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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.

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.

TteSPORTS Battle Dragon Backpack 2015 Edition Review

We can all agree that competing in esports is definitely a thrilling experience which demands only the best of performances. One problem which some gamers face is the task of bringing all the peripherals and accessories they need to an event without carrying too many bags or damaging anything.  TteSPORTS understands heavily, which is why they developed the Battle Dragon Backpack a couple years back. For €55, is it worth the investment for professional gamers? Hence the review. Let’s start with the look of the bag. Needless to say, it’s all in TteSPORTS red and black along with the dragon symbol dominating the front side. It’s a large and functional design with buckles, zips and straps for all to see.  Dimensions measure a width of 350mm, a height of 250mm and a depth of 570mm. talking about depth, the bright red zip which goes across lengthways reveals the innards. There’s a lot of red.  Pockets are separated into two wide pockets on both ends and three smaller sized ones in-between.  Everything looks great, but does the backpack boast “extreme storing” carelessly? A reasonable statement; here’s why.  The exterior is a very durable and hard-wearing surface, giving the product resistance to water, scratching and tearing. This is all thanks to the polyester and tightly woven robust nylon which make up the majority of the materials used. All pockets have plastic zips with no buttons in sight.  Regarding space, there’s plenty of it as we easily filled it up with other TteSPORTS peripherals with a little room to spare.  Roughly, a mouse, headset, keyboard, mousemat combination is comfortably placed inside.  Also, no products are going to jump around due to the velcro straps inside. You can pack as many things as you like as long as the 21 kilogram weight limit is not exceeded. Regarding the bag’s weight individually, we’ve got no numbers but can confirm that it’s what you’d expect from the materials and size.  Overall, storage is indeed supreme, but it’s all pointless if it’s a pain to move around.   For the most part, it isn’t. Starting with the good, TteSPORTS takes a commendable approach to usability using innovation to generate extra functionality. Methods of carry range from shoulder strap and suitcase to the generic backpack. Don’t worry if you’re not seeing the straps after purchasing the product, they’re ingeniously hidden. Pulling a discreet black zip removes an outer coat which rolls up and is held by a velcro patch, to give way to adjustable straps and back padding. Straps go across the shoulders and the waist with varying lengths, attached to a breathable and comfortable padding. Back to the shoulder strap; there is no padding and it’s fully removable. Suitcase carry, as I like to call it, can be done vertically and horizontally with corresponding handles.  Negative points include extra buckles on the outside for a cylindrical package I can assume; but why would one want a mousemat outside the bag? Apart from that, it’s only the colour scheme that could possibly dissuade potential buyers. There’s only so much one could say about a backpack. The Battle Dragon Backpack 2015 Edition is a fantastic choice for professional PC gamers who are taking peripherals and whatever accessories are needed thanks to an amazing resilience and build quality backed with a great amount of space. For €55, it’s arguable that TteSPORTS has bagged the competition in this product range.  We definitely recommend this for events such as the upcoming Malta Cyber Series #3.   TteSPORTS just made it easier to take out the competition wherever and whenever. Who’s it for: Professional or enthusiast gamers who will be moving around their favourite peripherals to compete. Those who need space and security while not breaking the bank Those who like having more than one way of carrying their stuff for whatever situation arises. Who it’s not for: Anyone thinking of using the bag only outside its specific use, like school or work or anything but gaming peripherals. Those who would prefer a different colour scheme.  To learn more about this great backpack by TteSPORTS, check out the product page here: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=208&g=ftr

Are FaZe going to sign Olofmeister from Fnatic?

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson is, reportedly, about to finalise a deal which entails his movement to Faze and thus, his departure from Fnatic. The announcement was taken from Flickshot.fr’s recent post and will probably finalise Faze’s CS:GO roster for the time being. The Swedish player has been on Fnatic for three years, playing as a rifler and secondary AWPer, with some time out do to an unfortunate wrist injury. Nonetheless, he’s been a very effective player for the organisation winning a total of 8 events with a 2nd and 3rd to 4th finish too. Known by the community as “Boostmeister” or “Tec9mester” due to his notorious Tec9 shot, he was one of the best players of 2015. In fact, he was named the greatest player of that year by HLTV.org. We don’t know why exactly the 25-year-old will be leaving or who’ll be replacing him, we just know where his new home will most likely be; Faze. Alongside “GuardiaN” from Na’Vi, “olofmesiter” is part of a fresh Faze roster who will definitely prove their potential in upcoming events. Below is the roster with “olofmeister”, who will be replacing “kioShiMa”. Håvard "rain" Nygaard          Finn "karrigan" Andersen Nikola "NiKo" Kovač Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach) Looking at the new additions, this team looks to be fierce. Hopefully, the changes haven’t been for nothing, but we’ll have to wait for another event to really find out for sure. Photo courtesy of HTLV.org

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