Every October over 2000 Kandy gamers settle into comfortable chairs, switch on their computers and prepare to do battle with their thumbs at the SLT E-Sports Championship.
- When? 28 - 29 October 2017
- Where? City centre, Kandy
- Price: Registration is free.
The board is set, the pieces are moving... well, it's the fingers that are moving actually.
Held across four regions, the Kandy E-sports Championship is a regional event held in the run up to the main event. Gaming enthusiasts venture out of the house, maybe for the first time all year, and make their way to Sri Lanka E-Sports Championship. Here they are plugged back into the virtual world with the chance to win two million rupees, medals and trophies.
For all you gamers out there, a number of single and multiplayer games will feature, including FIFA for sports fans, Project Cars for the speed demons, Mortal Combat XL for fighters and Call of Duty Black Ops 3 for the shooters. There's something for everybody. As well as the main competition there's a number of sub divisions like the mobile gaming challenge, a women's gaming event and a unisex team event.
Gaming is a serious business here in Sri Lanka. Doubt it? There's a dress code to discourage any slovenly stereotypes that turn up in slippers and pyjamas (heaven forbid gamers should get a bad reputation for personal hygiene) and headphones must be worn at all times when a game is live.
You have to be a Sri Lankan resident to enter the competition but that's not to say it's only locals that get involved in such a popular event. There's numerous social media competitions that run alongside the main events so be ready to get involved in supporting the competing teams in order to win prizes.
There's other regional E-Sports Championships in Jaffna and Galle in the run up to the main gaming event in late October. Registration for competitors is completely free of charge.
- Get there: Fly to Bandaranaike International Airport - it's a 2.5 hour drive to Kandy.
- Stay: Book accommodation in the city centre.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!