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ASUS ROG Launches 2nd Season of ROG Academy with Valorant

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) launched the all-new power packed second season of ROG Academy in partnership with AFK Gaming and The Esports Club, further strengthening its commitment towards empowering aspiring eSports athletes and enthusiasts in India. This initiative will provide the desired infrastructure and training, helping gamers develop the skill set necessary to compete on a global scale. After successfully concluding the first season of ROG Academy, with an overwhelming 2350 entries from across the country, Asus aims to expand its existing portfolio to encompass games from various genres as it starts season two with Valorant. The registrations for the second season commence from 3rd May, 2021 till 10th May, 2021. 

Valorant has swiftly become one of the top games in various tournaments in India. Asus also witnessed a great deal of participation for Valorant during ROG Showdown as the game offers an engaging gameplay. ROG Academy is carefully designed to mentor potential professional gamers to excel in the field of esports and boost career opportunities in the eSports industry. The program is aimed at paving the way for next-generation gamers with access to resources, mentorship and training from veterans in the esports circuit to elevate the current gaming ecosystem in India. As part of the training, Asus also equips all participants with necessary gears and products such as tournament-ready gaming equipments and first-in-class high quality technology.

Speaking on the announcement, Arnold Su, Business Head, Consumer and Gaming PC, System Business Group, ASUS India, said “After the successful launch of India’s first virtual Academy program for a gamer – ROG Academy, earlier this year, Asus ROG is back with the second season as a platform to provide extensive training and mentoring to the budding gamers to further hone their skills and showcase their talent in partnership with AFK Gaming. This initiative will prepare gaming enthusiasts for competitive E-sport tournaments on a national as well as global level. As the No. 1 gaming laptop brand, we strongly believe that the esports industry has a huge potential to provide multiple career options in the country and we aim to nurture the same with the ROG Academy. The pandemic has also made a shift in the content consumption patterns, resulting in the growth and adoption of e-sports. The esports segment is therefore bound to grow exponentially over the next few years. Looking at the enthusiasm, we will continue to explore future possibilities on scaling this program further to bolster the esports ecosystem in India.” 

ROG Academy: 

Curriculum & Duration:

ASUS ROG Academy is a year-long program, divided into four sessions as per the quarter, aimed at establishing and developing the E-sports community in India. This season, the curriculum is designed in partnership with AFK Gaming and The Esports Club, one of India’s most recognized tournament organizers of Valorant.

The shortlisted team and players will go through an extensive selection process divided into different phases. This will culminate into 6 select players becoming part of a 3-month long program designed to familiarize the players with the various aspects of gameplay at eminent levels to master the techniques of teamwork, communication, analyzing the opponents, tracking improvement, agent selection and skillsets, map breakdown, executes and more. The exercises, schedule and entire program will be specifically designed keeping in mind the title and the existing skillsets of the players who will be a part of it. 

Coach Details

This season, the coaching will be overseen by none other than Mansoor “Nabu” Ahmed, Director, The Esports Club. Over the years, he himself has been a competitive player in various titles and has developed a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. He will be joined by Nikhil “Sieh” Bhansali who is a broadcast analyst and caster with The Esports Club and has worked on every single major Valorant event in the country since its launch. In addition, there will be regular guest sessions and special classes by top Indian professionals and other industry leaders and experts. 

Rewards & Outcome from the training:

The Second season of the ROG Academy will witness “Valorant” as the official title as we continue our journey to discover India’s most talented players. The panelists will consist of a representative from ASUS ROG, partners, and Valorant. ASUS ROG will be providing the whole team Ex-Gratia of INR 100,000 price to all the final 6 players once they complete their 3-month training successfully. The players will also receive monetary compensation of INR 15,000/ as a stipend on monthly basis during the training. Also, the 6 players will continue to represent the brand for additional 3 months while participating in any tournaments or events post completing 3 months training program successfully. 

How to Apply: ROG Academy

1. Aspiring gamers and gaming enthusiasts aged 16 and above can participate in the program and register themselves on the Official ROG Website 3rd may 2021 onwards. Gamers aged between 16 to 18 need to provide a consent letter from their parents to participate in the program.

2. During the registration process, applicants will answer some key questions on the online form that will help Asus determine the type of player they are

Selection Process

1. After registrations, participants will have to go through a screening process which will include showcasing their abilities in the open tryouts where they will be judged by a Jury. 

2. The top six participants chosen from the tryouts phase will receive admission into the program. Participants will receive a stipend of INR 15000/.

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NVIDIA Upgrades Mainstream Laptops into Gaming with GeForce RTX 30 Series

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NVIDIA announced a new wave of GeForce RTX™ laptops  from the world’s top manufacturers, delivering real-time ray tracing and AI-based DLSS to tens of  millions more gamers and creators, starting at just $799. 

The platforms, many based on the new GeForce RTX 3050 Ti and 3050 Laptop GPUs, bring NVIDIA’s Ampere architecture with dedicated RT and Tensor Cores to the most mainstream audience yet, and expand the number of RTX 30 Series laptops to more than 140. 

Providing exceptional performance in thin, sleek designs, the new RTX laptops are twice as fast as previous-generation systems, delivering smooth, 60 frames per second gameplay at 1080p in popular titles such as Minecraft RTX and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. 

“The latest wave of laptops provides the perfect opportunity to upgrade, particularly for gamers and creators with older laptops who want to experience the magic of RTX,” said Mark Aevermann, director of product management for laptops at NVIDIA. “There are now five times more RTX 30 Series gaming laptops that are thinner than 18mm compared with previous-generation RTX systems, delivering groundbreaking performance with very sleek and portable designs.” 

NVIDIA DLSS – The Laptop Game Changer 

Laptop owners, who typically upgrade after about four years of use, can see enormous performance gains with the newest GeForce RTX 3050-class Laptop GPUs. With NVIDIA DLSS, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptops are also up to 2x faster than previous-generation systems.

Only GeForce RTX GPUs feature specialized Tensor Cores that power DLSS, which is now available in  more than 40 AAA titles and indie game hits, with recent additions such as Outriders, Call of Duty:  Warzone, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT and Mortal Shell. 

Additionally, creators can experience DLSS acceleration in applications such as D5 Render, SheenCity  Mars and NVIDIA Omniverse, which enable artists to visualize their designs in real-time instead of  waiting for ray-traced scenes to finish rendering.  

“Consumers are spending more time than ever on laptops — PC gamers, creators and students are all driving demand for massive improvements in graphics horsepower and AI-accelerated applications,”  said Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research. “Laptop manufacturers are responding to this market momentum by designing thinner, higher-performing models to meet the  various needs of consumers — it’s no wonder NVIDIA GPUs are powering so many new designs.” 

NVIDIA Reflex Brings Low-Latency Esports to Laptops 

For those who enjoy competitive games, new GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptops can deliver 144+ FPS and sub-25ms system latency in titles such as Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant, thanks to the NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency mode. Seven out of the top 10 competitive shooter games have NVIDIA Reflex support, which allows gamers to achieve lower system latency so they can play their absolute best. NVIDIA Reflex is also supported across the entire RTX 30 Series lineup. 

New AI Effects for Video Conferencing and Livestreaming in NVIDIA Broadcast All RTX 30 Series laptops include support for NVIDIA Broadcast, an app that transforms laptops into a home studio. This has now been improved with new AI effects — room echo removal and video noise removal — and updated the audio noise removal to eliminate sounds from cats, dogs and insects. These effects, together with the previously released virtual background and auto frame, can now be stacked to  provide more control and quality over audio and video.  

New NVIDIA Studio Laptops 

RTX-based Studio laptops are designed for creators to meet their demands for performance and reliability. Newly unveiled NVIDIA Studio laptops equipped with RTX 30 Series GPUs now render creative and professional apps up to 2x faster than the previous generation. Video editors can work with 8K RAW footage, use AI to simplify workflows and reduce encode times by up to 75 percent. Additionally, artists can take advantage of up to 16GB of graphics memory to work with huge assets or multiple apps simultaneously for increased productivity and efficiency. 

Availability 

New GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops, including GeForce RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060, are available starting  today from the world’s top manufacturers, including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo,  MSI and Razer. RTX 3050 Ti and 3050-based laptops will be available this summer. 

GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops will also be available from local OEMs and system builders, including Aftershock, CyberPower PC, Digital Storm, Eluktronics, Falcon NW, Hasee, Maingear, Mechrevo, Mouse,  Origin PC, PC Specialist, Scan, Schenker, Terrans Force, Thunderobot and XOTIC PC. Pricing, configurations and availability will vary among regions and partners. 

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HyperX is The Official Global Founding Partner for Riot Games’ VALORANT Champions Tour

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HyperX announced that it will become a founding partner of Riot Games’ VALORANT Champions Tour. The deal will see HyperX become the official sponsor for gaming keyboard, mice and mouse pads.

“We’re excited to welcome our newest partner to the VCT. HyperX joins us as the Official Keyboard, Mouse, and Mousepad Partner of the VALORANT Champions Tour,” said NazAletaha, Head of Global Esports Partnerships and Business Development at Riot Games. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them and have their amazing products supporting our event in Reykjavik and beyond.”

VALORANT quickly established itself as the fastest growing esport of 2020. To support the competitive scene, Riot Games launched the VALORANT Champions Tour, a year-long, global circuit featuring three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters and Champions. Teams compete through regional Challengers events, then qualify into international Masters events, with the goal to earn a spot at Champions. In this two-week long tournament, one team will be crowned the VALORANT Global Champion. The season-long tour will feature competitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Riot Games’ VALORANT Champions Tour,” said HyperX. “In almost two years, VALORANT has amassed a huge community and has now evolved into a global esports tournament. For over a decade, HyperX has sponsored pro esports teams and tournaments. Our experience and knowledge have become embedded into the development of our award-winning line up of gaming peripherals, including the Alloy gaming keyboards and Pulsefire gaming mice. We are excited to continue this tradition and ensure all players play better with HyperX.”

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PUBG Mobile Returning as Battlegrounds Mobile India

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KRAFTON announced the reveal of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA. Developed by KRAFTON, the game will offer a world class AAA multiplayer gaming experience on mobile. BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA will release with exclusive in-game events like outfits and features and will have its own esports ecosystem with tournaments and leagues. The game will launch as a free-to-play experience on mobile devices. 

BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA, a battle royale experience, will have a period of pre-registration before the launch. The game will be available to play only in India. KRAFTON will collaborate with partners to build an esports ecosystem while bringing in-game content regularly, starting with a series of India specific in-game events at launch, to be announced later. 

Here’s a first look at the logo of the upcoming game. 

With privacy and data security being a top priority, KRAFTON will be working with partners, to ensure data protection and security, at each stage. This will ensure privacy rights are respected, and all data collection and storage will be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in India and for players here. 

We believe, that at this time, more than ever, your health and safety are a paramount priority.  We urge each one of you as super players, to stay safe, stay at home and wear a mask. 

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