Talking to the game-heads at Lanka eSports, it's evident that gaming is a major part of their life. Sheik, for example would talk passionately about how he started gaming in a Commodore 64, at his school's computer lab. Cindy would talk of how her boyfriend and fellow entrepreneur would stay up all night, and Radeepan would speak of nights, sometimes spanning the better of 12 hours were spent in front of the computer, playing Lineage.
With well over one million players from more than 70 countries, the World Cyber Games (WCG) is widely regarded as video-gaming's premier tournament. Featuring online and offline events held throughout the world, the year-long WCG series attracted more than 1.5 million competitors worldwide in 2007. The 2007 WCG Grand Final in Seattle, Washington broke new ground as more than 29 million people tuned in to watch the competition unfold in real-time, marking the largest global, live satellite broadcast for an e-Sports event.
Additionally, the World Cyber Games was recently recognised by Guinness World Records for the World's Largest Video Game Competition with over 1.5 million competitors worldwide. Think of it as an electronic Olympics of sorts. But how are the national teams chosen?
That's where Lanka eSports come in. Players will battle in Colombo for the first time in history to qualify for the WCG Sri Lanka 2008 National Final and to immerge as national champions to represent their mother land at the Grand Finals; which is to be held in Cologne, Germany. The preliminaries will be held on September 27 and 28. Players will battle out on computers and Xboxes, playing titles such as Counter Strike, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and Halo 3.
Each team will comprise of five members. Players are allowed to bring their own controllers, mouse and keyboard if they feel more comfortable using them, more than the provided equipment. Gamers interested in participating can register at http://wcg.esports.lk/. Alternatively, you can call Radeepan on 0772440126 and Prageeth 077 3917086 for more information.