Racing goes virtual with Gamer.LK’s eRacer 2020 event powered by Logitech G and sponsored by Red Bull Sri Lanka. The best racers in Sri Lanka will go head-on with the best Esports athletes as they compete in a virtual race track from the safety of their homes.
Gamer.LK, having organised racing game competitions since 2010, will be making the move to a sim-racing game called Assetto Corsa. It has been announced as an official Esports title at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2021 in Bangkok as well, and Gamer.LK plans to promote the game and its community in preparation for sending the best racers in Sri Lanka for the event.
The SLESA Invitational is organised by the Sri Lanka Esports Association
It is a part of the Global Esports Federation’s “World Connected” Series
Noob Alliance won the COD Mobile event, with Woflgang and Maximum Esports coming in 2nd and 3rd
Xiphos Esports won the Valorant event, with Phoenix Gaming and Wolfgang coming in 2nd and 3rd
The Sri Lanka Esports Association held the first ever SLESA Invitational Esports tournament as a part of the Global Esports Federation’s World Connected Series. 9 Sri Lankan clans, members of the Sri Lanka Esports Association, took part in the event by putting forth their best team for the titles Valorant and Call of Duty: Mobile.
Call of Duty Mobile was held on the 18th of December. Alpha Esports, Wolfgang, Noob Alliance and Maximum Esports faced off in the semi-finals, with Noob Alliance and Wolfgang making it to the finals, and Maximum Esports taking on Alpha Esports in the 3rd place decider. After an intense bo3 finals, we saw Noob Alliance coming out on top, with Wolfgang in second place. Maximum Esports overcame Alpha Esports to secure 3rd place.
The Valorant event took place on the 20th of December. Wolfgang, Xiphos, Phoenix and Union Gaming make their way to the semi-finals. Xiphos Esports beat Wolfgang in a nailbiter overtime match with a score of 15-13, and Phoenix Gaming convincingly beat Union Gaming 13-2 to secure their spot in the finals. Phoenix Gaming succumbed to Xiphos Esports in the finals in a 2 matches to 0 series. Wolfgang Esports took 3rd place from Union Gaming in the 3rd place match.
The strategic partner for the event was Gamer.LK. The SLESA Invitational was a part of the Global Esports Federations’ World Connected Series, which had Esports Federations across the world conducting Esports competitions in association with the initiative.
PR FOOL was suspected of using hacks to gain an unfair advantage at the P&S PUBG Mobile Series
Gamer.LK investigated the issue with the help of the Tencent security team
The investigation confirmed that PR FOOL was indeed a hacker
PR FOOL and his squad have been disqualified from the P&S PUBG Mobile Series
Placements of all other squads move up by 1, and points updated accordingly
MAX DXG SAS, OMA | ADEUSX & nA Team Destiny qualify for semi-finals
Squad “Professors A” of Group 9 have been disqualified following an investigation on the use of illegal HACKS during the tournament.
Squad “Professors A” consist of:
Upon early suspicion that “PR FOOL” was cheating, Gamer.LK reviewed his gameplay and sent it across to Tencent for further investigation. Tencent confirmed the use of 3rd party tools and banned his account. Tencent Games have made it clear that things like cheating and hacking will not be tolerated and the players doing it will suffer an exit from the game for a decade i.e the player will be banned from using PUBG and may suffer a life-time ban from competitive Esports in Sri Lanka.
Both he and his squad have been disqualified from the tournament following the results of the investigation and Gamer.LK will be taking further disciplinary action against “PR FOOL”.
The placement points of all other teams in Group 9 have changed as they move up 1 slot following this debacle.
Therefore, the new set of squads that qualify are as follows:
Position 1 – MAX DXG SAS
Position 2 – OMA | ADEUSX
Position 3 – nA Team Destiny
Logitech G has partnered with Gamer.LK to bring a brand new Esports experience for Esports athletes in the country. With the objective of fostering top Esports talent and encouraging more Sri Lankan gamers to take the plunge into competitive Esports, Logitech G Sri Lanka along with the support of Gamer.LK is introducing a quarterly Esports tournament series called the Logitech G Play To Win Series. With a prize pool of Rs. 70,000 per quarter, the series will feature 3 titles – Valorant, Apex Legends and Rainbow 6 Siege.
Budding Esports athletes and veterans alike are invited to register and take part in the series. Along with prize money, Logitech G Sri Lanka will be picking a number of top players as their ambassadors for the country.
Asus has been experimenting with dual-screens on their laptops for a while now. The evolution and experimentation with a secondary screen can be seen with the Asus Zenbook Duo and Pro Duo, and now we have the gaming variant of it with the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo – a beast of a machine in the laptop form factor.
The Zephyrus Duo version that we received for review has an Intel Core i9-10980HK CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER gaphics and 32GB of RAM upgradable to 48GB. Needless to say this thing can push some pixels.
There is another variation that gives you 300Hz refresh rate on the screen at the cost of display resolution, maxing out at Full HD 1920×1080. Depending on if you’re a content creator or more into fast paced Esports, you can decide on which variation is better suited for your needs.
The defining feature of the device is the dual screen setup – called the Screenpad Plus. Rising up from the laptop at an angle as you open the lid is a sight to behold. Previous dual screen implementations either had the screen flush with the keyboard, which required users to peer over the laptop to get a good viewing angle, or had the entire body rise up at an angle, including the keyboard. The latest implementation with the Zephyrus has the secondary screen move independently of the rest of the laptop, rising up on its own to position itself at a more comfortable viewing angle. This screen is also touch enabled, which provides quite a few use-cases from gaming to content creation.
Being a laptop on the premium end of the pricing scale, the Zephyrus Duo also feels like a premium laptop. The laptop has a metal finish with the bottom of the device having a mix of plastic and rubber for contact with surfaces and effective cooling. It feels sturdy in the hand and has a rugged design, while also being portable with it’s 5.3lbs weight.
There’s no shortage of IO on the device, with USB A, C and thunderbolt included.
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type c with displayport 1.4 thunderbolt 3
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A
With the laptop being targeted at heavy content creators and gamers, cooling becomes a priority for the device. The screen lifting up above the rest of the device creates a unique airflow situation where the internals are exposed to a stream of ventilation. This cooling solution is amplified by intake fans just below the lifted screen.
GLK one-finger open test – pass!
Who is this laptop for?
The ROG Zephyrus Duo is positioned as a flagship hero product that sets the standard for innovation at the company. Therefore it’s by no means a mass-market product, instead maxing out the specifications, innovating on the design and setting the benchmarks for what a laptop can be. This device will put you back about Rs. 850,000 in Sri Lanka if you’re in the market for one. Considering the performance, the use cases and price, if you think this is a good fit for you or your organisation, you will have to contact Asus Sri Lanka and organise a pre-order from them. If you do make the leap and get an ROG Zephyrus Duo, you can rest assured that you are a part of laptop innovation history.