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Sri Lanka PUBG MOBILE National team NRC eliminates NIGMA GALAXY to reach qualifier finals of World Esports Championships 2022

Sri Lanka PUBG MOBILE National team NRC eliminates NIGMA GALAXY to reach qualifier finals of World Esports Championships 2022

Sri Lanka Esports National PUBG MOBILE team makes it to the qualifier finals at the 14th World Esports Championship 2022 after an exceptional performance in the group stages.

After 3 matches, the national team scored a total of 43 kills which is the highest kill score in Group B, including the elimination of Nigma Galaxy. The Sri Lanka national PUBGM MOBILE team took down one of the leading PUBG MOBILE teams in the world in a one-on-one battle – Nigma Galaxy from Iraqi Esports, making them one of only two South Asian teams to make it to the qualifier finals.

The team will fly to Bali this December to compete and represent Sri Lanka at the qualifier finals.

Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Is Geared To Commence For The 7th Year

Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Is Geared To Commence For The 7th Year

Back for its seventh edition, registrations for Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship (IUEC) 2022 powered by SLT-MOBITEL will be held entirely online, allowing students from any university or local education institute in Sri Lanka to compete in what is considered one of the biggest sporting events in the country.

The event features 18 of Sri Lanka’s favorite video game titles spanning mobile, PC and console. University students from across the country will be able to participate. The featured titles are:

Team Titles

  • Arena of Valor – Mobile 5v5
  • Call of Duty 4- PC 5v5
  • Call of Duty Mobile – Mobile 5v5
  • Dota 2 – PC 5v5
  • League of Legends – PC 5v5
  • Mobile Legends – Mobile 5v5
  • Rainbow 6 – PC 5v5
  • Valorant – PC 5v5

Individual Titles

  • Assetto Corsa (Racing) – PC
  • Call of Duty Mobile – Mobile BR
  • Call of Duty Warzone – PC Solo/BR
  • Clash Royale – Mobile 1v1
  • FIFA 21 – PS4/PS5 1v1
  • Free Fire – Mobile Solo/BR
  • Mario Kart Tour (Racing) – Mobile
  • PUBG MOBILE – Mobile Solo/BR
  • Real Cricket – Mobile 1v1
  • Rocket League – PC 1v1

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE INTER-UNIVERSITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP:

2021 – University of Moratuwa (UoM)
2020 – National School of Business Management (NSBM)
2019 – Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT)
2018 – Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
2017 – International College of Business & Technology (ICBT)
2016 – Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)
 

TOP 5 FROM THE 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP:

University Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals
University of Moratuwa 3 2 0
National School of Business Management (NSBM) 3 1 2
Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) 2 0 2
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) 1 3 2
General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University 1 1 2

In 2020, the Championship first moved to a completely online setting and has continued online ever since and the results showed a significant increase in the popularity of Esports throughout the country on a varsity level.

With Sri Lanka on lockdown and physical events canceled, Esports is stronger than ever owing to its remote accessibility. Esports has already seen a surge in involvement and interest in Sri Lanka, in line with the social distance required to negate COVID-19’s spread, which explains why the growth was so exponential in a year where nothing else happened in a competitive or physical game-related environment.

Image from the Grand Finals of the 2019 Championship held at Stein Studios, Ratmalana

The Inter-University Esports Championship set a new benchmark for university-level sporting events in Sri Lanka each year and last year had 50+ universities taking part and over 1100 participants registered for the event. This was a trending topic for the period of game week as the cumulative social media reach for the coverage of the event reached about 2.1 million. These are statistics that could stand toe-to-toe with sports like cricket and rugby, which are historically popular sports in the country. It also shows a growing interest that is in line with the global attitude towards gaming and its consideration as a sport.

This year’s Championship is powered by SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider who comes onboard as the title partner. SLT-MOBITEL has been at the forefront of empowering digital entertainment and Esports in Sri Lanka with product offerings catering to gamers in the country.

ViewSonic Gaming is the Official Gaming Monitor of this year’s Championship. ViewSonic, a world-renowned brand with a stellar reputation in the consumer, business and professional monitor markets has introduced its gaming product line; ViewSonic Gaming to Sri Lanka catering to both casual gamers and hardcore Esports athletes alike.

Registrations for the Championship are completely free of charge and open on the InGame Esports platform at https://ingame.gg/event/inter-university-esports-championship-22. Universities are signing up for the tournament that will commence on the 30th of September 2022.

Registrations close on the 23rd of September 2022.

More information about the Championship can be found at https://university.gamer.lk.

දකුණු ආසියාව තුල වැඩ පෙන්වීමට​ හැකි ලංකාවේ Free Fire කණ්ඩායම් 4 මෙන්න

දකුණු ආසියාව තුල වැඩ පෙන්වීමට​ හැකි ලංකාවේ Free Fire කණ්ඩායම් 4 මෙන්න

Sri Lanka Esports සංගමය (SLESA) විසින් සංවිධානය කරනු ලබන දිස්ත්‍රික් මට්ටමේ Free Fire තරඟාවලියේ අවසන් මහා තරඟය සැප්තැම්බර් 10 සහ 11 දිනවල දී පැවැත්වීමට සියලු කටයුතු සුදානම්. මෙරට සිටින හොඳම Free Fire ක්‍රීඩකයෝ රැසක්, රුපියල් මිලියනයේ දැවැන්ත තෑගී මුදලේ කොටසක් දිනාගන්න මේ දිනවල පුහුනුවෙමින් සිටිනවා.

මෙතෙක් ලංකාවේ තිබුණු ලොකුම Free Fire තරඟාවලියේ කිරුළු පළඳින වැඩ්ඩො කවුද? මෙන්න අපේ අනාවැකිය.

4. Me-S – BROTHERHOOD

දිස්ත්‍රික් සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියරේ මෙන්ම අවසන් පූර්ව වටයේ දී BROTHERHOOD කණ්ඩායම එතරම් කැපී පෙනෙන තරඟයක් පෙන්නුම් නොකර ද ඔවුන් හට අවසන් මහා තරඟය සඳහා සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමට හැකි වුනේ BOH xDream ක්‍රීඩකයා ගේ දක්ෂතා මතයි. තරඟාවලියේ වැඩිම eliminations ප්‍රමාණයක් වන 250ක් ලබා ඇති මෙම කණ්ඩායම ඉතා ආක්‍රමණශීලී තරඟ විලාසයක් පෙන්නුම් කරයි.
3. nA – ARCHANGELS A

මඩකලපුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කය නියෝජනය කරන මෙම කණ්ඩායම දිස්ත්‍රික් සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියරේ සහ අවසන් පූර්ව වටයේ තරග සියල්ල ඉතා පහසුවෙන් පසු කරමින් අවසන් මහා තරඟයට සුදුසුකම් ලබා ඇත. කෙසේ වෙතත්, තරඟාවලියේ වැඩිම Booyah සංඛ්‍යාවක් (10) ඔවුන් ලබා ගෙන ඇති නමුත් ඔවුන් සිටින්නේ BROTHERHOOD හි elimination සංඛ්‍යාවට වඩා elimination 100ක් පමණ පසු පසින්ය. ඔවුන් සත්‍ය වශයෙන්ම දක්ෂතා පෙන්නුම් කරනවද, උපක්‍රමශීලීද​, නැතහොත් වාසනාව නිසා ඔවුන් මෙතෙක් දුර ඇවිත් ඇතිද යන ප්‍රශ්නය ඔබටද නැඟෙනු ඇත.

2. Ae-S – SLR GHOST

දුර්වල තැනකින් පටන්ගෙන විශිෂ්ට දස්කම් අතරට එන කණ්ඩායම් අතලොස්සක් අතර මේ කණ්ඩායම විශේෂයි. එහිදී දකුණු ආසියානු කලාපයේ හොඳම Sniper ලෙසට සහ තරඟාවලියේ මේ වන විට කැපී පෙනෙන දස්කම් පෙන්වන ක්‍රීඩකයෙක් වන “Josh!!” විශේෂයන් සඳහන් කල යුතුයි. මෙම කණ්ඩායම දිස්ත්‍රික් සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියරේ සහ අවසන් පූර්ව වටයේ තරඟ වලදී මදක් මන්දගාමී තරඟයක් පෙන්නුම් කර නමුත් අවසන් මහා තරඟයට සුදුසුකම් ලබා ඇත. කණ්ඩායම සමබර තරඟ විලාසයක් සමග අවසන් මහා තරඟයට එළඹ එය ජය ගතහොත් ඔවුන් ට එම ජයග්‍රහණය බොහෝ සෙයින් සතුටක් ගෙන එනු ඇත.

1. nA – NEGU SL
මෙම කණ්ඩායම SLESA හි ජාතික ශ්‍රේණිගත කිරීම්වල 1 වන ස්ථානයේ රැඳී සිටින අතර තරඟාවලියේ දෙවන විශාලතම කණ්ඩායම් elimination සංඛ්‍යාව (227) ලබා මේ දක්වා තරගාවලියේ වැඩිම point සංඛ්‍යාව (422) ලබාගෙන ඇත. දැඩි ආත්ම විශ්වාසයක් තබාගෙන ක්‍රීඩා කරන බවක් පෙන්වන මෙම කණ්ඩායම ඉතා දක්ෂ ලෙස දිස්ත්‍රික් සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමේ අදියරේ සහ අවසන් පූර්ව වටයේ තරඟ සියල්ල පහසුවෙන් පසු කර ඇත. කණ්ඩායමේ xShanYT සහ xDemon ශූරතාවලියේ elimination 126ක් සමග සමස්ත තරඟාවලියේ ප්‍රමුඛතම ක්‍රීඩකයන් පස් දෙනා අතර ද සිටි. ක්‍රීඩා විලාශය, අත් දැකීම් සහ කුසලතා සියල්ල සැලකු විට ශූරතාවලිය මෙම කණ්ඩායම ලබා ගැනීමේ වැඩි හැකියාවක් තිබෙන බවට අපට සිතෙන්නේ එම නිසාය.
දකුණු ආසියාව තුල වැඩ පෙන්වීමට​ හැකි ලංකාවේ Free Fire කණ්ඩායම් 4 මෙන්න

One of these 4 teams could (probably) win the grand finals at Dialog-SLESA Free Fire Championship ’22

The finals for the district-level Free Fire tournament organised by the Sri Lanka Esports Association is happening on the 10th and 11th of September and many of the top Free Fire players in the country are gunning for the staggering prize pool of Rs. 1 million that’s up for grabs.

Here’s our predictions on who’s going to win:

4. Me-S – BROTHERHOOD

BROTHERHOOD has been struggling through the district qualifier semis and finals but thanks to the help of their ace player BOH xDream, they’ve made it to the finals. Do you think he and his team have what it takes to become champions? This team has the highest team kill eliminations in the championship to date, with 250 elims to their name, making them the most aggressive team in the championship which is not necessarily a good thing…
3. nA – ARCHANGELS A

This team representing Batticaloa has been steam rolling through the district qualifiers, semis and now they’re here at the finals. With the most number of Booyahs (10), they’re been riding on that winning momentum all the way into the finals. What’s strange is they’re about a 100 eliminations less than BROTHERHOOD, which makes you think, are they really doing the hard work to secure the win? Or are they just getting lucky with easy competition?

2. Ae-S – SLR GHOST

Everybody loves an underdog story and these guys are the true epitome of a dark horse. They have the second best star performer of the Championship in their team, “OhhmyJosh!!”. He is considered one of the best snipers in the South Asian region and has had breakthrough performances in both the district qualifiers finals and Day 2 of the semi finals, securing a place for his team in the grand finale with 20+ eliminations in both games. The team has a solid and balanced approach but they’ve struggled on the road to the finals. Perhaps that’s what would make the winning so much more satisfying if they get through this final hurdle.

1. nA – NEGU SL

Ranked #1 in SLESA’s national rankings, second most team eliminations in the Championship (227) and securing the most points in the tournament so far (422), these guys know what they’re doing. xShanYT and xDemon are considered as two of the top 5 players of this Championship and together they have racked up about 126 eliminations, which is higher than some teams’ totals. Stats-wise, experience-wise, skills-wise they seem to have it all which is why they are our no. 1 prediction to win the grand finale.

Gamer.LK is Sri Lanka’s first Esports company to be certified a Great Place to Work

Gamer.LK is Sri Lanka’s first Esports company to be certified a Great Place to Work

Gamer.LK has been named one of 2022’s Great Places to Work, by the global authority on workplace culture, Great Place to Work (GPTW) making it Sri Lanka’s first Esports company to receive such certification. Gamer.LK has risen rapidly to become one of South Asia’s best Esports organisations, owing much of its success to a flourishing workplace.

Earning the ‘Great Place to Work’ title involves deep analysis by the GPTW team on a company’s workplace culture, management and employees’ mindsets after which a company is scored on its ‘Trust Index’ and awarded the title. The Gamer.LK team’s shared passion for Esports and gaming culture has created an atmosphere of fluid communication and infectious enthusiasm which is evident with Gamer.LK receiving over 90% on the Great Place to Work Trust Index.

“We at InGame Esports & Gamer.LK have always had a work culture quite unlike any other. A company built by gamers, we’ve found the perfect balance between work and play – where the lines often blur in the best ways possible! We felt it was important to maintain this fantastic work culture as we went head-on into our growth stage, and engaging with Great Place to Work helps us with that goal” said Raveen Wijayatilake, CEO of InGame Esports & Gamer.LK

In filling a niche as an Esports ecosystem builder, Gamer.LK has grown quickly and immensely. Since the beginning of 2021, the operation has more than quadrupled in size and now consists of 21 employees. Getting the best out of each uniquely skilled member of the Gamer.LK team has been made possible by prioritising a company culture fitting the unique gamer mindset of each employee. InGame does dynamic and fulfilling work while allowing employees to work entirely remotely.

This level of trust and accountability is part of Gamer.LK’s core. Through a passionate and dedicated team of enthusiasts, Gamer.LK has put together some of the biggest gaming tournaments and events in South Asia and has redefined how brands communicate to young people through gaming-related content. Alignment of work and passion, enriched by a team that supports each other to the fullest, has made Gamer.LK a Great Place to Work.

The Great Place to Work which originates from the USA, has taken its mission of helping every place become a great place to work for, all around the globe. They are the world’s foremost assessor of high-trust and high-performance workplace cultures and are Fortune magazine’s consultants when creating their list of the ‘100 best companies to work for.’

Women Esports athletes shine at Gamer.LK’s Women’s Cyber Games

Women Esports athletes shine at Gamer.LK’s Women’s Cyber Games

The 4th edition of the annual Women’s Cyber Games (WCG) event, conceptualised and executed by Sri Lanka’s premier Esports company, Gamer.LK, came to a close recently. The multi-title Esports tournament which began in 2019, is held each year and dedicated towards empowering the female Esports athletes in the country allowing them to showcase their skills in the competitive field of Esports.

Over 300 female gamers from varying social backgrounds across the island signed up for this year’s event which was held entirely online, allowing participants to play remotely from the comfort of their homes. Esports is known as the fastest-growing sport in the country and an officially recognised sport in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Sports.

“With Esports positioned to be one of the biggest sports in Sri Lanka, we at Gamer.LK want to ensure equal opportunity for all athletes to excel in the sport, regardless of gender. The performances & passion that participants showed at the Women’s Cyber Games was remarkable, and a testament to the skill level of Sri Lankan women Esports athletes” said Raveen Wijayatilake, CEO of Gamer.LK.

The Women’s Cyber Games championship was played over a month of exciting matches across 13 game titles. Tech Morph Frost Fairies captained by Gimhani ‘Tiana’ Thashmila came out on top in Mobile Legends while ZEGG.FE captained by Sumuduni ‘MeduZa’ Shashikala was victorious in Valorant, which were the two team titles held this year.

In the solo titles, Kaumini ‘PiK4CHU’ Gunasinghe took the spotlight as she emerged victorious in multiple game titles; Real Cricket, Valorant free-for-all and Counter Strike Global Offensive. Zahra Thajudeen got the best of her opponents emerging the champion of 1v1 Dota 2, while Sajitha ‘PurpleCat’ Samarakoon emerged the victor in 1v1 League of Legends. Nadeeshani ‘FoXy’ Jayasinghe (Clash Royale), Tharushi ‘Miss_Detective’ Liyanage (Call of Duty free-for-all), Madushika ‘BlackSpirit247’ Amarasekara (Mario Kart Tour 1v1), Daariya ‘STORM DARIYA’ Azim (Call of Duty Mobile) and Shamen ‘WEDxSATANIC’ Edward (PUBG Mobile) emerged champions in each of their respective game titles.

Gamer.LK has more exciting plans ahead for larger, mass-audience Esports events scheduled across the year. Esports in Sri Lanka has been the most resilient, successful and fastest growing sport, amidst a global pandemic.