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National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka signs partnership with Gamer.LK to Launch International Esports Events

National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka signs partnership with Gamer.LK to Launch International Esports Events

Gamer.LK, the driving force for Esports in Sri Lanka and South Asia, joined hands with the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOC SL) to position the country as the hub for Esports in the region. Gamer.LK is a brand of parent company InGame Entertainment PVT LTD and has been promoting Esports since 2007. With this partnership, Gamer.LK’s expertise in Esports will be combined with the NOC SL’s traditional sports background to hold large-scale international Esports events hosted in Sri Lanka. The first of such will be the InGame Esports South Asia Cup happening in January 2020 where six of the best CS:GO teams from the region will fly to Sri Lanka to compete.

Commenting on the occasion NOC SL General Secretary Maxwell de Silva said “While it is a partnership, we feel it is also a very strategic move in a larger context. Esports is already an IOC accepted the norm and it was a part of the last Asian Games as a demonstration event which was conducted in 2018 and so would be at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. However at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China it will be a fully-fledged medal event. So, IOC is also taking serious note of Esports and will be a part of the mainstream of affairs sooner than later. So, as far as we are concerned we have made a well-calculated move at the ripe moment.”

Founding President Sri Lanka Esports Association and CEO of Gamer.LK Raveen Wijayatilake said “With this partnership, we are strengthening Sri Lanka’s position in the region as a leader in Esports. We’re happy that the NOC SL leadership is forward-thinking, which enables us as a country to be competitive in what is going to be the biggest revolution in sport in the coming years – Esports.”

Esports was recently recognised as the fastest growing sport in Sri Lanka based on the number of players taking part in tournaments, and spectators watching competitive games. Esports is the competitive play of video games, which has turned into a professional sport globally and received recognition as a sport by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports in September this year.

The NOC SL has worked with Gamer.LK and the Sri Lanka Esports Association to promote the sport in the past, with a national Esports team being sent to the 18th Asian Games. The Inter-School Esports Championship held in September of this year also received NOC SL endorsement in order to find and groom the best youth Esports talent to represent the country at international events in the next five years. The event saw over 150 schools from across the island register to take part in the event, dispelling any myths that the sport is niche and limited to urban areas.

The picture shows NOC SL Secretary General Maxwell Silva (Second from left) with the agreement with CEO of InGame Entrainment (Pvt) Limited Raveen Wijayatilake. The others in the picture are – Gobinath Sivarajah (Consultant NOC SL), S.R. Pathiravithana (Head of Media NOC SL) and Vikum Jayasekera – Director InGame Entertainment Limited.

nA Archon trumps TM Zu; wins Rs. 100,000 at SINGER ROG Challenge ’19

nA Archon trumps TM Zu; wins Rs. 100,000 at SINGER ROG Challenge ’19

Noob Alliance Archon took home Rs. 100,000 for their winning placement at the SINGER ROG Challenge that concluded today. Battling Tech Morph Zu in the grand finals, nA Archon managed to overcome their opponent with a score of 2-1.

TM Zu walked away with Rs. 50,000 and the rest of the teams got prize money as follows:

M-eS – iMex : Rs. 30,000
Evox – rattz : Rs. 20,000
TM – WalkTheTalk : Rs. 12,500
Evox – Krossbones : Rs. 12,500
M-eS – Team Rogue : Rs. 12,500
Team z : Rs. 12,500

Singer ROG Challenge Kurunegala & Kandy qualifiers conclude

Singer ROG Challenge Kurunegala & Kandy qualifiers conclude

The Singer ROG Challenge COD4 tournament qualifiers in Kurunegala and Kandy concluded yesterday first with Team – z from Kurunegala winning the qualifier finals with a very convincing 2-0 in the Best of 3 against team Evox – Krossbones. Next in the Kandy qualifiers, we saw Team – nA Archon, crushing their opponent and winning 2-0 against team TM – WalkTheTalk. We have 2 of the best teams ready for the Grand Finals, all that’s left is the Colombo qualifier winner.

Follow Gamer.LK for updates on this event.

Sri Lanka’s National Esports team announced

Sri Lanka’s National Esports team announced

The national team for Dota 2 representing Sri Lanka at the IESF World Championship has been named after selections were held through online and LAN qualifiers. The International Esports Federation is the global governing body for Electronic Sports, consisting of over 40 national Esports member federations. The Sri Lanka Esports Association, founded by Gamer.LK, has been a paying member since 2010.

The National Dota 2 Team:

  • Isuru ‘ Deathwish’ Lokuge (C)
  • Heshan ‘ Sathan’ Sanjaya
  • Kalindu ‘ MorningStar’ Pathirana
  • Kaveesha ‘NoobKavi’ Kagasuru
  • Dinuka ‘6ixx’ Perera

Qualifiers were held online, with the finals being played LAN. For those following the Dota 2 scene, there were some questions that cropped up regarding players taking part online while not being in Sri Lanka. Although the rule from SLESA is that qualifiers for international events require all players to be present at LAN, all clan heads of SLESA came together to grant special permission to Mirsab ‘Paradoxx’ Hassan to play remotely. However, due to unavailability of Mirsab for the main event in December, tournament organisers deemed it unfair that the roster representing Sri Lanka and the roster playing in the qualifiers was different. Therefore affected matches were replayed with actual rosters. The 5 members from x3’s Victorious Secret went on to win the grand final and thus confirming their place in the national team representing the nation in Seoul from December 11th to 15th.

In partnership with GamerTech by MAS the team will be sporting a jersey that uses ocean plastic, identical to the those worn by the national cricket team. Ramesh Liyanage and Nisal Weerakoon will also be travelling to represent SLESA and in capacity as manager respectively.

Thé Kadé parts ways with PnX

Thé Kadé parts ways with PnX

After years of playing under the PnX banner, 3 of Sri Lanka’s top Dota 2 talent part ways with the clan. Mirsab “Paradox” Hassan, Viren “Hawkie” Dias and Munthasir “Toadboss” Shiraz played for Thé Kadé and later combined to play as Indomitus – both dominated the Sri Lankan Dota 2 scene for several years.

The move comes with the players looking for more flexibility to represent the country at international events outside of clan restrictions.

We spoke to Safwan “CB” Mansoor about this and he had this to say:

We decided to let go of Mirsab, Viren and Muntha because we respected their decision and we want to give them the opportunity to achieve their vision, even though them not representing the clan is going to be a big loss for our DOTA wing. They wanted to make the best team in the country with the best players out there and due to clan rivalry there were certain players that they wished to play with who were in different clans and they didn’t want a clan to be a barrier in making this team come true. So they communicated this with us and gave us the word that they will not represent any other clan and they want to go as a standalone team so that other players in other clans will be approachable and will not have any issue in joining them.