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Mobile Premier League Acquires GamingMonk

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Mobile Premier League announced that they have acquired New Delhi-based Esports gaming platform GamingMonk. GamingMonk hosts Esports tournaments across multiple platforms including PC, Console and Mobile. It serves as a launchpad for publishers and a community for gamers creating an integrated ecosystem across Esports, live streaming, and content discovery.

As part of the transaction, MPL has absorbed the complete GamingMonk team. This acquisition will allow MPL to accelerate bringing to market key national, regional and global tournament IPs and allow MPL to develop a full suite of Esports and broadcasting capabilities. This would be anchored by the GamingMonk team’s strong track record of leading online and offline eSports tournaments.

As of April 2021, GamingMonk had a registered user base of over 1.3 million users.

Speaking about this strategic acquisition, Sai Srinivas, Co-founder and CEO, MPL, said “In our mission to serve gamers in India, GamingMonk will augment our efforts in reaching our target audience and engage with our users effectively. With the increased consumption of Esports in the last couple of years and it becoming as competitive as any other sport, it gives us immense pleasure to present our users with the best of games to play, and enjoy their passion for gaming.”

Esports Arena Launch

MPL has also launched Esports Arena, the banner under which the platform will host fortnightly Esports tournaments in some of its marquee games such as Chess, WCC, Pool, etc. Each of these tournaments will carry a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and entry is free for all gamers. MPL will also stream the games on its social media platforms to millions of viewers.

With Esports Arena, MPL aims to take Esports truly to the masses across India, with gaming titles that are smartphone friendly and can be played on a range of smartphones. With so much untapped talent all over the country, MPL hopes to discover the next Esports champions through Esports Arena.

In four such tournaments conducted for games such as Pool, Chess, and WCC, the number of livestream views have crossed 5 million, with over 70,000 participants registering for the tournaments. Chess grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi, along with famous gamers and streamers such as Jonathan Gaming, Gaming Guru, Soul Regaltos, and others were a part of these tournaments.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of MPL. From the very onset, GamingMonk’s vision was to change the Esports scenario in India, and I strongly believe that our collaboration with MPL will not only help us accomplish our goal, but also transform the way every individual in our country views esports. MPL has been one of the pioneers in changing the gaming culture in Asia, and it was a no brainer for us that if there was someone who could help us reach our goal at the earliest it had to be them,” said Ashwin Haryani, Co-Founder, GamingMonk

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BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA Set to Debut in India

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Krafton announced the date for pre-registrations of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA. Developed by Krafton, the long-awaited pre-registrations for the game will go live on 18th May. There will be specific rewards available for fans to claim, only if they pre-register the game. These rewards would be specific to Indian players only.

To pre-register for BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA, please visit the Google Play Store and click on the “Pre-Register” button, and your rewards will automatically be available to claim on game launch.

Krafton’s brand new game will launch as a free-to-play experience on mobile devices. We request players to stay tuned, stay masked and stay safe, for additional details on the pre-registration rewards. BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA will be available exclusively to play in India only.

The market players in the gaming domain are overjoyed with the return of the game in India. Also as the pre-registrations are set to open, the industry players have expressed their happiness on this new era in Indian gaming market. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) commented, “It is heartening to see that Krafton Inc. has announced the date for pre-registrations of Battlegrounds Mobile India, which is a clear indication that government green light has been given and this surely is a piece of good news for all the PUBG players who have been missing the game all this while since the game was withdrawn from the Indian market post the government ban. We also urge that it is an opportune time for Indian video game developers, as well as the existing esports titles as such recent announcements, will fuel the Indian esports ecosystem which is full of possibilities and opportunities.”

“We are excited to see that the pre-registrations for the Battlegrounds Mobile India are finally rolling out. Indian gamers will now be able to get hands-on experience with this much-waited game. This launch will be historic, if I may call it so. At Ultimate Battle, we will be including Battlegrounds Mobile India in our All India Esports League which will be rolling out shortly,” said Tarun Gupta, Founder, Ultimate Battle.

Abhishek Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CEO, Trinity Gaming added, “As Krafton promised earlier, they are going to start the long-awaited pre-registrations of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA from 18th May and it’s both encouraging & exciting for the whole esports & gaming community. Existing and new gaming creators will be taking the first concrete step towards their future in gaming. Team Trinity and our network of content creators are super excited about the opening of pre-registration. A journey towards the bright future of Indian gaming and esports has just begun.”

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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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