Sri Lanka’s National Esports Team Qualify to
Grand Finals of World Esports Championships

Sri Lanka’s National Esports team for PUBG MOBILE qualified for the Grand Finals of the
currently ongoing 14th World Esports Championships. Sri Lanka’s National Team travelled
to Bali, Indonesia for the championship on November 30th 2022. The tournament will
continue until December 12th 2022 and will include some of the world’s best Esports
athletes. Over 120 nations are competing for a place in the Finals. This year’s event will
include PUBG MOBILE, Dota 2, CS:GO, MLBB, Tekken 7, and eFootball 2023.
Esports athletes from Sri Lanka qualified for eFootball 2023 and PUBG Mobile from regional
qualifiers which were held online. Mohammed Shihab Rizan represents Sri Lanka in
eFootball 2023, and the four-member team for PUBG Mobile consists of Haseen ‘Nrcxhaz3n’
Suhaib, Thamara ‘Susthy’ Surendra, Pasan ‘Doom’ Rodrigo, and Harindu ‘Amare’
Mohammed Shihab Rizan is a eFootball pro. He played Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) for Sri
Lanka in the Asian Games 2018 Regional Qualifier and he was the Sri Lankan flag bearer
for last year’s World esports Championship opening ceremony. Shihab competed against
Nigeria, Georgia, Mongolia, and Mexico in the 2021 eFootball finals.
The PUBG Mobile team consists entirely of players from team NRC, one of the most
successful PUBG Mobile teams in the country. They won the right to represent the nation by
competing in April’s national qualifiers. Before leaving the country, the team won another
PUBG Mobile event, carrying their winning momentum into the international competition.
The squad will be participating in the group stages that began on the 1st of December.

“We’re very excited to be at a point in Sri Lanka’s Esports journey where we are able to
travel to these global championships and represent our country. We have no doubts that Sri
Lanka will shine in this platform of sport,” said Vikum Jayasekera, Treasurer of the Sri
Lanka Esports Association, who is travelling with the squad that will be going to Bali for WEC 2022

He will also be attending the IESF General Meeting as a representative of Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka Esports Association was founded in 2010. The Ministry of Youth and Sports in
Sri Lanka has recognized the association with its twelve members as the regulating body for
Esports in the country.
Dialog Axiata is proud to sponsor Sri Lanka’s National Esports team, Cricket, Volleyball and
Netball teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup
Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby League and
Knockout Trophies, Premier Football, Junior Volleyball and Paralympic sports – whilst also

powering the Army Para Games,National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the
Olympic and World Paralympic Games.
Gamer.LK, Sri Lanka’s premier Esports company is the Strategic Partner for the National
Esports Team. At the forefront of Sri Lanka’s Esports industry, Gamer.LK’s consistent efforts
in organising Esports tournaments and activities have caused a rapid growth in Sri Lankan
Esports over the last decade.

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