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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.

Artificial Intelligence Competing at The International 8 - What?

This is definitely a first in esports history; a follow-up to what occurred at The International 7 last year, where the event held 1-vs-1 battles between AI and the best Dota 2 player in the world. Back then, the results were rather ugly, as the AI crushed the players. This year, for The International 8, they are dialing things up by preparing a full five man Dota 2 team which is fully AI to go against the best Dota 2 players in the world. This is definitely one for the history books.  The organization behind the instances in OpenAI, who have successfully developed AI for games such as Chess and Go, where the AI absorbs in-game information and learns to be as efficient as possible. After their first opportunity at last year's event, OpenAI has reportedly surged forward in their development process to allow the AI to easily swap between playstyles such as laning and farming - just like a human. They 5 AI team has managed to defeat a team of 5,500 MMR players; for those who know nothing of public competitive Dota 2, this is the top one percentile of all players in terms of skill level.  It's a staggering achievement, but facing a professional team is yet to be done. To get to this point, the team at OpenAI make use of supercompuiters, with a total of 128,000 CPU cores that lets the FIVE squad 900 years of experience overall each day, by competing against itself non-stop and watching the footage. These statistics come from the team directly., you can check out their website here: https://blog.openai.com/openai-five/. I recommend you check it out to truly understand the complexity of it all.   A known personality within the scene, Wiliam Blitz Lee the commentator, had this to say upon observing:  The teamwork aspect of the bot was just overwhelming. It feels like five selfless players that know a good general strategy. This may prove to be positive or negative development in the future, but for now, all we can do is relish in the technological advancement and see if the human team at TI8 can take them. The International 8 will try to continue the tradition of breaking the record for esports prize pools, and is the perfect stage for technological breakthrough. 

Part 2 - The Minor Tournaments and Casual Players at the MCS #4

Recently we revealed the Major Tournaments to be featured at the Malta Cyber Series #4; including the games of League of Legends, Battalion 1944 and CS:GO. Of course, a percentage of local competitors are invested in other titles - that's why we announced the first part of the Minor Tournaments that will be featured during the 3 day event namely Rocket League, Hearthstone, DOTA 2 and Rainbow 6. Although they've got lesser stakes, they act as the trial grounds for new games and areas for smaller scenes to enjoy. Let's see what other titles we have in store. The end of 2017 and 2018, in terms of gaming, have been marked by the immense popularity of the Battle Royale Genre, perhaps to the point of excess. First came PUBG, with its incredible appeal to the public, which was then overshadowed by Fortnite in concerns to public affinity. To say that these titles are huge at the moment is quite the understatement. It's for this reason, that Gamers.com.mt is proud to reveal the featuring of PUBG and Fortnite at the Malta Cyber Series #4.  Both titles are still starting out on the international esports spectrum. PUBG has already had a few tournaments both internationally and locally, with many scheduled for this year. Last year, Malta witnessed the first PUBG LAN tournament at The GO Malta Esports Festival 2017 which we organized last year where PUBG has received quite the number of updates since.  What about Fortnite? There's no need to introduce this little game, as it's breached the internet like a plague all over social media, content websites and the news - leading to the foolish diagnosis of gaming addiction as a mental disease. Of course, we'd like to refer to the positive side of the title; being its immense replayability, ease of access and social atmosphere; everyone's played Fortnite. For 2018, Epic Games has revealed a budget of $100,000,000 for esports tournaments - which is incredible. Locally, the MCS #4 will be the first instance of Fortnite competition - we find out who the best player is in Malta! Should the tournament succeed as we expect it to, we'll look forward to including Fortnite in future events.  Minor Tournaments Tickets Early Bird Tickets at €26 will be sold till the 29th of June or until the first 15 tickets are sold.  Final Batch Tickets at €31 will be sold from 30th of June until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to Minor Tournament Games. Note that a total of 100 tickets for both Major and Minor Games will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. After the outstanding turnout shown for Casual Tickets during The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 were we literally sold 25 tickets during the first week we decided again to issue 15 tickets with the same concept. Gamers can come with their PC, Laptop or Console and spend 3 days gaming with their friends playing which ever games they like while enjoying a friendly LAN atmosphere. Casual Tickets Final Batch Tickets at €20 will be sold until all 15 tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to any Casual Games you prefer to play. Note that a total of 15 tickets will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. All the action will occur from the 27th to the 29th of July - from 1600 on Friday and concluding at 1900 on Sunday - when medals, trophies, and prizes will be awarded.  Still, haven't found your own tournament to get involved in? Are you looking for your own game? Don't worry, because we've more games left to reveal under the third tier of tournaments to be held at the Malta Cyber Series #4, which are sure to engage many of you! Stay tuned for more.  Early Bird Major Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge or Online from our website.

Duo Series: Fortnite Beta Tournament

As many of you know, or are bound to find out, Fortnite will be included in the Malta Cyber Series #4, and in order to ensure that it all runs smoothly we'll be hosting a "Test" tournament.  This trial tournament of sorts will be held at around 8pm next Friday, being the 29th of June - probably summertime for most of you, except for a certain content writer still doing his exams. The aim of the tournament is to test the Gamers.com.mt website for team creation and tournament hosting capabilities, while also gaining feedback and foreshadowing for the main event. The tournament should give us a general feedback fo the scene as we head into the main event. To spice things up we will be chipping in a €50 cash prize split between the winner and the runner-up! The format of the event will consist of duos, 2v2s, in the Battle Royale arena on the platforms of PC and PS4. All gameplay rules will be based on those of MLG to ensure a professional atmosphere.  That's everything basically; Duos Fortnite Tournament at 8 pm, hosted by yours truly on PC and PS4 platforms to recap. So, if you're interested in participating, grab a friend and let us know below.  With the nature of a trial tournament, the competition is the only reward on the line - an opportunity to practice ahead of the main event and to contribute to a smooth experience.  This event just keeps getting better and better.  Tournament Link https://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/130/duo-series-fortnite-beta-tournament Discord Link https://discord.gg/PVBjCTv

Part 1 - The Minor Tournaments and Casual Players at the MCS #4

Recently we revealed the Major Tournaments to be featured at the Malta Cyber Series #4; including the games of League of Legends, Battalion 1944 and CS:GO. Of course, a percentage of local competitors are invested in other titles - that's where our Minor Tournaments come into play. Although they've got lesser stakes, they act as the trial grounds for new games and areas for smaller scenes to enjoy. Let's learn more.  These are the first 4 Minor Tournaments to get involved in; Rocket League, Hearthstone, DOTA 2 and Rainbow 6. The surprise is surely in Rainbow Six Siege - it being the first time we're including it in an event following the recent support of the community. We hope you make the most of it, as we'll be curious to see the response. Besides Rainbow 6, an incredibly strategic game, the other titles are rather familiar with the local scene; we expect nothing short of a great competition. Rocket League continues on its curious competitive journey through its easily understood mechanics while Hearthstone remains one of the greatest card games ever. DOTA 2 needs no introduction, as one of the world's most popular MOBAs although not so popular locally.   Apart from a different line-up of games, the Minor Tournaments also make use of a different ticketing system. Minor Tournaments Tickets Early Bird Tickets at €26 will be sold till the 29th of June or until the first 15 tickets are sold.  Final Batch Tickets at €31 will be sold from 30th of June until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to Minor Tournament Games. Note that a total of 100 tickets for both Major and Minor Games will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. After the outstanding turnout shown for Casual Tickets during The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 were we literally sold 25 tickets during the first week we decided again to issue 15 tickets with the same concept. Gamers can come with their PC, Laptop or Console and spend 3 days gaming with their friends playing which ever games they like while enjoying a friendly LAN atmosphere. Casual Tickets Final Batch Tickets at €20 will be sold until all 15 tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to any Casual Games you prefer to play. Note that a total of 15 tickets will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. All the action will occur from the 27th to the 29th of July - from 1600 on Friday and concluding at 1900 on Sunday - when medals, trophies, and prizes will be awarded.  Still, haven't found your own tournament to get involved in? Are you looking for your own game? Don't worry, because we've more games left to reveal under the third tier of tournaments to be held at the Malta Cyber Series #4, which are sure to engage many of you! Stay tuned for more.  Early Bird Major Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge or Online from our website.

The Major Tournaments at the MCS #4

We're ready to announce the major tournaments for the upcoming Malta Cyber Series #4 and everything concerning them; the titles, ticket pricing, times and other details - all that you need to know.  The Major tournaments are as follows: League of Legends, CS:GO and Battalion 1944 will be featured under the 'Major' category due to the immense popularity of the titles both locally and internationally - especially CS:GO. Both defusal FPS games are similar yet differing, while LoL needs no introduction as one of the best MOBAs out there. CS:GO is probably the most intense scene at the moment. This will be our first local event for CS:GO this year since the Esportsbetting.com Launch Invitational with a staggering $10,000 prize pool was betwen 8 of the best CS:GO international teams in the world. CS:GO will bring together some old and new faces and will feature some intense matches. Battalion 1944 will also be featured in this event, following the incredible support and competition observed at the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open were at the moment, it seems that Project Eversio are the top dogs of the scene with others such as Paradigm6 and Anarchy hot on their heels - the recent roster changes have indeed shuffled the scene with the crippling of old squads and the formation of new ones. Regarding League of Legends, this will be the first event of 2018 where the local scenes may have their fresh start - undoubtedly preparing hard for this moment. There's a lot on the line at the Malta Cyber Series #4.  What makes the tournaments 'major'? First of all, the cash prizes are larger along with the competition level and the tournament structure itself. Major Tournament Tickets Early Bird Tickets at €35 will be sold till the 29th of June or until the first 35 tickets are sold.  First Batch Tickets at €41 from the 30th of June till the 13th of July. Final Batch Tickets at €46 from the 14th of July until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to 1 Major Tournament Game and to Minor Tournament Games. Note that a total of 100 tickets for both Major and Minor Games will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. All the action will occur from the 27th to the 29th of July - from 1600 on Friday and concluding at 1900 on Sunday - when medals, trophies, and prizes will be awarded.  All info regarding Major Tournaments can be found here - https://www.gamers.com.mt/event/19/malta-cyber-series-4 Early Bird Major Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge

Interview with Alexander 'AlekS' Andersson from Fnatic Academy

The EsportsBetting.com Invitational concluded a while back, roughly a month ago, as we recollected the statistics here: https://www.gamers.com.mt/news/775/great-statistics-out-of-the-esportsbetting-com-launch-invitational. Following the event, we decided to reconnect with one of the players, being Alexander "AlekS" Andersson from Fnatic Academy, who placed 5th to 8th at the event. The youngster, only 16 years old, has some incredibly useful tips for others.  Greetings from everyone here at Gamers.com.mt! Before we get started, why don’t you introduce yourself to our readers; tell us who are, where you come from and your affiliation to the esports industry. I'm a 16-year-old kid from Sweden, I've played computer games all my life but I started with CSGO about 3-4 years ago. I've always been a competitor in sports like handball and football but I've never reached the top level like I have now in CSGO. AlekS is a keen member of the Fnatic Academy; an institution dedicated to nurturing esports in youth. What else can you tell us about the Fnatic Academy and the services that it offers? Fnatic Academy is the best thing that's happened to me in CS and life. It made EVERYTHING so much easier for me. They do set expectations but even though I'm in school they are making compromises with me to make everything work out without affecting my formal education in the day. Fnatic is helping me develop as a player and as an individual. Let’s shine some light on your individual career. Being only 16 years old, it’s incredible to observe the dedication from such a young age. Many youngsters aspire to be in your position – what has the journey been like to get to this position? My journey up to this point has been quite rough. People don't realize that when you want to become really good at something you have to offer a lot of time and resources. I've had to quit my pursuit of sports, miss out on social and family activities such as birthday parties just to attend events and even practice. I did this only because I wanted to become better and fulfill my dreams; I cannot say that these sacrifices were easy to make. One thing I have held onto is going to the gym, keeping myself fit in this profession, although I do occasionally miss sorts. Yet now, after I've "made it", I feel a lot better - all those sacrifices and hours have paid off.   Recently, we concluded our largest online event ever; the Esportsbetting.com Invitational. Fnatic Academy was one of the 8 teams invited. How would you describe your performance at the event? Did you satisfy your expectations? Although going out 5-8th in a cup is always underwhelming, we're proud of the effort. Good results against AVANGAR and LDLC, which are well-trained teams that have played a lot more than us together and have much more experience, are encouraging. Playing the online cup was pretty nice honestly. For the event, we resided at the bootcamp facility in Jönköping so it was easier to prepare and get hyped up for the game. Next tournament, we'll come out with more wins almost definitely.  Of course, there were 7 other top teams involved. What are your thoughts regarding the level of competition which was present at the event? Overall, the teams involved offered a high level of competition. I believe that in certain aspects of the game, some teams were even better than us, although we still put up a good performance. Those matches gave our team a great amount experience that will help us succeed in the future.  Placing second in their group. Fnatic Academy advanced to the bracket to play against and lose to LDLC in a tight match – LDLC going on to place 2nd overall. An unlucky placement. Still, it’s a good placing for the team; what goals does your roster have for the remainder of 2018? The main goal for us this year is to keep on improving and becoming better as a team. Even though we're not getting the preferred results from the start, we have to keep on fighting. I really believe in my team and I think that all of us are slowly actuating our potential as we quickly progress. Perhaps placing in the top 30 on HL.TV and qualify for a minor would be our side goals.  Individually, what are your goals for the rest of 2018 following this event? What is your ultimate dream as a player? For me as a player. I want to be on the best team in the world - I don't mind if I'm not the best in the world, but as long as I'm contributing to my team as I should, that's fine by me. I would like to thank Gamers.com.mt for giving us an opportunity to let us show ourselves to the world.  Also, I want to say a reminder to other kids like me trying to become professional to stay in school. I'm representing one of the biggest organizations while attending school at the same time. I would like to thank FNATIC and all of FNATICS sponsors that are supporting me and my dreams. Thanks for the interview. Good luck for the future! We hope that you all enjoyed this interview, following the largest event we've ever organised. We are so excited for the next local event here at Gamers.com.mt.  AlekS's Profile: https://www.gamers.com.mt/players/269/aleks Fnatic Academy's Profile: https://www.gamers.com.mt/teams/61/fnatic-academy

The ASUS ROG Gaming Phone - A Monster

At Computex 2018, one of the most popular showcases of computer technology and advancements around the world, ASUS has a strong grasp over many sectors of technology through computer peripherals, components, monitors and many more. ASUS has also been making smartphones for a while, budget-friendly mid-rangers with nothing too special about them - that all changes with their new gamer-oriented product. You'll want to hear more about the ROG Phone.  Of course, ROG stands for 'Republic of Gamers', and its ASUS' gaming-focused department as we all know - however, this product was a huge surprise for everyone. Let's just get right into the specifications then. First off, an augmented Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, which will consistently hit 2.96GHz, will be powering the machine as fast as 2018 will allow it. This will be paired with a helping of 8GB of RAM(the exact type remains unknown) to ensure a smooth running overall. Does anything think that more RAM is needed? Let us know in the comments below.  ASUS also made a large emphasis on cooling in their show - the amount of power in a small handheld device is a heated topic. The phone is structured in a way to form a 3D vapor chamber cooling system together with an attachable fan should you prefer the old fashion style of cooling. When adding the fan, this opens up another headphone jack and USB-C port to allow cables to be managed centrally, instead of on one side.  The fan would also sit behind a display. It sounds rather impressive. Clocking in a 90Hz refresh rate with a 1ms delay, the 1080p AMOLED will ensure that high frame rates are maintained on a HDR display, should content support HDR. Bezels have been reduced as much as possible, with no notch to spoil it all.  Other features such as haptic feedback and 'air-triggers' are added to enhance the controlling experience. Gaming is powered by a 4000mAH battery and quickly charged up by new Quick Charge 4.0 capabilities.  The list goes on really. TwinView Dock mode provides users with an optional second screen, ASUS Game Center software allows users to adjust the RGB lighting on the back of the phone and other performance specifications - yes, an RGB light. Other orthodox features such as cameras are also present.  Following the Razer Phone, this seems like another attempt to fill in the niche of the mobile gamer. It's with powerful devices like these, that better and more considerable games can make themselves found on mobile platforms. However, the price remains unknown - that's when we'll know how good of a purchaser it really is. 

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