For the 9th consecutive year, Gamer.LK held the biggest local Games Festival – Sri Lanka Cyber Games ’16. Following a series of qualifiers that took place in different regions of the country, the SLCG 2016 grand finale looked towards BMICH in Colombo for three action-packed days from 9-11th December.
While SLCG stood as the battlefield for all the top cyber-athletes of the country, it was also an arena for all game enthusiasts to witness some of the best of gaming moments. To enhance the overall gaming atmosphere, a merge of geek culture was also seen as the Colombo Comic Con ‘16 was also held alongside the event.
What’s New at SLCG 2016?
This year’s SLCG stood as a horizon between the conclusion of the old era and the dawn of a new one. Titles that once stood proud and were cheered intensively were given their farewell while a warm welcome to new games was given. The biggest difference was the replacement of both Sri Lanka’s top racing games: NFS Most Wanted and TrackMania Nations Forever.
Two famous titles were given their farewell. In their place came the new racing simulator, Project Cars. It was followed by the addition of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare as an official title. Additionally, the newest game taking the world by storm, Overwatch also took place as a promotional title.
Despite the number of official titles slightly decreasing, there was a massive increase in the thrill and excitement as new rivalries were seen. And for the first time, an overall championship was up for the grabs for the clan that performs the best as SLCG. The earlier shattered determinations of gamers were brought into one goal for once. To clearly take home the grand prize.
When we walked into the venue we saw that it was segmented into different areas. Each area would be an arena for a game where the athletes fought. At the edge of these arenas were TV screens and seats. From here, the spectators watched as the athletes fought and cheered for their favorite clans.
As we walked towards the front we saw a grand stage. This would be where the biggest matches would take place and where the winners of these matches would be awarded. Right at the front end of the stage stood the overall championship trophy for everyone to see and for everyone to dream.
But the gaming action was not limited to the participants. More games such as Clash Royale and Ingress were there for visitors and participants to occupy themselves with. There were stalls by sponsors that had mobile games such as Rider Rush. These were for everyone to take part and walk away with prizes including a motorbike.
eSports on Point
The main attraction of SLCG has always been the intensity of the matches played by local gamers. The hyped certainly did not fail to amuse the crowd this year as well. Every match had a value to its own. There were instances of well-known pros struggling to win their match against an underdog. While all those moments made sure to thrill the audience, it was delightful to see the most anticipated matches actually happening where true rivalries were set straight once again on the grand stage.
A much anticipated showdown between the former COD 4 champions, Tech Morph and n00b Alliance took place as the grand finale at SLCG 2016. It was an electric battle as both teams were backed by a large number of supporters cheering very aggressively. However, that was not the only rivalry that stole the attention. A reunion of Phoenix GaminG vs Maximum eSports in the FIFA 16 final was seen after years. The sense of nostalgia was overtaken by the excitement as two of the FIFA dominant clans went head-to-head to emerge victorious.
Living up to their performance throughout the year, Xiphos eSports made a remarkable performance by slaying both Mortal Kombat XL and Project Cars completely. Despite the competition they had, Xiphos made sure to win those two official titles as well Overwatch once again to finish off the year.
Phoenix GaminG too lived up to their name and continued to secure a majority of the titles once again. By winning DOTA 2, League of Legends, FIFA 16, and COD Advanced Warfare along with more runner up medals, Phoenix GaminG emerged yet another time as the winners of SLCG and the first winner of the Overall SLCG Championship.
At the end of the day, the winners at SLCG 2016 were:
DOTA 2 –
- Winner – PnX|The Kade.MSI
- Runner-up – Division 9
League of Legends –
- Winner – PnX|Team Phoenix.MSI
- Runner-up – x3 | Legendary Noobs.Gigabyte
Call of Duty 4 –
- Winner – TM Envyus.PALIT
- Runner-up – nA.aurora
Counter-Strike Global Offensive –
- Winner – Radical
- Runner-up – PnX|HEROES.MSI
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare –
- Winner – PnX|Ultimate Ion.MSI
- Runner-up – PnX|Ultimate Alliance.MSI
FIFA 16 –
- Winner – PnX|Cuztom55.MSI
- Runner-up – Maximum Flash
Mortal Kombat XL –
- Winner – x3 | Zombi3.GIGABYTE
- Runner-up – x3 | Deadpool.GIGABYTE
- Winner – x3 | BigHorn.GIGABYTE
- Runner-up – x3 | LokDown.GIGABYTE
- Winner – x3 | PressQFTW.GIGABYTE
National eSports Awards
Another major part of SLCG 2016 was the National eSports Awards 2016 hosted by the Sri Lankan eSports Association. For the fourth year, the award ceremony took place on Day 02 of SLCG 2016 naming the best gaming personalities and clan of the year.
What made this year special was the fact that Phoenix GaminG was on a hat-trick and they were strongly contested by Xiphos eSports and n00b Alliance this year. Additionally, this year was the last time awards would be given for NFS Most Wanted and TrackMania Nations Forever. SLCG 2016 was also the first time an award was given for Project Cars.
So who were the winners of this year’s National eSports Awards? The full list would be:
- Best Clan of the Year – Phoenix GaminG
- Best COD4 Player – Jayanath ‘nA.Jay’ Dissanayake
- Best DOTA 2 Player Heshan ‘PnX|Sathan’ Sanjaya
- Best League of Legends Player – Ashik ‘PnX|Ash’ Saleeth
- Best Counter Strike Player – Geeshan ‘PnX|Defiance’ Jayaraj
- Best HALO Player – Sharan ‘x3.HoboWithSkillz’ Velauthan
- Best FIFA Player – Arkam ‘PnX|Heat’ Iqbal
- Best Mortal Kombat Player – Andre ‘PnX|Demon’ Camillus
- Best Tekken Player – Haroon ‘PnX|Turbo’ Hilmy
- Best Project Cars Player – Ryan ‘x3.LokDown’ Perera
- Best Need for Speed Player – Dimal ‘PnX|GrimmJow’ Fernando
- Best TrackMania Player – Binura ‘PnX|Binura’ de Zoysa
- Best Referee – Sith ‘nA.WarLord’ Withana
- Best eSports Caster – Sashika ‘nA.Terror’ Mutucumarana
The 9th year of Sri Lanka Cyber Games concluded grandly crowning new champions, re-enthroning defending champions, and bringing out extremely intense matches once again. With that, one of the biggest events on the eSports calendar of the year concludes. Until 2017, Merry Christmas and happy gaming!