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Team XYZ emerge champions at Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018


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  • Gaming tournament engages and excites undergraduate tech students

Team XYZ from General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) beat team In Toxic from Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) to emerge as the champions of Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018. They walked away with the grand prize of Rs. 100,000, at the finals held at Virtusa’s Colombo Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) recently.

Virtusa Technology Vice President and Chief Software Architect Thushera Kawdawatta and Virtusa Human Resources Senior Director Chandi Dharmaratne handing over the cheque for the grand prize of Rs. 100,000 to Team XYZ from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), champions of Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018

Team MBK from Virtusa were the winners in the inter-Virtusa category.

Congratulating Team XYZ, Virtusa Executive Vice President (Technology) Chandika Mendis said: “Competitive gaming has grown into an international professional sport. It helps develop vital skills such as strategic thinking, collaboration and team work. Having realised its potential, we launched Virtusa LAN Challenge in 2011 and we are delighted to engage undergraduate tech students from our universities across the country.”

The tournament in progress

“Part of our student engagement efforts, it gives them the opportunity to compete in a professional gaming environment while offering them a glimpse of our corporate culture and work environment. We firmly believe that initiatives such as this play a significant role in shaping them into exceptional all-round technology professionals,” Mendis added.

Organised by the Virtusa Game Development Special Interest Group (GDSIG) and the Virtusa Campus Reach Initiative with the support of the company’s technology leadership, the gaming tournament has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a low-key internal team building initiative in 2011.

The tournament in progress

This year’s event was kicked off in December 2017.  80 teams participated at the Internal University games while 30 of them were invited to Virtusa to play at the quarter finals at the inter-University games. Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018 was based on the award-winning multi player video game ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.’

 


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