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The Ascent Coming This July Exclusively for Xbox and PC

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Video games publisher Curve Digital is delighted to announce that the highly anticipated debut title from Swedish indie studio Neon Giant, The Ascent will be released on 29 July 2021 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC and be available on Xbox Game Pass.

A solo and co-op action-shooter RPG set in a sci-fi cyberpunk world, The Ascent is the first title from Neon Giant, a new 12-person studio composed of games industry veterans who were some of the minds behind iconic AAA titles such as the Gears of War, Bulletstorm and Wolfenstein franchises. The game will target 60 fps and have full 4K support on the Xbox Series X, offering amazing gameplay performance for new generation console players.

“We are super excited that people will soon be able to jump into the world of The Ascent,” said Arcade Berg, Creative Director and co-founder of Neon Giant. “We love making games and we do it because we want people to enjoy the experience and world we have created – so we’ve designed a game that lets all players have fun with the element of gameplay that interests them the most. Whether you’re someone who enjoys exploring every corner, loves exciting combat or gets invested in the story and lore, we’ve tried to put something in The Ascent for everyone.”

Fellow co-founder and Creative Director of the studio Tor Frick added: “A month ago we celebrated Neon Giant’s third anniversary and we’re so happy to be launching our first title just after this milestone for our young studio. We have a very passionate and dedicated team and each person in the studio has brought something new and great to the overall experience of The Ascent, so we’re really excited to share the planet of Veles with everyone and see what people think of the world our team has created.”

The Ascent will see players dive into ‘The Ascent Group’ arcology, a self-contained corporate-run metropolis, stretching high into the sky and filled with creatures from all over the galaxy. Taking on the role of an indentured worker, the world starts to go haywire when The Ascent Group shuts down for unknown reasons. Life becomes a case of survival, with rival corporations and crime syndicates looking to fill the empty space. Players will have to take up arms and hold them off. The Ascent begins here.

The Ascent will offer players the chance to step into an action-orientated sci-fi RPG powered by Unreal Engine that takes the genre to new levels, available to play in both single-player and up to four-player co-op.

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MSI Launches Exciting Deals for Its Customers, Here Are The Top Offers

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For a deal hunter, always aims at Prime Day and Black Friday, there’s no other exciting moment of the year than MSI 35th Anniversary Deals. MSI has announced a new discount promotion, kicking off MSI birthday celebration with a great batch of tech deals. MSI hopes that consumers can find their perfect match with MSI hardware, and support everyone in the upcoming days. As all of the users gave to MSI for over three decades.

The promotion starts from 4th. Aug and concludes on 31st, Aug, 2021, meaning consumers have 28 days to capitalize on exclusive discounts on a host of MSI Gaming Monitors that rarely sees a discount outside of holiday shopping season.

MSI has rounded up the best anniversary deals, if consumers look for the best deals at resellers such as Computech, Gtek, IT Gadgets Online, Notebook Gallery, PCShop, PrimeABGB, SMC, TPS Tech, Vedant Computers. Buy selected models of gaming monitors at the above dealers and claim Rs. 3,500 Amazon.in eGift Card via register.msi.com during the promotion period! 

Here below are the eligible models (availability may vary by dealers):

  • MAG274QRF-QD (Quantum Dot, Rapid IPS, QHD, 165Hz, HDR Ready, Wide Color Gamut)
  • MAG274QRF (27”, Rapid IPS, QHD, 165Hz, HDR Ready, Wide Color Gamut)
  • MAG251RX (24.5”, 240Hz, Rapid IPS, FHD, HDR Ready, Night Vision, Gaming OSD)
  • G273QF (27”, Rapid IPS, QHD, 1ms GTG, G-SYNC Compatible, Game Mode)
  • G27CQ4 (27”, QHD, 1500R Curvature, 1ms, Wide Color Gamut, FreeSync)

Furthermore, MSI also offers more special programs for the customers.

  • Shout Out for MSI – Your review could give someone the assurance they need. Write a review, and then let us know. We will thank you with a cool reward.
  • MSI Reward Program – Review a product, refer a friend, or participate in other actions that can earn up to 500 points. Register now and unlock your exclusive benefits!

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National Esports Championships 2021 to Begin Soon, Know All Details Here

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The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) is all set to roll out the 2021 edition of the much-awaited National Esports Championships (NESC) which is scheduled from August 6-22.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the nationals will be held virtually with top athletes from across the country competing and showcasing their skills and strategies. Popular games DOTA2, Tekken7, PES 2020 will be part of the event alongside CS:GO. 

The NESC 2021 will be played in a double elimination format with the last date of registrations being August 19 (PES2020 & Tekken7), August 05 (DOTA2) and the registrations dates for CS:GO will be announced soon.

The matches of popular Esports titles PES 2020 and Tekken 7 will be played between August 21 to 22 while multiplayer online battle arena video game, DOTA2 is scheduled from August 6-15. 

“For the Indian Esports industry, this is our time in the sun. The increasing interest for esports in our country currently is encouraging us to push the envelope and give the athletes and the audience something new and exciting each time. We are extremely thrilled and excited to announce NESC 2021, it is a great opportunity for gamers to not only showcase their talent, strategies and skills in competitive gaming but also make the country proud. While Esports is now going to be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games as well as few other Asian Championship events and expected to be included in Olympics in the near future, we are committed to develop, support and grow the Esports ecosystem in India,” said Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF).

The winners of the NESC 2021 will be selected to represent India at the 13th Esports World Championship by the International Esports Federation (IESF); these athletes will progress through the online Regional Qualifiers scheduled in Sep-Oct to the Global Finals which will take place in Eilat, Israel from November 14-19. The air travel expenses and accommodation of the athletes traveling to Eilat will be covered.

“As tournaments like these become bigger and grander, we are continuing to see a growing interest among the Indian youth to take up esports professionally. We’ve got some of the world’s most recognized competitive games in the tournament that is being mastered by highly skilled, motivated and talented virtual fighters. We can expect an edge-of-the-seat thriller in this season of NESC 2021. This is a very interesting time for esports in India and tournaments like this will fuel their ambition to become the powerhouse of esports. All the very best to the participants for this tournament!” said Boban Totovski, Secretary General, International Esports Federation. 

ESFI continued its partnership with Artsmith- Concepts & Visions which will continue its support as the communication partner. The championships will be streamed live on ESFI’s official YouTube & Twitch channel and Facebook page.

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Alienware m15 R5 & R6 Gaming Laptops Arrived in India, Know All Features

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The first AMD-based Alienware machine in over a decade, has now made its way to India. Following the availability of the Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition, Dell has now introduced the Alienware m15 R6 gaming laptop, the first device powered with 11th generation Intel® Core processors and accompanied by the NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 30-series graphics. Dedicated to fuelling the rise of Indian gamers, Dell and Alienware are tapping into the pulse of this thriving community.

With support for the AMD Ryzen R7-5800 H-Series Mobile Processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop GPUs, the Alienware m15 R5 is the first Alienware notebook engineered with AMD processors and NVIDIA graphics, suitable for creation and entertainment.

The Alienware m15 R6 offers the Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake-H CPU. Graphics options range from the NVIDIA RTX 3060 to the RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs which offer the Dynamic Boost feature up to 10W. It comes with a standard Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB keyboard with 1.7mm key travel which includes anti-ghosting technology. The Alienware HD (1280×720 resolution) camera supports dual-array microphones with Windows Hello IR for biometric experiences.

As the new Alienware laptops come with a lot of firsts, the m15 R5 and R6 combine cutting-edge technologies and new design features to deliver an uncompromised immersive experience, including:

  • Offering Alienware’s fastest displays on 15-inch notebooks ever, gamers can select up to FHD 165Hz or QHD 240Hz panels that deliver smooth gameplay
  • All three displays include ComfortView Plus hardware-based low blue-light technology and TUV certification, so players can enjoy longer sessions without harming their eyes
  • Both machines are enabled with NVIDIA G-Sync and Advanced Optimus technology on the 240Hz display and include a 240W power adapter
  • First Legend 2.0-based Alienware notebooks with a new design feature called Dark Core which darkens the interior shade of the laptop to minimize distractions and keep players immersed
  • First 15” Alienware laptops with 3200MHz DDR4 memory that is user-upgradeable post-purchase with two SO-DIMM slots
  • Developed with Alienware Cryo-Tech™ cooling technology focused on performance using load-balanced copper heat pipes and liquid-crystal polymer fans
  • For high-speed connectivity options and experiences, the R5 and R6 come with Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 wireless and an array of ports including an HDMI 2.1 port for 4K/120Hz native experiences with external displays as well as a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port among others. The R6 supports Thunderbolt 4 for configurations that use an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or higher.
  • Both models come in ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ color variant with High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky-Smooth paint formula engineered for increased stain-resistance and premium surface feel

Pricing and availability

The Alienware m15 R5 starts at INR 1,34,990 including GST and the Alienware m15 R6 starts at INR 1,59,990 including GST. 

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