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Gamer.LK Wins Sri Lanka’s Best Digital-Integrated Campaign for 2018

Gamer.LK Wins Sri Lanka’s Best Digital-Integrated Campaign for 2018

Sri Lanka Telecom organised the  SLT ZeroOne Awards for the year 2017/18 on the 11th of December. It is a unique ceremony dedicated to recognising digital excellence in brands, individuals as well as institutions who have made large strides and advancements with the assistance of digital technology. This awards program is a brainchild of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.

The SLT Zero One Awards was first held in 2016 where it became a huge success as a centre of attraction in the business world. The 2017/2018 edition awarded businesses and/or individuals for the work undertaken during the period of 2017/2018 in the areas of Best Digital-enabled Product/Service, Best Digital-Integrated Campaign, Best Community Empowerment Programme, Best Digital Media Agency, Best Website or Microsite, Best Use of Mobile.

The award was won for the wide reaching digital campaign for Play Expo 2017 – Sri Lanka’s largest digital entertainment and technology expo

With roots in Esports and organising the largest video gaming championships in Sri Lanka, Gamer.LK consists of technology enthusiasts who are keen to see digital entertainment in Sri Lanka grow. Gamer.LK has become the flagship organisation for Esports in the country and boasts of a community of over 50,000 that follow and take part in our events and initiatives. With over 11 years of experience in the Esports and digital entertainment industry in Sri Lanka, Gamer.LK takes pride in leading the revolution to bring digital entertainment to the masses. Utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook,Youtube as well as Twitch, Gamer.LK continues to focus on digitally driven campaigns and promotions aimed at maximising user engagement and reach, thereby enabling the growth in the Esports community which resulted in Gamer.LK being awarded the Best Digital-Integrated Campaign in the Category for Media and Publishing.

Below is a short clip of Vikum Jayasekara, Director of InGame Entertainment receiving the award at the ceremony taken from their livestream.

Having well-coordinated activities are critical to the success of any marketing campaign. Demonstrating how different mediums have come into play while simultaneously making sure that the marketing message is received by the greatest number of people within the target market. Highlighting how digital marketing campaigns have played a pivotal role in the  execution of any event or marketing plan. Gamer.LK will keep taking strides to grow Esports in the Nation and take it to newer heights. If you want to be apart of this award winning team check out one of our available vacancies

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Top 5 Ways to Purchase Steam Games in Sri Lanka

Top 5 Ways to Purchase Steam Games in Sri Lanka

Gaming has grown to become something more than just your casual hobby with the introduction of Esports and everyone who’s anyone has been taking part in a lot of tournaments organized around Sri Lanka. Gaming itself has introduced multiple platforms for various types of games some such examples being Riot Games for League of legends. Blizzard for Overwatch and Hearthstone etc. Among these platforms one stands out and that is Steam. Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation for purchasing and playing video games

Mainly to purchase games, games and more games. This is where the main challenge for gamers as well as children kind of rise to the surface as most of the popular or most played games involve purchasing the games with money. With the intention of bringing to light methods of which you can purchase these games we have the top 5 ways for you to purchase games on Steam here in Sri Lanka

Gifted from a friend

Receiving gifts from a friend is probably the best way for the younger crowd of gamers to receive new and popular games. Not having to get up off your gaming chair to head over to a bank or to find a way to take your parents credit card when they are not looking, this method definitely makes it easier to get what you want and not get into any trouble in the process.

FriMi

FriMI by NTB. Available on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, FriMi is essentially a digital lifestyle partner.One key point that should be highlighted about FriMi is that it is available to anyone. So even if you don’t have an NTB bank account, you can still enjoy all the features of the app.

  • Once you download and install the app, you are required to sign up for a FriMi account or login to an existing account.
  • Next you will be required to enter your personal details such as Name, Date of Birth, employment etc.
  • Following the previous step you will have to create a FriMi ID in order to use the service. The ID will also works as your bank account.
  • Add your virtual debit card or FriMi debit card on steam and use the debit card to make purchases for your favorite games
  • Receive a 10% discount on your first total bill which has to total up to rs. 3000/- so not only do you get to purchase what you want you also get your money back

Sounds like a great deal doesn’t it? Here’s a video on how users can get their virtual debit card detail in app – http://bit.ly/FriMiVirtualCard

PayPal

PayPal is a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers which is used by online vendors, auction sites and many commercial uses and as you guessed it, to purchase Steam games as well which will require you to have a debit or credit card that has access to international purchases as well. Many banks currently provide such cards which are supported by PayPal.

Credit Card

Many people don’t really need an introduction to a credit card as its what most kids use to buy their games or make in game purchases with their fathers or mothers credit cards. It’s probably one of the most commonly used tools to make steam purchase. Just make sure that if you want to get your hands on a credit card to have a stable income and pay on time as it is offered on a credit basis and gives you some independency as to not always rely on “borrowing” your parents credit cards.

Dialog

Dialog Gaming is the first Sri Lankan network to allow direct billing for purchase of games, credits or in-app-purchases through Steam. The amount will simply be added or deducted from your Dialog Prepaid account or Postpaid bill. With absolutely no extra charges to purchase a game other than the value specified on Steam, purchasing games via Dialog is cheaper and easier as you would only require a Dialog Connection. This hassle-free payment gateway will permit the purchase of games and add ons with no credit or debit card.

With a huge variety of options available to all gamers to add onto to their steam library with the addition of Dialogs top up option and FriMi’s virtual debit card which anyone has access too, definitely provides a much simpler access to your favorite games compared to a few years back where it was significantly more difficult to acquire the games you wanted most. What do you think about our list? If we missed any options please let us know down in the comments section!.

Honda Introduces Rider Rush Championship Season 1

Honda Introduces Rider Rush Championship Season 1

Honda who have been a part of the Esports community since 2015 where they first made an entrance during the Sri Lanka Cyber has contributed towards the growth of Esports and have already given away 2 Honda Navi bikes in 2016 as well as 2017 and with the introduction of Season 1 of the Rider Rush Challenge at the recently concluded Mercantile Esports Championship 2018 they look to do it yet again. The grand prize for the winner of the challenge is a Honda Navi bike. Players are able to take part completely free-of-charge by downloading the Rider Rush game from the Play Store or Apple App Store. Thereafter they have to navigate through the game, collecting as many time points as possible, to be the best player on the leaderboards. New bikes and maps are also available and can be unlocked.

 

A unique aspect to what Honda has introduced is a joint leaderboard, hence there is no segregation between players who get the app through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. All you have to do is head on over to http://riderrush.gamer.lk/ to check out where you stand in the rankings. Season 1 will go on for a period of 2 months starting from July 21st and ending on September 21st. You can play this at your leisure, be it the comfort of your own home or even on the move.

 

The introduction of a seasonal leaderboard which bestows gamers with tangible rewards for their skill at a game are a fairly new but extremely welcome concept in Sri Lanka. What Honda has done will undoubtedly receive a lot of exposure in the coming months, both in the gaming community as well as the general public, as a bike is not a reward to scoff at. Depending on the success of this venture, there is a chance that other establishments in Sri Lanka may follow suit in order to reach a wider audience, which is only a net positive for the gaming community, as skill will be generously rewarded by companies like Honda. So get to riding as you may be the lucky winner who walks away with a Honda Navi bike absolutely free.

Esports athletes take home Rs. 100,000 in winnings at Mobitel championship During this world Cup season

Esports athletes take home Rs. 100,000 in winnings at Mobitel championship During this world Cup season

Mobitel Xstation Football Championship, which was organized by Mobitel in partnership with Gamer.LK, kicked off on Sunday the 15th of July with well over 380 registered participants ready to showcase their skills and a chance to win it all. This tournament followed on the heels of  the previous Mobitel Xstation Esports league, which was held in March, that highlighted a lot of great talents and definitely took it one notch higher when it came to the commitment and efforts put in by Mobitel towards the promotion of Esports in the country.

Proceedings kicked off at around 11:30 a.m where contestants were broken into 6 qualifying brackets, with the winners of each moving onto the final bracket, where they would fight it out to claim the grand prize. Xstation was abuzz with the number of contestants who had kicked into gear and were ready to take on the challenge. The reigning champion, Dishan Nithrananthan was also ready to defend his title, but seemed to be recovering from an injury to his arm.

After an early start with some amazing FIFA action, we finally came around to the final qualifier where 24 contestants went head to head against some of the best FIFA talent Sri Lanka has to offer which sparked up new rivalries and reignited old ones. Some of the major highlights from the final qualifier were the matches between PnX..Sharpshooter and PnX.Faz during the quarter final. Two talented clan mates who have faced each other many times before, with Sharpshooter coming out ahead in most of the matches but this time, to everyone’s surprise PnX.Faz overwhelmed Sharpshooter with some of his bold and unerring passes, creating a lot of opportunities that a player of his calibre quickly capitalized on. The second half saw a revival of Sharpshooter, scoring twice in quick succession, but it was not enough as Faz closed out the quarters with a triumphant 3-2.

The most exciting match of the day was however the finals. Coming down to the wire we saw PnX.Dishi the reigning champion going up against nA.Sultan, who had already displayed some marvelous skill and patience in his semi final game against clan mate and rival nA.VeNoM. Riding a wave of momentum, nA.Sultan burst out of the gate, scoring first, PnX.Dishi hot on his heels, scoring his first goal right after, but that did not deter Sultan as he scored once again to take the lead and after a short passage of time Dishi equalized once again. Moving into the second half the room was filled with tension and excitement until Dishi sealed the deal, scoring another goal during the halfway mark of the second half and maintained possession of the ball extremely well, not providing Sultan a chance to mount up an offence or even enter his penalty box, sealing the deal and taking the title once again.

The day was filled with a lot of excitement and competition with every participant giving it their best and showcasing the tier of talent that the FIFA 18 scene in Sri Lanka had to offer. X station having a very comfortable setting, giving you that ambience of gaming from home which was definitely a positive as players could concentrate on the matches at hand and give it their all until the final whistlle was blown.

Over 100 Companies Battle it out at Sri Lanka’s Largest Mercantile Sports Event

Over 100 Companies Battle it out at Sri Lanka’s Largest Mercantile Sports Event

Gamer.LK, the leader in Esports and Digital Entertainment experiences in Sri Lanka, bring the thrill of competitive Esports to your workplace with the Mercantile Esports Championship  yet again – powered by Dialog Gaming. The Championship being organized for the third consecutive year was held on the 21st and 22nd of July 2018 at Trace Expert City, where we saw 100 corporates with their teams and players from any registered business or organization in Sri Lanka battling it out, which made the event the largest mercantile sporting event in Sri Lanka.

The titles held during the Mercantile Esports championship allowed participants to represent their companies and workplaces across a number of team games (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch and Special Force 2) as well as individual games (FIFA 18, Mortal Kombat XL, Project CARS, Tekken 7 and Clash Royale) along with a women’s league (Mortal Kombat XL, Mario Kart 8 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted).

Day 1

The day kicked off bright and early with the proceedings starting at 10.00am, where we saw the first two teams go head to head in a Call of Duty 4 match between IFS and last year’s champions, Virtusa team Huskies. Which resulted in Virtusa white washing their opponents 13-0. After a little while of progressing through the games, the Women’s League kicked off with Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which saw growth in participants from the previous years making this year that much more exciting as well as competitive. With the NFS champ for the title showing up, there was only one way that the title could go; with Himasha Perera finishing in the top spot from Citrus Property Management and Bhagya Nelum from MIT coming in second. The highlight for the day was definitely the Overwatch grand finals between Redline and Calcey Technologies. Calcey Technologies showed tremendous teamwork and momentum to defeat last years champions. During the first game it seemed as if we would be in for a quick finals with Redline dominating the first map, until Calcey decided to increase the pace with some good combination plays as well as team work which left Redline with no answer. Every map came down the the wire with Calcey closing out the finals 3-0 after a tough session against Redline.

Day 2

With things heating up as the top teams progressed through the brackets, we came up to the League of Legends finals match between HSBC and Surge, which yielded an interesting history as the founder of Surge was a League of Legends player, but that did not deter HSBC when going into the BO3 grand finals. The teams seemed to be dead even in terms of skill when it came to game number 1 but Surge managing to focus on objectives which gave them a slight advantage over their foes, eventually leading to a high enough networth lead that gave Surge game number 1, game number 2 saw a more aggressive strategy coming out from HSBC, which in the early game did not seem to have provided them enough; actually giving Surge’s duo in the bot lane a decent kill lead with an early double kill which was the result of their aggression. HSBC seemed to have made a comeback as they won engagement after engagement, catching the Surge champions out of position and managing them through efficient use of their higher numbers, allowing HSBC to snowball for a short period of time until one over-aggressive movement ended in their playmaker going down ,which in turn gave Surge the Baron because of a 5v4 teamfight that HSBC should not have taken. Things quickly went downhill from there and Surge easily closed out game number 2 which made them the champs for the League of Legends title.

All the grand finals which seemed to be nail biters had everyone spectating at the edge of their seats, the Call of Duty finals took a twist when reigning champs Virtusa lost to Asain Lands in the semis and they even went on to defeat Dialog in the grand finals 1-0 with the first map ending in a tie. Running alongside were the single player titles, one which caught a lot of attention was the Tekken 7 grand final where Sri Lanka’s current number 1 and number 2 players faced off against each other in the 1st round and then again in the grand finals. Roshan Jurammpathy from Bayleaf Colombo and Byung Chan Lee from Motion Miracles who fought his way to the top after getting sent to the lower bracket, the final was expected to be one sided because of the result of their meeting in the first round, but it was far from it. Byung took a strong lead going up 1-0 against Roshan in the 1st set forcing Roshan to go to his trump card early picking his signature hero, from there things seemed even, but Roshan managed to control the pace ending up the winner for the Tekken 7 title.

Ending the day in great fashion was the DOTA 2 grand finals between 2 year champions Virtusa who went on to go up against Aclatic (PVT) LTD. The finals did not disappoint as both teams seemed have top notch skills and knowledge of the game, but Aclatic showed great synergy and coordination which gave them the edge over Virtusa and rightly took the title, becoming the new champions at this years Mercantile Esports Championship.

 

The winner of each title is as follows..

 

Single Player

 

FIFA 18

Champion            Qualitaire                        Sachin Dematapitiya

Runner Up           Consortium Lanka          Mohamed Ikram      

 

Tekken 7

Champion               The Bayleaf Colombo          Roshan Jurampathy

Runner Up               Motion Miracles               Byungcharn Lee

 

Mortal Kombat XL

Champion                  Ribelz Digital                                Ashwin Umasudhan        

Runner Up    Dockyard General Engineering Services  Dulaj Gunawardena

 

Project Cars

Champion             ITX 360               Hafzel Preena

Runner Up      Pyxle International   Jayden Hersch

 

Clash Royale

Champion              Medigain             Rajith Nipuna    

Runner Up             HSBC                Shawn Roberts

 

Women’s Mariokart 8

Champion          Authenticities        Laroshi Ganegoda Wijayatilake

Runner Up         Millenium IT          Areefa Thassim

 

Women’s Mortal Kombat

Champion        Authenticities           Laroshi Ganegoda Wijayatilake

Runner Up        Milllenium IT           Vindyhani Gamage

 

Women’s NFS MW

Champion    Citrus Property Management    Himasha Perera  

Runner Up         Millennium IT                 Bhagya Nelum  

 

Team Titles

 

DOTA2

Champions  – Aclatic Private Limited

Runners Up – Virtusa

 

Call of Duty 4

Champions  – Asain Lands & Homes

Runners Up – Dialog Axiata

 

Counter Strike GO

Champions  –  Virtusa

Runners Up –  Motion Miracles

 

League of Legends

Champions   –   SURGE GLOBAL

Runners up  –    HSBC Wolves

 

Overwatch

Champions    –    Calcey Technologies

Runners Up   –    Redline Technologies

 

Special Force 2

Champions   –   Motion Miracles

Runners Up  –   Millenium IT ESP

The overall championship ended in a thriller, where the two companies that were placed in a tie for second place were Virtusa and Motion Miracles, while in a shocking twist, Millennium IT were able to clinch the title as their female Cyber Athletes contributed to the majority of the points pushing them above Virtusa as well as Motion Miracles.

The Mercantile Esports Championship has been an annual event for 2 years now, and the signs of the growing Esports revolution is just as apparent in the hype and excitement of this event as it was in previous Esports events of the year. The two year champions, Virtusa were dethroned in a very telling way; with the points of the Millenium IT female cyber athletes pushing them over the finish line, with the spotlight suddenly thrust upon it, this could prove to be a much more hotly contested league in the coming years. The new champions, Millenium IT will have to defend their crown next year against fiercer competition, as Esports continues to boom in Sri Lanka, will they continue to dominate for another year like Virtusa did, or will a completely new champion emerge?