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Battlegrounds Mobile India Gets New Update

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KRAFTON is all set to pump in more adrenalin for the millions of BATTLEGROUNDS enthusiasts in India, with the introduction of Flora Menace, special features and realistic game dynamics in version 1.6 rolling out on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. The update will be rolling out sequentially starting today, so fans are requested to be patient for it to show up on your app store.

A new mode “Flora Menace” has been added to BATTLEGROUNDS, bringing in interesting possibilities. In Flora Menace Mode, a life barrier is created in some part of the map that is encroached by alien creatures. In the wall, players’ HP gradually recovers. Players can loot “Nacore” in the mode and use the item to buy battle items.  The mode is available in Classic Theme Modes and starting from Erangel, it will be added to Sanhok and Livik.

Exclusively in Erangel “Flora Menace,” players can enjoy Cell Matrix content. The Cell Matrix is an airship floating in the air and players can ride it using Cells that can be found in the map. In Cell Matrix, players have three chances to revive themselves and get to fight with randomly provided weapons. They can acquire Nacore by eliminating enemies or robots infected by an alien creature in the airship.

The latest update will pack a lot of surprises later in the month as EvoGround will feature the popular Zombie mode “Survive Till Dawn” where the last surviving player in the zombie attack gets the final victory. Many more popular game modes such as the Payload Mode will be appearing in EvoGround so players are requested to keep a close eye on our social channels for launch dates or directly dive into EvoGround in matchmaking. As many as 8 different game modes will appear over a period of time.

The new version also includes the recording option, allowing players to record their gameplay and showcase their clips on social media platforms. In fact, a slew of community contests on our social channels will be rolled out around recorded clips in-game. Fans can participate and win amazing rewards.

Taking feedback into consideration from valued BATTLEGROUNDS enthusiasts, certain refinements have also been incorporated to smooth out animations allowing more agility and flexibility to the players. The full patch notes together with the refinements can be found on our news section.

With the idea of keeping more strategic tools at players’ disposal, auto-bandage option has been added, distance information is included in the In-Game Mark, and the famous flight path can now be replayed after landing.  Additionally one can test out weapons like P90, MG3, ASM Abakan in the all important training ground before heading into a match.

With 1.6.0, KRAFTON aims at providing an overall improved battle-feel to the players with features like Improved camera vibration effect on grenade detonation, configurable headshot sound adjustments, dynamic scope adjustment options.

Finally, rolling out today, straight from the Chef’s kitchen, with his flavours, is the RPM3 – Royale Pass Month 3. Priced similarly like other months, starting at 360UC, there’s an array of outfits on offer.

Catering to the upcoming festive season, month long in-game events around Dusshera and Diwali will be flowing in from the second half of the month, lasting right into the Diwali week. All details will be announced at a later date.

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Gamers from India, Pakistan and Nepal to Compete at WEC 2021

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Esports athletes from India, Pakistan and Nepal will get the opportunity to compete virtually in open qualifiers to take a shot at becoming the champion of the region. 

While talking about the launch of World Esports Cup (WEC), WEC Director, Vishwalok Nath said:  “We all know how intense it becomes when it comes to any India-Pakistan match and we want fans to witness this epic clash in esports as well. The World Esports Cup will also aim to connect the gamers and gaming community from the South Asian Countries in one platform which will be a first of its kind initiative.”

The tournament, which will be played over a period of three months, will have initial round of two open and closed qualifiers across three regions to screen the best 24 squads from each country. Then, respective countries will battle out to get their best 12 squads which will lead them to finals which will feature their top 4 squads. In the Grand Finals, top 4 squads from India, Pakistan and Nepal will showcase their strategies, coordination and tactical skills to decide the best of the best team from the region. The tournament will be live streamed on official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak along with their websites.

Mr Nath further added regarding its association with Infinix Smartphones, “Mobile gaming with the advent of economical and more advanced smartphone technology has clearly pushed the esports ecosystem to a much wider audience, tapping the still untapped markets across the region and I believe our partnership with Infinix Smartphones consecutive for the second IP property is a strong indication of the potential that WEC brings forth. We are expecting a phenomenal response for this Tri-Nation tournament.” 

In its inaugural edition WEC will witness 33+ Days of streaming. The Hong Kong-based smartphone giant, Infinix Smartphones is geared up with multiple upgrades and innovations specifically designed to give an unparalleled and exceptional gaming experience with Dar Link game boost technology, which enhances the gaming interaction and visual experience in heavy-duty Games like Free Fire. 

“We at Infinix are dedicated to providing the best gaming experience to our customers with our value driven product offerings. To empower gamers and make gaming-focused smartphones available for everyone, even for those from the remotest areas of the nation, we have been focusing on R&D like never before and are constantly trying to improve ourselves with each product that we bring to the market. Our indigenous DarLink game-boost technology is just one example of our efforts in this direction. With this partnership, we aim to open doors and give new opportunities to the growing gaming talent in India. We are confident that Indian players will not only win but will also encourage the Indian gaming pool in a global platform like WEC.” Mr. Anish Kapoor, CEO of Infinix Smartphones said while announcing the association. 

While Esports is now a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games as well as few other upcoming Asian Championships in the near future. It is expected to see full-fledged induction in Paris Olympics in 2024. WEC’21 aims to play the role of a catalyst to develop, support and grow the Esports ecosystem in India and its neighbouring countries and get esports recognised as a mainstream sport.

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World Esports Day Returns to Promote Competitive Gaming

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The British Esports Association is proud to announce that it will host the second annual World Esports Day, due to take place on Saturday 23rd October 2021 and bring people together for a global celebration of esports.

Following on from the success of last year’s activities, the event is coming back bigger and better to increase awareness of the positive impacts that esports has on society.

The campaign aims to celebrate all things competitive gaming, including the players, tournaments, streams, content, as well as other areas that help to build up the industry.

World Esports Day is backed by the British Esports Association, as well as having further support from the Global Esports Federation, Singapore Esports Association and Twitch.

After raising money for Special Effect in last year’s event, this year the selected charity is COVAX.

‘COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed at access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.’ 

In light of the pandemic, British Esports decided it was best to support this charity in its journey to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to countries all around the world.

Funds raised will go straight to COVAX and allow more people globally to be protected amidst the current global situation. 

There are several ways to get involved with #WorldEsportsDay, whether you are an individual or organisation.

Some of the many things to do include: hosting an event, running a stream, doing an educational piece or even just promoting esports through social media.

To give some inspiration, these are some of the activities completed last year:

– RAF vs student show matches
– Warzone Tournament
– Fundraising Stream
– Social Media Post
– Merchandise Promotion

World Esports day allows for organisations to let their creativity shine through and help to celebrate all of the positive aspects of esports with people from around the globe. 

Download our activity deck:
British Esports has created a deck for individuals and organisations to gain more of an understanding about the day itself, as well as how they can get involved.

This deck outlines the processes behind things like donations to give you more of an understanding about what happens in a more detailed way.

As well as the deck, there are also several assets and resources available to help get activities started, and for you to show your support for the campaign. 

These include: – Social media templates
– Streaming overlays
– Donation ticker
– High-quality logos

All of the World Esports Day assets provided have the space for individuals and organisations to include their own branding, whilst showing their support for the day.

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Facebook to Host its First Ever Gaming Event in India

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Facebook announced its first-ever gaming event – FBGamingPressStart in India. Spread across two days, the virtual event will be hosted by popular comedian Abish Mathews and provide game developers, publishers, and creators across India an opportunity to build, grow their communities, and monetize on Facebook.  

#FBGamingPressStart is another step in Facebook’s mission of bringing the world closer together. On Facebook, people can find entertaining gaming videos to watch, follow their favorite creators and game titles, build meaningful connections in gaming groups and chats, discover new games and play those games with people from across the globe — all in one place. The event’s opening address will be made by Gio Hunt, VP of Gaming Business and Operations, Facebook, Ajit Mohan, Managing Director and Vice President, India, and Manohar Hotchandani,Business Development Director, Facebook. 

Focused on gaming publishers, the first day consists of sessions titled ‘Play 101: Facebook Instant Games & Cloud Opportunities’, ‘Get In-App Ads Right With Audience Network’, ‘Supercharge Your Game With Facebook Gaming Services’ and AR as well as gaming communities. On the second day creators, publishers and Esports companies will be able to check out sessions on Facebook Gaming video programs, Gaming Creator Programs and Stories of Diversity and Monetisation from popular gamers in the gaming community. 

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