduction of eSports as a demonstrational title in the upcoming Asian Games 2018, we take a look at one of the titles that was picked up; “Pro Evolution Soccer”, which is a series of football video games developed and published by Konami. For those who do not know about Pro Evolution Soccer, there will invariably be comparisons drawn between it and the more mainstream FIFA, the main differences being the mechanics on the pitch, which are regarded as being more satisfactory on PES, along with the licensing, where FIFA is undoubtedly the king.

The regional qualifiers for the PES tournament, which will be held online, kicks off today, the 12th of June 2018 at the Ultra Gaming Colombo café in Maradana. With the stage set, the players geared and ready to go, it all lies in the hands of the players as we anticipate a good outcome from the matches. While the stakes will always be high when representing your motherland, these players have put a lot of effort into making it as the representatives for Sri Lanka and we can expect to see a lot of entertaining and nail-biting action in the upcoming qualifiers.

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s first connectivity provider to launch a mobile gaming platform, aims to empower the local pro-gaming community by powering cyber athletes to represent Sri Lanka in the Asian Games 2018. Recognizing the potential and growth for cyber athletes in the country,  Dialog continues to spearhead eSports and support the community to challenge global gamers on international platforms.

Supun Jayasinghe (Product Manager-Gaming Services) Dialog Axiata PLC, had this to say with regards to Dialog’s vision on eSports;

“Dialog Gaming’s vision is to create the No.1 gaming experience and propel the future of eSports in the country. As the main sponsor of the teams, we hope to provide opportunity for talent within the country.” He added, “Dialog Gaming currently connects Sri Lankans to the largest mobile gaming platform, and we are certain the future of eSports will be a cyber athlete receiving an equivalent recognition to that of an athlete.”

Mohamed Mufeeb and Shihab Rizan will be donning the responsibilities of the two representatives from Sri Lanka for PES, both carrying experience in both Pro Evolution Soccer as well as FIFA, these players are no pushovers and have been training endlessly for a chance at glory and making their country proud. Having taken part in many of the tournaments held here in Sri Lanka, these players are no strangers to competing at the highest level of play. Will their determination and tenacity be enough to help them secure a spot at the Asian Games 2018?

With the tremendous amount of hours and practice these players have put in we wish both of them the best of luck at the qualifiers and hope that they prove to themselves and to their country that they have what it takes to reach the top.

Find out what the players had to say in the video below: