8Bit Creatives join hands with NODWIN Gaming, becomes official talent partner for DreamHack – India’s largest gaming festival

8Bit Creatives, an esports consulting and talent management agency, will be the official talent partner for DreamHack 2022- India’s largest esports festival in Hyderabad from 4-6 November.

The global gaming festival is taking place in India for the first time since the pandemic. The event will feature an exciting set of live events, and activities in three days that will bring together speakers from some of the renowned brands, esports pro players, esports fans, and gamers from across the country under one roof. It promises to give fans an unrivaled experience of the festival that is unimaginable.

This collaboration will be a great experience for the fans as well as the industry who stand to interact and learn from the experts in the esports fraternity and grow with it. 

8Bit Creatives CEO and founder Animesh Agarwal said, “It’s funny how some stories have their beginnings, twists and turns & surprise endings. Participating in the first DreamHack event back in 2018, was the inception point of 8Bit Creatives, and now we have indeed come full circle, as the official talent management partner for India’s biggest gaming festival. 8Bit Creatives and NODWIN Gaming have always worked together to grow gaming in India. We envision this partnership as being a celebration of esports fans, players and creators. Truly, this is big- DreamHack 2022, here we come!”

NODWIN Gaming co-founder Akshat Rathee is also equally optimistic about the partnership and said, “DreamHack is a dream festival for the esports community where like-minded people get together and celebrate their love and passion for esports. We’ve put together an action-packed three-day itinerary at Hyderabad and are delighted to have on board our talent partner 8Bit Creatives who will help spread the word not only among our live audience but also to the world at large!”

The event brings together 8Bit Creatives creators, and esports players allowing esports fans to meet and engage with India’s gaming celebrities and industry leaders.8Bit creators will not only be the voice for this mega festival but will also be streaming various tournaments and conducting meet and greet sessions at the festival for a large number of participants.

8Bit Creatives co-founder Lokesh Jain said, “8Bit Creatives is built with the love of fans and we are really excited that our fan family is growing with India’s largest digital gaming festival- DreamHack. NODWIN Gaming has been making waves since its entry into the market. We share similar beliefs of providing the best to our fans, and we are really excited to celebrate all the gaming fun at the event and revolutionise the esports market together.”


Galaxy Racer announces expansion plans in India and South Asia

Galaxy Racer, the largest esports, gaming and lifestyle organisation in the world, has announced its vision to strengthen its focus on India and the South Asia market. With market presence across the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Europe, Galaxy Racer manages over 100 content creators with over 500M followers, generating over 2.5 billion monthly views. Currently the region’s largest and only end-to-end talent incubator, the company has on-boarded top streamers from India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the last month, amassing a collective follower count of 30M across multiple streaming and social platforms.

The popular streamers who joined Galaxy Racer’s South Asia roster include Soneeta Thapa Magar aka Soneeta (4.68M subscribers) from Nepal, Ravichandra Vigneshwer aka Gaming Tamizhan (5M subscribers) and Monika Dubey aka Gaming Girl (3.6M subscribers) from India, Shoikot Islam aka Itz Kabbo (2.06M subscribers) from Bangladesh, amongst several others. A full-service talent incubator, Galaxy Racer enables creators through lead generation, business development solutions, brand endorsement deals, creator collaborations, digital rights management, online and offline event opportunities, platform monetization solutions, social media management and content development.

Galaxy Racer CEO Paul Roy commented, “South Asia, especially India has been one of the biggest digital ecosystems in the world, and it has only grown further during the pandemic. It ranks among the top globally with respect to number of users, engagement, and revenue potential. After successful forays across multiple markets worldwide, India and South Asia was the natural progression in our vision to grow our market presence, with the lion’s share of our next 500M coming from here.”

Elaborating on Galaxy Racer’s value proposition, Roy added, “Galaxy Racer endeavors to be the best talent incubator in the industry, one that invests in content creators, helping them achieve their personal milestones in a structured and sustainable manner. We look forward to partnering with the best content creators across segments be it gaming, esports, or lifestyle and expanding our presence in this dynamic market.”

Joining the above creators in Galaxy Racer’s South Asia roster are names like Sarath aka Insta Gamer (1.55M subscribers), Hemant Vyas aka X-Mania (1.89M subscribers), Arun aka Run Gaming (1.34M subscribers), Vishal Kharb aka Evil Official (3.6M subscribers), Revathy Kiran aka Bright Fox (~786K subscribers), Shomita aka Hayley Sphere (677K subscribers), and Tania aka Star Tania (Winner of the “English Caster of the Year 2021” in the Free Fire Esports Awards). Additionally, Galaxy Racer has onboarded one of the most popular variety streamers Pooja Bisht (54.1K subscribers), who streams GTA, Rust, Valorant, Raft, Pummel Party, Fall Guys, and Rocket League, among others. With these signings, Galaxy Racer has amassed a whopping 30M following in representation.

To further expand its network of content creators, the company has appointed head of creators and talent – South Asia Rohin Bhaumik. Bhaumik joins the company following two years at gaming publisher Garena as creator manager and product lead. He has also previously worked with leading brands such as PUBG Mobile, Intel and OnePlus.

Galaxy Racer head of marketing for India and South Asia Romeo Misao commented: “We are the largest esports, gaming and lifestyle organization in the world and we have some big plans for India and South Asia. We’ve kickstarted our focus for this market by on-boarding some of the biggest names in gaming and esports but we will broaden the roster to include some of the most well-known names in the lifestyle space soon. We are happy to have Rohin join us and spearhead this initiative. His expansive knowledge of working with creators will help us offer a holistic experience to our talents and make Galaxy Racer the go-to name for talent incubation in the region.”

In addition to building a formidable roster of gamers and esports content creators, Galaxy Racer will focus on diversifying its value proposition to include the lifestyle segment in the coming months. Galaxy Racer has over 100 employees globally across its five key verticals including Competitive Teams (Nigma Galaxy, the merger between Team Nigma and Galaxy Racer), Content Creators (GXR Creators), Content & Events Production (GXR Studios), Consumer Goods (GXR Limited), and GXR Records, a newly established record label.


Acer launches a fresh lineup of gaming laptops with the latest CPUs and GPUs

Acer announced refreshes across its lines of Predator and Nitro gaming laptops, starting off the year with new models of the Predator Triton 500 SE, Predator Helios 300 and Acer Nitro 5. All of the laptops feature the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs, while the Acer Nitro 5 also includes AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processor options. They also come with one month of Xbox Game Pass, giving gamers day-one access to popular titles and the ability to play with friends, whether they’re on PC or console.

“Our most popular gaming laptops have been updated with the latest silicon announced at CES,” Acer Inc GM Notebooks, IT Products Business James Lin. Combine that with state-of-the-art cooling technology and high-refresh rate displays and you get exciting laptops that even the most demanding of players will love.” 

“With a new performance hybrid architecture in addition to industry leading I/O, memory and connectivity support, 12th Gen Intel Core H-series processors deliver the blazing fast performance and platform capabilities that today’s gamers demand,” Intel VP of Enthusiast Laptops Jerry Tsao. “The new Acer lineup of gaming notebooks with 12th Gen Intel Core feature incredible designs that gamers of all levels will be excited to play on.“

Predator Triton 500 SE — Thin Gaming Laptop

The Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s) is a “special edition” laptop for gaming and work.  On the inside, up to a 12th Gen Intel® Core i9 processor, an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU and 32 GB of 5200 MHz LPDDR5 memory[] dish out the extreme performance necessary for the latest games. On the outside, it’s all-metal[] spartan-styled aesthetics let it blend perfectly into the workplace or lecture hall. Just 19.9 mm (0.75 in)[2,] at its thinnest point, the laptop can go wherever users do, while up to two TB of high-speed PCIe Gen4 storage offers plenty of space for games and files.

Backing up this powerful hardware is state-of-the-art cooling technology. The laptop utilizes a triple-fan system, including two fifth Gen AeroBlade3D fans with 89 metal blades each. Acer’s Vortex Flow technology redirects the airflow those fans generate to critical components, while strategically-placed thermal foam, liquid-metal thermal grease on the CPU, and four heat pipes further improve cooling. Performance boost aside, this means that users won’t be feeling the heat while making the most of the long battery life granted by the laptop’s large 99.98 Wh battery.

Content looks great on the Triton 500 SE’s 16-inch display. Gamers will appreciate the industry-leading WQXGA (2560×1600) panel’s 240Hz[2] refresh rate and three ms[] response time, topped off with support from the frame-syncing power of NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology. Content creators will appreciate 500 nits of brightness, 100 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and a productivity-boosting 16:10 aspect ratio—plus an SD 7.0 card reader for offloading content. 

The laptop runs Windows 11 out of the box and also features a full range of USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, including two Thunderbolt four Type-C ports with support for DisplayPort and power delivery[], while an HDMI 2.1 port makes 4K@120 Hz possible by allowing users to plug into an external display. Topping everything off, an Intel® Killer E3100G 2.5G Ethernet Controller, Intel® Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 and Control Center 2.0 empower users with blazing fast connectivity. 

Predator Helios 300 — All About Performance

The Predator Helios 300 (PH315-55) is a powerful gaming laptop equipped with a host of top-tier hardware: Up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, 32 GB of DDR5-4800 MHz memory and up to 2 TB of PCIe Gen4 SSD RAID 0 storage. This hardware muscle powers up to a 15.6-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS[1] display with a 165 Hz refresh rate—and with a revamped, cleaner chassis, the outside of the laptop looks great, too. A thin light bar below the palm rest (configurable via PredatorSense) lets the device retain its gamer aesthetic in a slightly more subtle fashion. 

A dual-fan layout that includes one fifth Gen AeroBlade 3D fan helps keep the system running cool, further supported by liquid metal thermal grease and Acer’s CoolBoost technology. A single press of the built-in PredatorSense button offers users control over the fan speed via four preset operating modes, while a single press of the built-in Turbo key instantly maxes out these settings for improved gaming performance. Upping the cool factor, the laptop’s mini-LED[2] backlit keyboard features per-key[2] RGB. 

Running Windows 11, the laptop comes with Killer DoubleShot Pro (E2600+1675i) and WiFi 6E connectivity in addition to a healthy range of ports, including an HDMI 2.1 for connecting to external monitors or consoles, a Thunderbolt Type-C port, and two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, one of which allows users to charge a mobile device even if the laptop is turned off. 

A 17.3-inch model (PH317-56) with an IPS panel (QHD 165 Hz or FHD 165 Hz / 144 Hz) is also available. 

Acer Nitro 5 — Plentiful Configuration Options 

The Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop that gives players everything they need to explore and enjoy the latest titles, featuring up to a 12th Gen Intel® Core i7 (AN515-58) and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU. A pair of M.2 SSD slots (PCIe Gen 4) offer massive storage, while up to 32 GB of DDR4 3200 RAM offers players plenty of breathing room to handle multiple applications at once. Combined with a QHD 165 Hz panel that has a 3 ms[5] response time, the Nitro 5 delivers pleasantly fluid gameplay. For further control, Killer Ethernet E2600[2] and Intel® Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i lets players make their network prioritize game traffic for even faster connectivity when every second counts.

The Acer Nitro 5 can also be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processor (AN515-46) and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, plus up to 32 GB of the latest-generation DDR5 4800 MHz RAM. This generation of the Nitro 5 comes with two options, an FHD 144 Hz panel or a 165 Hz QHD Panel, both taking advantage of AMD FreeSync technology[] to offer smooth gameplay without screen tearing. Storage-wise, the AMD processor-powered Nitro 5 features two M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD slots (PCIe® Gen4 x1, PCIe® Gen3 x1).

It also comes with Windows 11 and a redesigned chassis that features dual-fan cooling, an intake on both the chassis’ top and bottom, and four exhaust ports. Users needing more or less cooling power can control fan speeds with the NitroSense utility app, a built-in software solution that also enables users to overclock[] their CPU/GPU and customize the 4-zone RGB keyboard’s lighting. 

Completing the gameplay experience, DTS:X® Ultra audio deepens their immersion by delivering clear sounds that can be delivered in a 3D spatial soundscape. This technology also translates into a competitive edge, enabling players to hear exactly where an opponent is coming from. Users wanting to play with headphones and other peripherals will enjoy the Nitro 5’s full range of ports, including HDMI 2.1 and support for both USB 3.2 Gen 1 and Gen 2. The Intel-powered model also includes a Thunderbolt 4 Type-C port. The AMD-powered model includes USB® 4.

A pair of 17.3-inch models (AN517-55, AN517-42) with an IPS panel (QHD/FHD 165 Hz, FHD 144 Hz) are also available.

Pricing and Availability

The Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s) will be available in North America in March, starting at USD 2,299.99; in EMEA in February, starting at EUR 3,499; and in China in February, starting at RMB 24,999.

The 15.6-inch Predator Helios 300 (PH315-55) will be available in North America in May, starting at USD 1,649.99; in EMEA in February, starting at EUR 2,299; and in China in February, starting at RMB 11,999.

The 17.3-inch Predator Helios 300 (PH317-56) will be available in North America in March, starting at USD 1,749.99; in EMEA in February, starting at EUR 2,399; and in China in February, starting at RMB 11,999.

The Acer Nitro 5 [Intel processor, 15.6-inch] (AN515-58) will be available in North America in March, starting at USD 1,049.99; in EMEA in February, starting at EUR 1,549; and in China in February, starting at RMB 9,499.

The Acer Nitro 5 [AMD processor, 15.6-inch] (AN515-46) will be available in North America in April, starting at USD 1,099.99; in EMEA in April, starting at EUR 1,599; and in China in March, starting at RMB 8,999.

The Acer Nitro 5 [Intel processor, 17.3-inch] (AN517-55) will be available in North America in April, starting at USD 1,099.99; in EMEA in March, starting at EUR 1,649; and in China in February, starting at RMB 9,499.

The Acer Nitro 5 [AMD processor, 17.3-inch] (AN517-42) will be available in North America in May, starting at USD 1,149.99; in EMEA in April, starting at EUR 1,699; and in China in March, starting at RMB 8,999.

The Esports Club partners with Intel for TEC Challenger Series

The Esports Club has announced its partnership with Intel and declared the ‘Intel presents TEC Challenger Series’ for Valorant.

The Intel presents TEC Challenger Series is one of the largest Valorant tournaments in South Asia with a massive prize pool of Rs 15 Lakhs, with the winner taking home the lion’s share of Rs 8 Lakhs.

Speaking about the latest campaign, The Esports Club co-founder Ishaan Arya said, “We are extremely excited to welcome Intel on board as a partner and to be bringing back the iconic TEC Challenger Series. With the joint vision of elevating the esports ecosystem in the region, we look forward to creating bigger and better opportunities for our community with this strategic partnership.”

The tournament is open to participants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal. Registrations for the Intel Presents TEC Challenger Series are now open on The Esports Club Website.

The Esports Club director of Esports Mansoor ‘Nabu’ Ahmed’ said, “The response to the TEC Challenger series has been phenomenal in the past. We’re very excited to keep providing opportunities for teams in the region through our world class esports events.”

At a secret amount, Intel acquires cloud gaming service RemoteMyApp

Intel has acquired cloud gaming solution provider RemoteMyApp for an undisclosed amount. RemoteMyApp CEO Andreas Hestbeck revealed the information to Polish media later Intel spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat.

As per the VentureBeat spokesperson said, “We acquired RemoteMyApp for its leading team of cloud services designers and engineers, and we are excited to welcome the RemoteMyApp team to Intel.Intel will continue to support RemoteMyApp’s key customers per their contracts.”

Prior to the acquisition RemoteMyApp raised over $4.7 million partners with companies to create game streaming experiences for their customers.

Intel hasn’t signaled that it’s planning to launch a cloud gaming service on its own — seems with acquisition RemoteMyApp’s products with its existing hardware as a combined chips and services bundle. Cloud gaming requires GPUs as well as CPUs, and RemoteMyApp provides an especially compelling use case for Intel’s recently announced Intel Server GPU, reads the report.

Airtel and Intel announce collaboration to accelerate 5G in India and allow customers to enjoy facilities including cloud gaming, AR verticals

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), has announced a collaboration with Intel for 5G network development by leveraging vRAN / O-RAN technologies. 

The collaboration is part of Airtel’s 5G roadmap for India as it transforms its networks to allow its customers to reap the full possibilities of the hyperconnected world where Industry 4.0 to cloud gaming and virtual / augmented reality become an everyday experience. Airtel is the first telecom operator in India to demonstrate 5G over a LIVE network and is conducting 5G trials in major cities. 

Airtel will deploy Intel’s latest Third gen Xeon Scalable processors, FPGAs and eASICs, and Ethernet 800 series across its network to build a solid foundation for rolling out wide-scale 5G, mobile edge computing and network slicing.  

As members of the O-RAN Alliance, Airtel and Intel will work closely for developing a range of Make in India 5G solutions and enabling world-class telecom infrastructure in India through local partners. Open radio access network (O-RAN) will be an area of tremendous innovation and creativity in the coming years. These O-RAN platforms will leverage Intel FlexRAN, a reference architecture with both software and hardware components, and enable software-based radio base stations that can run-on general-purpose servers located at the network edge. 

Bharti Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon said, “Airtel is delighted to have Intel as a part of its rapidly expanding partner ecosystem for 5G. Intel’s cutting-edge technologies and experience will contribute immensely to Airtel’s mission of serving India with world-class 5G services. We also look forward to working with Intel and home-grown companies to unlock India’s potential as a global 5G hub.”     

Network Platforms Group Intel corporate vice president Dan Rodriguez, said, “Being able to digitally power the vibrant population of India’s connected users requires scalable and agile networks that can evolve to address the growing demands of its users. Airtel is delivering their next-generation enhanced network with a breadth of Intel technology, including Intel Xeon Scalable processors and FlexRAN software to optimize RAN workloads with embedded intelligence, to scale their infrastructure and deliver on the promise of a connected India.”

Led by affordable smartphones and the lowest data tariffs globally, India has the world’s second-largest internet population at over 620 million as per IAMAI – Kantar Cube. The country’s active internet user base is expected to grow to 900 mn by 2025. The advent of 5G will further deepen the digital adoption through a range of industrial and customer use cases. 



ESL Gaming and Intel announces prolongation of brand partnership, celebrating 20 years of esports collaboration

Modern Times Group (MTG ) and ESL Gaming has  announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership with Intel in what is the biggest brand partnership deal in esports history to date.

The extension will see continued delivery of technology solutions that will power all of ESL Gaming’s pro-level tournaments and events. It will also break new ground for Intel and ESL, with the partnership now expanding to include DreamHack Open and DreamHack Festivals for the first time.

“We’re very pleased and proud to announce this show of faith and renewed comittment to esports from Intel, our largest and longest running sponsor of esports. We look forward to working together for the continued development and delivery of world-class esports entertainment, whether delivered all digital as today, in a hybrid form or in time once more with live with audiences cheering in arenas worldwide,” says MTG group president and CEO Maria Redin.

Reflecting both parties’ commitment to bring top-level esports to the fans, all non-league ESL Pro Tour circuit CS:GO tournaments will now be unified under the legendary Intel Extreme Masters brand, including ESL One Cologne which is now transitioning to Intel Extreme Masters Cologne (IEM Cologne). For more information including ESL Gaming’s full press release on the renewal of its agreement with Intel.

Razer goes into the PC way with its latest offering, ‘Razer Tomahawk’

For all you PC gamers out there, getting together a PC can be a tedious task!

However now you can get a branded gaming PC all at once!

As an industry leader, Razer has for long been around with branded peripherals in the form of mouse, keyboards, headphones and some collaborations with other brands for some laptops.

The newest addition to the family would be the Razer Tomahawk, which is a completely upgradable gaming PC.

A perfect fit for the Intel NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element, the Razer Tomahawk N1 is a sleek, compact desktop chassis with an advanced modular layout, infusing Razer’s minimalistic design language into a gaming chassis to create a one-of-a-kind desktop case, capable of achieving high clock speeds and frame rates without the bulk of a full-sized desktop.

The Razer Tomahawk N1’s all-aluminum body is flanked by tempered glass on both sides, highlighting the vertically mounted GPU in all its glory, with an open vent design at the top to maintain cooling performance. The rear features a lock-and-slide sled mechanism that opens with minimal effort, allowing for quick access to internal components without the need for tools.

The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop will feature up to an Intel Core-i9 processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics. Both the RAM and SSD modules on the NUC card will be upgradeable as well as the fans, GPU and NUC itself, to satisfy the needs of the most demanding gamers, streamers, and content creators alike.

The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop will be available in the first half of 2020. The Tomahawk N1 case will be available as a standalone product for hardware-savvy PC enthusiasts looking to build their own compact yet powerful gaming PCs.

With the increasing need for processing power in next-gen games and an ever demanding user base, Razer will also launch the next generation of Razer Blade gaming laptops later this year. Featuring the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors to meet those expectations, they will pack up to 300Hz refresh rate panels, powerful graphics processors, and optimized designs to stay ahead of the game.

The pricing for the aforementioned system has not been announced yet, but should be revealed soon.


Zotac Cup presents the first charity tournament at Computex

Zotac technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, is excited to announce that streamers and influencers worldwide will compete in the Zotac Cup Fight For Charity League of Legends (LOL) Tournament at Computex, one of the largest computer trade show in Asia, for an amazing cause to support charitable organizations around the world!

The Grand Finals of Zotac Cup Fight For Charity LOL Tournament marks the first charity event Zotac cup has hosted, as well as the very first charity esports happening in Computex. With full support by partners NVIDIA, HUYA, Intel, Logitech Gaming, ViewSonic, Cougar, and Battlefy, the final showdown is set to take place on 28 May to 1 June. All the prize money and online donations will go directly towards charities including esports Foundation US, Gaming-Aid, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mercy Malaysia, and Oaktree Foundation.

“It is a great honour to return to Computex with our first Zotac Cup charity event. Zotac Cup has built up a strong reputation after 12 years serving free online tournaments for gamers worldwide. As an industry leader, we hope to give towards a good cause through esports. We are excited to have some of the most popular LOL streamers and talents taking part in the event and making it possible for us to make a difference,” said   Zotac Technology CEO Tony Wong,

“Our wish children are requesting gaming-related wishes more frequently, and they are also participating in Esports as a way to cope with their medical treatment. With the rise of esports we are excited to see philanthropy continue to develop in this new way where gamers are giving back and are grateful for the opportunity promote our mission – granting life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. Good luck to all those who are taking part at  the Zotac Cup charity event,” said  Make-A-Wish International president and CEO Michel Rudolphie .

Tournament Schedule
28 to 29 May  Qualifying Rounds 30 May to 1June  grand finals
Opening Press (30May  11am) Closing Ceremony (1June 2:30pm)

In the qualifying rounds, the 9 Zotac Cup online qualifiers will face off with six local influencers to determine which five will advance to the grand finals stage, where five  popular international influencers including CooLifeGame from Spain, Guan Zong and Hao Kai from China, Voyboy from North America and Kaypea will be waiting to fight for charity. Each finalist will compete with each other to earn the lion’s share of a $100,000 USD charity prize pool towards charity.

The grand finals feature amazing talents and casters including Jake ‘Spawn’ Tiberi, Matthew ‘Fish’ Stewart and Rikki ‘Riku’ Quiapon. All matches in the grand finals will be played out in front of a live audience and live streamed on the Zotac Cup Twitch channel. Live streaming will also be available in multiple languages on the Official Microsite.

AR/VR Global Summit to commence from 21 Sept

The AR/VR Association (VRAAR) to commence their first annual Global Summit at PARQ in Vancouver, Canada on 21 and 22, September 2018 .

The VR/AR Global Summit will bring together world leaders like Intel, HTC Vive, Microsoft, Amazon, HP and others in the space of VR/AR/MR/XR to discuss the present and future of immersive technologies.

The event will feature two full days of talks, panels, workshops, investor events, pitch-fest and demos that cover the entire immersive industry, including both commercial and enterprise VR and AR. Topics to be discussed and explored at the event include education, 5G technology, robotics, blockchain, location based entertainment, esports, retail, uses of VR and AR in training, mixed reality and immersive tech in the music industry, AI and virtual humans, to name a few.

“VR/AR Global Summit is designed to bring together both industry leading solution providers as well as the brands and companies looking to deploy these types of technologies to improve and enhance their business. In addition to enterprise, we also have an exciting gaming and entertainment program at Global Summit,” said VRARA global executive director Kris Kolo earlier this year.

According to Global Summit VR/AR executive producer Anne Marie Enns the show has been curated to focus in real conversation and unique collaborations which are driving AR/VR industry.  “It’s important to us to delve deeper and look for unique and interesting voices working in, and with, VR and AR and their supporting industries,” added Enns.

The VR/AR Global Summit is set to feature over 75 speakers from around the globe and more than 70 exhibitors, sponsors and workshops.

Reasons to attend AR/VR Global Summit :

  • Global audience – confirmed industry leaders from US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
  • Speakers from Amazon, Intercontinental Hotels, The Pentagon, Microsoft, HP and more to discuss the present and future of immersive technologies.
  • To witness the latest technologies from Autodesk, YDreams Global, Archiact, Toshiba, LlamaZoo, Blueprint Reality, ThirdEyeGen, InspireVR, Atheer, Quantum Capture and more.
  • Vancouver is now one of the largest VR/AR hubs in the world with over 200 companies; plus, the #1 Global VFX & Animation Cluster; #2 Best City for Asia Pacific Business; and #3 Largest Film & TV Production Centre, resulting in all the necessary components, talent, and resources for VR/AR that can be find in Vancouver.
  • Startup Pitchfest with $15K USD prize money and it has judges from The VR Fund, Women in XR (WXR) Fund, Google VR/AR Strategy, Gree Fund, Outpost Capital, Victory Square Technologies, SuperVentures and others.
  • Brand new venue – PARQ Vancouver is a new international entertainment destination, featuring a 72,000sq ft casino and Vancouver’s largest ballroom.

ASUS announces availability of ROG G701 in India

Merging style, functionality and gaming in a slim and stylish laptop, ASUS yesterday announced the availability of ROG G701 in India. A powerful laptop with components that include an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics for incredible virtual-reality (VR) gaming performance, and a wide-viewing-angle 4k UHD laptop display that features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for smooth and detailed gaming visuals. It also has an anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover technology for total gaming control.

Priced at  Rs.3,49,990 ROG G701 is engineered for ultimate speed and unrivaled performance, with an unlocked Intel Core i7 processor and a VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. G701 boasts overclocked DDR4 DRAM at 2800MHz, HyperDrive RAID 0 and NVMe and PCIe technologies for blazing-fast storage speeds, and a 120Hz panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. G701 is finished with a premium Bio-Armor design and the new ROG Armor Titanium with plasma copper colour scheme.

Compacted in a 33.5 mm chassis, it comes in a new and distinguishing Bio-Armor design with “Armor Titanium” and “Plasma Copper” color scheme. Along with its aesthetic appeal it gives maximum performance with its powerful 7th generation Intel Kabylake Core i7 CPUs, with GPU memory of 8GB GDDR5X and up to 64GB of fast 2800 Mhz DDR4 memory. Endowed with the fastest SSDs in the market, with its Trinity Display Technology with 4K2K output, the machine is capable of giving three displays simultaneously using HDMI, Thunderbolt and mini Display connectors. Adding to the experience, its ESS audio DAC offers unmatched audio performance.

The system also comes with an ROG gaming center dedicated button. The ROG Gaming Center is a portal to ROG utilities, apps and tools. It’s a one-stop interface for monitoring and fine-tuning system components; for managing various game profiles, keyboard profiles and macros, Splendid Display and Audio Equalizer profiles; and for setting internet packet prioritization.

Last but not the least, amalgamating, aesthetics and functionality, its asymmetric keyboard termed as ‘C Part’, with palm rest layout, makes ASUS ROG G701 is one of the most ergonomically designed laptop that lets users type and use the touch pad and keypad with greater comfort.

ASUS Republic of Gamers announces ‘Zephyrus’ in India

Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the launch of Zephyrus, the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a seventh Generation Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake) processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with Zephyrus features the Windows 10 Creators Update, which improves the performance of PC games via the all-new Windows Game Mode, and makes it easier to perform native game-streaming with Beam, Microsoft’s streaming service.

The laptop will be unveiled and showcased for the first time in India on 20 August, 2017 at Hotel Lalit Ashoka, Bangalore on the sidelines of ROG Masters South Asia finale. The mega event will also witness around 1500+ gamers who have pre-registered to attend the event.

Priced at Rs. 2,99,990, the 15.6-inch Zephyrus features an ultra-slim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system. It also features customisable Asus Aura RGB lighting effects and a super-fast 120Hz panel with wide-view technology, 100 per cent sRGB color gamut and NVIDIA G-SYNC for breathtaking gaming visuals.

Asus India regional head – South Asia and country manager Peter Chang said, “ROG aims to create laptops that are slimmer, cooler, quieter and more powerful than ever before — to fully address the needs of today’s highly mobile gamers. ROG Zephyrus is the result of this persistent dedication to gaming innovation. Being the first notebook to feature NVidia Max-Q design technology, ‘Zephyrus’ is the thinnest, lightest yet one of the most powerful gaming laptops at the moment.”

Max-Q technology:
An integral part of NASA’s mission to launch man into space, is defined as the point at which the aerodynamic stress on a rocket in atmospheric flight is maximized. Thus, the design of the rocket is precision-engineered around Max-Q. NVIDIA has applied a similar philosophy to the design of gaming laptops, enabling OEMs to build laptops that are 3x thinner with up to 3x more performance of previous generation.  With Max-Q designed laptops, gamers can experience high-fidelity gaming and high-resolution entertainment whenever and wherever they want it. Max-Q designed laptops support the entire GeForce gaming platform, which includes the latest gaming technologies, Game Ready drivers, NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology, VR, 4K gaming, and more.

NVIDIA managing director, South Asia said “In line with NVIDIA’s vision of constantly pushing the gaming industry and enhancing choices for customers, we are delighted to introduce NVIDIA Max-Q powered notebooks in India. The Asus ROG Zephyrus marks a new era for gaming notebooks, one where gamers can expect powerful performance without compromising on the aesthetics. Enabling OEMs to build laptops that are 3x thinner with up to 3x more performance, gamers can now experience high-fidelity gaming and high-resolution entertainment whenever and wherever they want it.”

ROG-exclusive design and cooling system:
ROG Zephyrus is cooled by an exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that runs cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance. AAS incorporates unique AeroAccelerator (AA) technology that increases the speed and efficiency of airflow through the laptop. The fan’s 3D-curved surface cover and accelerator guides enhance airflow and move heat away from the components more efficiently. When Zephyrus is opened, a portion of the bottom of the chassis flexes to increase the airflow volume by 20 percent and further increase air circulation. AAS maximises system stability as well as gaming and thermal performance, and it allows full utilization of the CPU and GPU, so gamers can engage in marathon sessions without fear of interruption.

Gaming keyboard with Aura RGB lighting, innovative touchpad with 10-key functionality:
ROG Zephyrus features a keyboard positioned at the front of the chassis — a design that allows better cooling of internal components while providing a more comfortable and familiar experience for gamers accustomed to desktop keyboards. Asus Aura RGB lighting technology provides dynamic and customisable lighting effects over the entire keyboard, as well as separately highlighted customisable effects for the WASD and QWER key groups, allowing users to create a gaming ambiance that matches the feel of their game. Anti-ghosting keys ensure commands are instantaneously and correctly interpreted — even when up to 30 keys are pressed simultaneously. The keys have been ergonomically designed to provide optimum comfort and typing accuracy. Zephyrus positions the touchpad to the right of the keyboard and also integrates a 10-key function that is easily activated by a hot key. When activated, a red backlight illuminates the 10-key functionality.

WhisperMode Technology:
NVIDIA also introduced its silent NVIDIA WhisperMode technology, which makes laptops run much quieter while gaming. WhisperMode intelligently paces the game’s frame rate while simultaneously configuring the graphics settings for optimal power efficiency. This reduces the overall acoustic level for gaming laptops.

Ultra-smooth gaming visuals and versatile connectivity:
ROG Zephyrus is equipped with a 120Hz display that enables smooth gaming at a true 120Hz frame rate. NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the NVIDIA GeForce graphics card’s frame rate, ensuring ultra-smooth visuals. G-SYNC reduces lag, minimizes perceived stutter, and eliminates visual tearing — providing the smoothest, fastest and most breathtaking gaming imaginable, without affecting system performance. Wide viewing angles and a 100 percent sRGB color gamut also allow the panel to produce outstanding, lifelike colors from any angle. The laptop is also equipped with a USB Type-C (USB-C) port with Thunderbolt 3, allowing G-SYNC and 4K UHD display output, fast data transfers and power delivery.

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