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Live Action Video Game ‘The Gallery’ Releasing This April

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Aviary Studios is thrilled to announce that their live action video game The Gallery will launch this April for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, iOS and Android platforms. And, in a first for Europe, The Gallery will also release in UK cinemas where the audience will play the game by majority decision as part of an immersive and participative interactive experience.

Written and directed by Paul Raschid, one of the most prolific live action video game / interactive film creatives, The Gallery is a thrilling combination of hostage thriller and social drama with a dash of world film festival cinema aesthetic. Filmed over a 6 week period in February and March, 2021, the game immerses audiences in an interactive experience set in two time periods – 1981 and 2021, both of which are of considerable political, social and cultural significance in UK history, cleverly reflected in the nuanced story. Players will face over 150 decision points as they navigate a story full of mystery and intrigue. 

An exciting cast has been assembled for The Gallery including George Blagden (Versailles and Vikings); Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia); Kara Tointon (Mr. Selfridge and Eastenders); Rebecca Root (The Queen’s Gambit); Richard Fleeshman (The Sandman and Coronation Street), Shannon Tarbet (Killing Eve and Love Sarah) and Fehinti Balogun (I May Destroy You).

The live action video (FMV) game genre debuted in the mid 1980s and was touted as the future of video games but was finally declared dead in the mid 1990s. The current renaissance of this somewhat niche genre –  a confluence of film and games – began around 2015 with such titles as Late Shift and Her Story and was turbo charged  in 2019 with Netflix’s  Bandersnatch. With filmmakers such as Paul Raschid (who has won a BAFTA Scotland for his linear film work) now looking to extend the live action video game to a wider film and TV audience and offering more diverse genres than the traditional horror experience, this niche genre could well be set for a resurgence. 

The Gallery will launch this April for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, iOS and Android platforms and a UK interactive cinema release. Please visit the official

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Mobile Premier League Starts Poker Academy

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Mobile Premier League (MPL) has introduced Poker Academy jointly with some of India’s top poker professionals to help aspiring gamers hone their skills.

Poker, as a skill-based game, requires analytical thinking, knowledge of math, and a knack to read people. The Academy, through a series of unique content properties, aims to deconstruct all these aspects in an accessible manner and help aspiring poker players learn the techniques, and enhance their strategy and thinking, while ensuring skill-based gameplay in the long term.  

MPL also announced the launch of India Poker Festival, an online event that would offer a best-in-class gaming experience to all kinds of poker players across different tournament formats. The 11-day event, from May 26th through June 5th, will see thousands of players from across the nation participating. MPL will also run contests, discount offers on social media and provide free tickets for the tournament as prizes.

Worldwide, there are over 100 million people who play poker. With tech advancements, enabling transparency and fairplay, especially online poker on mobile apps, many new players have started playing poker, across the world. In India too, the sport has attracted a lot of new players in recent years. The number of tournaments has also increased. Poker, along with games like Bridge, Chess and Scrabble, is a part of the Mind Sports Olympiad, the global event for games of mental skill and mind sports.

Commenting on the launch of MPL Poker Academy, Namratha Swamy, Country Head – India, MPL said, “Success in a game of poker is a product of hard work and skill. We strongly believe that with MPL Poker Academy and its myriad learning tools and features, we can create a conducive environment where people can learn from experts and connect with other like-minded players. Through this initiative, we also aim to clear any misconceptions that people have about the game.”

As part of the Academy, MPL will curate beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of content that cater to all types of gamers. Professional poker players such as Parth Jain, Dhaval Mudgal, Siddharth Karia, Aniruddha Joshi and others have joined hands with MPL to create short, snackable videos to make learning poker accessible to people. This includes commentary on the various aspects of poker including structure of a game, best and worst hands, common poker mistakes and how to avoid them, setting financial limits, playing against different types of opponents, etc. to help people get started on their poker journey.


Commenting on the launch, Siddharth Karia, said, “Like in other competitive sports, developing strategies and executing them under pressure is what excites me the most about poker. I am excited about the Indian Poker Festival. I believe it will be a great platform for players to leverage their skills, compete against the best and earn recognition.”

Final Table Replay, a weekly video series, will see poker streamers walk through final table live action of the biggest tournaments hosted on the MPL platform. This will help players view all cards on a poker table and learn along as experts analyze all the hands and the decisions taken by players during the game.

MPL Poker Academy is accessible to gamers on MPL’s app, social media platforms as well as well-known poker communities like India Poker Players’ Association (IPPA), Poker Guru, Gutshot, among others.

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EndBoss 2022 Poker Tournament Concluded, Know All Winners

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EndBoss hosted by PokerBaazi.com, finished its 2022 edition with a massive prize pool of INR 5 crore. Jitendra Gadhwal, the 26-year-old B.Tech graduate from Delhi, was crowned the champion, taking home prize money of INR 1 crore. The tournament, which began on May 18th, attracted over 4928 entries from across the country.

“With every edition of Endboss, we are witnessing the growing popularity of the poker ecosystem in India”, commented Mr. Navkiran Singh, Founder & CEO of Baazi Games. He added “The growing participation in such tournaments and intense competition between the players to outwit each other with their skills, signal the trend that people are becoming more educated about the game. We, as a brand, envision making poker a mainstream sport, and such tournaments provide the perfect platform for players to feel encouraged and motivated towards pursuing poker further.”

Jitendra began playing poker as a hobby in 2016 and over a period it has turned into a passion for him. He learned about the EndBoss through an Instagram post from a friend and entered the tournament. Following his moment of glory, he intends to use the prize money to take a vacation and spend time with his family.

Commenting on his achievement, Jitendra Gadhwal, IT Professional said, “The landscape of poker is evolving right now, and it’s slowly becoming one of the most sought-after skill-based sports, forgoing the general perception of the game of luck, which is motivating more individuals to participate in such tournaments.

To be a successful poker player, one must be patient and should consider all available options before making a particular decision on the table. Playing against skilled players from all around the country not only helped me test my skills but also showcased that I need to keep improving. I am elated with my achievement and now want to take my game to the next level in the upcoming tournaments.”

The finale of the tournament took place on May 22nd, 2022, while Jitendra grabbed the first place and the coveted title of EndBoss, 28-year-old Eshan Kapoor of Delhi came in second place and took home INR 60,20,000, followed by 37-year-old Bhushan Sohani of Pune who came in third place and pocketed INR 31,35,000. States that led the tournament included New Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan who produced the top 10 winners for this edition.

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Upgrade Your Gaming Experience with New ASUS ROG Swift Gaming Monitor

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ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) announced the ROG Swift 500Hz, the world’s first 500 Hz refresh-rate esports gaming monitor. The Swift 500Hz features a 24.1-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display that utilizes Esports-TN panel (E-TN) technology to produce 60% shorter response times than standard TN LCD displays, making it the fastest LCD display ever. The Swift 500Hz includes NVIDIA® G-SYNC®, and the enhanced Esports Vibrance mode – specifically tuned for esports – built directly into the monitor firmware. It allows more light to travel through the LCD crystals, giving colors new levels of vibrancy. With latency a crucial factor in esports gaming, the Swift 500Hz also includes NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer, allowing gamers to measure latency with just a single click.

ASUS ROG has always pushed the boundaries of display technology. A decade ago, ASUS introduced the world’s first 144 Hz 1080p gaming monitor. In 2017, ROG introduced the first-ever NVIDIA G-SYNC 240 Hz gaming monitor. And in 2020, ROG unleashed the first 360 Hz gaming monitor. 

Pushing the limits of display technology

“When we introduced the first 144 Hz monitor in 2012, people said the human eye can only perceive 60 frames per second,” explains Gavin Tsai, Display Product Manager for ASUS. “Then, when we introduced our 240 Hz monitor, they said the human can’t perceive the difference,” continues Tsai. “Today, in a market where 144 Hz and 240 Hz gaming monitors are common and standard specs, we are breaking entirely new ground with the incredibly fast ROG Swift 500Hz.” 

With reduced motion blur, improved visuals and lower input latency, the ROG Swift 500Hz is designed to give professional esports gamers an advantage in tournaments. One of these impressive features – the extraordinarily low latency – is made possible in part through a vital partnership with NVIDIA.  “The ROG Swift 500Hz with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology provides gamers the lowest latency available of any monitor on the market,” said Seth Schneider, Esports product manager at NVIDIA. “And with NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer on board, gamers can measure their latency with one click, ensuring the fastest response times for the most intense games.”

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