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Gamer.LK’s Mercantile Esports Championship ‘22 powered by SLT-MOBITEL kicks off

Gamer.LK’s Mercantile Esports Championship ‘22 powered by SLT-MOBITEL kicks off

Sri Lanka’s largest mercantile-level sports event, Gamer.LK’s Mercantile Esports Championship ‘22 (MEC 22) powered by SLT-MOBITEL is back for its seventh edition, allowing employees of any organisation in Sri Lanka to compete across 22 Esports titles and be crowned as the best Esports company in Sri Lanka.

MEC 22 has more than 1,400 participants representing over 100 companies from across the island registered to take part, which includes notable companies such as WSO2, Hayleys, Hatton National Bank, Expolanka, OREL, SyscoLabs and many more. The coveted Championship was claimed by Virtusa in 2016 and 2017, MilleniumIT in 2018, Orel IT in 2019 and Global Systems Solutions in 2020 and 2021.

“Forward thinking companies have started including Esports in their sporting calendars and integrating it as a part of their employee welfare activities. Video Games and Esports is one of the fastest growing sports in Sri Lanka and the Mercantile Esports scene has become one of the most competitive in the country.” said Raveen Wijayatilake, CEO InGame Esports & Gamer.LK.

The Championship is powered by SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider who has been at the forefront of expanding the digital infrastructure in Sri Lanka, empowering improved access to digital entertainment and Esports across the country.

“SLT-MOBITEL is continuously working towards the aspiration of a digital Sri Lanka by enhancing connectivity and accessibility for all Sri Lankans. With the most expansive fibre coverage in the country, we are now able to offer an unparalleled experience in digital entertainment with the recent introduction of increased bandwidths of 200Mbps download speeds and 100Mbps upload speeds. This super-fast high-speed connectivity will especially be an asset to cyber athletes across the country and help unlock the potential of the Esports ecosystem in Sri Lanka. We are excited to be the title partner for this year’s Championship and we wish all participants the best of luck,” said Prabhath Dahanayake, Group Chief Marketing Officer, SLT-MOBITEL.

Esports has seen a massive spike in interest in Sri Lanka over the past few years as traditional sports came to a standstill due to the pandemic and the situation in the country. Recognised in 2019 as the 70th official sport in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Esports continues to grow at a rapid pace and is widely regarded as the country’s ‘fastest-growing sport’.

The Championship kicked off in early January 2023 with matches expected to continue through February. Updates and more information on the Championship can be found on https://mercantile.gamer.lk/.

SLIIT crowned champions of Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship powered by SLT-MOBITEL

SLIIT crowned champions of Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship powered by SLT-MOBITEL

Sri Lanka’s largest university-level sporting event, Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship powered by SLT-MOBITEL concluded on a successful note recently with SLIIT emerging as the overall Champions.

Providing participants a chance to represent their companies in Esports, the seventh edition of the Championship saw over 1,200 students from 60+ universities taking part in the month-long online tournament. Participants competed across 16 popular game titles aiming to secure virtual medals similar to the Olympic medal system.

SLIIT emerged victorious with the most gold medals securing 4 gold and 2 silver medals. NSBM was placed second with 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals while ESOFT bagged third with 2 gold and 1 silver medal.

In addition, University of Moratuwa, ANC Education, UCL, ACBT, Prima Baking School, University of Jaffna and University of Kelaniya picked up gold medals in the tournament.

“I am ecstatic and proud of SLIIT for being crowned champions in this year’s Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship ‘22. The SLIIT team indeed fought hard and played a great game overall. We encourage our students to participate in extracurricular activities in addition to their studies because we believe that this helps them develop into well-rounded members of society and strengthens our position as a premier higher educational institution in Sri Lanka. I’d also like to extend our warm wishes to all of the other teams that competed, as well as those who shared their good wishes and support with our competitors. Congratulating the team on their triumph once more, we would like to reiterate our continued support for our Esports teams in their future endeavours. Further, we would like to express our appreciation to the organisers for hosting this type of competition each year to provide young adults with an opportunity to engage with one another and network outside of the classroom” said Uditha Gamage, the Director Student Services & Outreach of SLIIT.

Esports has seen a massive spike in interest in Sri Lanka over the recent past as traditional sports came to a standstill due to the pandemic and the situation in the country. Recognised in 2019 as the 70th official sport in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Esports continues to grow at a rapid pace and is widely regarded as the country’s ‘fastest-growing sport’.

“Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship continues to grow in number of participants, as well as the impact it has on the university sports structure in the country. Esports is increasingly becoming a core sport in the University sports line-up, and the numbers and hype shows it. We are very excited at the possibility that the next Esports athlete to represent Sri Lanka and make our mark in the International stage may evolve from the university level.”, said Raveen Wijayatilake, the Founder of Gamer.LK and CEO of InGame Esports.

The Championship was powered by SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider who were also the title partner. SLT-MOBITEL has been at the forefront of empowering digital entertainment and Esports in Sri Lanka with a wide range of products and solution catering to gamers in the country.

“We were pleased to have come forward as title sponsor for this year’s Inter-University Esports Championship organised by Gamer.LK. SLT-MOBITEL celebrates gaming as the next frontier of entertainment and the provision of ultra-fast connectivity and HD streaming enables local cyber athletes to unlock their true potential. We congratulate all the winners of this year’s Championship. We aim to continue our unwavering commitment to empower the gaming community, to ensure quality digital lifestyle services for our customers including for game lovers who are digitally native, have a high degree of savviness technologically, and require the best connectivity, which we provide through our network. Also, from 1st of January 2023 onwards, all Fibre users will be able to enjoy super-fast high speed internet connectivity since SLT-MOBITEL is increasing its bandwidth to 200Mbps download speed and 100Mbps upload speed,” stated Prabhath Dahanayake, Group Chief Marketing Officer of SLT.

ViewSonic Gaming was the Official Gaming Monitor of this year’s Championship. ViewSonic, a world-renowned brand with a stellar reputation in the consumer, business and professional monitor markets has introduced its gaming product line; ViewSonic Gaming to Sri Lanka catering to both casual gamers and hardcore Esports athletes alike.

The Championship is set to return for its eighth edition in 2023.

World Esports Championship 2022හි  අවසන් තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීම සඳහා තරග වැදුණු ශ්‍රී ලංකා PUBG MOBILE NRC ජාතික කණ්ඩායම, Nigma Galaxy කණ්ඩායම පරාජය කරයි.

World Esports Championship 2022හි අවසන් තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීම සඳහා තරග වැදුණු ශ්‍රී ලංකා PUBG MOBILE NRC ජාතික කණ්ඩායම, Nigma Galaxy කණ්ඩායම පරාජය කරයි.

කණ්ඩායම් අදියරවල දී පෑ සුවිශේෂී ක්‍රීඩා හරඹයත් සමඟ, ශ්‍රී ලංකා Esports PUBG MOBILE ජාතික කණ්ඩායම, 14 වන World Esports Championship 2022හි අවසන් තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියර තරගය ජයග්‍රහණය කරයි.

තරග 3ක් අවසානයේ දී, Nigma Galaxy පරාජය කිරීමත් ඇතුළුව Group Bහි ඉහළම kill score ප්‍රමාණය දක්වමින් kill 43ක මුළු ප්‍රමාණයක් ජාතික කණ්ඩායම රැස් කරගෙන ඇත. ලොව ප්‍රමුඛතම PUBG MOBILE කණ්ඩායම් අතරින් එකක් වන, Iraqi Esportsහි Nigma Galaxy කණ්ඩායම සමඟ මුහුණට මුහුණලා කළ සටනේ දී එම කණ්ඩායම පරාජයට පත් කළ ශ්‍රී ලංකා PUBG MOBILE ජාතික කණ්ඩායම, අවසන් තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියර තරගය ජයග්‍රහණය කළ දකුණු ආසියාතික කණ්ඩායම් දෙකින් එකක් බවට පත්ව ඇත.
අවසන් තරගය සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය කරමින් තරග වැදීමට ඔවුන් මෙම දෙසැම්බර් මාසයේ දී බාලි වෙත පිටත්වනු ඇත.

World Esports Championship 2022හි  අවසන් තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීම සඳහා තරග වැදුණු ශ්‍රී ලංකා PUBG MOBILE NRC ජාතික කණ්ඩායම, Nigma Galaxy කණ්ඩායම පරාජය කරයි.

Sri Lanka PUBG MOBILE National team NRC eliminates NIGMA GALAXY to reach qualifier finals of World Esports Championships 2022

Sri Lanka Esports National PUBG MOBILE team makes it to the qualifier finals at the 14th World Esports Championship 2022 after an exceptional performance in the group stages.

After 3 matches, the national team scored a total of 43 kills which is the highest kill score in Group B, including the elimination of Nigma Galaxy. The Sri Lanka national PUBGM MOBILE team took down one of the leading PUBG MOBILE teams in the world in a one-on-one battle – Nigma Galaxy from Iraqi Esports, making them one of only two South Asian teams to make it to the qualifier finals.

The team will fly to Bali this December to compete and represent Sri Lanka at the qualifier finals.

Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Is Geared To Commence For The 7th Year

Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Is Geared To Commence For The 7th Year

Back for its seventh edition, registrations for Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship (IUEC) 2022 powered by SLT-MOBITEL will be held entirely online, allowing students from any university or local education institute in Sri Lanka to compete in what is considered one of the biggest sporting events in the country.

The event features 18 of Sri Lanka’s favorite video game titles spanning mobile, PC and console. University students from across the country will be able to participate. The featured titles are:

Team Titles

  • Arena of Valor – Mobile 5v5
  • Call of Duty 4- PC 5v5
  • Call of Duty Mobile – Mobile 5v5
  • Dota 2 – PC 5v5
  • League of Legends – PC 5v5
  • Mobile Legends – Mobile 5v5
  • Rainbow 6 – PC 5v5
  • Valorant – PC 5v5

Individual Titles

  • Assetto Corsa (Racing) – PC
  • Call of Duty Mobile – Mobile BR
  • Call of Duty Warzone – PC Solo/BR
  • Clash Royale – Mobile 1v1
  • FIFA 21 – PS4/PS5 1v1
  • Free Fire – Mobile Solo/BR
  • Mario Kart Tour (Racing) – Mobile
  • PUBG MOBILE – Mobile Solo/BR
  • Real Cricket – Mobile 1v1
  • Rocket League – PC 1v1

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE INTER-UNIVERSITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP:

2021 – University of Moratuwa (UoM)
2020 – National School of Business Management (NSBM)
2019 – Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT)
2018 – Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
2017 – International College of Business & Technology (ICBT)
2016 – Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)
 

TOP 5 FROM THE 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP:

University Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals
University of Moratuwa 3 2 0
National School of Business Management (NSBM) 3 1 2
Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) 2 0 2
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) 1 3 2
General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University 1 1 2

In 2020, the Championship first moved to a completely online setting and has continued online ever since and the results showed a significant increase in the popularity of Esports throughout the country on a varsity level.

With Sri Lanka on lockdown and physical events canceled, Esports is stronger than ever owing to its remote accessibility. Esports has already seen a surge in involvement and interest in Sri Lanka, in line with the social distance required to negate COVID-19’s spread, which explains why the growth was so exponential in a year where nothing else happened in a competitive or physical game-related environment.

Image from the Grand Finals of the 2019 Championship held at Stein Studios, Ratmalana

The Inter-University Esports Championship set a new benchmark for university-level sporting events in Sri Lanka each year and last year had 50+ universities taking part and over 1100 participants registered for the event. This was a trending topic for the period of game week as the cumulative social media reach for the coverage of the event reached about 2.1 million. These are statistics that could stand toe-to-toe with sports like cricket and rugby, which are historically popular sports in the country. It also shows a growing interest that is in line with the global attitude towards gaming and its consideration as a sport.

This year’s Championship is powered by SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider who comes onboard as the title partner. SLT-MOBITEL has been at the forefront of empowering digital entertainment and Esports in Sri Lanka with product offerings catering to gamers in the country.

ViewSonic Gaming is the Official Gaming Monitor of this year’s Championship. ViewSonic, a world-renowned brand with a stellar reputation in the consumer, business and professional monitor markets has introduced its gaming product line; ViewSonic Gaming to Sri Lanka catering to both casual gamers and hardcore Esports athletes alike.

Registrations for the Championship are completely free of charge and open on the InGame Esports platform at https://ingame.gg/event/inter-university-esports-championship-22. Universities are signing up for the tournament that will commence on the 30th of September 2022.

Registrations close on the 23rd of September 2022.

More information about the Championship can be found at https://university.gamer.lk.