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Sri Lanka’s Shakir “hikkA” Razak contracted by Noble Esports

Sri Lanka’s Shakir “hikkA” Razak contracted by Noble Esports

Shakir “hikkA” Razak of Sri Lankan ZeGG fame has been signed on by Noble Esports to form their Valorant team for the South Asian competitive scene.

Noble Esports is a North-American multi-gaming Esports organisation. The newly formed Valorant roster consists of hikka and 4 former Indian CS:GO players:
Shakir ‘hikkA’ Razak
Tejas ‘Rex’ Kotian
Rahul ‘t1to’ Sridhar
Simar ‘psy’ Sethi
Harsh ‘Harsh’ Arora

hikkA had this to say:
“I would like to thank Noble.GG for giving me this opportunity to be playing VALORANT as a professional alongside experienced Indian talent with the necessary resources to become the best South Asian Team in the near future. Also thankful and excited to be the first LANKAN player to be signed by an international org for VALORANT and will make this opportunity count. I’d like to thank my former team and team mates for all the support shown throughout the years and look forward to meeting them in the competitive scene.”

hikkA was a part of Sri Lankan super-team ZeGG for many years, dominating the Sri Lankan Counter-Strike scene, and then the brand new Valorant scene in the country. Captain of ZegG Omal ‘Roach’ Prabudhdha had this to say about his team mate:
“Today, Shakir “hikkA” Razak is parting ways with ZeGG to begin a new journey with Noble Esports. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavors. We are deciding on the future path for ZeGG and will be making an announcement soon.”

We wish hikkA the best of luck on his new journey and will be following Noble Esports closely as they vie for the top spot of South Asian Valorant.

5TH ANNUAL INTER-UNIVERSITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCED BY GAMER.LK

5TH ANNUAL INTER-UNIVERSITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCED BY GAMER.LK

For the fifth consecutive year, Gamer.LK has announced it’s annual Inter-University Esports Championship which will be played completely online. Considered the largest university-level sports event in the country, last year’s event drew 50 universities and higher education institutes from across the island with Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) emerging as the overall champions. The 2018 trophy was secured by Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), 2017 by International College of Business & Technology (ICBT) and 2016 by Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT).

Esports has been recognised as the fastest growing sport in Sri Lanka and has been officially recognised as a sport by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports last year.

Registrations have opened across 12 titles for students of any university or higher education institute to participate and compete from home.

Team Games:
Call of Duty 4
Dota 2
League of Legends
Mobile Legends
Rainbow Six Siege
Valorant

PUBG Mobile will be held as a separate event – PUBG Mobile Inter-University Cup

Individual Games:
Call of Duty Mobile (Solo Battle-royale)
Clash Royale
Fortnite (Solo Battle-royale)
Free Fire (Solo Battle-royale)
Real Cricket

Women’s League:
Mario Kart Tour
Call of Duty 4 (Free For All)

The Inter-University Esports Championship is sponsored by Red Bull.

For more information and registration, visit https://university.gamer.lk.

Stay tuned with Gamer.LK for more news from the Inter-University Esports Championship.

Perera & Sons steps into Esports with mobile tournaments

Perera & Sons steps into Esports with mobile tournaments

Perera & Sons, Sri Lanka’s foremost baker and caterer, has announced their first foray into Esports with 2 events for mobile gamers. The “P&S PUBG Mobile Series” will feature PUBG Mobile as it’s stand-alone event with Rs. 100,000 in prize money going out to the top 8 placements of the event. In addition, the “P&S Mobile Contenders” event will feature Free Fire (squad based battle-royale) and Call of Duty Mobile (Multiplayer) with a prize pool of Rs. 50,000 split between the two.

Perera & Sons, founded in 1902, celebrated their 118th year providing meals for Sri Lankans across the island. P&S has modernised their offerings recently with their web-store for online purchasing, partnering with food delivery networks such as Pickme & Uber Eats and catering to a younger consumer with their product offerings.

Perera & Sons has partnered with Gamer.LK to take their brand to todays youth and young adults who are engaged heavily in Esports.

Register for the events at the links below:
P&S PUBG Mobile Series: https://gamer.lk/go/pnspubgm
P&S Mobile Contenders: https://gamer.lk/go/pnscontenders

Stay tuned to Gamer.LK for more news from the P&S Esports tournament series.

Gamer.LK Esports viewership increases by 5x year on year

Gamer.LK Esports viewership increases by 5x year on year

From our humble beginnings, Gamer.LK has truly risen to see improvements in performances on-stage, online, and everywhere! 

Our on-stage growth increased at a sky-rocketing rate parallelly with our social media and online platforms gaining massive momentum. Comparing our statistics from 2018 & 2019, we are able to see the growth of an incredible 429%! The increase in viewership was due to higher quality, engaging streams. The addition of sponsored content and live tournaments kept us in the hot seat of being broadcasted all year long. 

In 2018, Gamer.LK had a total of 321.9K views while in 2019 we were able to get up to 1.7 Million views in total! As per our statistics, 2020 is looking at a whopping 2.8 Million views so far and we all know that is just the start! 

In 2020 February, Gamer.LK hosted Sri Lanka’s biggest PUBG Mobile Tournament which was broadcasted live through Sri Lanka’s only dedicated Esports Channel GLKtv, which without a surprise had the highest viewership throughout the whole event.

The growth and popularity of GLKtv is increasing every day. We at Gamer.LK is looking forward to bringing in more experiences, and live broadcasts in the future. 429% is a large number to beat, but Gamer.LK is hungry alongside its members to keep gaming and see where this number will go which is onwards and upwards. 

Team Union Gaming crowned Champions of Six Major

Team Union Gaming crowned Champions of Six Major

Team Union Gaming Crowned Champions of Six Major, South Asia Regional Division.

Team Union Gaming a Sri Lankan based Esports organization, made history as they have crowned champions of the Six Major, South Asia Regional Division by performing a clean sweep of their competition, which no other team has accomplished prior. Team Union Gaming proved to be a dominating force quickly dispatching the favored team and current National Champions that they lost to in the South Asia Nationals, KIRA Esports, in an early exit in the semi-finals of this tournament. Union Gaming then faced off against Team MercenarieZ handily beating them with a score of 3-0, in a best of 5. The Grand Finale consisted of three maps Theme Park, Club House, and Oregon, with Union Gaming putting up scores of 7-5 on each map. 

In the semi-finals, Union Gaming beat KIRA Esports on maps such as Kafe and Club House with score lines of 7-3 for both maps. MonkaS were convincingly beaten in the other semi-finals by Team MercenarieZ on Villa and Theme Park with score lines of 7-3 and 7-0 respectively, setting up the Finals between Team MercenarieZ and Union Gaming. In the playoff stages, Thatcher was banned in all maps, but Team Union Gaming had used their practice time well pulling off some interesting tricks with their operators, most notably with Kapkan who is a trap operator on Theme Park. The win for Team Union Gaming nets them 275 Six Invitational (SI) points and also provides them with winnings of USD 7500. History was made, as this is the first time a team has been able to dominate all phases of the playoff stage and is a great achievement for Team Union Gaming.

Team Union Gaming consists of two Bangladeshi, and three Indian players, led by a Bangladeshi Tasabbir “Sparko” Hashem. The other members of the team include Naveen “Beat” Krishnan (India), Arvinth “Jittery” Narayanan (India), Sudwipto “Poseidon” Kumar (Bangladesh), and Nitin “EX7.” Tom (India). The South Asia Regional of the Six Major is the latest addition to the Global Circuit and holds the smallest prize pool and the lowest SI points, however, with growing interest and player base in South Asia, more teams based in the region could be seen represented at the Pro-League or the Six Invitational. If teams such as Team Union Gaming go on to show dominance not just over their South Asian rivals but across the global circuit, South Asia could be seen as a force to be reckoned with in the future and could see an increase in the prize pool and SI points awarded for the Six Invitational. This would open the doorway for South Asia based teams to participate in the Global tournaments and compete for the Six Invitational.

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the tournament was adjusted to a different format than previous years, with Asia being divided into three divisions Oceania, North Asia, and South Asia. Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft, Montreal and published by Ubisoft.

More Sri Lankans search for PUBG than Rugby

More Sri Lankans search for PUBG than Rugby

  • PUBG has taken the South Asian Esports scene by storm
  • Over 2,000 Esports athletes play PUBG Mobile tournaments in Sri Lanka
  • Google Search Trends show that PUBG has overtaken Rugby in number of searches
  • Higher search trends on “PUBG” in the Nothern and Eastern provinces
  • Gamer.LK hosted Sri Lanka’s largest PUBG Mobile tournament in 2020 which gained mainstream interest

 

PUBG, the OG battle royale game released on PC and mobile has taken the South Asian Esports scene by storm. At present Sri Lanka already has over 2000 Esports athletes who play in PUBG Mobile tournaments across the country. Sri Lankan Esports overall is rising at an impressive rate since the increase of tournaments and events organized by Gamer.LK.

We decided to compare the search trends and scope of Rugby and the most played Esport in Sri Lanka in recent years, PUBG. And the results were interesting! According to Google Trends, in the past 20 months, Sri Lankans have proved to have shown an interest in PUBG more than towards Rugby. The exception being for the period September 14th – Nov 16th, where there’s a peak of searches on the Rugby World Cup and a gradual decline going back to being lesser than the PUBG searches. While categorizing the search trends according to the subregions of the country, it is clear that, out of the 9 provinces of Sri Lanka, all other provinces other than Western and Central Province have been engaging in PUBG searches more than Rugby and the highest searches belong to Northern and Eastern province where the percentage of PUBG searches did hit 83% in each province, well now that’s massive!

In February 2020, Gamer.LK  hosted Sri Lankan’s Largest PUBG Mobile Tournament with over 1400+  Esports athletes participating from across the country, which was streamed over Sri Lanka’s first Esports web TV channel GLKtv for PUBG fans, and other Esports enthusiasts. It gained mainstream interest as well from television broadcasts.

Taking the above facts into consideration, it is clearly visible that among Sri Lankan youth society, interest towards PUBG is continuing to surpass that of Rugby except for during the “Rugby season”, where all the madness is about Rugby. This also indicates that Esports already has begun to surpass traditional sports, and soon will be the most-watched, and played sport in the country.