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CS:GO goes truly global with Africa receiving a World Champs qualifier

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 12:32 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the rise of eSports recently, this has been partly thanks to things like the massive $16 million Dota2 tournament, ESL's great work with various LoL and CS:GO tournaments plus Riot Games' contribution to its massive tournament series named LCS. This is all well and good for the American and European nations concerned, but what about the rest?

 

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'The World Championships 2015' has announced its full support for 'the little guys' when it comes to eSports, announcing its African qualifier which includes South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia, as seen on HLTV.

 

This event is set as a best of one map series in a round robin format, with each country to put forward one team to compete over a four day period. The winning country will earn a spot at the global championship, set for Belgrade later in 2015.

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HTC investors: company brand, factories and buildings are 'worthless'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 10:27 am

It looks as though things have gone from bad to worse with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, with investors effectively saying HTC's "brand, factories and buildings were worthless", reports Bloomberg.

 

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HTC's market price fell to $1.5 billion on Monday, below the $1.5 billion it had in cash at the end of June. Calvin Huang at Sinopac Financial Holdings Co. in Taipei told Bloomberg: "HTC's cash is the only asset of value to shareholders. Most of the other assets shouldn't be considered in their valuation because there's more write-offs to come and the brand has no value".

 

Q3 2015 isn't shaping up to be too good for HTC either, with the Taiwanese company forecasting 48% below analysts' estimations, after a 35% cut to projected revenues in the preceding period. There's one massive looming question I have: what about Vive? HTC's VR headset that it collaborated on with Valve, which could be the most exciting product HTC has ever made.

16-year-old gamer helps his team win $6.6 million in The International

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 8:45 am

Can you believe that The International is over already? The biggest Dota 2 competition has been won by American team Evil Geniuses, who took home a huge $6.6 million of the $18 million prize pool.

 

 

Evil Geniuses took down Chinese team CDEC, 3-1 in the best-of-five Grand Finals over the weekend. All five players in Evil Geniuses - Fear, PPD, AUI, Sumail, and Universe - are now millionaires. Better yet, they're all so young, including 16-year-old Pakistani champion 'Sumail' who sold his bike when he was young so he could play more Dota 2. Sumail is now the youngest millionaire in eSports.

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Ben Affleck has reportedly signed on for a new Batman solo trilogy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 7:11 am

All signs are pointing to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being a kick ass entry in the DCCU, but it looks like the film's crew and Warner Bros. executives have seen a screening of the movie, where the working cut of the movie had a standing ovation from those that saw it.

 

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Ben Affleck has kicked enough ass in Batman v Superman that Warner Bros. wants Affleck to not only direct a solo Batman movie, but they want him for an entire Batman trilogy. Den of Geek has the rumor, saying that Warner Bros. was already interested in Affleck starring, writing and directing a solo Batman movie, but now Warner Bros. wants three Batman movies.

 

It also makes sense, as over the weekend Affleck's upcoming movies 'The Accountant' and 'Live by Night' were delayed, giving him room to work and be involved (obviously quite heavily) in the new Batman movies. The first solo Batman movie is rumored for sometime in 2018, but we should hear more about this closer to the release of Batman v Superman.

Xbox boss has pumped over 300 hours into Destiny

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 5:43 am

Phil Spencer, the chief of Xbox, has pumped some serious hours into Destiny. Another Xbox executive, Mike Ybarra, posted an image of Spencer's Xbox Live profile, showing that Spencer had played 346 hours of Destiny.

 

 

These 346 hours in Destiny were up to August 8, with Spencer using a level 34 Titan and level 13 Hunter. With Destiny launching not even a year ago, he's averaging an hour a day in Destiny, which is a considerable amount of time for someone as important and busy as the head of Xbox.

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Tesla is bleeding $4000 for every Model S vehicle that it sells

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 4:46 am

Tesla Motors might have one of the most exciting cars on the market with its Model S electric car, but the company lost a huge $359 million on the Model S last quarter alone.

 

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$359 million over a three-month period is a hefty $4000 per car sold, with the company aiming to cut its production targets for the rest of this year, and into 2016. Elon Musk has even been tempted of raising more capital and also didn't rule out selling more stock. Tesla shares fell 9% on Thursday, and another 2% on Friday as investors begin to "weighed the risks of Musk's ambitious plans for expanding Tesla's auto and energy-storage businesses", reports Business Insider.

Shatter reality in our 'Insurgent' Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to eOne

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 4:06 am

To celebrate the release of the latest film in the 'Divergence' saga; 'Insurgent' on home video, we have five copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away, along with an exciting, major prize thanks to our friends at Entertainment One.

 

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'Insurgent' raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

 

One lucky winner will take home the new release 'Insurgent', along with its predecessor 'Divergent' on Blu-ray and a faction badge, and five other winners will all take home a copy of 'Insurgent' on Blu-ray along with a faction badge.

 

To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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NVIDIA's new 4K 60FPS trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 3:27 am

The release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is nearly here, so NVIDIA is teasing an impressive new trailer that runs at 4K at 60FPS. Quite insane, when you consider most trailers are released in 1080p, and only sometimes at 60FPS.

 

 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain drops on November 1 rocking some special touches for the PC version including greater view distances, improved reflections and textures, more light sources and shadows, and much more.

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Intel's Xeon processors will soon be rolled out into laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 1:52 am

Today's laptops are pretty damn powerful, where personally I use the ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop as my personal workstation (heck, I'm typing on it right now) with a 34-inch 3440x1440 UltraWide display and a Acer XB270HU 2560x1440 144Hz G-Sync display plugged into it. But the CPUs inside are about to get a heck of a lot faster.

 

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Intel has just unveiled the very first Xeon processor family for laptops, the E3-1500M v5, which is based on the Skylake architecture. These Xeon-powered laptops will also introduce some enthusiast and professional technologies, such as the new Thunderbolt 3 connector which supports dual 4K displays, USB Type-C, and much more from a single port.

 

The chipmaker isn't talking about all of the capabilities of its E3-1500M, but we do know that laptops using the Xeon processors will arrive in the fall.

Ultra-low graphics mod transforms Skyrim into a Pixar wonderland

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 12:45 am

In an effort to dramatically improve performance, Skyrim modder UniqueUses created an ultra-low graphics overhaul that transformed the once-detailed continent into a majestic winter wonderland straight out of a Pixar movie.

 

 

The mod, officially called "Toon Skyrim", was showcased in a Reddit post that has seen some six-thousand upvotes, proving many gamers are eager to try it out. But UniqueUses still has a lot of work cut out for him before Toon Skyrim is ready for release--including fleshing out NPC's, fixing signs, and a number of tweaks across the board.

 

"I'm basically making my own potato texture mod, with an enb and weather that goes with it to help hide that ugly lod," the modder said in the post, using the term "potato textures" to describe low-def textures. "I like the potato texture style, but I think a lot of fixing up needs to be done for it to be playable. So I'm going to attempt to make things like signs and faces readable but still fit the potato style."

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