What began as a friendly gaming event has now developed into a fully-fledged gaming tournament. With the goal of promoting team building, leadership, and planning, the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018 kicked off from the 1st week of January 2018.
Organized by the Virtusa Game Development Special Interest Group (GDSIG), together with the Virtusa Campus Reach Initiative with the support of the Virtusa technology leadership, the Virtusa LAN Challenge saw Universities face off against each other in a 5v5 match up of Call of Duty 4.
The initial shootout happened from the 4th of December. An interesting note was that there were two separate tournaments. One was for the Universities and one was from within the internal staff of Virtusa itself. Both categories had the same matches with the finals taking place on the 25th of January 2018.
Whilst the Inter University matches took the form of a Search and Destroy (S&D), the Inter Virtusa tournament was a Sabotage round was based on the Sabotage mode. Despite the initial ruling, Inter University participants were allowed to use their own headsets and mice (with no additional software) Keyboards would be provided by Virtusa.
The Semi Finals of the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018
Match One saw Team KS representing NIBM going up against Team XYZ of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Simultaneously, Match 02 had Team In Toxic of IIT going up against Team Guerilla Troops of NIBM.
Matches were quite intense with players calling shots on as to where the bomb was. We actually had difficulty in focusing on one match as they were both quite exhilarating. The audience too were holding their breath as well.
Match Two saw an early lead by team Guerilla Troops but IIT In Toxic was closely behind bringing things to equal grounds. Over on the other side, Match 01 was also gearing up to be an intense fight. Remember, both matches would be a single round knockout. So it was their one shot to go on to the finals.
As both matches progressed, each team grew aware of the others’ tactics and proceeded to try and outplay the competition. Shouts of commands and cheering echoed within the auditorium of Virtusa as the fight for the title of winner of Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018 went on.
At last, Match One came to a thrilling victory with the winner of the match being team XYZ representing General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. They would face off against the winner of Match 2, which was still being played.
There were Internal matches too
While Match 02 was still being played, the Inter Virtusa match kicked off. This had Team Mathara Bath Kade facing off against Team Ahindas. The participants were all from Virtusa’s internal tournament. As opposed to the Inter university matches, the Inter Virtusa match would be a Sabotage round.
A problem that we noticed was that there was only one projector so we could only see one match. This was not an issue for anyone who knew the game but for anyone who didn’t know the game and wanted to see what was happening would only.
Match 02 also concluded in a resounding victory with Team In Toxic of IIT being the winners. Now that both semi final matches of the Inter University tournament were done, we all knew what would happen next: Team XYZ would face off against Team In Toxic.
The finals of the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018
After setting up their controls, sensitivity, both teams were ready to kick off the finals of the Inter University category of the Virtusa LAN Challenge. From the get-go, you could see that both teams were squaring off against each other with utmost caution. There was a 100,000/- at stake and mistakes were out of the question. Both team captains took the initiatives to call out potential blind spots where they felt the enemy teams could be hiding.
Snipers provided support from above while SMG and rushers darted in and out between walls and houses, shooting, reloading, tossing frag grenades, and generally being as chaotic as possible to plant their respective bombs. Finally, Team XYZ of KDU outplayed Team In Toxic of IIT to become the winners of the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018 in the University category.
The Internal matches were equally competitive
Over on the other side, the Inter Virtusa match was equally heating up as well. Though significantly quieter than the Inter University matches, whose sounds were resounding through the auditorium, there was no doubt that these guys were really good at what they do, some even having a background at playing at a professional level.
In fact, the two teams were so equally good, the match actually ended in a tie and proceeded to a second match. The crowd held their breath as each of the teams went for the gold. In the end Mathara Bath Kade, now affectionately called MKB emerged as the ultimate victors.
But wait, there’s more
Following the finals of both categories, there was something interesting in store: an exhibition match between the winners of the two categories. So that would mean Team XYZ of KDU and Team Mathara Batk Kade. This too would be a S&D match. The map of choice would be crossfire. MKB’s Sabotoge strategies were no match for the highly trained skilled of KDU as KDU outperformed, outgunned and outclassed MBK to win that match as well.
To the victors, belonged the spoils
While the dust from the battlefield settled, it was time to award the winners their spoils. The runners up of the Inter university category for the Virtusa LAN Challenge, Team In Toxic walked away with LKR 50,000 in cash along with certificates, medals and the Runners Up trophy.
The Winner of the Inter University category, Team XYZ from KDU walked away victorious with LKR 100,000/- along with certificates, medals and the Winners’ trophy, proving that they are the best at the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018.
Following the Inter University category, the awards for the Inter Virtusa category were also carried out. Here, the runners up, Team Ahindas were awarded with LKR 50,000 in cash along with certificates, medals and the Runners Up trophy.
The winners, Team MKB walked away celebrating, with LKR 100,000/- along with certificates, medals and the Winners’ trophy.
With that, the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018 came to an end.