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Malta Cyber Series #4

Starts: July 27th, 2018 at 4pm Ends: July 29th, 2018 at 7pm
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The LoL Semi-Professional Owen "Panda" Magri - Interview

Time to freshen up the news feed with an exclusive interview. Anyone who's familiar with the local League of Legends scene knows of a certain roster, which has been drifting between the names of EvH and EDGE, which is practically unstoppable locally. This strong team has branched out internationally too, consisting of local youngsters. One fundamental reason as to why they've had such great success is none other than Owen "Panda" Magri. Eager to learn more, Gamers.com.mt reached out to him for a general interview while also asking certain questions which you're bound to enjoy - and he gave some great answers too. Read on to learn more about the Maltese semi-professional LoL player, who's also a student.  1.) Let’s get to know you first. Introduce yourself by describing your personal life, your career in esports and anything else on the side. I’m 19 Years old, mostly known as Panda and currently studying Software Development. I was introduced to esports 3 years ago when I participated in the Malta eSports Festival 2015. Since then, I’ve participated in every Maltese League of Legends LAN and have only failed to win one. During these 3 years, I’ve joined multiple organisations outside of Malta and participated in two Major Events, these being Infoshow 2018 in Kaunas and Gamescom 2017 in Cologne where I’ve competed against the likes of Bwipo, currently Fnatic’s Toplaner. 2.) As most of you know, Owen forms part of the dominant EvH LoL roster and has been competing very successfully for the past few years. With that being said, he’s placed 1 st at almost every single event due to his individual strengths and his involvement in the team. What has the journey been like up to this moment? How and when did it all start for you? I’ve had a very successful run in the Maltese scene and enjoyed every second of it. After beating EDGE, who was the most dominant team in the scene for a long time, in the final and winning the Malta eSports Festival 2015, I went ahead and joined them. From that point onwards, we’ve made a strong name for ourselves. 3.) EvH and EDGE are some of the most prolific esports organizations on the island. What was the process like to get signed by them? Did you ever expect to reach this point? EDGE was the biggest name in the Maltese League of Legends scene and different organizations had reached out to us to join them. Later on, in 2017, we were offered to join EvH as their League of Legends team. We appreciated EvH’s success in the Overwatch Scene and after a long discussion with Mike Saliba, both parties came to an agreement and dropped EDGE to become EvH’s League of Legends team. In my opinion, with our success in the scene, it was just a matter of time until an organization that we liked reached out to us. 4.) The next two questions should appeal to many Maltese teenagers trying to make names for themselves in the local scene. You’re currently balancing being a student and an esports player. How do you manage to do so? Does one pursuit affect the other in any way? With a bit of time management, it all comes down to how effective your practice is. There’s no need in grinding for hours on end. I might learn more in 3 hours than another person would learn in 8 hours. It all comes down to how seriously you take training and the mentality you have moving forward. Players have reached much higher than I have while also being students, so it is definitely possible. 5.) What sacrifices have you had to make to pursue esports? What would you say are the best and worst parts of being an esports player? With having to play the game seriously for so long, it can sometimes become a bit dull and boring. Having to sacrifice playing other games for fun to keep improving on League is a challenge. The best part of being an esports player would have to be seeing the hours of work you put in, turn into success. It’s an indescribable feeling of winning and having that weight lift off your shoulders. The worst part would be the tension between teammates. When playing with them for so long and everyone trying hard in practice, negative energy can definitely build up between the team. It’s all about turning that negative energy into something productive. 6.) What are your individual goals for this year as a player? For this year, I’ll be focusing on myself and becoming a better player overall. When I feel like the time is right, I will look into joining international teams to compete in Major Events. 7.) What are your general thoughts about the MCS #4? Will you be competing at the event? I haven’t looked much into it. I’ve heard there are a lot of teams competing in the CS:GO Scene, so that’s nice. As for EvH LoL, we won’t be taking part of MCS #4. We feel like the Maltese League of Legends Scene is not moving forward and all the hours we’re putting to practice as a team are going into waste. That final response does leave a bitter taste. It does seem that that individual talent of Owen and that if his team is not being nurtured enough by the local scene which has room to grow - we're happy to see them take the initiative to the international scene where they will continue to perform to their utmost. We'd like to thank Owen for his enthusiastic participation and great replies, Gamers.com.mt wishes you the best for your future.  We're curious to find out how the local LoL scene performs at the Malta Cyber Series #4. 

Steam Statistics - Best of 2018 Until Now

Just like last year, the PC platform of Steam has just released statistics for the half-year mark, including information such as the best-selling games and the most simultaneous players within the categories of platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. Across the statistics, there are some surprises alongside the titles that you'd expect. So let's take a break from all the esports and look at some games.  Starting off with the top-sellers, expected Platinum titles include PUBG, Grand Theft Auto V, Rocket League and CS:GO to give a few examples. A certain surprise is the feature of Jurassic World: Evolution - a game which I had never heard of, which consists of creating your own Jurassic World. Moving on to Gold, the beauty of diversity is embraced in the wide variety of title present. It's incredible to see titles such as The Elder Scrolls Online and The Witcher 3: Wil Hunt here, games which are 3+ years old. If you move down to the Silver and Bronze division you'll also find other older games too.  However, selling statistics are quite different from those pertaining to simultaneous players. Simultaneous player counts show how well the game is doing at the current moment, and are pivotal for multiplayer games. Only 6 games managed to clock in over 100,000 simultaneous players, and here they are: CS:GO PUBG GTA V Rainbow Six Siege Dota 2 Warframe If I'd have to point out a stranger, it would be Warframe. This free-to-play game is a co-op action game found on almost all platforms, including the upcoming version for the Nintendo Switch. When I had played it a while back on the PS4, it did feel a lot like Destiny - but unlike Destiny, it's pulled through in the long run. If you haven't tried it out, I recommend that you do so.  The 'over 50,000 simultaneous players' area is a whole lot more crowded. Titles such as Far Cry 5, Garry's Mod, Civilization V and VI and Skyrim are found here.  To go over the full lists yourself, head on over to Steam's charts over here:  https://store.steampowered.com/stats/.  This review was typed out on a new Ozone keyboard which we'll be reviewing very soon. Head's up for two other product reviews too. 

ENCE Sponsored by GiG - A Maltese-Based Company

Witnessing Maltese-based gaming brands pledging international sponsorships within the international industry is always great to see. Hence, we're happy to announce that GiG, the Maltese-based iGaming operator flagship brand of Gaming Innovation Group (Rizk.com) has finalized a sponsorship deal with none other than ENCE's CS:GO team. Learn more below.  Specifically, GiG sponsored ENCE's CS:GO roster ahead of Cologne 2018, in which the team placed 7th to 8th in the Major to win $7,500. Anyone who's familiar with the CS:GO esports scene understands the well-known fact that ENCE are the best team in all of Finland - though not the best in Europe. The organization in general, aside from CS:GO, is incredibly successful in a variety of other scenes, such as Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Starcraft 2. The Counter-Strike roster is ecstatic about the deal, as highlighted in the following quote:  "ENCE is very happy to be working with Rizk, paving their way to the wonderful world of eSports. With a rapidly changing and growing industry, we are here to support Rizk to take the right steps in getting involved in eSports. Rizk is a tremendous partner for ENCE as it’s backed by a forward thinking and innovating iGaming company" - Marketing Director at ENCE, Joona Leppanen.  What exactly is Rizk.com? The website is an iGaming operator flagship brand stemming out of Gaming Innovation Group - the Maltese based company. Rizk's recently modeled sportsbook is perfect for quality eSports betting. The Rizk logo will appear on all the team's jerseys. However, for understandable reasons, the only player under 18 years old on the squad will not embrace the logo due to the fact that betting is illegal under 18 years of age in many countries. A very respectable decision. Anyway, the new jerseys will be on display this weekend at ESL One Cologne this weekend, as the team will fight to strengthen its grasp over Europe. 

AOC Sponsoring Weekly Tournaments

As you've all been loving the weekly tournaments recently, we've been planning ahead of time all the way up to December. Organizing the tournaments can be quite the task, but it's made a lot easier thanks to the help of sponsors. Luckily, we've managed to become sponsored by AOC for weekly tournaments until December. Read on to learn more about the company and the weekly tournaments.  AOC International is a multinational electronics company, headquartered in Taiperi, Taiwan and a subsidiary in display technologies - offering some of the best panels in the market. They've made progress from CRT monitors to TFT, LCD and IPS TVs and monitors. Although they facilitate business computing and productivity, AOC is highly familiar with the gaming industry as certain product lines are customized with gaming specifications, such as low-delay inputs, wide-color ranges and curved screen technology. as seen in the AOC Agon G2460PF monitor. A typical product by AOC, this monitor is great for the price as we concluded in the well-received hardware review below. It's the most popular 144 Hz display on the island.  They're rather innovative with their products and are constantly pushing the boundaries. So much so, that the transnational company does have a few partnerships into esports, as professional PC gamers look no further for the highest quality displays. We're proud to be sponsored by AOC, an ambitious company determined to develop the esports industry while also gradually improving technology and gameplay. Gamers.com.mt is excited to continue developing the weekly tournaments for you all to enjoy, and it just got easier.  The weekly tournaments will consist of titles such as CS:GO, LoL and of course, Fortnite. The online events will also be open to everyone both locally and internationally. See you on the battlefield!

Gamers.com.mt the official tournament platform for Gallantry Budapest 2018!

A while back, right before the MRO Battalion 1944: Open, we announced an official partnership with the starting-out Gallantry Events. You're probably asking yourselves - who and what is Gallantry Events? They are not a local company, far from it actually, as they have a strong presence throughout Europe. Gallantry Events is an aspiring LAN hosting company dedicated to developing gaming communities worldwide. Much like us, they have a passion for nurturing esports within the proper and high-quality spaces it requires. In the short time that it's been operating, Battalion 1944 has been its main focus - another similarity it shares with us. Gallantry Events works through a primary non-profit basis to provide respectable prize pools for teams and organisations. Their team is built up of professionals in a diverse amount of fields - from casting to in-game editing.  In the announcement, we did last April we had already hinted at their upcoming event, being Gallantry Budapest, for Battalion 1944. We're now at the event's doorstep, and we're proud to be offering our website as a platform for their event.  Gallantry Budapest will occur between the dates of the 13th and the 15th July, of course, in the heart of Budapest. The event is offering a total prize pool of €6000, spread across the podium finishes accessible to the 16 teams present. The list present includes some of the best Battalion 1944 rosters all over Europe, the event offering itself up as an exciting international stage for the growing first-person shooter. With such a strong Battalion 1944 presence in the Maltese scene, at this point in time, we're sure that many of you will probably wish to view it. An online broadcast will be available on their twitch channel. You can expect a high-quality event from Gallantry Events. The young LAN hosting company has always maintained incredibly high-standards while being quite courageous in its choice of titles to support - helping out developing esports such as Battalion 1944 in their potential journey into notoriety. Here's what they believe in: We believe that with the growth of esports brings a new challenge to push offline gaming in to a space that allows those of all backgrounds to enjoy the social and competitive environments gaming can bring. We will be providing you with more news regarding the teams participating in the event and also to some predictions of who we think will reach the final. We at gamers.com.mt are really happy that Gallantry will be using our tournament website for such a high quality event and hope they will be the first of many. While wishing our best of luck to Gallantry for this event one can feel free to learn more about the tournament, by visiting the page of the event: https://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/134/gallantry-budapest.

Battalion 1944 - MU2 & You

Three beta weekends for MU2 have gone by and the community's response to the changes that have been introduced so far has been overwhelmingly positive. The changes so far have tweaked the weapons which are available to both sides (as well as adding some new ones), changed the layout and objects within maps to offer some new life to locations that have previously felt underutilised and abandoned. Alongside this we've also seen a brand new economy system! This has yet to see a stable setting, with changes being made constantly as the developers continue along the path to find the perfect balance that feels right for both sides. As these alterations continue to be made it seems to be drawing some players who had previously given up on the title back to the game, with the MAU (players that bought the game at launch, but didn't play last month) rising over the past few weeks. Battalion certainly had a shaky start but with this new update, it seems to be well along its path to success. With these new changes coming into fruition, and a few more to come along before MU2 sees it's full launch on July 12th, training is in full swing for the 18 teams set to attend Gallantry LAN on July 13th, and from what we've heard so far, it's going to be a very entertaining tournament indeed with most of the best EU teams showing up to attempt to take their share of the total prize pool of €6000, spread across the podium finishes.  If all this talk of Battalion is leaving you wanting to give it a shot for yourself, you can participate in the upcoming MU2 beta (July 5th- July 10th) by purchasing battalion and entering the key "therewillbebugs" in the beta section in steam. From there you can find yourself a team to participate in some of the upcoming Blitzkrieg Masters [$50,000] Qualifiers  [listed below], which we'll break down at length in a later piece. Event Date Gallantry 11th - 13th July Fragdelphia 3rd - 5th August Blitzkrieg Masters NA / EU Qualifiers 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th July Blitzkrieg Masters EU Qualifiers 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th August Blitzkrieg Masters 27th - 30th September Author: Gráinne Hulton Co-Author: Mitch McBride

PlayStation Tournaments at the MCS #4

The Major and Minor Tournament Titles will all be carried out on PC, due to the nature of the games. However, Gamers.com.mt understands that not all gamers make use of the keyboard and mouse, which is why we've decided to also host Playstation Tournaments for any console gamers. We've got the top console titles in mind.  Namely, FIFA 18, Tekken 7 and Call of Duty: WWII are candidates for their own tournaments. None of the games require much of an introduction, though I'll offer one up anyway. FIFA 18, last year's FIFA from the looks of the revealed FIFA 19, carries the beloved heritage of all FIFA games, being incredibly easy to learn but difficult to master. Who doesn't love a game of football? Tekken 7 on the other hand, is one of the top fighter games in the world which requires a high amount of effort to successfully master due to the fast pace of it all - there's quite a competitive scene in Malta. Then comes Call of Duty: WWII, another title with a long lineage and a special reputation on the island, with its most recent title paying homage to what made Call of Duty great, to begin with. Out of the three, this is the only team game present, so go and grab your friends.  For the Tekken and FIFA tournaments, Gamers.com.mt will be providing the required consoles and monitors, note that one will need to bring a functional controller - these will be held on Saturday 28th July. The Call of Duty tournament, on the other hand, will stretch from the 27th to the 29th and contestants will have to bring their own PS4s. One thing to note is that the FIFA 18 tournament will consist of only international teams in respect to the World Cup which would have concluded by that time.  Ticket pricing for the Playstation Tournament differs from the other two:- PS4 Tournament Tickets FIFA 18 International Ticket at €20 will be sold until all tickets are sold. Tekken 7 Ticket at €15 will be sold until all tickets are sold. COD WWII Ticket at €25 will be sold until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to that Play Station 4 Tournament. Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge or Online from our website.

Razer's New Opto-Mechanical Keyboards - Huntsman

With incredibly popular products such as the Blackwidow line-up, it's an established fact that Razer is quite the top name in the keyboard area, alongside other names such as Logitech and HyperX. Thier latest products, revealed last week, are a bold statement for the future of Razer keyboards as they've introduced new technology while straying away from the usual Razer keyboard.  The new lineup - consisting of the Huntsman and the Huntsman Elite thus far, take a professional approach to pure gaming performance. First of all, the keyboard makes use of a friendlier font than usual, rounded edges to create a sleeker look while reducing any Razer logos on the outside with no Razer green. The only Razer logo in sight is a stylish and placid groove into the accompanying wrist rest.  The star of the show is the presence of the new switch - new "Opto-Mechanical" switches, allowing actions to occur at the speed of light up to 100 million strokes per key. How? Actuation force will be detected by the displacement of an infrared light beam within each key; the 1.5mm actuation point can be recorded 30 percent faster than traditional clicky switches - and that's a difference.  Here's what Razer CEO said with the reveal: "We have amassed years of experience developing and manufacturing our very own Razer™ Mechanical Switches designed specifically for gamers. This focused expertise has now expanded upon our brand's legacy with the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch that delivers an all-new level of performance that is optimized for top-tier esports competition." Other features include an improved media center to the top right with the presence of a dial and two media keys - which buyers have been begging for from Razer. Hybrid on-board and cloud storage are also present alongside the usual Razer Synapse which is constantly growing.  The bump up in quality is a reasonable excuse for the $200.00 price tag, now available for global purchase. Personally, if I had that type of money lying around, I would heavily consider it.  Expect the other names in PC gaming to follow suit with this infrared technology - it's simply faster than traditional mechanics.

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