The First Warcraft DOTA team crossing the borders
cOMPUTER Gaming has become a part of our modern lifestyle. Many of us spend sometime in front of our computer playing games everyday. But multiplayer gaming and gamers are not that common. MUltiplayer gaming has been introduced in our country around 2002 in a gaming cafe called Bass, at Dhanmondi . Competitive mode of gaming started that very year but most of the gamers did not knowthat the actual value of tournament really is .The concept of multiplayer competitive gaming is still not that popular.
Computer gaming is basically of two types, single player and multiplayer. single player games are the ones that most of us usually play at home (or even at offices!!). Muyltiplayer gaming is the mode of gaming where you or your teamplayagainst your opponent directly over LAN or internet connection. LAN gaming is one that is played in various gaming cafes all over Bangladesh .
But recently,with the availability of slightly better internet connection , gamers are getting more into online gaming as they can compete with players from all over the world. Some of the popular multiplayer games are WARCRAFT 3 , Defense of the Ancients (DOTA),COUNTER STRIKE < FIFA and NFS.
Dota is currently one of the most popular online games, with a high number of players from BD who play this game online, even with not so suitable internet connection. In spite of all these problems , Team SP (ShadowPlay) become the second team from Bangladesh to play an online DOTA tournament , hosted by ImbaGamer.com from India . The first round was hosted from the famous gaming platform Garena .
SP, which constitutes of Ghalib who is also the team leader and the manager as well as legal adviser, Rubaiyat , Faysal , Sami , Sajjad the captain and Sultan at present are undefeated champions in Bangladesh .In order to achieve this level of teamplay and co-ordination, they had to struggle and face a lot of problems . The first tournament that SP played formally resulted in a loss in the semi-finals . They might have got demoralized , but they came back with back-to-back titles. Their achievements include the winning The Rising Apocalypse , NSUWF tournament and Bangladesh's first Dota league ( check our www.Banglagamer.com for more details). When SP participated in their first online tournament they were given a special entry from Bd as all other teams were from India . SP couldnt prove their skills because of the internet issues. Only 8 teams were supposed to compete in the LAN finals because of the moderators of the host Imbagamer.com were impressed by their skills and and dedication shown in nearly unplayable conditions . Such an honour is rare in the gaming scenario of Bangladesh. But it is sad that there us no substantial sponsorship for teams like SP. However , in other countries very well kno0wn sponsors come out to backup their potential winners.
Bangladesh may not have advanced effectively in computer games yet there are talents in the gaming arena in games like DOTA and CS who have global potential. Let us hope that these talents are not wasted in neglect .
Source: Star Campus magazine - Sunday . September 28,2008 , page # 23, (written by :Ziaur Rahman , Nusrat Jahan Pritom and Sultan Mahmud).