“You don’t win just by being good; you win with hard work and sacrifice. Without that, skill is just potential” – greatest hockey playerBobby Orr said that once, and that can be said about any struggle whether it is in real life or virtual.
Today competitive e-sports is a global phenomenon and the support for e-sports is increasing day by day. Imagine getting paid or winning gold at the Olympics simply by playing video games. This is the blooming world of e-sports, an area where Bangladesh isn’t far behind compared to rest of the world.
2008 marked the start of the e-sports scenery in Bangladesh but it wasn’t until 2011 when e-sports really started to bloom in the country with the introduction of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Many online and LAN tournaments were hosted and it attracted more gamers to join. Later Counter Strike joined the scene with CS 1.6 which now has been traded with its latest sequel, Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Currently regular tournaments, both online and LAN, are being held for CS:GO, Rainbow Six Siege, DOTA 2, FIFA and COD MW and there is ongoing process of bringing Overwatch in the LAN scenario of our country.
With such tremendous growth,during the first few years of the recent decade, many teams were formed and later these teams expanded their gaming areas and proceeded to become organizations. Some teams have even gone to participate in the international stages.
Recently MercenarieZ, also known as MrcZ’s Rainbow Six Siege squad, participated in the Indian R6 Championship, under the Indian LAN Gaming- ILG Cup2018 tournament which took place in Pune. They triumphed in the tournament by becoming champions.
The MrcZ R6 squad was led by Tasabbir (Sparko) Hasem with Nitin (Ex7) Tom being the co-captain. The other members were Siddarth (Viper), Naveen (Beat) Krishnan, Shivoy (Shivoiy8) Madaan, Jora (Silence).The squad leader turned the dreams of many regular gamers into a reality by winning the championship.
The tournament, held from 16-17 June, was hosted in Intencity–Kondhwain Pune. 8 teams competed against each other in a 5v5 double elimination tournament. It was a tough competition as all the players who participated were veterans but ultimately MrcZ was able to come out as the champion.