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Paradigm6 Interviewed - Reacting to Battalion 1944

As you can probably tell from our social media feed and our recent articles, we're quite stoked about Battalion 1944, currently in its beta phase, which seems promising for the local scene. Curious to see what others are thinking, we decided to pounce on the opportunity to interview Paradigm6, one of the top team in Malta in COD2 at the moment. The questions were answered by a representative of the team and the organisation in an incredibly quick fashion which we appreciate. Let's see what they had to say. Let's help our readers get up to date with a background question about the esports organisation of Paradigm6. Please describe your relationship and history as an organisation with the title of Call of Duty 2. Paradigm6 and Call of Duty 2 don’t exactly go hand in hand as much as FuryGAMING does with CoD2. Originally, our organization was made up of talented local Maltese players, all under the name of FuryGAMING, better known as Fury-G! by most. This organization was formed way back in 2008 by myself (JeFf). It is the current longest serving eSports organization on the island, where it boasts a total amount of 11 titles and 5 runner up spots in local CoD2 LANs and tournaments. Other titles in CS:GO and Overwatch were won under the names of Fury Gaming and Paradigm6 respectively. Call of Duty 2 was resurrected in the community last year; as Gamers.com.mt re-introduced the game in the Malta Cyber Series #3 and the largest event of the year - the MESF 2017. What was your initial reaction to this inclusion? Looking back now, reveal your thoughts on Call of Duty 2 in 2017. It was quite a surprise really, in a good way, since the game which we were covering at the time, Overwatch, was not very popular in the local eSports scene, mostly due to the fact that not many players were dedicating enough time to train on a daily basis.   Once we heard that Call of Duty 2 was to be included in the line-up for the MCS#3 we didn’t give it a second thought and we instantly re-installed the game after 2-3 years of inactivity. It was a great opportunity for the team to revisit THE game that started it all. Gamers.com.mt is clearly eyeing Battalion 1944; the apparent successor to Call of Duty 2 in terms of gameplay and community feedback. Bringing it to our shores would definitely be interesting and relevant. What are your impressions of the new title, especially after the beta recently? The game looks promising. It obviously has some minor bugs that need to be addressed, but people must bear in mind that this is still in its Beta phase, and will be coming to Early Access on 1st February. We believe that this game is definitely going in the right direction, and we think that it will be a huge success in the eSports industry. Given that it is being promoted as the new Call of Duty 2, we feel that the majority of local eSports players, especially Call of Duty enthusiasts, will definitely give this game a try. We as a team, are willing to invest time in this game, and will participate in Battalion 1944 competing events.   Bringing back Call of Duty 2 last year wasn't too attractive for youngsters starting out as individual competitors due to reason of aged mechanics and a fast-moving modern selection of games which would rather be played - but Battalion 1944 looks to change that with contemporary graphics alongside refurbished content. What potential do you see in the title for Malta? I honestly believe that this game will hit two birds with one stone, by bringing together old-school gamers and new youngsters. We already participated in the Beta phase of the game, where we can say that we are pretty amazed with what this game has to offer. Due to the fact that the game is launching soon, we feel that even youngsters and new players will play this game. The main problem with CoD2 in 2017, was that it has been on the market for more than a decade and it is less appealing to younger players. As the new game begins to circulate, we expect many Maltese teams to begin investing time into the title. If Battalion 1944 were to continue on its path to Malta, which is incredibly likely,  do you see yourselves on top in terms of competition? What are your thoughts regarding rivals such as Ephica, who managed to take you down in the grand final at the MESF 2017?  This is quite a difficult question because Battallion is not entirely the same as CoD2, it also has an element of CoD4 in it, so it’s not easy to predict who the top teams will be in this game. It could be us, Eversio, Ephica, Marsh and the list goes on. All we can say is that we always stick to our motto, where we try to always finish first, since nobody remembers who finished second. We always gave, and will give our all in terms of commitment and dedication towards a game in each of the events we attend and online tournaments we participate in.   Our last question is specifically aimed at those individuals preparing themselves for Battalion 1944. Having an incredible record for Call of Duty 2, tell us; what will it take to thrive in Battalion 1944 as an individual and as a team? Time and dedication is the key to success, in everything you do in life. There are also several obvious aspects that are important, such as good aim, strategies, and team work. In order to improve in all these aspects, you and the team must invest time in the game. Another tip is to always try and play against people who are better than your team or yourself. It is normal that you lose some games at first, but keep in mind that failure is part of the road to success! Some fantastic answers from the organisation confirms our thoughts regarding the game, absolutely potent to become a hit not only worldwide but also on our little island. Including Battalion 1944 would be to throw fuel on an old fire, that of COD2, which could potentially warm a year of nail-biting competition. We're so excited! -Get ready for more interviews regarding the topic soon!

Battalion 1944 - Prepare Yourselves

It's no secret that Gamers.com.mt is incredibly enthusiastic about the upcoming FPS headed to PC known as Battalion 1944. We've already covered an early insight into the game here. However, as the early release date enters the two-weeks proximity, we had to cover all the recent news concerning the game.  STG44 is a solid defensive option - just make sure your spray is controlled. pic.twitter.com/MdYfFNrihi — Howard Philpott (@HowardPhilpott) January 18, 2018 Until now, gameplay available to view ranges from the closed Alpha and the closed Beta which have taken place over the past few weeks. Impressions - sources such as "Hatton Games", a British YouTuber focused on content based around CS:GO and PUBG had the following to say on Twitter:  Seriously impressive. The competitive mode has huge potential. If you enjoyed the simplicity of COD2 you'll love it. Definitely a game to watch. We certainly enjoyed the simplicity of COD2, and it's the reason why this game is such a huge bleep on our radar. As you are definitely aware, COD2 had and still does have a strong influence and reputation in the Maltese scene. Revitalising the community with last year's inclusion of the title in the GO MESF 2017 and the MCS #3 got us thinking - what's next for this community? COD: WWII did bring the franchise back on the ground, but had extremely differing gameplay mechanics compared to the barebones COD2. Also, the title isn't developed precisely for PC esports. The arrival of Battalion 1944 is what we consider a beautiful coincidence.  Conserving the guns, visual effects, map layouts and most of the audio files - it's a much awaited reskin of the game. The game was indeed developed in response to the community, which we are especially grateful for. Here's what Joe Brammer, one of the head developers of the game had to say about the gameplay:  In Battalion movement is key.. That's the core difference between CS and Battalion, both have their strengths but Battalion has a huge emphasis on movement and fast decision making over positioning and holding angles. One phenomenal feature which shows clearly how much the developers of the game care, is the fact that all future DLC to hit the game will be completely free for all with the base copy. Simply the cherry on top.  Moving over to the competitive side of things and all the other plans included in the Road Map: the development plans made available to all on the following link: http://battaliongame.com/.  Within the first month, Offline LAN Support will be available across all game modes, even in the new map which will be added in the update. Also, the developers seem very focused on reducing errors and bugs to the minimal quantity as early as possible.  Heading into Summer 2018, the world will have the opportunity to enjoy the first official LAN Tournament alongside a helping of new weapons, two arcade maps and a competitive maps - briliiant! As the Autumn leaves fall, a Second Official LAN will take place and a "Spectator Mode" and "Clanwars"  will also be added. An in-game system of scrims, ladders anbd competitions which will add to the longevity. By the end of 2018, the game will be fully released to Steam after all of this development.  To the joy of the community, an organisation has already finalised a roster for Battalion1944. Team Demise, a professional esports team, spilled the roster details on Twitter. The roster even has a coach! Following them, and Gamers.com.mt is sure of it, will be a whole list of well-known organisations who will give a shot at Battalion 944.  Now we turn to the local scene; pure potential. Gamers.com.mt welcomes Battalion 1944 with a nostalgic smile, embracing the history which dwells in Maltese esports. We're positive that a high percentage of local gamers will take up the initiative and create a community. With this backing, you can count on us to create high-quality events with complimenting broadcasts. This is why we're excited for Battalion 1944.  Battalion 1944 is coming - prepare yourselves. 

The MVP at the GPL PUBG Open 2017

After our MVP announcements for COD2 and LoL in regards to the player performances at the GO MESF 2017, we figured that it would only be suitable to do the same for the recently concluded GPL PUBG Open 2017, the first Maltese PUBG tournament which had to go online due to technical issues on the day of the event. You've all had the chance to check out the numbers with our review article here, yet, the point of the MVP showcase isn't to highlight the top players in terms of statistics but to throw the spotlight on those incredible efforts which we witnessed throughout the days of competition. Before we kick off our list of nominees, please bear with us about the lack of profile shots, since playing online disallowed us to take the photos we wanted to take.  Nomination #1 - "r33d"  We'll start by welcoming the most obvious nominee in this list, the incredible "r33d" from the side of Project Eversio, who had a phenomenal event. His second place finish in Solos, having 34 kills individually paired with a dominant team performance in the 4v4s lead to him having the largest total score overall. Finishing first place already rewarded him some incredible prizes, and I think being crowned the MVP wouldn't be a surprise for him or anyone else really.  Nomination #2 - "Dejee" 20 points - that was the difference between 1st and 2nd place overall in terms of performance. We all know about "r33d" taking first place but it would be unfair to not turn an eye toward second place "Dejee", who indeed deserves his position. In the Solos, he was simply on fire and stood on top after the games. In the team section too, he worked without halt to take his team, iXtreme, up to 3rd place. A superb performance which rivals that of "r33d" - these two players being the best in Malta at the moment, with "r33d" having the slight advantage in terms of statistics.  Nomination #3 - "Arneh"  Coming from the side of All We Wanted Was A Trophy, is our next noteworthy nomination for the MVP title: "Arneh". Putting up a promising performance overall, his last efforts in the final week cemented his position in the top 5 overall, but more importantly, a second place finish in teams. One round in specific does come to mind, when he took hold of a drop crate and literally cleared the whole proximity within the next ten minutes. Back to Solos, although he just missed the podium, we're confident that he'll be back with more practice and experience next time and that's when he'll be even more dangerous. Watch out for "Arneh" in our next PUBG event.  Nomination #4 - "PK" Complimenting his teammate "r33d" is another player from the side of Project Everiso, this time in the form of "PK". A stellar performance from him in the 4v4 was compulsory for the team's first place success; due to his instinctive ability to execute and create plays cleverly. So much so, that hew doesn't necessarily need his team's support to excel, as a 4th place Solo finish clearly states on the leaderboards for all to see. Putting him alongside the other players of Project Eversio was a smart decision from the side of the organisation.  Nomination #5 - "D4rmanin" Definitely our underdog out of the list,  we felt that "D4rmanin" deserved to be on this list. Only participating in the team segment, with his squad in F.A.N.I, to go on to placing 9th collectively. A well-rounded player who went on to carry out some clutch plays including securing the winning kill in the first round of squads in Day 3. A little more luck, and we feel he could have place higher overall, a great player nonetheless.  THE MVP  For the third time this month we're back in this position; naming the MVP. I can feel the desperate eyes running across these lines, red with anxiety. Gamers.com.mt would like to announce that "r33d" is the MVP of the GPL PUBG Open Tournament. Definitely not too surprising as his top-tier placements speak for themselves. His overall performance was simply a cut above the rest, which is why he won.  As we progress through 2018, can he keep it up? We'll have to wait and find out.  Also, please note that names are not included due to the nature of the tournament, being Open, so naturally anyone could sign up.

The COD2 MVP at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 was the second time which we included COD2 last year; and competition grew substantially between teams and individuals really brought it this time round. Arguably, the title was the highlight of the competition due to Ephica's first place finish over Paradigm6.Thus, among the many incredible performances, we've decided to crown an MVP, paying him the respects he deserves as a player. Without further delay, below are the promising nominees.  Nomination #1 - Jean Paul "Speeechless" Debono Kicking off the list with a bang; we've got one of the scopers around. At the MESF 2017, you did not want be in this man's reticle. His skill with the rifle shone exceptionally on the maps Burgundy and Toujane, the opposing team being helpless whether they change up tactics or not. Yet,  "Speechless" had his best moments in the grand final. Here, as cool as a cucumber, he clutched up against some harsh odds in the SnD and was ultimately, pivotal to Ephica's overall success.  Nomination #2 - George "Kempes" Meilaq The only mger on this list, and the best on the whole island, is  Goerge "Kempes" Meilaq ands for good reason. Having an uncanny ability to shift seamlessly to opposing enemy pushes, speeding up and slowing down when necessary to put himself in the optimal position for gunfights. Definitely dOUBTFUL's best player in many situations, being the top fragger in each map almost every time. Without him, the team wouldn't have been able to reach the final loser bracket.  Nomination #3 - Jeffrey "Jeff" Spiteri  Another scoper, this time from rival Paradigm6, is also a persuasive contender for MVP. Insane; the only word which may captivate his scoping skills. Regularly picking off one or two players, giving his team the first blood and thus the advantage in SnD. Constantly pulling a neutral look, pressure simply doesn't effect him and his team always looks towards him for team players and proper decisions; essential to the structure of Paradigm6.  Nomination #4 - Cyril "Vortex" Coppini Whether he's using an mg, scope, rifle or even a damn shotgun, "Vortex" always managed to pull off a wonderful performance as an individual on the victorious side of Ephica. Some may refer to him as the team carry, without much resistance. Such claims are fueled by his addiction to having the most frags and trying new things to stun the enemy team. His flexibility with weapons surprised his opponents and let his teammates use their preferred weapons: it doesn't seem to make a difference to him. During the final is where he especially shone, helping ensure a win over Paradigm6.  Nomination #5 - Nigel "Najju" Vella Fighting for the side of Heq Gaming; it's safe to say that "Najju" is the most underrated player on this roster of nominees. Finishing just shy of the podium, the player did everything he could to carry his side having a constant 25 to 30 frags per game against the toughest opposition. Although it wasn't enough, Gamers.com.mt recognises his humungous efforts and that's why he's a potential MVP for the MESF COD2 tournament. "Najju" has the potential to do so much more on a better team.  Nomination #6 - Daniel "sou1ex" Cassar  Probably one of the largest upsets at the event for Paradigm6 was the hardware issue they encountered as "sou1ex" allegedly had mouse issues in the grand final. Perhaps the outcome of the tournament would have been different had it not occured. Nonetheless, the player had a fantastic event, having an affinity for the map Toujane as his opponents learned the hard way. His scope and rifle shot was pristine and he made some huge plays to make his way onto our list.  THE MVP The list is complete and we're ready to spill the beans on who is our chosen player. Much arguing and debating among the Gamers.com.mt staff has finalised that Cyril "Vortex" Coppini is the MVP of the GO MESF 2017 COD2 Tournament. His dedication to his team and his own gunskill lead to an outstanding performance at the event, allowing Ephica to win and sparking this rivalry between themselves and Paradigm6.  We look forward to seeing these teams adapt to upcoming games such as Battalion 1944. The title makes no difference since competition knows no boundaries. 

The LoL MVP at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

It's been roughly a month since the largest event of the year: that being the Malta esports Festival 2017. Ever since then, we've been jarring our minds to come up with certain MVPs through the lists of nominations we had lying around. Finally, we're ready to share our top nominations alongside the MVP which will be announced at the end of the article. May the best man win! Nomination #1 - Chris 'Tobby' Sant Rising to the top with his team, EvH, the veteran player in Chris "Tobby" Sant made sure he was on this list. Utilising either Orn or Trundle, he dominated his Top lane even though he was set to play Support! Showing off his flexibility, his amazing side lane pushes and strategic plays were a joy to witness on the mainstage.  Nomination #2 - Marlon 'Blaze' Polidano Moving into the jungle lane, nobody stood out to us as much as Marlon "Blaze" Polidano did. Also being part of EvH,  it's safe to say that he made some incredible carry plays, carrying his team to an overall victories. When things were looking sore for the team, he'd hit the opposition with some superb counter jungling or outstanding ganking. Making the most out of Xin Zhao and Rengar, "Blaze" was truly the king of the jungle.  Nomination #3 - Michele 'Mikku' Agius Making our way over to the second place team, Team Legacy, we found a whole lot of MVP material. To begin with, is Michele "Mikku" Agius and his commendable control over mid lane; thwarting many maps in his team's favour. His noticable and extraordinary synergy with the jungle made crossing his lane increasingly difficult. Securing a 10cs per minute in almost every game he played is also a noticable achievement. He completed such feats using a mix of Corki and Taliyah.  Nomination #4 - Miguel 'Unknown' Caruana Our next nomination, that for the role of ADC, is Miguel "unknown" Caruana. He definitely did apply some strong damage to the other team using Vayne and Ezreal, leaving a great impression on the scene. Being new to the scene, his talented plays spoke for themselves and he is a force to be reckoned with, no doubt about it. We look forward to witnessing his growth as a player with Team Legacy and as an individual.  Nomination #5 - Juan 'Shadowlance' Bonnici Last but certainly not least is Juan "Shadowlance" Bonnici. Heading into the event, his competitive experience was completely on the Mid lane, but that didn't stop him from putting on a show with his new role. With help from his AD, he dominated the bottom laneat the event and even made some tactical switches with mid to confuse the opponents. His Rakan and Braum were excellent at the event and vital to Team Legacy.  The MVP The moment you've all been waiting for. All the five players mentioned above were at the top of their game, but so was the community on the whole. LoL is constantly expanding in Malta and the growing skill in individuals is evidence of this. With that being said, deciding on an MVP was no easy task. Taking into consideration individual skill, key moments and the circumstances: Marlon "Blaze" Poldiano is the LoL MVP for the GO MESF 2017. His consistency and carry plays were fundamental to EvH's victory; he's been at the team's side for 3-4 years and has won multiple trophies with them. Congratulations to all the nominees for their fantastic performances and we wish you all a Happy New Year! Make sure to keep up to date as we'll soon be revealing our MVP for COD2 very soon!

The GPL PUBG Open Tournament Finally Concluded

As you all know too well, PUBG couldn't be held as a game at the GO MESF 2017 due to some tragic technical issues which we didn't see coming. Now, roughly a month later, we've finally concluded the tournament over 3 inconsecutive days, which many of you were watching live over at our Facebook and Twitch streams. Below is our roundup of the results and all the great performances from the first Maltese PUBG tournament!  Although we delayed the dates, you can trust us when we state that the time had no effect on the fierce quality of competition between all the participants. Apart from the glorious medals and trophies on the line, it was the hardware prizes which players were eyeing over at the overall player performance leaderboards. Starting with the Solos, we carelessly dropped 84 of the best local Maltese talent into one arena. Within the first minutes, the weaker contenders were quickly eliminated as the top dogs began to settle disputes. Incredible amounts of tension really made it difficult to watch at a steady heart rate over the games. As the dust settled, the names of “r33d” from Project Eversio and “HoXtyYy” preceded the overall solo champion “Dejee”! An outstanding performance dictated by a grown understanding of the game, and perhaps a little luck made him a joy to watch. The top three will be receiving individual trophies, but more importantly, have their scores calculated alongside everyone else to be tallied up later on. Rank Name Points Kills Total Points 1 Dejee 934 21 1039 2 r33d 752 34 922 3 HoXtyYy 726 9 771 4 PKmlt 652 19 747 5 SETHTR0XLER 514 2 524 Full solo standings can be found here. Then came the Squads: all 14 of them! Among the well-established names of Project Eversio and dOUBTFUL were the Erotic Banana Bros, Marshmallow Beast Squad and Team Baguette. Creativity was certainly not lacking when it came to naming the 4 man teams! Getting back on track, it was tremendous fun to witness the list of teams fight it out over the games that were played online. Towards the top of the spectrum was a healthy amount of close competition, with the total points range between 1st and 6th only being 1000, as kills were traded and intense strategies were put into practice. The amount of strategy pleasantly overpassed our expectations and contrive an even greater sense of excitement for the upcoming event in which we’ll include PUBG. At the end of it, Project Eversio sat on top, almost contested by All We Wanted Was A Trophy (and they got one) who were trailed by the team of iXtreme. Rank Name Points Kills Total Points 1 Eversio 2290 52 2810 2 All We Wanted Was A Trophy 2145 40 2555 3 iXtreme 1946 35 2296 4 3ManTeam 1668 22 1888 5 Zharki 1507 15 1657 Full squad standings can be found here. The part you’ve all been waiting for on the edge of your seats – addition time. Gamers.com.mt was as precise as possible when it came to the scores, even going out of our way as to use decimal points for an extra level of accuracy. Without further delay, below are the top Overall PUBG players in Malta right now: Rank Player Team Total Overall Points 1 r33d Eversio 1664.5 2 Dejee iXtreme 1625.5 3 PKmlt Eversio 1379.5 4 Cincin Eversio 1217.5 5 Arneh All We Wanted Was A Trophy 1098.25 6 pubismannen All We Wanted Was A Trophy 1003.25 7 felezzz 3ManTeam 994 8 Lavinbjern All We Wanted Was A Trophy 987.25 9 Ddeathrow Eversio 966.5 10 SETHTR0XLER Zharki 940.75 Full overall standings can be found here. Decorating the top positions, the name of Project Eversio is finding its place on the podium through their squad members of “r33d” and “PKmit” being unbelievable, complimented emphatically by their teammates who just missed the top three. Yet, we don’t think that Project Eversio had an undisputed run overall, as players from iXtreme and All We Wanted Was A Trophy eagerly loiter in the top 10, waiting for their next chance to compete. So what does landing a podium finish actually mean here? Well, third place “PKmit” will be receiving the Corsair Spec04 Chassis, an incredibly compact and professional chassis worth 100 euro and a trophy to envelope his efforts. Second place, achieved by none other than the Solo Champion “Dejee” will be rewarded with an exciting bundle from peripheral manufacturer Ozone worth 200 euros, alongside a deserved trophy. First place, on the other hand, gets to take home the best gaming chair on the market right now! The GT Omega Racing PRO Office Gaming Chair worth almost 300 euros! We’re sure that “r33d” is satisfied with such a prize. Congratulations to all those who took part in the tournament, especially for their patience with the rescheduling due to the mentioned technical issues at the event. Gamers.com.mt will not let this happen again 2018 as the local PUBG scene looks to continue growing as we are yet to name an uncontested team or player. Truly starting the year with a bang!

HyperX Reveals New Wireless Headset at CES 2018

With so much to look out for at this year's CES, which is occurring this week, we're delighted to announce news regarding a new HyperX product. This time, the prolific brand will be entering the waters of wireless audio with the HyperX Cloud Flight Headset; announced today. Here are all the exciting details.  First off, it's great to see HyperX finally venturing where many large companies such as Logitech and Razer have been playing for quite some time now; while also sticking to their iconic "Cloud" naming system. Nothing but top tier quality is expected of the upcoming product.  Speaking of which,; allegedly, the new headset will have a whopping 30 hours of battery life! Living up to this claim will make it one of the best batteries out there in the market by a longshot. The following was stated in a press conference, in regards to other specifications:  "Sporting closed cup design with 90 degree rotating ear cups, Cloud Flight provides an immersive in-game audio experience with 50mm drivers, broadcasting at 2.4 GHz. "  50mm drivers should do a fantastic job at creating a superior soundstage while the broadcasting rate will ensure clear, accurate and quick audio transmission from your gaming machine, whether it's a PC, Xbox One or PS4. On board controls over the LED effects, of which there are, microphone, power and volume are present. Note that the wireless connectivity is through a USB dongle, not Bluetooth.  The Cloud Flight headset will go on sale in January 2018 for a little under 200 euros. Be sure to keep up to date with your favourite names in tech, as they'll surely cover this product. If you'd like to check out some of our own reviews of HyperX headsets you may click the links below:  Review of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S and the HyperX Cloud headsets right here! The company also included an updated Alloy Elite mechanical keyboard, this time in RGB glory alongside the Pulsefire Surge RGB mouse.

"Mose" Interviewed - The Maltese Professional Halo Player

As the local gaming industry grows, more and more opportunities are arising for Maltese enthusiasts to pursue a career in esports. Many have tried, are trying and will try, but only those who take their chances and are completely fearless will really make a name for themselves. Luciano Calvanico is an example of one of those that made it. Ever since 2016 he’s been tearing up the Halo scene and we’ve been dying to interview him - that day has finally come. The interview was begun on December 13th, hence the reference to the public holiday. Hello Luciano, we hope you’ve had a great day. We’ll start off the interview properly; from the very beginning. You weren’t always 21 and part of a huge esports organization. Tell us how it all started, when, where and all the necessary details. Who was your inspiration, if anyone? Thank you very much I had a fantastic day! It all started around Halo 3 days which was about more then 10 years ago when I found out about esports and that you could actually make a living out of it. I started playing with competitive settings always trying to get better every day, then when Halo: Reach came out a few years laters my parents decided to send me to the first ever European event I attended. I was about 15 years old back then and from there the dominoes started to fall because I started playing with better players and climbing the ladder always joining better teams. For the past two years, you’ve immediately risen to the top of the Halo scene with four 1st place finishes and a single second place to create quite an impressive record. Of course, there were three finishes outside the top two. Anyway, how have the past two years of your life been? What’s changed? Did you ever expect to be where you are at the moment? Yes, so I broke into the pro scene in 2016 when the first big team picked me up which was Dignitas. This was a short run with them as we fell short at Gfinity Finals, placing 2nd. Then we had a really disappointment finish at EMEAS, the World Championships qualifiers. We were the favorite to win it, to qualify for the 2.5 million dollar tournament but got knocked out in the group stage which to this day is the biggest upset EU Halo has ever had. After that,  I won everything Europe had to offer and it's been more than a year now with my team that we've remained undefeated in EU. My life has changed a lot since then, I couldn't be more lucky with the position I currently fill in. It has always been my dream since a kid and being able to make a living like this is exactly a dream coming true for me. The lifestyle of a professional gamer is unlike any other job. Do you agree with this statement? Share your daily routine on a normal day. How do you prepare yourself for competition online and offline? What’s it like to compete on the largest stages in the world? I think that being a professional esport gamer is like every other job. Usually, my daily routine starts by going to the gym before I start playing, then when I get back home I start warming up and at around 6pm is when we usualy start scrimming and practicing against other top teams. Competing on large stages dosen't get to me anymore - I keep myself focused on winning. At the start I used to get very excited but now I only focus on winning the match and don't really pay attention to the stage or crowd; but watching it back from twitch after every tournament I can't belive that I manage to do this as my full time job. In shocking contrast to these huge tournaments and events is Malta, in terms of Halo of course. How has the lack of a local esports scene affected you? What do you think is necessary for Halo to rise in prominence locally? How did you go international? It hasn't really affected me to be honest. My main goal was always to play with British or European players because that's where you are going to find the best players in the game and learn from them. That's why I put my name internationally instead of locally -  going to English events and making them recognize me as a talented player.   Now let’s take a look into the future? What’s next for “Mose”? What are your main goals for 2018, improving on 2017, and how will you achieve them? This year, 2018, I'm gonna keep doing what I've been doing but I will start streaming again once I get my webcam consistently working and I'll be working towards winning an international event! Only one more question remains. For all the keen Maltese enthusiasts; what is your advice for starting out as a professional player? What does it take? What mentality and what sacrifices did you have to stick to? If you want to pursue this as a career. my advice is to just play a lot to be one of the best in the world and sacrifice time instead of going out with friends, but most importantly use that time wisely. Don't build an ego and always try to improve daily as a player! And last but not least you have to go to international events and always try playing with people better then you so you can have the opportunity to learn from them. The interview did take a while to complete; such is the dedicated life of a professional gamer which Luciano Calvanico is fully embracing. He puts in a tonne of work and it pays off incredibly as he is now on of the top Halo players in Europe. Right now, he's got the world in his hands and he's targetting all of it for 2018 - yet, he remains humble and levelheaded like a true professional. Gamers.com.mt couldn't be more proud and supportive of his ambitions and goals for his career, and we'll always be here to help if necessary.  Good luck Luciano and to any Maltese gamers still making their way into their respective scenes!

PUBG BattlEye Banning over 1.5 Million Accounts

PUBG has just broken its ownr record which it set a while back regarding the most concurrent players on Steam, as the numbers flew over three million this week as we head into 2018. Without a doubt, we can say that PUBG was the most popular game of 2017, even against tough competition such as Fortnite, the community kept growing and growing. With this incredible growth of players, came the growth of hackers quite naturally. Luckily, the anit-cheat software BattlEye has been working over time; cleansing the servers as well as possible.  The last update, back in mid-November announced 700,000 accounts banned, as the December update shows 1.5 million at the moment. In a little over a month, alleged hacker expansion has increased approximately by double. PUBG Corp and BattlEye are easily tracking the most blatant hacks while hunting down the more slippery fish. Hackers are a definite way of reducing the lifespan of the beloved title, and we're sure that PUBG won't let that happen.  Alongside the difficult work of hunting hackers, PUBG Corp is also trying to address the "rubberbanding" issue, or the lag which many players experience at the beginning of certain matches. Here's what they had to say:  "Resolving the intermittent lag and character position readjustment issues are still one of our top priorities, and we are continuing to work on analyzing and fixing any remaining issues every day. After today’s update, we will be running some internal tests and deploying more updates to gradually mitigate the problem. We are currently examining several measures including server optimization and server logic modification to address the multitude of causes. On top of this, we will continue our efforts to further investigate remaining causes." As we've just entered official release, one can expect the patches and updates to be more efficient and quick to answer the cries of the community. 2018 is going to be a huge year for PUBG and Gamers.com.mt can't wait to get more involved!

COD:WWII Roster Changes Heading Into 2018 - For the Better?

Ever since the CWL Dallas Open in December, COD:WWII has seen a tremendous amount of roster changes and switches which have really changed the scene. What should we expect for CWL New Orleans this January? We've rounded up all the newest updates so that you may start your 2018 on an educated note, a good note. Starting with eRa Eternity, the North American eSports organisation had an underwhelming performance at the CWL Dallas Open, losing out in the Open Bracket at quite an early stage. Having a roster of veterans, hopes were respectably high and many were surprised by the outcome.The first change saw the release of Colt "Havok" McLendon into free agency closely followed by the welcoming of "PRPLXD", a rather quiet name who's still looking to impress since his poor start in Advance Warfare, joining from CLG who finished top 48 in the past event. This wasn’t the only change to the roster. Jordan “Proofy” Cannon, a well-known player among the community, was suddenly dropped from the roster and replaced instantly. The player has been struggling with his untimely decision to rejoin the competitive scene, having already left Next Threat earlier on. Embry “Bevils” Bevil joined the team to swap him. Speaking of Next Threat; we should indeed use the past tense. Yes, the roster no longer exists as a team following a series of events. Doug “Censor” Martin came out of retirement for Call of Duty: WWII and announced the revival of Next Threat at the end of October just in time for Halloween. Performance hasn’t been bad at all, finishing in the top 16 at CWL Dallas and arriving 4th at the Northern Arena Showdown later. Still, Richard “Ricky” set his mind on leaving as he joined teammates “Blazt”, “Fero” and “Decemate” as they wait to represent an organization. Setting off a form of domino effect, “Methodz” and “Nagafan” left to leave “Censor” alone. Announcing in a Youtube video, the team remains inactive for now but is still keen for future competition. Another leader of a team is “Parasite”, that of Ground Zero, who avidly made some changes following CWL Dallas. Top 12 seems too low for him, which is why he’s decided to drop the Search and Destroy specialists in “Blazt” and “Fero”, who were swept up as we mentioned above, alongside “Ricky”. Until now, Ground Zero is a team of two men, as “StuDyy” remains on the team. Our penultimate piece of news turns our head towards Rise Nation and Echo Fox. This all circulates around the potential movement of Ulysses “Aqua” Silva; as his contract with the reds will end as the 2018 begins. Echo Fox plans to sign him exactly as he becomes free, so that he may join “Faccento”, “Saints”, “Assault” and “Gunless”. Having one of the highest k/d ratios at CWL Dallas, that of 1.27, his slaying capabilities will be welcomed on the side of Echo Fox to potential create an even better team. Heading into New Orleans on the 10th of January, there are a lot of changes to look out for. Apart from these roster changes and the reign of tk, if it will be contested alongside the recent patches which have drastically increased the viability of the submachine guns. Expect more visceral action as players will be closing down ranges. Turning back to tk, Splyce and Optic are the other podium potentials. Optic Gaming look to improve their gameplay with the signing of a coach in the form of Tyler “TeePee” Polchow, a former Optic Gaming player. “Basically, things with MLG didn’t work out on the commentating/analyst side of things. I feel like I can bring something to the team that they never really had before—that neutral voice and level-headed guy that’ll help them improve on certain game types when they do have those heated disputes.” Correspondingly, he will no longer be working as an analyst or a commentator for the CWL. Could the player’s experience as an analyst grant Optic the tactical edge? We’re excited to see how it all goes down in January. What do you think of all these changes? The international COD:WWII scene looks explosive, nd 2018 will hopefully also see the local scene’s growth into the new title.

COD: WWII - Relighting the Local Embers

Call of Duty is one of the most beloved esport in the local Malta and it has been for quite a while following article statistics, community response and our experience over the years. Starting all the way back in the peak of COD2 and progressing a little into COD4, the community fostered superb rivalries and intense face-offs which were simply monumental at the time. Yet, the age of modern and historic shooters went to bed as jetpacks inevitably worn, and with that, polarising the international community effectively. Not surprisingly, it wasn't the local community's cup of tea and the scene withered slowly through Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare. Yet, with COD: WWII enjoying its lifecycle, a new era of Call of Duty awaits and we're sure that now is the time for the comeback of Maltese Call of Duty to return to its former glory.  First off, we need to look at the past three years and see what went wrong. Personally, as a gamer I had no problems integrating with the new mechanics, but a community is far from individual. Advanced Warfare was such a huge change of pace that even the international side of things was shocked; from the medium paced Ghosts to a vertical and intense experience full of visceral dashing and jumpshots. Black Ops 3 toned things down a notch when it came to movement and added wall running instead. This title was better received locally and throughout the world as many selectively Treyarch fans emerged. So much so, that we included the title in last year's Malta eSports Festival and it succeeded. However, with the dawn of Infinite Warfare came an enormous, emotional, global cry for boots on the ground as the title was the worst received game in the franchise ever. With that being said, it still managed to outsell Battlefield 1 in terms of copies.  With these modern games failing with the community in Malta, we decided to be quite bold this year, unsure of a positive outcome by including the 12 year old game of COD 2.  A risky play which probably lead to some of our favourite moments of the year. Many of our staff at Gamers.com.mt has been, in some way or another, affiliated with the Call of Duty scene before in the locality and including the game was a demonstration of nostalgia and sentiment. Sparks flew as rivalires were forged and vendettas bloomed just like the old days as we included them in two of our largest events of the year. Namely, the Malta Cyber Series #3 and the Malta eSports Festival 2017. The most prolific local organisations and historical names enthusiastically took part, such as Paradigm6 and Ephica, to protect and cement their legacy in a time of new contenders. The competition has been a fresh source of speculation and indecision within the community which we're enjoying. Atmospheres were a vibrant relaxed and viscious competition antithesis.  Yet, time is passing and will continue to pass. Personally, as a writter and local esport journalist, we need to actuate the potential that COD: WWII brings with it. We need to harness the rivalries which we managed to irritate this past year in COD 2 and update it on the new iteration of classic Call of Duty. This year's Malta eSports Festival 2017 included both titles, which although stirred the community very well; it also divided it between the two games. Adapting to the new title will greatly increase local participation and recruitment as youngsters may be confident in playing games of the current generation. COD2 doesn't have a future, fullstop. Yes, we have previewed games such as Battalion 1944, but it doesn't really have the same ring to it.  The mentioned update needs to occur as soon as possible. As of right now, only one local esports organisation harbours a roster specifically for COD:WWII, being that of Project Eversio, who we'll be interviewing soon. The roster successfully won the MESF 2017 without much struggle. If the community and other organisations don't move on, Project Eversio will have to resort to solely online and international competition. Moving on to individuals, our very own Reuben "Randu" Grech who has been determined in the past three years even though the local community has been failing as he progressed through the modern titles. Strengthening the local love will help support aspiring professionals such as Reuben.  2018 will hopefully bring about this cohesion and coordination which we need to restore the Call of Duty scene. Unlike speculations of the Dota 2 scene which you may view here, Malta has everything it needs to succeed in CoD, we just need to work together and move forward as a community in the same direction. It's time to catch up with the rest of the world. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below! 

DOTA 2 eSports in Malta - Still Waiting

July 9th 2013; the official Steam release date of Dota 2. We all know what happened then. In absolutely no time at all, the gripping MOBA received an incredible amount of support from the community who were simply loving it. Just like that, Dota 2 has probabbly become the world's largest esport, with its 'The International' tournament franchise smashing competitive gaming records year after year. Why is it that Malta remains indifferent to the popularity, still waiting after five years? Gamers.com.mt, founded in 2012, as an eager and young esports organisation, felt the roaring international enthusiasm hands on just a year later for Dota 2. Yet, after five years of waiting for a spark in the community, we are yet to organise an event which includes the MOBA. Yes, you may feel free to point the finger following the "why don't you include it and see what happens first?" argument, but one needs to understand the irresponsibility of investing in a space, a prize pool, a venue and so many other aspects of an event without full assurance of people showing up. That's why we haven't included yet; it remains quite risky. The question we need to be asking is why hasn't Dota 2 received any friction in the local scene. Well, a while back we asked a similar question to a former Project Eversio Dota 2 player, Alex "BaRaCuDa" Botvinov. Here's what he had to say: In your opinion, why does Malta lack a competitive Dota 2 scene and how has this lack of local competition affected your competitive career until now? There is a certain lack of attitude and commitment in Malta. We are not able to show anything on LAN tournaments here simply because there are none. We can only play online and that is what we are doing at the moment. Alex is extremely correct and we couldn't agree more. Youngsters like him who are indeed enjoying the game and putting in the hours with the dream of competing are only disappointed by the state of the local scene. Catch the rest of the interview here to learn more about the teenager: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/318/interview-with-maltese-dota-2-player. As mentioned earlier, esports organisations such as Project Eversio do have a Dota 2 squad. With this being one of the only professional squads on the island, the team is forced to rely on online competition which simply isn't the same thing; trust us. More teams, not necessarily from esports organisations, just a string of friends determined to win is what the scene needs. Let's take a second to look at League of Legends, another competitive phenomenon on a global level which has taken the world by storm. Unlike Dota 2, the game has a great amount of traction on Maltese soil. We've included LoL in 13 events, nearly every single one since we began in 2012! Since day one, we could feel the enthusiasm of the local community which is why we pushed forward and haven't looked back since - the esport usually having the highest prize pool out of the other tournaments at our events. The following are what needs to occur for Gamers.com.mt to feature Dota 2 in an upcoming event, all of which are extremely achievable goals: - An increased community support which is asking profusely for an event - Local rivalries and competition to spark - More teams, professional and casual, need to form with the intention of playing together and competing - More Maltese players need to play Dota 2 individually and be willing to form teams Such changes are not expected to occur overnight, that would be impossible. Yet, perhaps for 2018, if we begin to see a local decision to take Dota 2 seriously, then you can count on us to ensure that the game will be hosted at our very own events for the whole island to enjoy. Maybe this could be Malta's New Year Resolution; to play more Dota 2 competitively.

2017: A Proud Year for Gamers.com.mt

It's that time of the year when everybody's either looking back and reflecting on the past twelve months or getting ready for twelve more with a different outlook and perhaps a resolution in mind. Gamers.com.mt is extremely content with how 2017 went, of course not a perfect year but in terms of the gaming industry and developing as a company ourselves, only progress may be discussed. Without further delay, let's talk about our favourite moments and statistics from the year. The Malta Robotics Olympiad Overwatch: Open Starting chronologically, the MRO Overwatch: Open kicked the year off with a tremendous bang, as we successfully assisted the gaming industry when it comes to exposure. Just in case you forgot, the event was held together with the sixth iteration of the Malta Robotics Olympiad; with hundreds of young students present and taking in the atmosphere. Organised by the Ministry of Education, the Olympiad received a great amount of coverage and in doing so, so did we! The top local esports organisations of Paradigm6, EvH and Project Eversio all competed fiercely to achieve their podium placements. However, since then the local Overwatch community has been at an all-time low and we couldn't organise further events which included the title. Hopefully, this will change in 2018 and we're waiting for the enthusiasm to return eagerly.  The GO&FUN eSports Championship at The Point Shopping Mall Moving on the GO&FUN eSports Championship in April; this was one of our favourite events of the year. As you may see from the title, the amount of new sponsors we encountered were incredible due to the highly dense venue of The Point. Thanks to all these sponsors, a total of 10,000 euros worth of cash prizes were assimilated in each of the games involved, namely FIFA 17 and LoL. The free registration and public space made it a fantastically refreshing event.  The Malta Cyber Series #3 - Back to Basics After the GO&FUN event, we had until September for our next event. Yet, until then, a massive expansion took place within our company. Late May; before a certain student's Chemistry O'Level, we got in contact with a content writer - me, Gabriel Sciberras. Before that point, our News department was at a standstill and it needed work. Seven months later, and I've written more than 350 news articles and roughly 25 hardware reviews which has also led to a new source of income for the company. We look to continue developing the News department as we head into 2018, constantly looking for content writers. If you feel that you're up for it, don't waste time and contact us now! Anyway, moving on, we've arrived at the Malta Cyber Series #3, the event which everyone looks forward to for a chill atmosphere filled with competitive gaming. So much so, that a buffet and poolside barbeque were all part of the proceedings - The SeaShells Resort at Suncrest was a perfect venue. Apart from the relaxed environment, the most notable feature was our expieriment of including COD2, a go at reviving an aged community. With a wide smile, we greeted so many veterans who came out of their way to stay true to their legacy and young faces trying their hands at old mechanics. Many rivalries and storylines were put into motion, all of which were to be answered in the upcoming GO MESF 2017.  The Aliquantum CS:GO Tournament The month of November was when things became quite tough; two huge events condensed within the space of a week! Such a feat is daunting for all event organisers alike. The first event was The Aliquantum CS:GO torunament, yet another one to be held at the SiGMA 17 iGaming conference together with Gamers.com.mt to be held between the 23rd and 24th of November at the MFCC in Ta' Qali. Having a familiar format, 5000 euros were thrown onto the table. Free entry saw the available spots saturate almost instantantly and epic competition ensued amongst the interesting and futuristic architecture present. This event was our only incorporation of the popular title of CS:GO throughout the year, and we'd certainly like to include it more regularly in 2018. A simple event yet awaited and tasking nonetheless, a small preparation for the MESF 2017, the largest event of the year to occur only a few days away. A lot of hard work and planning ped us execute the transition very well.  The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 The GO MESF 2017, or Malta eSports Festival, was truly our largest event of the year. Hosting eight games and over 200 competitors, many were prepared for the huge competition ahead. Storming through November, we took shelter in the old prison at Paola, the largest venue ever, and gave public viewership to really step things up. Everything went to plan and our historical event definitely improved over last year; except for the enormous disappointment regarding the GPL PUBG Open. Faulty hardware and Early Access server errors made it impossible and everything had to be postponed to a later date away from the mainstage; still, we sincerely apologise for this happening just like when it occurred.  Games Weekend at the Airport Food Court Another notable bit of fun we had was the Games Weekend at the Airport Food Court in October, where we had a little casual fun on Tekken 7 and FIFA 17.  2017 was the fifth year anniversary for the company, as we addressed in a commemorative article here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/346/gamers-com-mt-5th-anniversary and we also held a huge giveaway as a mode of thanks. To conclude, we're very grateful for a fantastic year and look to continue bringing high quality esports to the island for all of you to enjoy.  Gamers.com.mt wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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