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News / Interview with GCSF2L Season 1 Finalists
« on: January 27, 2018, 07:01:54 pm »
We caught up with the two teams which reached the Grand Final of the first ever Special Force 2 ranked tournament and we asked them few questions about what’s running in their mind. This is what they had to say:

How did you start SF2?

Our team started SF2 at SLCG ’17 which was held as a promotional title. We took part because our clan – Phoenix GaminG requested us to participate.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
Phoenix GaminG told me to make a team and try hard.

Why SF2 over other games?

Except for CB, the remaining 4 in our team are all FPS players – either CS:GO or COD4. This was a reason for us continue this game since the mechanics of the game were familiar to us. Another important reason to play this game is because it is a ‘Ranked’ title now which means the competition is intense and we want to be on top of the rankings while contributing to our clan as well.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
League is my priority game, playing SF because it has some intriguing aspects no other game has.

How is the local competition?

The competition is intense. Teams from n00b Alliance, Maximum e-Sports and Ghost Warriors e-Sports gave a good fight in this league. However, we think there are more teams out there who can make it more competitive including EnvyUs from Tech Morph (SLCG champions) who didn’t take part in this league.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
Local completion is good but the PnX teams didn't have the toughest of games though.

Who is/are the best player/players in your team?

The key to our victories depend on our teamwork, therefore we can’t select one person as the best. All 5 of us are the best in their own ways.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
Heat put a lot of dedication but his skill is not par with his dedication, skill wise Kassa AKA Erron Black would be the overall better player in most maps.

How has the league been?

The league has been running smooth and on time. The referees were very cooperative and did a great job. We enjoyed this tournament and hope there will be more in the future.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
The league has been fun and it is a well-organized tournament by GLK. Hope for more of the same.

Are your opponents “worthwhile”?

Honestly speaking we already faced them (Mix Fruits) in the Winner Bracket Semi Final and we just ran over them. We were expecting nA|Team Spite to be the finalist because we badly wanted to pay them back for knocking us out at SLCG ’17. Unfortunately, they were knocked out by Mix Fruits before they could reach the Finals.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
Yeah, they are pretty decent, everyone is try harding.

Who would you want to target the most in your opponent’s team?

No doubt, it’s going to be HEAT. Hope he gets this message and be prepared.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
Chromnz because he is the most overrated player in their team.

Is your clan the strongest for the game? Will that remain?

Both the finalists are from Phoenix GaminG, which means our clan is the strongest right now. Definitely, because both our teams are focusing and practicing the game continuously and there are more teams being formed. So, we are good in the long run.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
Our clan likes to do well in all games and try out new things, so let's see how it goes. Pretty sure other clans also can do well.

What do you think a final between two teams of the same clan would mean for the future of SF2?

I don’t think this is going to remain for long, because more better teams from other clans would be taking the spot. However, it is going to be a challenge for other clans to bring us down.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
It means that all other clans will try to send a team of theirs to play SF. So good for the competition.

Would you win?

Definitely. We already won with them once. We know their strengths and weaknesses. We have some new strats which we have saved up for the Finals. We will be executing them and hoping to take all 3 matches out of the Bo5.

PnX|Mix Fruits:
We will give it all we got, the deserving team will always win.

There you have it. One could say these teams were being borderline “too” honest with their answers, but that’s what they had to say to the world! A lot of eyes on the former FIFA champion, PnX|Heat, who is also known to go from performing exceptionally well to horribly bad. AllStars__ boast a reputation of being known in CSGO while Mix Fruits are known for their strong COD4 skills. In another way, this is a testimony for which game has more skilled players.

The common ground of SF2 is set and the teams are ready! Which FPS game takes more skills? The grand finale will happening at 11.00 PM today (27th Saturday) will decide that so tune in to see how these kinsmen face each other off and trash their way to victory!

By: Binura de Zosysa

Classifieds / [SELLING] 30K worth Redline Vouchers
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:57:49 pm »
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News / World Electronic Sports Games 2017
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:13:43 pm »
Based in Shanghai, the World Electronic Sports Games is an eSports championship series organized by Alibaba Group, hosting tournaments for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, Starcraft 2, and Hearthstone. The event drags in teams from all around the world to compete for a prize pool of $1.5 million.

WESG begins its registrations from August to November, following which it holds its national qualifiers through to December. The regional qualifiers will follow suit till January, and the Grand Finals will take place on March 2018.

Last year's WESG boasts a contestant number of over 63,000 individuals from 125 countries, with a live stream view number of 375,893,813 and a prize pool of $5.5 million.

It has been announced that Sri Lanka would be able to compete in the APAC qualifiers under the sub-region 'South Asia+ South East Asia'. The 2 winners of the sub-region qualifiers would then compete in the LAN event in China with their travelling and accommodation expenses covered up for. We encourage all Sri Lankan teams to participate in the event for a chance to represent your country on an international stage. Registrations for the WESG qualifiers are now officially opened and can be accessed through the below links.
Registration Entry:https://goo.gl/P217DT
Registration Guide:https://goo.gl/RXMJ55

By: Ashwin Umasudhan

Classifieds / [SELLING] Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:40:57 pm »
Brand New Original PS4 Wireless Controllers Available!

Price: LKR 8,000

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For the second consecutive year, Gamer.LK, the country’s multi-genre video gaming community powered by digital entertainment enthusiasts, brought the thrill and excitement of eSports to Schools all across the country, with the Inter-School eSports Championship 2017 – Powered by Dialog Gaming. Gateway College defended the Championship title for the second consecutive year, battling it out with over 75 schools that took part in the championship which was held on the 30th of September and 01st of October 2017 at Trace-Expert City.

Giving students a chance to represent their School in eSports, registrations drew record numbers with students from national schools such as Royal College, D. S. Senanayake, Nalanda College, Isipatana College, Ananda College, Zahira College amongst them as well as participation from International Schools such as Gateway College, Lyceum International School, Colombo South International and many more that participated and were well-prepared to bring pride to their School in the field of eSports.         

The Championship kicked off with matches being displayed on a giant screen at the venue as well as being live streamed by ThePapare.com for viewers at home. The action and thrill of the matches across 8 competitive titles were brought to life with live commentary by professional eSports commentators in the country.

After two days of intense, nail-biting, closely fought competition, Gateway College Colombo came out on top as Champions claiming the Championship with Royal College as Runners-up while Nalanda College & Zahira College came in at third place.

Over 75 schools took part at the Inter-School eSports Championship 2017.

In addition to the main competitive titles, Dialog Gaming featured ‘Special Force 2’, a new gaming title with a free-for-all contest open to all participants and visitors. The winning team walked away with 500 GB of data and 5 Dialog 4G routers.

A game development and design workshop was also held at the event in partnership with Unity Sri Lanka where Chathu Vishwajith (Organizer of Sri Lanka Unity Developers) and Subhashi Palika (Co-Organizer Sri Lanka Unity Developers and Game Developer at Motion Miracles) spoke of designing and developing games on Unity.

Play.lk – Sri Lanka’s first online store dedicated for gaming and geek products – from PC components, laptops, gaming gear, consoles, gadgets, pop culture toys and collectibles to a lot more, saw its launch at the event. Play.lk aims to serve and empower the gaming and geek communities in Sri Lanka.

The Inter-School eSports Championship 2017 was powered by Dialog Gaming and was supported by the Official Radio Partner Kiss FM, Travel Partner PickMe, Digital Media Partner ReadMe, Videography Partner Visaru and the Audio-Visual & Lighting Partner Elektro Revo.

For more information on the event please visit http://school.gamer.lk and follow Gamer.LK on Facebook at http://facebook.com/gamerlk for updates.

The successful completion of the Inter-School eSports Championship marked the final of the three major competitions held annually by Gamer.LK for universities, schools and companies. Up next in the calendar is Sri Lanka Cyber Games and Colombo Comic Expo which will be held within Play Expo – Sri Lanka’s first ever Digital Entertainment and IT exhibition, happening on the 8th, 9th and 10th of December 2017 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Center (SLECC).

Gateway College Colombo became the Champions of the Inter-School eSports Championship 2017 for the second consecutive year.

The full winners list are as follows:

Call of Duty 4
Winner – Zahira College
Second Place – Hindu College
Third Place – Mahanama College

Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Winner – Gateway College Colombo
Second Place – Royal Institute
Third Place – Gateway College Colombo

Winner – Nalanda College
Second Place – Piliyandala Central College
Third Place – Colombo South International

League of Legends
Winner – Royal College Colombo
Second Place – Gateway College Colombo
Third Place – Nalanda College

Winner – Royal College Colombo
Second Place – Gateway College Colombo
Third Place – Royal College Colombo

Winner – Herschelle De Mel (Gateway College Colombo)
Second Place – Ahamed Marshad (Asoka Vidyalaya)
Third Place – Areeb Niyas (Gateway College Colombo)

Project Cars
Winner – Sachethana Liyanage (S.Thomas’ College – Mount Lavinia)
Second Place – Tharindu D. Rajapakshe (Nugawela Central College)
Third Place – Arkam Iqbal (Zahira College)

Clash Royale
Winner – Joel Joung (Colombo International School)
Second Place – Shashi Srinath (D.S. Senanayake College)
Third Place – Imantha Thakshar (Carey College)

News / New Titles Emerge, New Champions Crowned
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:38:20 pm »
Organized by Phoenix GaminG and the ICBT HND Networking Batch 15 (Spectre), GamerFest '17 kicked off Saturday morning, 12th of August at the ICBT Campus Auditorium. Powered by Sri Lanka Telecom and the strategic partnership of Gamer.LK, the event showcased a wide variety of team and individual games for participants to compete in and come through victorious.

This year's GamerFest paved the way for a range of returning and brand new team and individual titles.

Team Games
  • Overwatch
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • DOTA 2
  • League of Legends
  • CS: GO
Individual Games
  • FIFA 17
  • Tekken 7
  • Injustice 2
  • Project Cars

This event served as the introduction of 2 new titles to the fighting game genre: Tekken 7 and Injustice 2, a welcome change to the 2 year reign of Mortal Kombat X on the local competitive front. Unfortunately, CS: GO was cancelled due to lack of participants and Project Cars due to time restraints.

GamerFest was held in three ways. The DOTA, LOL, and COD draws had online qualifiers, with the semifinals and final stages being played on LAN. The Overwatch event was played entirely online, whilst all single player titles were played offline at ICBT.

The Tekken 7 tournament saw the inclusion of exhilarating and informative shout casting performed by Binura and Morpheus, adding to the overall hype of the event whilst educating the spectators on the mechanics of the game as the matches progressed. The Injustice 2 tournament brought in older Mortal Kombat X competitors as well as newer players, duking it out to be crowned as Sri Lanka's first Injustice 2 champion. FIFA 17 managed to attract the most number of entrants, with Phoenix GaminG maintaining a dominant run throughout.

On the multiplayer side, we were in for a treat for the grand finals of COD 4, with a nail biting set between two of n00b Alliance's elite teams, with a final score of 13-8 in favor of Team Spite. The League of Legends finals showcased the most dominating run of PnX|Lanka Lions.MSI, maintaining their dominance to a well deserved win without a single loss throughout the entire tournament. The DOTA 2 event displayed an extremely one-sided grand final set between PnX|Indomitus.MSI and nA.Infinity Gaming, with both games lasting around 30 minutes each.

Overwatch was held online entirely, with reigning champions x3.NoobsWithAttitude (NwA) competing against several other teams as well. They managed to put some exciting matches on display, defeating PnX|Syndicate to win their first GamerFest Overwatch title.

The fun didn't just last on the big screens, as GamerFest gave participants and spectators the opportunity of winning themselves 10GB of free data for their SLT broadband connections by answering game-related questions asked at random periods throughout the day.


The following players and teams ended up victorious at the end of the day.

Winner- x3.NwA.GIGABYTE
Runner-up- PnX|Syndicate.MSI

Winner- nA.Team Spite
Runner-up- nA.Phase 2.0

Winner- PnX|Indomitus.MSI
Runner-up- nA.Infinity Gaming

League of Legends
Winner- PnX|Lanka Lions.MSI
Runner-up- PnX|Sleeping Forest.MSI

Winner- PnX|SharpShooter.MSI
Runner-up- PnX|Venom.MSI

Tekken 7
Winner- PnX|Grimmjow.MSI
Runner-up- PnX|Morpheus.MSI

Injustice 2
Runner-up- PnX|Morpheus.MSI

With that, GamerFest '17 concluded, attracting an influx of newer players, solidifying existing and newer rivalries, and showcasing the best of e-sports action Sri Lanka has to offer.

By: Ashwin Umasudhan

Mercantile eSports Championship returns for the 2nd time this year, a lot better and a lot bigger. With the inclusion of additional games into the list and upscale prices, the tournament kicked off early Saturday morning, 15th July 2017 at Trace Expert City, Maradana. Organized by Gamer.LK, the tournament was open for all corporations in Sri Lanka, entitling corporate employees to represent their organization across a number of team and individual titles to compete for an overall championship trophy.

  • Powered by: Dialog Gaming
  • Official Energy Drink: Red Bull
  • Official Radio Partner: YESFM Sri Lanka's No. 1 Hit Music Station
  • Motorbike Partner: Honda
  • Digital Media Partner: ReadMe
  • Digital Promotions Partner: Promoter.lk
  • AV & Lighting Partner: eleKtro revo
  • Travel Partner: PickMe
A record of 60 corporates of Sri Lanka registered for the extravagant Mercantile eSports championship with the previous year’s overall champions, Virtusa, striving to be the best once more along with the remaining 59 corporates eyeing the same goal.

  • Project Cars – 1V1
  • FIFA 17 – 1V1
  • Mortal Kombat XL – 1V1
  • DOTA 2 – 5V5
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare – 5v5:  with a record of 34 teams taking part this year.
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive – 7 teams and hell a lot of gruesome battles.
  • League of Legends – with 4 teams taking part, the champions were crowned on the first day of the tournament.
  • OverWatch – a small bracket of 3 teams in total, but intense, nail biting action each round.
  • Clash Royale – From the creators of ‘Clash of Clans’ and another amazing mobile game. Clash Royale combines elements from collectible card games, tower defense, and multiplayer online battle arena. The first ever Clash Royale tournament kicked off at Mercantile 2017.
Every Multiplayer / Team game excluding OverWatch, kicked off on early Saturday morning. The action started of early with Call of Duty 4 and League of Legends matches not only taking the main attraction of the event but also being streamed live on a beautiful giant screen right behind the players. All these brilliant matches and the shout casting by the best shout casters of the country, was a sight to see.


Winners:   Team Huskies   (Virtusa)
2nd Place:   Team Oxygen   (Dialog)
3rd Place:   Team A   (WSO2)

Winners:   Team V   (Virtusa)
2nd Place:   Team CodeGen   (CodeGen)
3rd Place:   Team Watch Words   (WSO2)

Winners:   Team Virtusa   (Virtusa)
2nd Place:   Team LSEG   (LSEG)
3rd Place:   DG |TheVigilKnights   (Dialog)

Winners:   Team LPBP   (HOUZNT)
2nd Place:   Team Legions Feader   (Pearson)
3rd Place:   Team Invizible Wlkrz   

Winners:   Team RLG   (RedLine Technologies)
2nd Place:   Team OVERZONE   (Zone 24x7)
3rd Place:   Team MilleniumIT   (LSEG)


Winners:   Dimal Fernando   (Victory Information)
2nd Place:   Binura De Zoysa   (ReadMe)
3rd Place:   Sajith Rupasinghe   (LSEG)

Winners:   Sadir Omer   (SLT Services)
2nd Place:   Afdhal Muvaffik   (Srilankan Air Lines)
3rd Place:   Janith Amaratunge   (Xcendant)
Winners:   Dulaj Gunawardene   (Dockyard General Engineering Services)
2nd Place:   Azeem Ahamed   (LSEG)
3rd Place:   Umashankar   (GSS)

Winners:   JayaLanka Tours   
2nd Place:   MAS Active   
3rd Place:   Pyxle   

Virtusa playing insanely well and winning 3 titles out of 9 were the clear overall champions of Mercantile eSports Championship 2017. With the prizes and the medals given off to the winners, Mercantile eSports Championship came to a close. Stay tuned and get all your workmates and employees ready for Mercantile eSports Championship 2018!

Link: http://mercantile.gamer.lk/#results

By: Dimal Fernando

News / n00b Alliance Wins Another Edition of KOL
« on: June 28, 2017, 02:09:17 pm »
Kings of LAN ’17 June - Call of Duty 4 organized by Gamer.LK was held on 24th & 25th of June at KEERO Gaming Lounge, Delkanda. Being the most popular gaming title in Sri Lanka, the event drew 47 teams representing all the top standalone and attired teams. Throughout the two days, the lounge was filled with nothing but excitement, thrill, and endless cheers!

Participation was once again mostly by teams representing the top clans in Sri Lanka. Amongst them, a remarkable presence by Tech Morph teams were seen. Opposing the green force, there were top teams from n00b Alliance, Phoenix GaminG, WolfGang, and Maximum eSports as well.

The rounds were closely competed with nail-biting finishes in many matches. From the 47 competitors, Tech Morph’s Team zU, n00b Alliance’s Team Phase 2.0, Phoenix GaminG’s Inside Gaming, WolfGang’s Mist’Walkers, and the standalone team Inversion imex stood out to be the top contenders.

A turning point of the event happened during the semifinals when Inside Gaming met Team zU. Keeping aside the strong rivalry they have; the match was intense by the plays of both teams. However, it was Inside Gaming’s day as they outplayed Team zU to a 13-7 score.

The current KOL title defenders, Team Phase managed to once again reach the final by outplaying Inversion Imex in the semifinal. Repeating history, it was once again Team Phase and Inside Gaming who reached the Kings of LAN final!

In the best of 2 games final, Team Phase managed to secure the first game to a 13-11 score in a very close encounter. Following that, Team Phase was able to secure the second game as well to a 13-7 score to become the Kings of LAN in COD4 once again for a 3rd consecutive year. Inside Gaming also set a record by becoming the runner-up for a 3rd consecutive year.

Winner – nA.Team Phase 2.0
Runner-up – PnX|Inside Gaming

Congratulations to Team Phase 2.0 for their remarkable performance! With that another edition of Kings of LAN came to an end while re-throning champions! Wishing the best for all participants, stay tuned as we have a lot of eSports action coming very soon!

By: Binura de Zosysa

News / RLG Overwatch Championship
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:55:33 pm »
RLG returns and hits it big, offering the largest prize pool to date for their first ever Overwatch Championship powered by Gigabyte Aorus along with RLG Gaming PCs and Sennheiser, organized by Redline Technologies in strategic partnership with Gamer.LK, Dynamic AV and Sri Lanka Telecom.

Boasting a prize pool of Rs.250,000/=, RLG Overwatch Championship was the first ranked tournament for Overwatch in Sri Lanka and attracted the attention of many Overwatch teams all over the country. The prize pool was divided into 3 categories. Teams in the pole positions, MVP and a competition for the “Best Cosplay” Many cosplayers dressed up as the characters from the original game, which truly was a sight to behold. The prize pool consisted of: -
Gigabyte Sniper B8 – Winners,
Gigabyte K85 - 2nd place,
Gigabyte M65 - 3rd place,
Sennheiser GSP350 - MVP.

The preliminary rounds kicked off online according to the draw and the games were streamed live by Gamer.LK. The draw consisted of a massive number of new teams along with the older teams and the battle started on the 11th of May 2017. A week into the tournament, with the elimination of the losing teams, the group stages commenced with 8 teams battling to proceed into the semi-finals. The following teams came out at the top of the group stage and the semis embarked.

• Syndicate- a standalone, underdog team playing exceptionally well
• x3 – Noobs with Attitude.GIGABYTE
• n00b Alliance Instant Fusion
• x3.Wal Patta Horu.GIGBYTE

Semi Finals and the Finals were battled online with the following teams grabbing the pole positions. Moreover, the cosplay competition came to an end with the “Best Cosplay” being awarded to Malinka Jayasekera who hammered it away with his character, Mcree.

• Champions - X3.Noobs with Attitude
• Runners Up - X3.Walla Patta Horu
• 3rd Place – Syndicate

RLG Overwatch Championship brought in many teams and games which were streamed live, lead into showing everybody how exciting Overwatch truly is. Forthcoming tournaments will consist of Overwatch as an official title and Sri Lanka is on the right track to facing international teams as well. Stay tuned for more.

By: Dimal Fernando

News / Asus launches Asus ROG Masters Sri Lanka 2017
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:31:36 pm »
Asus Sri Lanka announced the launch of Asus ROG Masters Sri Lanka 2017; a country qualifier tournament of one of the most celebrated and state-of-the-art eSports events in the world. The announcement presents Sri Lankan gamers a chance to live their ultimate eSports dream as they battle it out for a shot at the prize money and a chance to qualify for the regional and global tournaments; to be held later on this year.

Commencing in June, teams from all over the country will compete in a dual series of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournaments at both preliminary and final rounds to unleash the best local talent. The winners will qualify to play in the regional tournament which will be held in Bangalore thereafter.

Captures from Asus ROG Masters 2016

Speaking on the occasion, Country Channel Manager of Asus Sri Lanka, Ishkey Irshard said “ROG Masters is one of the world’s most competitive eSports tournaments and we are happy to open out this challenge to gaming enthusiast in Sri Lanka once more. It’s encouraging to see how the local gaming community has grown over the years as more and more youth show an interest in the sport.”
“As a driving force behind eSports both here and abroad, Asus hopes to take gaming in Sri Lanka to the next level and continue to provide local gamers with a platform to explore and grow their potential. We are excited to see how the competitions will unravel in the weeks to come and we would like to wish all participants the best of luck for the challenge,” he said.

Asus ROG Masters Sri Lanka offers a total prize pool of Rs.450,000 and also an all-expense paid trip to Bangalore for the two winnings teams to compete in the regional tournament. Registration for the competition opens on 16 June and the preliminary rounds will take place during the last week of June, while the finals are scheduled to take place on the 29 and 30 July at the Crescat Boulevard.

Captures from Asus ROG Masters 2016

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers, and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at https://rog.asus.com

About ROG Masters

ROG Masters is an esports tournament created for aspiring gamers everywhere. Now in its second year, it has grown into a global phenomenon after its first year being tailored to Asia and Oceania. ROG Masters aims to knit together the pro and grassroots tiers of gaming by combining open qualifiers with later stages that are heavy with invited teams, ensuring intense competition characterized by contact between community dark-horses and established veterans of the pro scene. The Grand Finals of ROG Masters 2017 will take place in November, with US$500,000 to play for and the world watching.

News / Terrorists Strike Against the Defenders at the GCCL Final
« on: May 19, 2017, 10:27:41 pm »
The never-ending war between the Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists continued for a 10th season at Gamer.LK Clans Counter-Strike League! From the countless shots that was fired, the finale came down to the shootout between ZeGg vs PnX|HEROES. In a very close game, ZeGg managed to defeat HEROES to a 2-0 games score!

Before the big game, this is what Defiance (ZeGg) and HellScrm (HEROES) had to say about themselves and their opponents:

How many GCCL seasons have you played before?

We have quite a few well-known figures in the Counter Strike community in Sri-Lanka who are currently a part of ZeGg Esports and have participated in most of the GCCL seasons, but as of ZeGg Esports this is the first time we are playing GCCL under this name.

My first GCCL tournament was in Counter Strike 1.6. I'm not really sure how many I played then but I think it was around 3-4(in 1.6) and for CSGO I've participated 3 times including this year.

Where do you find yourself placed in the CSGO scene in Sri Lanka as of now?

ZeGg Esports was formed a month ago and GCCL is our first tournament as a team even though some of us have played together in the past so as of now according to the score lines of the matches we have played in GCCL we find ourselves as the best team in Sri Lanka, as we have not lost a single map to any team and have achieved the Grand-final spot through the upper-bracket.

I wasn't much active in participating in tournaments in Sri Lanka around 2013; I just played the game for fun. But then I got to play with the higher skilled players and since then I've played with them and against them. So as of right now I can say that I see my team in the top 2.

Does your team have a history with CS 1.6? Any former glory?

Not really, we emerged victorious once CS:GO was released and there after continued this play to win almost all the tournaments in Sri Lanka.

Yes, all of my teammates have started from CS 1.6. We've got players from Reservoir Dogs, Living Legends, Blood Money, Deadly Silent and Frag Influence. These were some reputed clans back in the day.

What was different about this season?

Well to be quite honest it’s just same players but different teams.

There were more teams than last time and GLK is more organized than before but there is always room for improvement.

Who are/were your challenging opponents?

Just before the team was made, we didn’t fear any team from Sri Lanka rather we made this team to play international tournaments together as we don’t need any strategies to play against any Sri Lankan team, our raw aim does the job for us. So according to us we do not get challenge from any Sri Lankan team as of right now, maybe in the future we might.

For this tournament, it's ZeGg Esports.

What is the current team’s roster and formation?


ZeGg current roster comprises of:-
Shakir ‘hikkaMS’ Razak
Geeshan ‘kucf’ Jayaraj
Omal ‘ROACH’ Prabuddha
Savidya ‘SAINT’ Fernando
Panduka ‘Reav’ Warnasooriya

Some of the above figures are very well-known in the counter strike community of Sri Lanka and have participated in International tournaments.

The current team's roster is:-
Bositha "Mystic" Fernando
Vinoth "N X R" Purushoth
Zayyaan "HeLLScrM" Ali
Muzakkir "Pita" Fahim
Ali "Taz" Hussain
Andrew "ShakerZ" Damien (Sub)

How would you compare your team against your finals opponents?

Well, there’s nothing much we can compare but all I can say is our players are way more experienced compared to some of our opponents, aim wise as well as skill wise. 

We've made some roster changes recently and we've changed some roles too. We are however adapting to our given roles. As for our opponent, they too have gone through some changes. After the roster change, we had little time to be fully prepared for the tournament so now we depend mostly on our individual performance but during this period we also tried to fix some huge mistakes and communication issues so it's going to be helpful in the long run.

Any hints on your strategy to win the season you can share with us?

We have no strategies for our upcoming match but we’ll definitely make it a memorable and exciting match for the audience.

Momentum in CSGO is very important. Losing one crucial round can end up losing the match. Also we've learnt our opponents' strengths and weaknesses so that can be helpful. At the end of the day we don't want to be overconfidence and underestimate our opponent. If nothing else works, we cyka blyat Rush B!

Any changes with the new updates/meta?

Not really.

There were so many minor updates for the games. It's nice to have updates but what we really need is an optimization update for the game. We've been expecting a major update from Valve for some time now and from what I hear there is going to be one soon. Gaben has promised us things. :D

Who do you think would win and why?

Not being biased but I definitely know that we have the upper hand in this final as we have already played our opponents once this season and won the series with a score of 2-0, so I think we have a better chance of doing it again this final.

HEROES, of course. We were saving our best strats for the finals. Haha! We are going to try our best no matter what happens. At the end of the day we just want to have a good game of Counter-Strike...and good luck to ZeGg Esports. May the best team win.

Both teams had high spirit and they lived up to what they said. The final was indeed a very intense match. Congratulations to ZeGg, the GCCL Season 10 Champions! Wishing ZeGg, HEROES, and all participants the best for their future matches, stay tuned for the latest updates of local CSGO action!

By: Binura de Zosysa

News / IeSF Collaborates with FISU to Take eSports Further
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:06:07 pm »
eSports is massively developing in the world. While tournaments boasting millions of dollars’ prize pools take the entire attention, it was not necessarily what eSports needed to be recognized as an actual sport in the world. However, International eSports Federation (IeSF) took a step further in recognizing eSports by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) to bring eSports to students as well as to formalize cyber-games similar to physical sports.

At the SportAccord Convention 2017 held this April in Aarhus, Denmark, both federations have discussed further about the agreement and has come up to mutual terms to follow in taking this partnership forward. The first collaboration will be IeSF supporting FISU’s existing FISU WEB GAMES, an online platform hosting competitions, contests, knowledge, sports, entertainment, and educational needs for students worldwide. IeSF is looking to share their knowledge of eSports across the massive network to promote eSports worldwide. In the process, IeSF looks forward to build general rules and regulations for eSports with the help of FISU.
“We believe that this initiative will support the development of school and university level esports and enhance the ecosystem as a whole. We also hope this will manifest and accelerate the trigger to benefit esports players in gaining access into public and social structures in each country. eSports is a new rising trend among the youth population and we look forward to creating various good cause and universal values with this Partnership”
-Alex Lim, Secretary General of IeSF-

Since being founded in 1949, FISU has been promoting sports to universities worldwide and giving students the opportunity to come forward through sports. It is one of the oldest sports federations in the world and holds over 50 sports competitions and championships globally. As IeSF claims to promote and standardize eSports to the world, the agreement with FISU will be a milestone in the overall development of eSports in the world.

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By: Binura de Zosysa

News / Finalists Reloads Ammo for the GCWL Finale
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:20:50 am »
Countless bullets were fired and many heads were shot. The long-proceeded 9th season of GCWL is finally coming to its climax! Similar to GCDL’s finale, GCWL’s grand final is between two teams from the same clan as well. This time, it was the shooting experts, Tech Morph who stole both slots. Before the big shoot out, we asked the finalists: Team zU and Team EnvyUs to share their thoughts about the match in hand. This is what they had to say:

How many GCWL seasons have you played before?

Team EnvyUs:
This is the first season of our current roster, But, individually our players have played for different teams for quite a number of seasons.

Team zU:
This is the third season for Team zU but this is our first season with the current roster, individually our players have played for different teams for quite a number of seasons.

Where do you find yourself placed in the COD4 scene in Sri Lanka as of now?

Team EnvyUs:
Currently we are placed first in the GLK ranking, but when it comes to a tournament. Any of the top 3-4 teams have a good chance to grab the title.

Team zU:
Currently we are placed third in the GLK ranking.

What was different about this season?

Team EnvyUs:
The skill difference between the top teams and the rest have reduced. So every game is more challenging to the top teams more than the earlier seasons.

Team zU:
The skill level gap between the top teams and the rest have reduced and if we look at Top 8 teams their completive standards have drastically increased resulting in every game to be more challenging to the top teams more than the earlier seasons.

Who are/were your challenging opponents?

Team EnvyUs:
Definitlely Techmorph zU and noob alliance phase as those were our hardest opponents to try to beat.

Team zU:
Tech Morph EnvyUS and noob alliance Aurora ,noob alliance Phase 3.0  are always tough teams to beat but in this GCWL 'Inversion iMex' gave us a good fight.

What is the current team’s roster and formation?

Team EnvyUs:
Peace - Assault
Rocker - Assault
Fast - SMG
Distant - SMG
Sydn - Scope

Team zU:
DizZy - SMG/Assault
MidaS - SMG
EVILL - Assault
LUCIFER - Sniper

How would you compare your team against your finals opponents?

Team EnvyUs:
They have got better teamwork than ours since we had to play with a standin since our teammate Udara "kitty" neji from our slcg winning roster went abroad after the tournament started . So our players have to pull out some amazing individual plays if we are to secure this win.

Team zU:
Our opponent team is filled with experienced players they are said to be legends amongst the call of duty competitive scene. Their team consists of players has won a SLCG COD Title and three of them have won it twice, and they have also won the last years SLCG as well. So this is going to be a very challenging game for us. We have made a few changes in your team after SLCG, two of our members have decided to take a step down due to their higher studies, and two new players with very strong potential have joined with us and they have managed to sync with the rest of the team much quicker than we thought. Our team is filled with young blood and energy which have made us more aggressive than before, keeping in mid that our newest team members have played many lan tournaments as well showing that they don’t lack experience. I believe in Competing at the highest level is not about winning, but it's about hours of preparation, gathering every ounce of courage when everything seems lost, understanding your hearts of your member and building them up into titans and thus Winning will be the result.

Any hints on your strategy to win the season you can share with us?

Team EnvyUs:
Since the opponents are from our own clan. We have a good idea of each individuals’ playstyle so it’s a small plus point. But it goes both ways so not that much of a plus i guess.

Team zU:
Since both teams are from Tech morph we have played many scrims with each other, so we have a slight idea about their strength and their gameplay but they also have the same advantage.

Who do you think would win and why?

Team EnvyUs:
Our opponents have a slight edge because of the 1 map winners bracket advantage. But if we can win our first map anything is possible. Since both teams are from the same clan, the win actually doesn’t matter as much as it would otherwise we feel, but it wouldn't stop us from giving our best!

Team zU:
We have a one map advantage, so it will take of some pressure from our team, still i think it will be a close and a very exhilarating  Grand Final because they are a very strong team as well .But in the end both teams are from same clan so no matter who wins it will be a Win for Tech Morph.

I would also like to take this opportunity to give a big shout to  tm.Viper, tm.Kayjay,tm.Atom all our clan admins and members for supporting us and also glk staff for organizing this event!

The two teams are ready and they are not going to hold back even if it’s against each other. The battlefield is set, guns lock ‘n loaded, and eyes set on the ultimate prize. Come join us and witness the epic grand finale of GCWL season 9 tonight!

By: Binura de Zosysa

News / The voice before the war – GCDL Final is Here
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:05:16 pm »
The time has come to settle the scores once again in the grandest online battlefield in Sri Lanka. That’s right, all teams have battled and the finest of them all have finally reached the grand finale! However, for the first time ever, it is a battle between two teams from the same clan. The long ruling most feared team, TheKade from Phoenix GaminG faces off against Indomitus from the same clan!

Before the ultimate battle takes place, we asked the two finalists to share their opinion about the big game. This is what they had to say:

For how long has the team been there? Any significant changes over the time?

Our team has been around since the Golden Year – 2011. We were initially just a bunch of friends that loved playing DotA, and then we decided to take a more serious approach to the game we loved, so we began participating in local and online tournaments. Initially our roster consisted of 6 people, and we changed things around depending on other commitments.

Over time, some of our members began to lose interest in the game, and were replaced by newer friends. Our roster has been stable for the past 2 years, however we did make a temporary change to play with [SAGE] Miester for GCDL this year.

Trixterz was formed in October 2015 and we made a significant change in our team structure post acquiring Haneef 'Blizzard' Shiraz and Munthasir 'ToaDBosS' Shiraz. After SLCG we made changes to our roles, where our offlaner ‘InSearchOfJuliet’ switched to position 4 and our mid player ‘SpadeS’ switched to position 3. Blizzard and ToaDBosS took up position 1 and 2 respectively.

We re-named ourselves to Indomitus post the Keero tournament and acquired a new support player Fadhil ‘Darkness’ Ansar (position 5) to replace our previous supporter Nathhar ‘Anonymous’ Hameed as he had to migrate to Australia for an indefinite period and Rimshad ‘Darknight’ Sham had to migrate as well.

How is your team compared to other teams in Sri Lanka?

Currently, I believe we’re the most consistent team in the country. We’ve either won or made it to the finals for every tournament we’ve played since our inception. That being said, there have been quite a few local tournaments that we have not participated in.

We are relatively decent, with most of having a good awareness of the game. Teams in Sri Lanka have improved considerably especially Infinity Gaming, Team Athal Gaming (not sure if this is a long term team), Team Nuke etc. We think we are in the top 10 in Sri Lanka, and we hope to continue improving in order to become one of the best! Our biggest challenge is life. Work, studies, family and other commitment prevent us from practicing as much as we would like to. We only have the weekends, unlike some of the other players out there. But we do practice as a team whenever time permits.

What was different about this season of GCDL?

From an organisational perspective, GCDL has kept on par with its previous iterations – the tournament schedule was well organised, matches ran on time, and the casting was top-notch. However, what did change was that we were not given any walkovers. I hate walkovers – it’s a waste of time for us, especially if it’s a last-minute walkover, and it’s such a defeatist attitude to adopt. Underdog victories happen all the time, and it’s commendable that teams didn’t just hand over a free win to us this tournament!

New players, new patch!

Who are/were your challenging opponents?   

PnX|Indomitus and nA.Infinity were definitely our most challenging opponents, especially the former considering how convincing their victories were!

All our opponents were challenging, although some more than others. I think PnX|TheKade is the toughest opponent in GCDL. Division 9 were quite challenging too.

What is the team’s current roster and formation?

Carry – Heshan ‘SATHAN’ Sanjaya
Mid – Mirsab ‘Paradoxx’ Hassan
Offlane – Viren ‘Hawkie’ Dias
Support – Shariff ‘[SAGE] Miester’ Ghanem
Support – Andre ‘DeMoN’ Camillus
Our roles generally change depending on the draft, but that’s our most likely formation.

Position 1 - Haneef "Blizzard." Shiraz
Position 2 - Munthasir "ToaDBosS" Shiraz
Position 3 - Mohammed "SpadeS" Walid
Position 4 - Mohammed "InsearchOfJuliet" Safraz
Position 5 - Fadhil "Darkness" Ansar

How would you compare your team against your finals opponents?

I think we’re fairly evenly matched. In terms of skill, we have a slight edge thanks to Paradoxx and SATHAN. However, they have the edge in terms of teamwork and preparation. I believe it will all come down to the draft and its execution.

Indomitus are the underdogs compared to TheKade. Some of their players outskill us, but ofcourse we are better than we were last year. It would be a tough game for us, and we intend to put up our best.

Any meta plays/strategies you have in mind for us to look forward to?

OSfrog Le balanced monkey man Osfrog.

We may not try what we tried last time, that is, go for heroes who need time/money to farm up. We will try out more active, least item dependent heroes and see how it pays off. In terms of meta, it seems like we are seeing a few forgotten heroes emerging (e.g. Lina as position 2).

Who do you think would win and why?

Judging by our previous encounter in the upper bracket finals, I believe it’s safe to say that we are favoured to win. But who knows what’ll happen on Tuesday? Whatever the outcome, I hope the series will be entertaining for our viewers, and I wish the best of luck to our opponents!

Being very honest, we think TheKade would win today. Our skill/experience difference is significantly vast and it was quite apparent in our last encounter. But we hope to bridge this soon, with most of our members now focusing on solo queueing.

With honest answers, motivating tactics, and tremendous spirit, the two teams are well-prepared to give a stunning finale! Join in tonight to witness this historic encounter!

By: Binura de Zosysa

News / The RLG Calendar Kicks-off with FIFA 17
« on: March 30, 2017, 11:17:33 pm »
The 4th season of Redline Gaming’s annual FIFA tournament, RLG FIFA Championship 2017 was held on March 19th at Crescat Boulevard. Powered by Asus, the tournament opened the doors for all those who walked-in without pre-registrations to take part in a series of rounds that led up to a final bracket. Those who managed to do so were once again given the opportunity to show their skills and walk away victorious with prizes boasting over Rs. 100,000.

With countless number of participants walking in, the venue was filled with enthusiasm and tension arising from the tense encounters with gamers both young and old. New skills and formations of FIFA 17 were well demonstrated through the plays of those who follow the game closely. They proved to the audience that every move they make is not through panic but through pure tactics.

From the immense crowd, 16 stars arose in the final draw. The composition consisted of members representing Sri Lanka’s dominant FIFA playing clans, Phoenix GaminG, Tech Morph, and n00b Alliance as well as new standalone names as well.

Fan favourite, Heat from Phoenix GaminG came to the finals to face against Penaldo from Tech Morph and as expected, it was a very intense and satisfying face-off.

Immediately as the match started Penaldo took the momentum to his hand scoring the first goal. It was followed up by two more goals to have a 3 – 1 score against Heat towards the middle of the game. However, Heat picked up the momentum during the latter part of the match to make a spectacular comeback by scoring 4 more goals to his name. In the end, Heat managed to secure another victory to Phoenix GaminG by defeating Penaldo for a 5 – 3 score!

Winner – PnX|Heat.MSI
Runner-up – TM|Penaldo.Palit
2nd Runner-up – PnX|Dishan.MSI

With amazing comebacks, nail-biting finishes and countless number of breathtaking goals, the 4th season of RLG FIFA Championship 2017 was held successfully to entertain all participants and spectators equally. With more events lined up and already underway, stay tuned to hear more about the ever-lasting Lankan eSports spirit!

By: Binura de Zosysa

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