Business News: Keeping true to its promise of uplifting the Esports industry in Sri Lanka, Mobitel, the premier connectivity provider, in partnership with Gamer.LK, successfully concluded Sri Lanka’s largest mobile league tournament – Mobitel PUBG Mobile Esports Premier League 2020.
The inaugural of Mobitel Esports Premier League brought both opportunity and excitement to gamers from all parts of the island as it featured a team from each of the 9 provinces of Sri Lanka. After intensive Qualifiers, the 9 teams – Eastern Gladiators, Kandurata Kings, Northern Rangers, Rajarata Giants, Sabaragamuwa Knights, Southern Sharks, Uva Bandits, Wayamba Raiders and Western Warriors –locked horns to take home the Grand Prize of 1 Million.
Northern Rangers were adjudged the Overall Champions of the Mobitel Esports Premier League with Wayamba Raiders and Southern Sharks bagging second and third respectively. With over 300 squads participating, the tournament set a record for Sri Lankan Esports in terms of the number of participants for a single-title event. Powered by Mobitel’s advanced 4G connectivity, thousands of spectators were able to enjoy the thrilling action unfolding live through Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Mixer.
Having grown rapidly in recent years, Esports is today known to be the fastest-growing sport in Sri Lanka and was certified as an official sport in September 2019. Mobitel has built a reputation for supporting sports in Sri Lanka and recognizes the importance of promoting new sports such as eSports where the country has the potential to excel in the international arena. PUBG Mobile is a third-person combat game known to be one of the most popular mobile games played in South Asia with millions of youth connecting online to play through their smartphones.
Over the years, Mobitel has taken a number of progressive steps in its attempts to identify and empower young talent thereby helping foster the technological skills of the future generation. Through this tournament, Mobitel and Gamer.LK have been able to create a groundbreaking platform for the country’s young Esports competitors to share their passion, showcase their talents and harness their skills and strategies as they aim to take Sri Lanka’s Esports to the global stage.
Gamer.LK has been at the forefront of promoting and developing Esports in Sri Lanka, organising Sri Lanka’s largest Esports events that have captured large audiences. Gamer.LK has also organised international Esports events such as the Esports South Asia Cup hosted in Sri Lanka in partnership with the National Olympic Committee.