Electronic Sports, the competitive play of video games has become the fastest growing sport over the last few years both worldwide and within Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Esports Association, founded in 2012 has been recognised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Sri Lanka as the governing body for Esports in the country. The Association has also provided the pathway for national Esports athletes to represent Sri Lanka at international events such as the 18th Asian Games, Esports World Championships and many more.
The Association has grown significantly since its inception and is now taking its first steps into female representation in the National Esports team by enlisting six female Dota 2 Esports athletes creating the nation’s first National Women’s Team for Dota 2. The members of the team are Nadeeshani ‘FoXy’ Jayasinghe, Tikiri ‘Stardust’ Diasena, Zahra ‘Nerd’ Thajudeen, Nardhya ‘Prince$$ Grero, Semini JollyGood, Perera and Jessica ‘Chansica’ Devendra.
The team will represent Sri Lanka at international tournaments for Dota 2, the first of which was the Global Esports Games 2021 organized by the Global Esports Federation.
The team competed within Region 1 of the Regional Qualifiers going head to head with Mongolia in their first match. After hours of intense and strategic game play by the Sri Lankan girls, Mongolia emerged the winner. However, the team acquired a significant amount of exposure and experience that will be instrumental in honing their skills for the future.