Calyx Gaming is hosting a streamer-led Valorant tournament in Sri Lanka with a Rs. 200,000 prize pool. 4 popular game streamers from the local scene will host qualifiers, where Valorant teams can register to take part. The top 2 teams from each of the 4 qualifiers will then move to a final bracket.
- T-Hik Qualifier: 31st August 2021 (Register)
- Lilee Gaming Qaulifier: 7th September 2021 (Register)
- 3 idiots gaming Qualifier: 14th September 2021 (Register)
- DaCa Gaming Qualifier: 21th September 2021 (Register)
Each winning team from a qualifier will receive Rs. 25,000 in prize money, and also a shot at Rs. 100,000 at the grand finals.
The world of Electronic Sports and traditional sports continue to collide with one of the greatest batsman of his era – Sanath Jayasuriya joining Gamer.LK’s Singer Esports Premier League as the mentor for the team Southern Sharks. The Southern Sharks is a franchise Esports team that competes in the annual league. Sri Lanka’s top Esports athletes compete for a prize pool of Rs. 1 million in the mobile game “PUBG Mobile”, which is played by over a million Sri Lankan youth today.
Jayasuriya is the third Cricketing celebrity to have announced their affiliation with Gamer.LK’s league, with the others being Russel Arnold and Chaminda Vaas, mentoring the Northern Rangers and Rajarata Giants teams respectively. The mentors will be inspiring and guiding the Esports athletes who get recruited to the team, and shining a spotlight on the players and the league as a whole.
“Sanath is an international icon, and we’re excited to welcome him onboard our Esports journey. The Esports athletes that will play for the Southern Sharks will gain great insight and exposure thanks to Sanath’s experience and reach.” said Raveen Wijayatilake, CEO of Gamer.LK and the founder President of the Sri Lanka Esports Association.
Esports has been growing at a rapid pace in Sri Lanka over the last decade thanks to Gamer.LK’s consistent efforts in organising tournaments and activities around the sport. There are an estimated 4 million gamers in the country. Esports was recognised by the Sports Ministry of Sri Lanka as the 70th national sport in 2019.
Over 2,000 Esports athletes are expected to compete for a spot in the 12 franchise teams. The event will be held completely online throughout August, September and October of this year. Gamers wanting to take part in qualifiers are able to get more information on the official website at epl.lk.
SINGER comes onboard this year as the Title Sponsor of the Esports Premier League. Sri Lankans have come to know SINGER as the go-to location for durable goods for decades. SINGER now takes a bold step forward in catering to the Sri Lankan gaming population to create, maintain and grow their gaming lifestyle – whether you’re an Esports athlete or a casual gamer.
Moose Clothing Company, a big supporter of Sri Lankan Sports, has stepped up to sponsor the Esports league as the Official Clothing partner. Sprite, the Refreshing partner, has come onboard to keep players chilled while they play. 2 high-end Mobile phones are being given away by Sprite during the event for gamers that take part in the Sprite social campaigns held throughout the event. Samsung is the Official Smartphone partner, as players will be competing on mobile devices. Pizza Hut & Taco Bell are the official Food Partners, providing fast delivery of delicious food straight to players’ homes. Dell Gaming, with their lineup of G5, G7 & G15 gaming laptops, is the Gaming Laptop partner. A brand new Dell G15 gaming laptop will be given away during the event. Daraz, another strong supporter of traditional sports, is the Digital Partner for the league. The banking partner for the event is FriMi.
Gamers interested in taking part can visit https://epl.lk to register for the open qualifiers. Registrations close on 21st August.
The National Sports Council today released the 2021 strategy roadmap for Sports in Sri Lanka, and Esports has been included prominently as a main focus point. The Sri Lanka Esports Association conducted preliminary meetings with members of the National Sports Council to provide the Association’s plans for Esports in Sri Lanka and how Esports can be included in the National Sports Council’s national sports strategy.
- Companies battle companies in Mercantile Electronic Sports
- Close to 800 participants will compete
- 15 game-titles
- The company with the highest overall points wins the championship
- Organised by Gamer.LK and sponsored by Red Bull
2020 has been a pandemic year. Curfews, lockdowns, quarantine zones and social distancing – the Sri Lankan workforce that is able to work from home have been getting used to a whole new concept of getting work done away from office. The annual company retreat and sportsmeet replaced by Whatsapp group forwards and Zoom calls. One activity however that is continuing despite all these changes is Electronic Sports – specifically, the Mercantile Esports Championship where companies battle companies in an Electronic Sports arena. Gamer.LK has moved the annual Mercantile Esports Championship, happening for the 5th consecutive time this year, to a completely online event.
The championship has employees from companies banding together to represent their organisation and win the championship trophy. Close to 800 participants will compete across 15 game titles to win points for their company. The company with the highest overall points will be crowned as the champion. All participants are able to participate from the safety of their own home or office.
- 2016: Virtusa
- 2017: Virtusa
- 2018: MIT
- 2019: Orel IT
This years game titles (open):
- Call of Duty 4 (PC)
- DOTA 2 (PC)
- Rainbow 6 Siege (PC)
- Valorant (PC)
- League of Legends (PC)
- Mobile Legends (Mobile)
- Clash Royale (Mobile)
- Real Cricket (Mobile)
- Mario Kart Tour (Mobile)
- Fortnite (PC)
- Free Fire (Mobile)
- Call of Duty Mobile (Mobile)
- Apex Legends (PC)
- PUBG Mobile (Mobile)
Women’s League titles
- Mario Kart Tour
- Call of Duty 4 FFA
Registrations close on the 12th of December and games are scheduled to start from 17th December. The event is organised by Gamer.LK and sponsored by Red Bull.
Register now @ https://gamer.lk/go/mec2020
One of the oldest competitive clans in the country, Phoenix GaminG celebrated their 12 year of competition this month. This is what they had to say:
Since the inception in 2008 Phoenix GaminG (PnX) has come a long way to become one of the giants in the Sri Lankan eSports scene. Phoenix Gaming has contributed so much to the Sri Lankan eSports scene from national team players to world renowned coaches. But none of this would have been possible without the support of our ever-growing player base and fan base, and not forgetting our Sponsors within our years of success we’d like to take this moment to thank them.
Due to the prevailing situation in the country we are unable to celebrate our 12th Anniversary with grandeur and a give-away to reward our loyal fan-base is happening as well. A get-together will be organized once the pandemic situation blows over. Till then Stay Safe and Game on. This Phoenix Gaming after all “We are the Game”.