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Tencent planning to pump $15 billion into esports

Eastern esports is well-known to be relished by governments due to its popularity and growing market. Many companies understand the potential future of esports in the area. Tencent, a chinese gaming company, however, has revealed a plan to accelerate this expansion drastically. The $14.6 billion scheme consists of creating leagues, tournaments, associations and focusing on local talent. Also , perhaps influenced by the recently shown Bethesdaland, esports-themed parks are also planned to pop up across China. The announcement reached the media last week. Overwhelmed market researchers, who estimated a 1 billion dollar increase up to 2019, have foretold that such a soak up of funds will have uncontrolled prosperity. Yet, Tencent probably know something that other companies don’t. Being probably the most gaming involved organisation, through full property of Riot Games, a piece of Activision Blizzard and 84 percent of Supercell with a couple other super agreements. Gao Li is one of the minds behind the plan, as Tencent’s esports section and confidently remarked that there is expansive space for esports revenue to grow; there better be when you wish to invest $15 billion in it. Everything is pointing towards the actualisation of the intention, with multiple agreements between Tencent and the Chinese government and other massive Chinese companies. China is preparing itself for the rapid bacterial surge to come from heavy investment. On the other hand, others are intercepting this expansion, such as Western esports organisations who wish to join the party. An example is Fnatic, which has carefully chosen a partner to benefit from the Asian gaming industry. Tencent could potentially change the esports scene on a global scale, and who knows, perhaps we will finally witness esports as a medal event at the Olympic Events, not just at the Asian Games.

Virtus.Pro Victorious at Adrenaline Cyber League

This year’s Adrenaline Cyber League, located in Moscow at the VTB Ice Palace, was an event to look out for and didn’t disappoint. 4 teams made up the competition at the major event, all of which were invited; Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, FlipSid3 Tactics and Hell Raisers. With such a small pool of teams, and a total prize money of $100,000, each game was literally a few thousand dollars worth of CS:GO. Without any double-elimination, HellRaisers and FlipSid3 Tactics were quickly beaten and left with a bottom two finish. Thus, Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro immediately landed into the final to battle it out for $40,000 dollars. VP got off to a promising start in the best of three, seizing Nuke in style with a 16-2 scoreline. The second map, Train, was incredibly back and forth with no clear winner until the very end resulting in a 20-22 scoreline for Natus Vincere. Game three would decide the winner, and if you’ve read the title, wha comes up next it no surprise. Virtus.pro take home the $65,000 prize money after a 16-8 score. Playing just a couple of games has allowed VP to leave that much richer; with a roster consisting of ‘TaZ, ‘NEO’, ‘pasha’, ‘Snax’, ‘byali’ and coach ‘kuben’. Short tournaments with a mere 4 teams are a refreshing experience for many. Although, some may prefer longer events based on longer life-spans and a few more games. Yet, tiny tournaments like this drastically increase pressure, with no space for error since one loss sends you home. It would be preferred if teams can qualify instead of being invited, but it’s nothing we can change. Nonetheless, it was a tight tournament consisting of uncomfortable amounts of tension which was a delight for all viewers, who probably barely had any fingernails left to bite by the end of it all.

Ozone Strike Pro Spectra Review

Towards the expensive end of the keyboard spectrum, one expects a solid build, great functionality, RGB lighting and a tool perfect to virtually reap the souls of enemies. Costing approximately €150, what does the Ozone Strike Pro Spectra pack that deserves the emptying of wallets? Let’s find out. After opening the packaging and analysing the manual, extra rubber feet, CD driver and the sticker, picking up the keyboard is all that’s left to do. At 1.3 kg, the Strike Pro Spectra is a sturdy keyboard with an expected thickness that rewards the owner a flex less experience. Placing it down onto a desk, an experienced gamer will be pleasantly surprised with a subtle look. No ‘gamer’ colours which resemble a child’s imagination, but a matte black finish punctuated with a unique font mixed with capitalised and non-capitalised letters. This keyboard is definitely usable in a serious environment such as work, as the font does not wish to eat you alive, which is already a unique quality for such a product. The soft touch feel on the surface is created by a soft layer of rubber and feels lush. On the underside of the keyboard lie 4 frontal rubber feet, all replaceable and a couple of retractable ones at the head to possibly add some angle. Between the retractable legs are three channels for the wire to pass through to facilitate wire management. Speaking about the wire, it’s a lovely thick and braided cable with 4 ends, a couple USB 2.0s with a microphone and headphone input to allow use of I/O at the top-right of the keyboard. All connections are gold-plated to ensure the fastest transactions of information. Without connecting anything, a positive impression can easily be induced from a sleek and minimalistic look. Yet, looks may be deceiving. What is it like to use the Strike Pro Spectra? Pretty great for the most part is a concise answer. On this keyboard, there is the choice of purchasing MX Cherry Red, Blue, Brown or Black switches. An element of choice is always pleasant to see. Paired with whatever switch you choose is the narrow wrist rest. Unlike other high-end keyboards with cushions is the rubbery plastic. Of course, the rest does offer support and a surface to rest palms, yet there are a few negatives. First of all, such a material does tend to make hands sweat easily and the finish attracts dust and oils. It’s comfortable, but not for extra-long gaming sessions, when things may start to get messy. Also, it’s much advised to not raise keyboard using the stands as the mentioned thickness will result in wrist aches. Always use flat unless one has a wrist cushion to raise hands. Apart from the rest, the typing experience is affected by other details. Anti-ghosting of 104 keys is a welcome addition which helps deliver each press and the surface of the keys is a standard plastic concave dome which gets the job done. At first, the top row of keys may seem confusing; with macros and RGB effects married to the function keys. After a while, it’s easily understood. Both shifts are present and the right Windows key is replaced by an Ozone button, whose function will be described later on. User experience is mainly positive with only minor drawbacks ruining the perfection. Yet, there are so many features to mention which definitely make these little flaws take a backseat. These features are what differentiate this keyboard from the original Strike Pro, bringing the whole spectrum of colours, hence the word ‘Spectra.’ Before using the full RGB 16.8 million colours, the driver must first be installed either using the internet or the given disk. The setup process is seamless and over quickly, with a required restart before the fun may begin. Lighting effects consist of ripple, static, breathe, wave, ripple, reactive and custom modes at three levels of brightness. The software is extremely user-friendly and I find it to be in direct competition with Razer and Corsair in this dimension. Colours are rich, saturated and bright. An Ozone button may be used to change these effects on the go, using the understandable symbols below the function keys. It should be mentioned that using lock keys, will prevent them from RGB colours due to a white backlight. Also, activating ‘game mode’ using this button will reduce response time and increase polling rate to ensure the fastest feedback when it’s most important. Keyboard layout may also be customised in the software. However, creating Macros will need a quick drive over a learning curve and there doesn’t seem to be a way to link to other Ozone peripherals. When mastering macro creation is complete, they may be saved onto the onboard memory so that they’re always there. With traditional and unique lighting effects, Ozone has created a keyboard bursting with effects. After a while, the novelty of the colours will wear off, but the quick ‘game mode’ switching will always excite gamers. It’s safe to say, that not many people talk about this keyboard, with popular brands such as Razer and Corsair blocking out the light. Yet, with a torch, one could discover such a treasure. At its price, bang in the middle between 100 and 200 euros, it’s perfect for those who want to purchase a fancy keyboard with effects but wouldn’t mind saving a bit of cash. The Ozone Strike Pro Spectra is definitely a piece of hardware to look out for, and if one could grab a cushion rest, this is possibly the best keyboard available for the price. Who it’s for: Gamers looking for high-end performance at lower price RGB enthusiasts Those looking for a mechanical solution for work and play Gamers who want accessible usb with mic, headphones ports Those looking for a slim and minimalistic look without sacrificing spacing Persons who need a sturdy build quality to last Who it’s not for: Gamers without a budget looking for the most popular brands Gamers with a tight budget Easily confused persons Those looking for a metal build Those who want to connect all peripherals with the same software Get yours now from The Gamers Lounge : http://shop.gamers.com.mt/product/365/ozone-strike-spectra-mechanical- keyboard  

Crowd Ghosting at ESL Season 5 Finals

The intense showdown at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals was extremely competitive and recited the tale of the humble destroying the proud. A heated crowd was rather over-board and quickly favoured G2 Esports against the previously overconfident North squad. So much so, that little cheers of encouragement met North and the crowd settled to ghost all tactics so that G2 Esports would recognise patterns and strategies. This notice has definitely nullified the French side’s victory and has highlighted the need for change. ESL has always tried its utmost to ensure a focused environment for the professional competitors by offering passive noise-suppression headsets, ensuring proper team speech clarity and destroying ambient noise. Many are those who shun these attempts and suggest sound-proof booths, so that such a heinous act of cheating will never happen again. Of course, G2 Esports is not to blame, it’s not like the team asked fans to ghost but the fault lies in the crowd and North for not reporting the call-outs. This has been a unique occurrence, if it weren’t, ESL would’ve been more prepared. Yet, the reaction of the people is quite understandable, they simply shouted what everyone had on their minds; victory for the humble. Nonetheless, it is unacceptable. Being the enthusiastic and caring organisation that it is, ESL has tirelessly been searching for a social which is neither too drastic nor passive. Initial ideas include banning certain misbehaving spectators, to deter further breach of ethics or the sound systems may be improved to further eliminate surrounding sound. ESL are strongly against the thought of soundproof booths; Soundproof booths do offer a solution for sound damping, but this in turn also dampens the energy of a LAN tournament and disconnects the players from the crowd, which is a critical dynamic for an engaging and exciting high-level sporting event. The feedback from players at events like IEM Katowice is testament to our current solution going in the right direction. ESL do make a righteous point; for if you think about it, LAN events aren’t there just for the connection but for the fans to attend and connect with their favourite professionals. However, there is also the equally relevant argument that the crowd and gamers were never that connected anyway, with a glass booth always in between. Yet if one thinks about it, playing for high stakes with thousands of people roaring with excitement is an experience most professionals in the community thirst for, isn’t it? At the moment, ideas and initiatives are being considered to satisfy all players and spectators. Even though we may choose a side, as a community, we should always respect teams who fly out for our entertainment.

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