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Sri Lanka’s National Esports Team Qualify to Grand Finals of World Esports Championships

Sri Lanka’s National Esports team for PUBG MOBILE qualified for the Grand Finals of the currently ongoing 14th World Esports Championships. Sri Lanka’s National Team travelled to Bali, Indonesia for the championship on November 30th 2022. The tournament will continue until December 12th 2022 and will include some of the world’s best Esports athletes. Over 120 nations are competing for a place in the Finals. This year’s event will include PUBG MOBILE, Dota 2, CS:GO, MLBB, Tekken 7, and eFootball 2023.

Esports athletes from Sri Lanka qualified for eFootball 2023 and PUBG Mobile from regional qualifiers which were held online. Mohammed Shihab Rizan represents Sri Lanka in eFootball 2023, and the four-member team for PUBG Mobile consists of Haseen ‘Nrcxhaz3n’ Suhaib, Thamara ‘Susthy’ Surendra, Pasan ‘Doom’ Rodrigo, and Harindu ‘Amare’ Amaratunga.

Mohammed Shihab Rizan is a eFootball pro. He played Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) for Sri Lanka in the Asian Games 2018 Regional Qualifier and he was the Sri Lankan flag bearer for last year’s World esports Championship opening ceremony. Shihab competed against Nigeria, Georgia, Mongolia, and Mexico in the 2021 eFootball finals.

The PUBG Mobile team consists entirely of players from team NRC, one of the most successful PUBG Mobile teams in the country. They won the right to represent the nation by competing in April’s national qualifiers. Before leaving the country, the team won another PUBG Mobile event, carrying their winning momentum into the international competition.

The squad will be participating in the group stages that began on the 1st of December.

“We’re very excited to be at a point in Sri Lanka’s Esports journey where we are able to travel to these global championships and represent our country. We have no doubts that Sri Lanka will shine in this platform of sport,”  said Vikum Jayasekera, Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Esports Association, who is travelling with the squad that will be going to Bali for WEC 2022. He will also be attending the IESF General Meeting as a representative of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Esports Association was founded in 2010. The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Sri Lanka has recognized the association with its twelve members as the regulating body for Esports in the country.

Dialog Axiata is proud to sponsor Sri Lanka’s National Esports team, Cricket, Volleyball and Netball teams. 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.

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