The Sri Lankan National Esports Teams powered by Dialog Axiata participated in the Asian Regional Qualifiers for the International Esports Federation’s (IESF) 15th World Esports Championship across multiple game titles. These Esports athletes were selected by the Sri Lanka Esports Association (SLESA) to represent the country and compete against the best Esports talent in the world.
In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), the Sri Lankan team secured 4th place. The team consisted of Sanjeevan ‘BenJ’ Kalaieesan, Vibuda ‘ChromnZ’ Dezoysa, Jayathra ‘hyper’ Mahadurage, Omal ‘ROACH’ Prabuddha, Geeshan ‘Defiance’ Jayarajah, Ushith ‘Dodomeister’ Pieris and Musaffer ‘zIppA’ Muzin.
The Sri Lankan team in PUBG Mobile finished in 24th place, facing some of the best teams in the world, including last year’s PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2nd place winner, Nepali team DRS Gaming, making this one of the most challenging groups. The team members were Tharindu ‘ISSLmamatha’ Induwara, Rizny ‘ISSL Razor’ Azmy, Ramesh ‘ISSLJIMMY’ Kavindu, Chamuditha ‘ISSLluciferr’ Watshan and Riham ‘ISSLtauter ‘ Ramzi.
In Mobile Legends Bang Bang, the team came in 6th place. The team consisted of Sadul ‘Uchi’ Rathsara, Sithija ‘ReBoOt’ Sandaruwan, Dilshan ‘Dilshan’ Maduranga, Kusal ‘Dagger’ Savinda, Aqeel ‘Shadow’ Jura and Chris ‘Nooblessi’ Rojan
In Dota 2, the national team clinched 4th place. The team members who competed are Deloshaan ‘matrix’ Logeswaran, Aarathanan ‘Prince SL’ Sivasubaramaniam, Supun ‘Night_’ Dissanayaka, Tharusha ‘PanDa’ Nawanjana, Shenal ‘AB’ Daniel, Matheesha ‘SORA’ Madava
One of the standout performances from the Sri Lankan National Esports teams came from the Women’s Counter Strike:Global Offensive team, which secured 2nd place. This accomplishment highlights the growing prominence of female Esports athletes and their dedication towards the sport. The all-female team consisted of Inshani ‘iNsHi’ Shalinga, Kaumini ‘PiK4CHU’ Gunasinghe, Aishwarya ‘Tyche’ Ariyaratne, Sumuduni ‘MeduZa’ Shashikala, Nadee ‘Flufzter’ Ranasinghe and Kasuni ‘tee-hee’ Lokuarachchi.
The International Esports Federation (IESF) is the world’s governing body for esports, with the mission of promoting Esports as a sport beyond geographical boundaries. It has 130 member national federations from all over the world and works to provide equal support and opportunities for Esports athletes worldwide.
“The performance of the Sri Lankan National Esports Teams at the IESF’s 15th World Esports Championship Asian Regionals deserves recognition. Their efforts serve as a motivation within the Sri Lankan Esports community.” Raveen Wijayatilake, President of Sri Lanka Esports Association “Their participation in these international events gives them the experience they need to hone their skills for the future and serves as inspiration for aspiring Esports athletes in Sri Lanka”.
Dialog Axiata is proud to sponsor Sri Lanka’s National Esports teams along with cricket, volleyball and netball. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby League and Knockout Trophies, Premier Football, Junior Volleyball and Paralympic sports – whilst also powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the Olympic and World Paralympic 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.