Gateway continues winning streak with fifth consecutive Esports championship

Gamer.LK’s Inter-School Esports Championship powered by Samsung Sri Lanka came to an exciting close with Gateway Colombo defending the title for the fifth consecutive year. The Championship which is organised by Gamer.LK, the leader in Esports in Sri Lanka saw students from across Sri Lanka battling it out across 20 popular gaming titles and representing their school in Esports.

Esports, short for Electronic Sports, is the competitive play of video games - an officially recognised sport in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Sports. Gamer.LK began the Championship in 2016 with the intention of showcasing the positive benefits that structured and regulated Esports at a school-level can have.

The Championship saw over 140 schools take part as the event moved to a completely online format owing to the ongoing pandemic situation. Gateway College Colombo put on an impressive display securing the most gold medals to secure the Championship title with Ananda College Colombo and OKI International School Wattala coming in joint second place.

In addition, Colombo South International College, Dharmapala Vidyalaya Pannipitiya, Fetteresso Tamil Vidyalaya Bogawantalawa, Isipathana College Colombo, Sri Chandananda Buddhist College Kandy, St Marys College Negombo, Vidyartha College Kandy and Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo picked up gold medals in the tournament.

“Since Esports is centered around the recreational video games that students play at home, many parents and teachers struggle to understand how this extracurricular can support students’ educational goals. To properly embrace Esports in education, and harness its potential, one must think beyond the games. Gateway participates in structured programmes like the Inter-School Esports Championship organized by Gamer.LK that provides students an opportunity to hone leadership skills, sportsmanship, and communication skills as well as critical thinking, problem solving, interaction and collaboration as they play. With Esports included in the next Asian games and with prospects of being included in Olympics in the future, Gateway is proud to be the winners of this year’s Inter-School Esports Championship and for retaining the Championship for five consecutive years.” stated Surani Maithripala, Team Leader, Change Management - Gateway Group of Schools.

Samsung Sri Lanka was the title sponsor for the Championship. Samsung has been at the forefront of developing products and services for gamers and promoting Esports in Sri Lanka over the years, as it was identified as the fastest growing sport in the country.

The Championship is set to return for its sixth edition in September 2022.

Gateway College beat Lyceum, Panadura by 10 wkts to enter the Semi Finals

Gateway College Colombo beat Colombo International School (CIS) - Colombo, Horizon College International and Lyceum International School, Panadura in the Inter International School Under 19 Cricket tournament organized by Lyceum Wattala.

Gateway beat CIS Colombo by 72 runs. Kavindu Warnukulasuriya 106 along with Janindu Nandasena 90 helped Gateway College to secure a score of 242 for the loss of 2 wickets. Gateway bowlers managed to restrict Colombo International school for a score of 170 for 5. Manith Panagoda scored 79 and Amar Cassim scored 25 and Janindu Nandasena had figures of 2 for 16.

Gateway beat Horizon by 43 runs. Batting first Gateway posted a score of 147 runs in 20 overs. Skipper and all rounder Dulain Perera scored 53 runs while Ahamanullah Aman scored 44 runs. Thisan Nirmala and Akith Janudika returned with bowling figures of 2/29 and 2/18 respectively. Horizon managed to score 104 runs in 20 overs. Sanu Abeyratne scored 25 and Govin Vinvath took 2 wickets for 10 runs.

Gateway beat Lyceum Panadura by 10 wickets. Lyceum Panadura decided to bat first and scored 102. Akmal Fazly scored 40 runs. Dulain Perera took 3 for 12, Janindu Nandasena took 2 for 22 runs and Govin Vinwath took 2 for 17. Gateway’s run chase was remarkable when they reached the score in 13 overs. Kavindu Warnukulasuriya 46* and Ahamanullah Aman 44* had an outstanding partnership.