Gunshots and cheers emanated from between halls fills with ICT exhibits and businessmen. Curiosity guided us to a corridor connecting two of Infotel’s largest halls together, and there we were greeted by big red dragon followed by three letters – MSI. MSI Beat IT ’14 Colombo, an extension of MSI’s global tournament, was staged literally in the middle of Infotel 2014 at BMICH.
Organized by Phoenix Gaming, MSI Beat IT aired five solo titles – FIFA 14, Mortal Kombat 9, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and TrackMania Nations Forever, and one team game: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Here’s the Cliffnotes version of what happened in these respective arenas:
Call of Duty 4
MeetYourMakers and Team Maximum from Maximum e-Sports; (who recently snatched the first and second ranks of Gamer.LK’s country ranking), was able to rise to the top of the 30-slot knockout COD4. The results remained the same as their ranks, with MeetYourMakers once again shot down Team Maximum to keep their title.
FIFA has (finally) permanently evolved from 11 to 14 in Sri Lanka. However, the top players haven’t changed – despite a few new faces, SHARPSHOOT3R from PnX was able to keep his title, leaving Pnx | messi as the runner-up.
Mortal Kombat 9
MK9 kick-off in a 16-slot double-elimination format. The two biggest rivalries in this limited arena – nA | kucf vs. PnX | DeMon – took to the playing field, with kucf winning the title and DeMon clocking in second.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Nothing changed in Tekken – PnX | Turbo continued his reign and PnX | Striker came in second.
NFS Most Wanted:
Needless to say, Most Wanted drew a bigger crowd than the fighting titles. A 30-slot knockout saw some split-second losses and Shaza from TechMorph coming in first. SilentKnight from Phoenix Gaming became the runner-up.
TrackMania Nations Forever
The infamous Trackmania returned, with the author of this article taking up his long-lasting rivalry with Zer0 from Xiphos gaming. As it turned out, I emerged victorious, with GrimmJow from Phoenix taking up the second place.
Of course, the prizes turned out to be worth the wait: a SteelSeries Siberia v2 Dragon-Edition headset and a LKR. 15,000 voucher by WinSys for the winners and SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Red-Edition and a LKR 10,000 voucher by WinSys for the runner-ups – some pretty good value for anyone with a PC. We’d say there were some very, very satisfied gamers at the end of the day.