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The Malta Cyber Series #3

Starts: September 1st, 2017 at 12pm Ends: September 3rd, 2017 at 8pm
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Call of Duty: WWII Private Beta This Week

With Infinite Warfare rounding off its life cycle, the world is preparing itself for Call of Duty: WWII. Those who pre-ordered the game, however, will be granted a little taste of what they’ve already paid for this week. You guessed it, the private beta is this week. Below is the trailer released by Activision: Even for those who haven’t got a code, it’s going to be quite exciting. Social media and Youtube will blow up with coverage and many content creators are getting ready for it. Dates go as follow; 25th-28th August for PS4 and 1st – 4th September for Xbox One. There is no beta for PC. On all six days 3 game modes, 3 guns, 3 scorestreaks and the new War mode will be available to play. If you’re still indecisive about pre-ordering, think about it hard for one more time; the clock is ticking. 

KFC Malta Sponsoring the Malta Cyber Series #3

Kentucky Fried Chicken, who doesn’t love it? The logo of the cheerful old man is recognised across the planet along with the watering of mouths. Founded in 1930, it’s an understatement to say that the company has grown.  With such an exceeding expansion, it’s no surprise to find them in Malta knowing how much us Maltese love to eat. We also love esports. That’s why we can proudly confirm KFC Malta as sponsors for the Malta Cyber Series #3. The support of a trans-national company of this scale is welcome with wide arms. Like any other company, it’s realising the growing potential of esports everywhere; including Malta. KFC’s love will definitely help us organise the best event of the summer. Go fill your stomachs at the 3 outlets on the island, or get it delivered if you fancy: http://www.kfc.com.mt/en/store-locator   

Mercedez-Benz Gets Involved with eSports at ESL One Hamburg

Audi, Subaru, Honda. These are a few examples of car manufacturers that have made the decisive leap to try their hand at eSports partnership or sponsorship. Perhaps one of the largest names in the automotive spectrum, Mercedez-Benz has used the ESL One Hamburg as a start into competitive gaming. Obviously, the brand will be partnering with ESL to make way for a brighter future for the two; note that Hamburg is only just the beginning for the German company.  Mercedez-Benz has been waiting for a chance like this for a while, having announced its Mercedes-AMG Motorsport eRacing competition recently, it needed such an agreement. The first third-party Dota 2 Major by Valve was a golden opportunity. The VP of Marketing Mercedez-Benz Passenger Cars expressed such excitement in the bel;ow statement: “Our wide-ranging international commitment to sport allows us to accommodate the interests of our diverse target groups. As a brand, we maintain close contact with our customers, are able to build up empathy and to become an accepted part of their world. We have been following the extremely fast-growing eSports segment for some time now and are firmly of the opinion that this new involvement will complement our existing sports sponsoring activities with an eye on the future and allow us to make contact with a very interesting, new target group.” Meanwhile, the community is brewing with anticipation for the $1,000,000 event that is ESL One Hamburg. The commitment of such a renowned brand will only help in enhancing the atmosphere of excitement.

TteSPORTS Ventus X RGB Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Another product, another review. This time it’s the TteSPORTS Ventus X RGB Optical Gaming Mouse which looks to stun with its approach to creating the best gaming mouse at the €45 price range. The product is one of the brand’s most recent, packing the latest technology and a fresh look to really shine from other mice. Time to review and find out what TteSPORTS is up to. The innovation starts from the packaging. As usual, TteSPORTS leaves no surprises and always shows every product detail to the consumer so that they can feel confident in their purchase. They’ve cleverly done this by creating a book-like front panel, which swivels horizontally after detaching it from the velcro to reveal the mouse in a plastic mould which further shows more information about the product. This also allows potential buyers to grip the mouse. Of course, the rest of the box is littered with specifications and photos. Also, don’t panic about the 50G acceleration which is stated on the box; this comes deactivated when you first use the mouse. In the box are a couple of stickers, a quick guide manual and warranty information. Spectacular job regarding unboxing and being creative with how a product is presented. Opening the box and pulling out the plastic mould is all that’s left to do. Putting the mouse where it belongs, on a high-end mousemat such as the TteSPORTS Draconem RGB for example, the peripheral feels at home. Starting with the look, the right-handed mouse combines a subtle look with unique honey-comb style holes at the palm which cages the RGB dragon logo. Turning over the mouse reveals three large TEFL feet, the PIXART PMW-3360 Optical Sensor and a little surprise that we'll weight to discuss.  Sporting the dimensions of 128.8 by 71 by 42.6mm, followed by a 1.8 braided cable and gold connection, the mouse is a pleasure to look at. However, looks can only get you so far. Performance and ergonomics make up the rest of the recipe. Holding the Ventus X RGB is lovely, you can really tell that TteSPORTS has really focused on ensuring the best experience possible. Down to the materials used, the rubber and plastic compound which does a fantastic job at resisting scratches, no stone has been left unturned. Continuing on the theme of ergonomic joy, the texturized rubber areas comfort the fingers exceptionally. The area for the thumb is curved inwards to compliment that of one’s thumb nicely. For the other fingers, aggressive grooves at the edges of the main buttons ensure that no slip-ups ever happen. Talking about slipping, the palm area is “aerodynamically inspired”. Yes, it sounds like some marketing nonsense; but it isn’t. If your palms are notoriously sweaty, the perforated surface is the solution thanks to airflow introduced from the understated slits towards the end of the mouse face and under the primary switches. Marvellous detail. When it comes to gripping, palm and two fingers both make use of the ergonomic designs of the product with claw also being acceptable. The only drawback that could be identified is the fact that the mouse is higher than average; this may throw off some buyers. Hopefully, perfomance won’t let down this, otherwise, extremely promising mouse. Diving straight into it, OMRON powers all the buttons as expected, gifting the mouse with euphoric feedback and tactility. Regarding buttons, the programmability goes up to 6, including the dpi toggle below the scroll wheel which clicks and the side buttons to the left. The downloadable software may be used to reassign buttons. Mousepads, hard or soft, will happily welcome the Ventus X RGB due to its TEFL feet which are buttery smooth on most surfaces. This smoothness easily gives way to quick jolts, measured up to 250 IPS of tracking speed or extremely slowly thanks to the precise PIXART PMS-3360 which performs better than most laser mice. If the mouse weight feels off, feel free to remove the interchangeable weights at the bottom that are tucked in under a plastic casing.  At this price point, adjustable weights are scarcely seen. Three 4.5g pieces are installed by default. As you’d expect, the mouse excels at performing when you need it most; in gaming. Every piece of information sent to the computer is managed by an ARM 32BIT controller, which isn’t drastically felt, yet it’s something to point out. However, with this comes the array of features which in many ways upgrade the experience but in some bring it down. When it comes to polling rate and response time, it’s nothing out of the ordinary, as everything is shown on the TteSPORTS Command Centre Software.  The polling rate(125/250/500/1000Hz) and response time(4ms to 32ms) are adjustable under the “performance section” along with options for lift-off control and angle snapping. Here is also where the dpi may be set up to 12000dpi, for some reason. Not being able to calibrate it to the last digit is a negative as it only goes up in rotes of 100. Dpi profiles, up to five, may be created with their own levels to add even more personality. Returning to the main page, there’s a photo of the products and a chance to reassign buttons. Profiles are nameable, right next to the setting for macros. Macros are noticeably easy to create and nothing special, but a great addition nonetheless. Then, of course, come the RGB effects; all three of them under the “light option”. A selection between static, pulse and spectrum running isn’t quite vast, however, the fact that there are two different lighting zones makes up for it. If you haven’t guessed, these are the palm dragon and the scroll wheel. Separately customised, all 16.8 million colours can dance in a set brightness and speed. Sleep mode for RGB lights is also available, which lowers the brightness after a set time. A great attempt which produced a unique dual colour zone, both with RGB lighting to fill up the 256KB of internal storage. Overall, the TteSPORTS Ventus X RGB Optical Mouse is a superb product which pushes the envelope from its design to all the features. The brand has stuffed so much goodness into this €45 price point which is so hard to ignore if you’re a budget gamer. Gamers.com.mt strongly recommends the mouse for competitive gaming.

Taxify and Gamers.com.mt join forces for the Malta Cyber Series #3

Definitely not a name associated with esports, Taxify is an Estonian international transportation network company based in Estonia, where else? A recent statistic, from March of this year, states that Taxify operates in 18 countries and 25 cities across the world. Founded just 4 years ago, the company is in direct competition with Uber and eCABS as it also works on a request basis from a smartphone app. The company isn’t associated with competitive gaming because it doesn’t really sponsor or participate; that is until now. The Malta Cyber Series #3 will work hand in hand with this sponsor just like any other and is very grateful for the support. Taxify is an extremely well-known brand which we were are excited to associate ourselves with. It has a tremendous amount of focus on safety, always checking drivers for criminal records and in-person training. Who knows, maybe you could use Taxify to get to the event. That’s right, they’re based here in Malta too! Over the years, Taxify was nominated “Breakthrough of the Year 2014” for Estonia. Here at Gamers.com.mt, we are happy to say that Taxify has won the award for being an amazing sponsor. For more information about them: https://taxify.eu/

Why the New Natus Vincere Will be Better Than Ever before

On August 4th, 2016, Natus Vincere kicked their team captain, ending his 7-year tenure with the organization, however, they acquired some new talent.

Valve announces new card game; ARTIFACT - The DOTA Card Game

On the third day of The International 7 main event, Valve announced their very owned brand-new game on Steam. It is, surprisingly, a card game - Artifact.

Riot Games Sued for “Striker Lucian” Skin Resemblance

Edgar Davids is a former Dutch professional footballer who played as a midfielder for many years and for many clubs. He had a unique look on the field, mainly due to his glasses, which at times were tinted orange and his dreadlocks.  For the most part, he’s been enjoying his retirement after an impressive career, but the Riot Games forced his hand to sue. Davids did so successfully. Obviously, Riot Games tried to defend themselves with an attempted “it was a complete coincidence” tone, but their own history got the better of them. If we wind the clock back to 2014, a Riot employee tweeted these exact words: “For all you wondering, Striker Lucian was inspired by soccer pro Edgar Davids.” Somebody’s getting fired. At the time, Edgar Davids was quite grateful for the inclusion into the game but he was unaware of the immense size of LoL. Therefore, he’s chosen to strike now for compensation.  Below is an extract from the court’s statement. "The player's marketable popularity is enough reason for the former player to fight the use of his portrait. The player's interests outweigh the commercial interests of the game to offer the Striker Lucian skin and no reasonable compensation has been offered to the player. Riot Games therefore owe the player a compensation fee.” The game developer must pay every penny ever made from using his image. Of course, the player’s claim is extremely valid and we’re pretty sure you can see the utter resemblance yourself. Even the use of “striker” closes the gap to the football field. League of Legends will probably take this to heart for future skins.

PUBG Currently the 6th Most Popular PC Title

The thriving game at the moment, none other than PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, is growing rapidly in all aspects including exposure and the community itself. A new report from games data analysts Newzoo has stated the above title; PUBG is making a name for itself. Statistics from the report state that 10.8 percent of all PC gamers have started up the game this past July, beating out other titles such as World of Warcraft, Rocket League and Grand Theft Auto. The shooter sits just behind Overwatch, at least for now. Apart from being the 6th most popular, the game has also the 6th largest amount of recorded play time; accumulating to 5% of the total time spent on PC games this past month. The report delves into individual countries, recording how many gamers from that nation have played the game in July. Below are a few examples: Japan – 25.4% (ahead of LoL!)                       Norway – 22.5% Australia – 21.9% New Zealand – 17.1% U.S.A – 16% China – 14.6% Newzoo have definitely been extremely thorough in their report, even managing to find out where most of these new players have come from. According to the numbers, 24.6% of PUBG’s players also played Overwatch in July and 25.2% who quit Overwatch went to PUBG. It really is amazing to see a game, which celebrates community and feedback at its core, doing so well. We’re excited for the future of PUBG and the esports scene ahead!

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