Sri Lanka’s premier Games & Esports organisation Gamer.LK is all set to kick off the seventh edition of its Inter-University Esports Championship ‘22 powered by SLT-MOBITEL which brings the excitement and thrill of Esports to the university level. The Championship will be held online and is open to students studying in Universities and higher education institutes in Sri Lanka.
Considered to be the biggest sporting event among universities, the Championship drew over 1,100 students last year representing over 80 universities across the island such as the University of Moratuwa, University of Colombo, University of Ruhuna, University of Kelaniya, NSBM, IIT, SLIIT, KDU, CINEC, ICBT, ACBT, ESOFT, NIBM, BCAS and many more. APIIT secured the coveted Inter-University Esports Championship title in 2016, ICBT in 2017, SLIIT in 2018, IIT in 2019, NSBM in 2020 and the University of Moratuwa in 2021.
“We have seen the enthusiasm for Esports grow year-on-year at the university level through our Inter-University Esports Championship. Esports is fast taking its place alongside traditional sports on a global stage and we see that trend in the University sports scene in Sri Lanka as well”, said Raveen Wijayatilake, the CEO and Founder of Gamer.LK.
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.
“SLT-MOBITEL has continuously supported Esports in the country helping cyber athletes receive an unparalleled experience and unlock the potential of the Esports ecosystem in Sri Lanka. We are very excited to be the title partner for this year’s Championship. Providing the fastest broadband connectivity through SLT-MOBITEL Fibre, we recently launched new subscription-based options also on our SLT-MOBITEL gaming and eSports platform opening up more opportunities for gamers to compete and be rewarded. We invite University gamers to experience the next phase in our exhilarating journey as we aspire towards a digital Sri Lanka”
stated Prabhath Dahanayake, Chief Marketing Officer of SLT.
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.
Esports has seen a massive spike in interest in Sri Lanka over the recent past as traditional sports came to a standstill due to the pandemic and the situation in the country. Recognised in 2019 as the 70th official sport in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Esports continues to grow at a rapid pace and is widely regarded as the country’s ‘fastest-growing sport’.
This year’s Championship features some of Sri Lanka’s favourite video game titles across mobile, PC and console. This year’s titles are Arena of Valor (Mobile 5v5), Assetto Corsa (PC Solo Race), Call of Duty 4 (PC 5v5), Call of Duty Mobile (Mobile Solo BR & 5v5 MP), Call of Duty Warzone (PC Solo BR), Clash Royale (Mobile 1v1), Dota 2 (PC 5v5), FIFA 21 (PS4/5 1v1), Free Fire (Mobile Solo BR), League of Legends (PC 5v5), Mario Kart Tour (Mobile Race), Mobile Legends (Mobile 5v5), PUBG Mobile (Mobile Solo BR), Rainbow Six Siege (PC 5v5), Real Cricket (Mobile 1v1), Rocket League (PC 1v1) and Valorant (PC 5v5).