We spoke last week of the World Cyber Games, a computer games Olympics of sorts. Lanka eSports is the Sri Lankan franchise holder for the WCG. And as Lanka eSports puts it, competitive gaming in Sri Lanka has a large following and much of the action happens in local internet cafes as well as online gamer servers hosted both locally and internationally through public or private networks. The presence of hardcore Sri Lankan gamers is quite evident throughout these events and most of them are WCG material. They have what it takes.
This weekend is when they are battling it out, the ones who have what it takes. The gamers brought together by Lanka eSports for the preliminary rounds. Throwing grenades over walls, listening in for footsteps, sniping from behind pillars, defusing beeping bombs, or setting a bomb up. Guide your people, research technologies, gather arms and bring the enemy down to their knees. All this and more are happening as players wage wars and fight battles, on the PCs and Xboxes. The Sri Lankan competition this year features Counter Strike 1.6, Warcraft III – The Frozen Throne and Halo 3.
Counter-Strike (commonly abbreviated to CS) is a tactical first-person shooter video game which originated from a Half-Life modification which has been expanded into a series since its original release. It currently includes Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, Counter-Strike: Anthology and Counter-Strike on Xbox. Counter-Strike pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won by either completing the mission objective or eliminating the opposing force.
Warcraft III – The Frozen Throne
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is an official expansion pack to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Warcraft takes place upon a planet called Azeroth. This planet has three continents, named the Eastern Kingdom, Northrend (the world polar cap) and Kalimdor, all of which are separated by a giant ocean called the Great Sea. In the center of the Great Sea is an enormous, everlasting vortex called the Maelstrom (created as a result of a cataclysm that split the previous super continent of Kalimdor into the three current major landmasses).
Halo 3's story centers on the interstellar war between 26th century humanity, led by the United Nations Space Command, and a collection of alien races known as the Covenant. The player assumes the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier, as he wages war in defense of humanity, assisted by human Marines as well as an allied alien race called Elites, which is led by the Arbiter.
Lanka eSports can be found on the web at http://ww.esports.lk/. Alternatively, you can call Radeepan on 0772440126 and Prageeth 077 3917086 for more information about how the preliminaries progressed, and to find out details about what Lanka eSports has in store for the national finals scheduled to be held on October 4, from 10am–9pm, at the BMICH Committee Room B.
This year's event is sponsored by East West Information Systems. 89.5 Yes FM and Channel 1 MTV are the electronic media sponsors for the event, while The Sunday Times is the official print media sponsor.