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New champions in Esports crowned as Perera and Sons establish a firm footing in the Esports landscape in Sri Lanka

New champions in Esports crowned as Perera and Sons establish a firm footing in the Esports landscape in Sri Lanka

Perera and Sons in partnership with Gamer.LK launched the second edition of its Esports championships, the PUBG Mobile P&S Series and the P&S Free Fire Contenders. With a prize pool of Rs. 200,000, the tournament brought together over 500 teams for competing in the event.

Sri Lanka’s top 16 PUBG Mobile teams made their way to the Grand Finals of the PUBG Mobile P&S Series where they challenged each other in a six map encounter. “Opex Lanka” emerged victorious with a 35-point lead over “Maximum Esports Hitxerbiv” which came in second place. Team “Wolfgang Esports Bullet Track” finished in third place. Team Opex Lanka was represented by Opx Legend, LND Dila, OPX Tauter, OPX Jay and RN PODDS SIR.

The P&S Free Fire Contenders saw the top 12 Free Fire teams in the country make it to the Grand Finals across six maps in a battle to the finish. “Alpha Esports HOB” were crowned the Champions with a 43-point lead over “Maximum Esports Brotherhood”. “Team Noob Alliance NEGU SL” was placed third at the event. Alpha Esports HOB were represented by Sachintha “HB Kalu 98” Kalana, Ishara “HB 9inch” Chandunu, Oshada “HB OSAA” Adithya, Hirusha “HB NICKY” De Silva and Dulana “XPOLA” Nuwanjith.

Both championships were officially endorsed by the Sri Lanka Esports Association and the results contributed to the national player rankings. These rankings not only earn fame locally but also open up opportunities to be enlisted for national Esports team roster consideration.

Both tournaments were well received by the community, generating a massive social reach of over 1.5 million as fans and Esports enthusiasts rallied behind their favourite teams cheering them on to victory.

Perera and Sons has been a household brand for over a century, bringing people together through its meals. Identifying the rapid growth of Esports with an exponential number of players entering what is widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s “fastest-growing sport”, Perera and Sons partnered with Gamer.LK in 2019 and stepped into the fray. The partnership aimed to amplify local Esports culture with two massive online championships featuring popular Esports titles along with various Esports activities and engagements. Perera and Sons aim to continue its foray into Esports with new and exciting opportunities in the future.

Gamer.LK appointed Esports marketing agency by Tencent Games for 2022 PUBG MOBILE Pro League South Asia Championship Spring

Gamer.LK appointed Esports marketing agency by Tencent Games for 2022 PUBG MOBILE Pro League South Asia Championship Spring

The global games-publishing giant and creator of PUBG Mobile, Tencent, has named InGame Esports (parent company of Gamer.LK) its marketing agency for the 2022 PUBG MOBILE Pro League (PMPL) South Asia Championship Spring. The international tournament will see South Asia’s best Esports athletes go head-to-head to earn the title of South Asian Champions of PMPL ‘22 Spring as well as USD 150,000 in prize money. InGame Esports will leverage over 15 years of Esports experience in the region in taking PMPL to bigger audiences.

InGame Esports is an Esports agency providing end to end Esports and gaming services. Catering to global brands looking to create deeper connections with today’s youth, InGame Esports executes campaigns through tournaments, leagues, influencer campaigns and immersive metaverse experiences. InGame Esports also operates franchised leagues such as the Sri Lanka-based Esports Premier League that featured some of the Cricketing worlds biggest stars as franchise ambassadors. 

We look forward to bringing our unique take on Esports marketing to a well-established Esports series like the PUBG MOBILE Pro League. Esports athletes across South Asia look towards PMPL as an aspirational goal, and we are excited to create this visibility to athletes and fans in the region. said InGame Esports / Gamer.LK CEO Raveen Wijayatilake

The 2022 PUBG MOBILE Pro League South Asia Spring launched in March and took place over the 4 following weeks. Teams that qualified from Nepal, Mongolia and Pakistan will battle it out at the 2022 PUBG MOBILE Pro League South Asia Championship Spring in May, which features a USD 150,000 prize pool.

PUBG Mobile has grown exponentially in popularity due to its scintillating gameplay mechanics and strong competitive elements making it one of South Asia’s largest Esports titles and a key driver of Esports in the region. The tactically rich title is ideal for high stakes regional competition and plays a major role in shaping the skills of newer generations of Esports athletes.

Sri Lanka Esports commences National Team Selections

Sri Lanka Esports commences National Team Selections

Esports was recognised as an official sport by the Ministry of Youth & Sports in 2019 and has seen rapid growth thanks to the sustained efforts of the Sri Lanka Esports Association (SLESA) – the official governing body for Esports in Sri Lanka. With many international Esports events on the horizon, SLESA will launch the “Sri Lanka Esports Nationals 2022”, the national team selection trials, to choose Esports athletes to represent Sri Lanka at international Esports events. The trials are powered by SLESA’s partners – Dialog, the main sponsor and Gamer.LK, the strategic partner.

The selection trials will take place across several popular Esports titles such as PUBG Mobile, FIFA 21 (PC), Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Mobile Legends, Rocket League, eFootball PES 21, Street Fighter V (PC) and Tekken 7 (PC) as well as titles such as Arena of Valor, Hearthstone and Dream Three Kingdoms 2. Those who make it to the top 3 in each game title will make their way into the National Esports player pool.

SLESA, founded in 2012 by Gamer.LK has established a National Esports ranking system that is regularly updated to recognise the nation’s best players. Alongside the qualifiers of the Sri Lanka Esports Nationals 2022, the top 3 players and teams from each game title in the National Esports ranking system will also make it into the national player pool. The Selection Committee of SLESA will thereafter select Esports Athletes from this pool to form the National Esports team that will represent the nation at the Commonwealth Esports Championship in August, the Asian Games 2022 in September, IESF 2022 World Esports Championship in November, World Esports League and the GEF Global Esports Games in December.

“Esports has been identified as the fastest growing sport in Sri Lanka and the Esports Nationals provides the perfect opportunity for the next generation of Esports athletes to step up,” said Ramesh Liyanage, Secretary of SLESA.

Dialog is the main sponsor of the National Esports team. As one of Sri Lanka’s largest telecom service providers, Dialog is known for their home broadband and wide range of data plans, connecting gamers all around Sri Lanka. Its gaming subsidiary, Dialog Gaming, hosts gaming and Esports competitions and has recently collaborated with local developers to launch MegaPlay, an all-in-one e-Gaming mobile app, featuring a gamut of hyper-casual games.

Gamer.LK, Sri Lanka’s premier Esports company is the Strategic Partner for the National Esports Team. At the forefront of Sri Lanka’s Esports industry, Gamer.LK’s consistent efforts in organising Esports tournaments and activities have caused a rapid growth in Sri Lankan Esports over the last decade.

Gateway continues winning streak with fifth consecutive Esports championship

Gateway continues winning streak with fifth consecutive Esports championship

Gamer.LK’s Inter-School Esports Championship powered by Samsung Sri Lanka came to an exciting close with Gateway Colombo defending the title for the fifth consecutive year. The Championship which is organised by Gamer.LK, the leader in Esports in Sri Lanka saw students from across Sri Lanka battling it out across 20 popular gaming titles and representing their school in Esports.

Esports, short for Electronic Sports, is the competitive play of video games – an officially recognised sport in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Sports. Gamer.LK began the Championship in 2016 with the intention of showcasing the positive benefits that structured and regulated Esports at a school-level can have.

The Championship saw over 140 schools take part as the event moved to a completely online format owing to the ongoing pandemic situation. Gateway College Colombo put on an impressive display securing the most gold medals to secure the Championship title with Ananda College Colombo and OKI International School Wattala coming in joint second place.

In addition, Colombo South International College, Dharmapala Vidyalaya Pannipitiya, Fetteresso Tamil Vidyalaya Bogawantalawa, Isipathana College Colombo, Sri Chandananda Buddhist College Kandy, St Marys College Negombo, Vidyartha College Kandy and Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo picked up gold medals in the tournament.

“Since Esports is centered around the recreational video games that students play at home, many parents and teachers struggle to understand how this extracurricular can support students’ educational goals. To properly embrace Esports in education, and harness its potential, one must think beyond the games. Gateway participates in structured programmes like the Inter-School Esports Championship organized by Gamer.LK that provides students an opportunity to hone leadership skills, sportsmanship, and communication skills as well as critical thinking, problem solving, interaction and collaboration as they play. With Esports included in the next Asian games and with prospects of being included in Olympics in the future, Gateway is proud to be the winners of this year’s Inter-School Esports Championship and for retaining the Championship for five consecutive years.” stated Surani Maithripala, Team Leader, Change Management – Gateway Group of Schools.

Samsung Sri Lanka was the title sponsor for the Championship. Samsung has been at the forefront of developing products and services for gamers and promoting Esports in Sri Lanka over the years, as it was identified as the fastest growing sport in the country.

The Championship is set to return for its sixth edition in September 2022.

Perera and Sons committed to raising the bar for Sri Lankan Esports with Gamer.LK

Perera and Sons committed to raising the bar for Sri Lankan Esports with Gamer.LK

Esports has been growing rapidly over the last few years in Sri Lanka with an exponential number of players entering what is widely regarded as the “fastest growing sport” in Sri Lanka. Perera and Sons partnered with Gamer.LK in 2019 and stepped into the fray to amplify the local Esports culture with two massive online championships featuring popular Esports titles.

This year, Perera and Sons returns in partnership with Gamer.LK to launch the second edition of the championships, the PUBG Mobile P&S Series and the P&S Free Fire Contenders featuring Sri Lanka’s most popular Esports titles. Both championships will be team based battle royale tournaments, starting off with qualifier group stages progressing to knockout based semi-final and final rounds.

Perera and Sons has upped the ante this year for both tournaments with a prize pool of Rs. 150,000 for the PUBG Mobile P&S Series and a prize pool of Rs. 50,000 for the P&S Free Fire Contenders.

Both championships are officially endorsed by the Sri Lanka Esports Association and results will contribute to national player rankings. This significantly opens up opportunities for local players who – based on their performance and subsequent ranking – could be eligible for national Esports team roster consideration. The PUBG Mobile P&S Series is also endorsed by the developers of PUBG Mobile, Tencent Holdings, making it an internationally recognized tournament.

Last year’s championships by Perera and Sons received a massive amount of interest and engagement from the Sri Lankan gaming and Esports community with over 170,000 viewers tuning in, a social reach of 2 million, and over 1,300 players participating.

Perera and Sons has been a household brand for over a century, bringing people together through its meals. While last year’s championships upheld this enriching tradition through various engagements, this year’s championships promise to take it even further. Anyone who registers for the championships will also be registered for the Perera and Sons Family First loyalty program which entitles its members to a range of exclusive benefits and privileges. The gaming and Esports community will also get to be a part of uplifting the lives of Sri Lankans through the Perera and Sons Manumehewara CSR initiative.

“When we first partnered with Gamer.LK we saw how Esports is more than just a sport, and brings people of all walks of life together in a supportive and ever evolving culture. Esports is the future of all sports, and with the Asian Games 2022 including Esports as medal events we are committed to supporting both players and the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka as they take Sri Lankan Esports to the world” Perera & Sons Managing Director Gihan Perera stated.

Both championships are poised to be novel experiences for the Sri Lankan gaming and Esports community. Players can now register teams for both tournaments at https://gamer.lk/pereraandsons

Sri Lanka Esports Athletes compete among the best, at Global Esports Games

Sri Lanka Esports Athletes compete among the best, at Global Esports Games

Sri Lankan Esports athletes raised our nation’s flag high at the inaugural Global Esports Games organized by the Global Esports Federation. The Games began with Regional Qualifier Tournaments, followed by the World Finals in Singapore from 17th to 19th December 2021. Sri Lanka Esports sent a national esports athlete squad of 13 Players ensuring representation for each title at the games; hosted Dota 2, eFootball 2022 and Street Fighter 5

Competing in the women’s segment were Sri Lanka’s first National Women’s Dota 2 Team, Tikiri Diasena (Stardust), Zahra Thajudeen (Nerd), Nardhya Grero(Prince$$), Semini Perera (JollyGood!), Jessica Devendra (Chansica) and Nadeeshani Jayasinghe (FoXy).

The National Men’s Dota 2 Team; Aarathanan Sivasubramaniam (Prince SL), Ravindu Sama Daniel (AB), Deloshaan Logeswaran (Matrix), Matheesha Madhava, and Muksith Ajwath (Tenza Zengetsu) competed in the open segment of DOTA 2.

Mohammed Shihab Mohammed Rizan and Malindra ‘WarPenguin’ Perera represented Sri Lanka in the solo games eFootball 2022 and Street Fighter 5 respectively.

Both Sri Lankan Dota 2 teams took part in the regional qualifiers wherein the men’s team competed against Brunei, Pakistan and Nepal. Sri Lanka’s Women’s Dota 2 team played their first international match ever in the Regional Qualifiers against Mongolia. Both teams played excellently but couldn’t move forward.

Mohammed Shihab and Malindra Perera, took part in the grand finals of the Global Esports Games 2021 in Singapore where both athletes built connections, attended esports forums and gathered experience for Sri Lankan esports. This was Mohammed Shihab’s second Grand Finals placement in 2021 following just a month after his run at the IESF World Championship.

On 17th of December, the grand finals were launched. Mohammed Shihab was up against Slovakia and Syria in the group stage where after 4 nail-biting games, Syria moved forward. Malindra Perera faced Brunei, Pakistan and Nepal in the group stage and won against Brunei, but faced losses to Pakistan and Nepal.

Backed by the strength of its main sponsor Dialog, Official Gaming Laptop partner Asus Republic of Gamers and strategic partner Gamer.LK, Sri Lanka Esports’ performance at the Global Esports Games 2021 is a significant step towards growth in international esports.

As one of Sri Lanka’s largest telecom service providers Dialog is a foundation for the national esports ecosystem. Dialog’s gaming subsidiary Dialog Gaming, also focuses on cultivating the Sri Lankan gaming and esports environment through competitions and collaborations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers, brings a range of high end gaming laptops to Sri Lanka’s gamers and their partnership ensures our team has access to the best gear to drive their sport.

Gamer.LK has spearheaded the nation’s gaming scene for over 13 years and serves as Sri Lanka Esports’ direct connection to the national gaming community cultivating gamers from all levels.

Despite many setbacks 2021 has been productive for Sri Lankan esports. With many international events on the horizon including the Asian Games where a range of esports titles will be included as medal events, Sri Lanka Esports will continue to groom its athletes to carry our nation from strength to strength.