A sign of the times – with Gamer.LK’s consistent promotion of the sport, Esports has secured the position of fastest growing sport in Sri Lanka. We have another milestone to kick-off the year – the inclusion of the sport in Dialog’s annual desk calendar where we’ve got a May 2019 spot! Gamer.LK worked with the League of Legends national team who represented the country at both the Asian Games and the Esports World Cup in 2018 to showcase a typical Esports gaming setup, with high end gaming peripherals and portraying the electric atmosphere of an Esports match.
Dialog is a strong proponent and a prolific promoter of sports in the country, powering many sportsmen and women to achieve their goals. The 2019 Dialog Calendar is a reflection of their passion, determination and resilience in moments of excellence.
Seen in the picture are Achintha “Nightmare” Konara, Ashik “ASH” Saleeth and Shalitha “Acelord” Chandraratne. Hilal “Dew” Jismy and Akthar “Blueakthar” Hafeez also contributed to the shoot.
This years Dialog calendar mixes Augmented Reality (AR) concepts where users can use their smartphone to get further details about specific dates on the calendar. For more information on the calendar visit https://www.dialog.lk/calendar
The Sri Lanka Esports Association (SLESA), the governing body for Esports in Sri Lanka founded by Gamer.LK and consisting of the 9 main Esports clans in the country recently awarded the National Esports Awards at the Sri Lanka Cyber Games Championship held last weekend. The awards are held to recognise outstanding performance, contribution and ethics in the Esports scene in Sri Lanka, and is calculated based on a number of factors decided and agreed on by SLESA.
The winner of the best clan award
The best clan award is a highly contested title which has been won by Phoenix Gaming for the past 4 years. Noob Alliance managed to break the winning streak this year by taking the title for the first time. The best clan award takes into account the following aspects of a clan
- Performance of their members throughout the year (accounts for 40% of points)
- How diversified their performance has been – the more titles the better (10%)
- Organisation points for how structured the clan is (20%)
- The clans contribution to Esports (10%)
- Ethics – whether or not the clan has members who have been banned or warned (10%)
- Community poll (10%)
Phoenix Gaming came out on top in the performance portion of the calculation with a small 4-point lead. Noob Alliance overtook PnX with points in title diversification, ethics and the popular vote, thus establishing that a clan must score high on all factors in order to be crowned best clan in Sri Lanka. The precedent has been set, and clans will be pushing to better their organisations to reach for the ultimate title next year.
The winners of the individual awards
The awards committee looks at the best performing individuals from each recognised SLESA title based on ranked tournaments help from SLCG 2017 until the last ranked tournament before SLCG this year. These are the athletes that stood out in their field and were recognised with best athlete of the year medals for their respective titles.
Best referee of 2018
Best Shoutcaster of 2018
Best Project Cars athlete of 2018
Hafzel ‘PnX.hafzel’ Perera
Best Tekken 7 athlete of 2018
Roshan ‘PnX.jura’ Jurampathi
Best Injustice 2 athlete of 2018
Best Clash Royale athlete of 2018
Joel ‘nA.daniel’ Joung
Best FIFA athlete of 2018
Best Special Force 2 athlete of 2018
Hasitha ‘M.eS-Chabba’ Samaraweera
Best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive athlete of 2018
Omal ‘x3.Roach’ Prabudda
Best Overwatch athlete of 2018
Ruvin ‘nA.Ghost’ Kularathna
Best League of Legends athlete of 2018
Ashik ‘PnX.AshSL’ Saleeth
Best DOTA 2 athlete of 2018
Viren ‘PnX.Hawkie’ Dias
Best Call of Duty 4 athlete of 2018
Sameera ‘nA.svtue’ Vidushanka
We congratulate all winners who have shown exceptional skill and represented Sri Lankan Esports with pride and integrity! We look forward to a fantastic 2019 where the stake are higher and the competition starts fresh!
Team Xiphos is representing Sri Lanka at the World Esports Games hosted by Alisports. The South Asia and West Asia qualifiers commenced today, with Xiphos having already played 2 matches against UFD eSports from Pakistan and Entity Gaming from India – both wins for Sri Lanka 16-2 and 16-13 respectively.
Next up is their match against Paksitan’s Portal eSports, which is bound to be a tight match! Watch the stream below.