The Gamers Lounge sponsoring The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

Starting out as a company, had some predictable yet reasonable goals to achieve to become the most prolific name in gaming on the island. Some aims included elevating events, providing online tournaments, animating the local scene and putting Malta on the international map when it comes to esports. One of our many set goals, was to create an exclusive atmosphere for professional gamers, a place where connection is unquestionable and teams can build from the ground up. If you haven't heard of it, we're describing our very own Gamers Lounge.  The Gamers Lounge is truly unique on a local scale. Where else can you drop everything, swing open a door and play whatever game at incredibly justified prices? Decked out with high-end peripherals from QPAD, monitors from none other than AOC, the most comfortable chairs from GT Omega Racing and some monstrous PCs to power roughly a dozen setups. The atmosphere is cooled by air conditioning, an a mini fridge stuffed with stonecold Red Bull. Gaming sessions can go on without any worries, since opening hours start from 9.30 in the morning to 7 at night; we've got to sleep too. Also, if you're in the market for a new peripheral, monitor, component or whatever for you gaming needs, you should definitely check out our constantly replenished stock of the newest and best products globally. These will also find themselves used in the upcoming Malta eSports Festival 2017.  As you're probably aware of, many of our staff at were active competitively around 10 years ago, when COD2 was at its prime. Back then, practice was painfully annoying and unplanned, consisting of dragging set ups around and all this for a poor connection. Some of us envy what you have today; The Gamers Lounge - the perfect place for anything gaming in Malta. The fact that it's located next to Junior College makes it all the much sweeter for some.  If you're interested to learn more, follow the link here:

SKT vs Samsung Galaxy: The Epic Rematch We've Been Waiting For

Wind back the clock roughly 1 year; a 6 hour final posted the young and inexperienced Samsung Galaxy against SKT on the biggest stage seen, Worlds 2016. Although lacking experience, SG pushed the veterans to the firs full five games in a finals series ever, only to fall short at the end. That time has passed, however, and we've gone full circle to where we began.  That's right, Samsung Galaxy and SKT have fought throughout the year, conserving their rightful spots as the best couple teams in the scene, to meet again in the upcoming match of epic proportions. As of right now, 24 hours remain until history is written once more.  Immortality against redemption, the successful against the vengeful. The Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing will have to make room for two of the biggest birds round. Those who've been attentively watching the event know how difficult its been for each team, inching closer after each map, each tight game, to finally be in the final.  SKT look to set a record in the world of esports, three straight World titles is totally unprecedented in the industry. Perhaps defying the doubts spectators had, following a four-game losing streak earlier this year, expect them to be calm and collected to take on another title. This, of course, will only happen if Samsung Galaxy doesn't give them any trouble, which is rather unlikely. Another shot at the crownis what they've been itching for all year. A storyline to take into account is that of "Crown", their star player that lost his lane to "Faker" last year, a definite reason to their loss. Since then "Crown" has been rather consistent, but his teammates have indeed stepped up to share the weight.  Many other thoughts run rampant over the match-up, such as junglers as champion choices; but I'm not LoL analyst. This series needs to go all the way, five games, to not fall short of the excitement. Personally, it's too close to call, but we're looking forward to seeing deep emotions along with fresh strategies and ideas reflective of this great season that we've had. 

The Razer Phone is Finally Here

Finally, after months of anticipation, rumours and speculation, the Razer phone is set to hit the shelves this coming month. If you've been anywhere on social media, youve definitely heard of this phone since coverage has literally exploded across social media. For good reasons too.  When a company like Razer makes a phone, certain expectations come to mind. We'll have to get this part out of the way; no RGB was actually quite a surprise from the company. Anyway moving on, this product was always going to be gamer-oriented; but they've also managed to tick quite a few other boxes to make this a potentially fantastic all-round phone. I say potentially because you never know what problems may crop up when retailed to consumers.  Going over specifications, this is where such a beast shines. Probably the largest selling point, is the screen - an UltraMotion Quad-HD 120 Hz IGZO IPS LCD panel similar to that of their laptop line-up; a first for the mobile market. At 5.7", one may begin to pity the battery life; like gaming laptops it will have to suffer, right? Well, Razer was thoughtful enough to include a 4000 mAh battery to keep everything running for as long as possible. This battery, along with the sexy anodised aluminium unibody puts the product at a considerable weight of 197 grams. What else does the phone pack? 2017 Flagship specifications are present as expected, namely, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and an Adreno 540 GPU. A whopping 8 GB of RAM, 8GB!, are present too. It wil be interesting to see how Razer uses up all of this. Apart from that, 64 GB of internal storage come included along with availability to add a microSD.  Other features include 2 front facing speakers, like on the Pixel 2, but this time crafted by Dolby Atmos to create supposedly great sound. Speaking of sound, wave goodbye to the headphone jack. However, unlike other phone companies, Razer includes a 24bit DAC in the provided converter for the USB Type-C port, so although it may be more cumbersome, you're getting better audio quality to drive more powerful headphones. Also included are a set of cameras, a single 8MP selfie and a dual camera system, utilising zoom and wide lens functions at the end. Again, these should be tested with the retail release.  Until now, the only form of negative visible on the specification sheet is the surprising Android 7.1 instead of Oreo. Maybe an update will ive you access to the newer version of android.  At an asking price of about 600-700 euros, the Razer phone is definitely a competitor in the modern market of smartphones. Who knows, maybe will be able to review it when it comes out? Fingers crossed.  What do you think of the new Razer phone? Let us know below. 

Overwatch Competitive Season Seven Underway

Competitive play for Overwatch has restarted again, for the seventh time since its release date last year. Enthusiasts across all platforms, those of PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One are currently grinding for their spot in the new season. Officially, the new season commenced on the 31st October, a spooky start too.  Since then, players have been given 10 placement matches to complete, just like last season, to see where they stand skill-wise. Even if you don't place too well, Blizzard still rewards all participating players with a unique spray and icon. Those talented enough to reach the top 500 mark, on their respective platform and region, get an extra set of spray and icon so you can tell absolutely everybody that you made it in the top 500. Apart from these novelties, pivotal competitive points are also handed out corresponding to performance, allowing players to increase their own collections of golden weapons.  However, if these in-game rewards don't float your boat, there is one other option. Blizzard will soon be hosting the third season of Overwatch's Open Division tournament. Here, every keen gamer is welcome to test his luck and maybe find a way forwards. Below is how Blizzard describes it all: "It's an entry-level program for aspiring professionals and a place for aspiring professionals to test the waters. Teams face off against others in their region in a weekly tournament format." Matches and qualifications for the open tournament start momentarily, that is, 6th November and work their way throughout December to finish on the 10th. A total number of 8 teams would be the result of the distillation and these will all move on to the playoffs to take place December 16th to 17th. As of right now, signing up is as easy as going over to Overwatch's Open Division website: Maybe a Maltese team could pull through? Who knows?

PUBG Coming to XBOX on December 12th

After a fantastic display of exclusive games for Playstation 4 owners last week at Paris Games Week, including the likes of The Last of Us 2 and God of War, Xbox owners may be feeling a little down. However, this piece of news we've got will surely turn that frown upside down. The breakout game of the year, the very popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will find itself on Xbox One on the 12th of December. Read on to learn more about this exciting confirmation.  We say confirmation, because this was already foreshadowed at E3 this year, but most people seems to have forgotten. This didn't stop Xbox from refreshing everyone's memory yesterday on its Twitter feed. Following the release of the Xbox One X, PUBG will be an enhanced title. This means that with the new console, HDR and 4K textures are available. Yet, this doesn't mean that you can't play it on the Xbox One.   Compared to the PC version, there should be no major compromises or changes, but we'll have to await the release for confirmation. The Xbox One will launch with third-person Solo, Duo and Squads games alongside the most recent update regarding the climbing and vaulting update which we covered here: The coming two months are going to be huge for PUBG, having many updates pending and a new desert map. With 18 million copies sold already, on PC alone, spreading to Xbox should be an increase in success. For just 30 euros, it's a Merry Christmas indeed for Xbox owners, who'll have all the holidays to enjoy PUBG on the sofa.  Will Sony try getting their hands on the incredibly popular PUBG? 

Next Threat Stays True to its Name for COD:WWII

Probably the most awaited roster to hit the sticks for COD: WWII, but far from the first time, is that of Next Threat. Captained by Doug "Censor" Martin, a familiar face in the Call of Duty community, he looks to bring back some other old-timers to preserve their place when it comes to boots on the ground.  The announcement came from Censor's Twitter page, as he proudly posted a little montage showcasing each of the players involved. He confessed that they cannot wait to get back in the game. Namely, the roster goes by the four of "Censor", "Proofy", "Ricky" and "MiRx". Here's what we think of their potential.  Doug "Censor" Martin; he's a promising player who has been on a bizarre drought when it comes to achievements. His most notable was a victory of a mere $50,000 Black Ops 1 tournament, having nothing that notable to follow, never seeing silverware since. Yet, since then, he's grown incredibly over social media due to his focus on gym and even becoming part of the casting crew for Infinite Warfare's Championship. However, many will agree, that his segment after the action ended, was the most uncomfortable content ever. Speaking of caster, "Proofy" is definitely a more prominent name. Most-known for his time at Optic Gaming, he's tasted victory over multiple titles, including COD4, MW3 and Black Ops. Jetpacks proved too much for him and he's also done some casting duties this year too.  The other two players, "MirX" and "Ricky" are very much familiar with eachother, having teamed on Optic Nation, compLexity and Curse LV.  Regarding the name of the team, Next Threat, this is in respect to Censor's organisation back in Black Ops, being Quantic Nex-TT-hreat. The new roster does seem to respect the name, packing a wide variety of experience and storylines to potentially leave a mark. Their first test will come in the form of the CWL Dallas Open coming first week of December. 

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