GamingMonk: A Community of 1 Million Gamers

GamingMonk, a community-focused gaming company servicing Esports and content, has just hit the 1 million user mark.

As one of India’s largest Esports community platforms, GamingMonk aims to spread awareness about gaming and its competitive nature.

Started by Ashwin Haryani & Abhay Sharma in 2015 as a gaming e-commerce company, GamingMonk has pivoted to an esports platform since.

GamingMonk operates across three fundamental verticals that aims to fulfill user engagement and satisfaction: Play, Watch and Discover.

Play– GamingMonk organizes competitive online and offline gaming tournaments for games like PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, WCC Rivals, Clash Royale, FIFA 20 etc. Users can participate in multiple tournaments throughout the day and win cash prizes.

Watch– Users can watch livestreams of various tournaments conducted by GamingMonk throughout the day, and also consume video content around Esports and Gaming.

Discover– Users can discover new games, new content around games and engage with other gamers across India through the discover section.

In the past, GamingMonk has partnered with leading brands and organizations like Logitech, Asus, Nubia, Colourful, Nvidia, Sony, EA, Riot Games, Tencent, Benq, Poco, Xiaomi, Oneplus, Juglee games, AFK gaming, Network 18, and many more.

The company recently hit the 1 million user mark, where more than 300,000 of those users were acquired in the last 3 months itself.

Ashwin Haryani, the co-founder of GamingMonk said, “All of us at GamingMonk are excited to hit this milestone of 1 million users. We started off doing small-scale offline events inside restaurants/cafes with just 80-100 participants, today we conduct 100+ tournaments online everyday replicating the same competitive and social experience of those offline events. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our users who have shown immense support & love for GamingMonk.”

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The Poco Battle Arena- Powered By Poco in Partnership with GamingMonk

GamingMonk and the people’s favourite smartphone brand Poco have partnered together to bring to you the PUBG Mobile Poco Battle Arena.

What is the Poco Battle Arena?

The PUBG Mobile Poco Battle Arena is a huge tournament for the game PUBG Mobile with over 500 squads. These squads will be comprised of 4 team members each. The qualifiers for this tournament will occur on 28th April and 30th April. The winning squad will be awarded 4 Poco X2 smartphones, one for each squad member after the Grand Finale on 4th May.

A Livestream for the tournament will also be available to watch on YouTube and the GamingMonk app.

How to Register?

To register for the Poco Battle Arena, you will need to download the GamingMonk app and create a GamingMonk account if you haven’t already. Then in the ‘Tournaments’ category, you will see the Poco Battle Arena tournament listing. Click to Join the tournament and invite your friends to the squad. All you have to do then is wait to be notified about your match on the day of the tournament.

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The Ultimate Clash Royale Guide For Beginners

Clash Royale is a hugely popular game in India. And it’s nothing like PUBG Mobile or COD Mobile, instead, it’s a card-based strategy game where you take on opponents in 1-v-1 battles. So if you’re used to the action of PUBG Mobile and are planning to try this as well, you might find that the same tricks don’t help you. So we’ve made this beginner-friendly guide for people looking to get started with Clash Royale.

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure you have a fun and thrilling experience starting this game and bag some wins:

1. Balanced Deck

Always keep balanced units in your deck. This will make sure you don’t need to wait for too long for your elixir to refill and you’ll be able to deploy units faster. It will also help you be quick when it comes to launch counter-attacks and defend your tower. A good, balanced deck will be very helpful in keeping your opponent under pressure.

2. Don’t Waste Elixir

The most important thing in Clash Royale is Elixir management. If you’re good at timing your cards and managing Elixir, you can take down your opponent even if your deck is weaker than them. In the beginning of a match, if your opponent is waiting, it might be best for you to wait as well, for your Elixir to fill up to 9 bars before you start placing your units on the field.

But if you’re being attacked, there’s no point in waiting too much because you’ll end up taking a lot of damage on your towers in the meanwhile. That’s why in most situations it’s best to deploy your defensive units as soon as the enemy starts attacking you.

Saving up Elixir won’t help you in every situation, the only thing that will happen is your opponent will be able to deploy more units and recharge his Elixir again, so make sure you don’t let them do that, otherwise they’ll gain a significant number advantage on the field. It’s okay if you’re trying to execute a specific strategy, like baiting your enemy into a trap, but otherwise make sure you make good timely use of the Elixir.

3. Zonal Play

The playing field in Clash Royale has two halves, one for you and the other for your opponent. You may feel like it’s best to place your units as close to the enemy half as possible in the starting, but don’t make that mistake. If your enemy has just deployed a unit and it’s moving towards your half, wait for the right moment. Let it enter your side and then launch a counter-attack. With this you’ll be able to take down the enemy units more easily as your own towers will fire at them too, and you won’t waste any time killing the enemy units.

Similarly, when you’re on the offensive, make sure you don’t activate the enemy king’s tower. It will remain passive until you attack it directly and it won’t shoot your units at all. This will make sure your troops take less damage and be able to put more pressure on the enemy by damaging their towers.

4. Don’t Panic, especially at the end.

Apart from Elixir management and deck building, the most important thing in Clash Royale is to make sure you don’t lose your calm and play with a cool, composed mind. If you panic, you’ll end up making some wrong moves in a hurry and the opponent will be able to take advantage of your mistakes and defeat you.

The probability of this happening is the most once the timer goes below the 1 minute mark, because then the Elixir starts recharging twice as fast. Make sure you don’t put all your units on the offense, and take care of your own towers and focus on their defense as well.

By doing this, you can even turn around a losing game by the time that last 1 minute gets over, because your enemy will try to make sure to do the most amount of damage to your towers and might even let his own towers remain open for attack.

5. Mind Games – Play Your Opponent, Not Just Their Cards

In the middle of the match in Clash Royale, you can use quick chat and reactions as well. You can use these to irritate your opponent, frustrating them into making a rash move. Make sure you don’t cross any limits, and time the reactions well to make sure your enemy loses his focus as being distracted can directly give you an advantage in the game.

These were our 5 top tips for beginners to help them get started with Clash Royale. If you found these helpful, be sure to check back regularly for more guides for all your favourite games, from PUBG Mobile to COD Mobile, Clash Royale, Garena Free Fire and more!

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4 Hidden Tricks in PUBG Mobile That You Might Not Know

We have posted quite a few PUBG Tips but here are a few tricks that you may not know about that could be useful if you’re ever in trouble and need some way to get an advantage. So without further ado, here are four hidden tricks in PUBG Mobile you might not know about that can be helpful.

1. Car Bug

The car bug is when you jump onto the side of a car but not on top of it. You jump right onto the edge so it looks like you’re floating and then you go prone and you’re basically completely hidden while also being in a usual spot from which you can aim and get people.

2. Crawling Underwater

If you are near a body of water and think someone might be over and don’t have any cover, you could use this trick. Go prone outside the body of water and select any throwable object. Then start aiming to throw it but don’t actually throw it. Just hold it and start crawling towards the water until you’re completely submerged and not visible. You won’t have to worry about oxygen and can catch an enemy by surprise.

3. Red Zone Camp

This is a risky thing to do but can help you switch your tactics. You take damage if you’re in the red zone, however, if even a single small pixel of your character’s body is touching the blue circle, you won’t take damage. You can use this and always stay at the edge until the very end. Remember, camping is a viable strategy in this game.

4. Stairway Spot

If you’re inside a house and want to ambush people use this. If there’s a staircase, you can jump onto the ledge on the wall of the staircase and position yourself above the staircase, a spot where nobody tends to check, especially in FPP. You will literally have the drop on them once they start climbing the staircase as they won’t spot you and you can kill them. You will be in a vulnerable spot though so if there is more than one person and you shoot too soon, you could be in trouble so do this when there’s back up around.

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COD Mobile Vs PUBG Mobile, Which Is Better?

A lot of people have been playing COD Mobile recently while it was in closed beta, and the game is actually pretty good. Not only does it have the same Battle Royale as PUBG, but it also has a ton of other game modes if you want some variety. With COD Mobile soon coming back in open beta, many have been asking what the differences between the two big games are, and which game will be more fun with friends.

Graphics

Firstly, let’s talk about the graphics – Both games look good on phones, but for my preference, COD Mobile looks a bit sharper. It only has one map in the Battle Royale mode, but it has a lot more maps in the different games modes and all of it adds a lot of variety to how the game looks.

Gameplay

Next is the gameplay, and this is probably what will mean the most to players. PUBG Mobile leans more towards a more realistic military feel, while COD Mobile is a lot more arcade-ish. You move a lot faster in COD mobile and the gameplay is lot more frantic. If you prefer a more tactical and slow approach, PUBG Mobile is more suited for you. However, if you prefer a faster gameplay style, COD Mobile is easily the best in the genre. Weapons feel tight and accurate, and the movement is really fluid.

Stability

Anyone who has played PUBG Mobile for a good amount of time will know that the game has terrible optimization. Fun as the game is, it has a lot of performance issues, and the game constantly drops frames below 60. COD Mobile, however, is super smooth and runs at 60 FPS without any lag at all. This alone made me want to play a lot more of COD Mobile over PUBG Mobile. Picking up items and opening doors always felt janky in PUBG Mobile, while it’s really responsive in COD Mobile, and it feels great.

Game Modes

The biggest difference between COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile are the game modes. Both games have the popular Battle Royale game mode that is all the craze right now. However, in COD Mobile Battle Royale, you can drive even more vehicles and even fly a helicopter. This is a lot more fun and gives you more options to chase down enemies. You can also jump off the helicopter and redeploy the glider to land safely. Apart from the Battle Royale mode, COD has lot of other popular multiplayer modes like Free For All and Deathmatch, with a lot of different maps.

This is a big difference from PUBG Mobile, which does have a few other modes but feels really lacking in comparison. This variety is also refreshing and is a good reason for you to keep playing the game and get some good practice with the shooting, even if you get bored of the Battle Royale mode.

Conclusion

Overall, it really feels like COD Mobile is a more refined version of PUBG Mobile, and players will have a lot of fun playing it. It’s not that COD Mobile will be a PUBG killer, but it sure will give it some tough competition. Almost everyone I know who plays PUBG Mobile has great things to say about COD Mobile and said that they would rather play COD Mobile over PUBG.

So which one do you think is the right game for you, PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile? Let us know in the comments what you think about both the games and which one you like more.

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PUBG Mobile Best Weapons Guide

PUBG Mobile has a lot of weapons you can choose to help you win. From Pistols and SMGs to Shotguns, Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles, there’s just about every kind of gun you can find either on the battleground, or in the air drop. With so many options, choosing the right weapon for your play style can be a difficult task. So here’s a handy guide with all the best weapons in PUBG Mobile across the different weapon types. Without further ado, let’s see what they are.

AWM- Long Range God

The AWM is the most powerful gun in the game as it will kill someone even with a level 3 helmet with one headshot. However, the gun can only be found in airdrops which mean that getting it is a risky affair. If you do get it though, you will tear through your opposition if you’ve mastered this gun.

SKS – The Assault Rifle for For Long Range Fighters

With the proper attachments, the SKS is better than the SLR which is also a fantastic weapon to use. For battle between 200-600m, this gun with attachments is a beast that will not let you down.

AKM- The Power Hitting Rifle

The AKM is a damn good weapon if equipped with a compensator as it deals the highest damage out of the other non crate ARs. The fact that it can be found so easily and with an attachment can be turned into a mean machine makes this a very viable choice.

M416- The All Rounder Assault Rifle

With all the attachments, this weapon right here will have an edge over the AKM. However getting all the attachments can be tricky but if you do, this weapon will never let you down.

UMP9 – The Close Quarter Killer

Set it to auto and watch enemies close to you drop like flies. This thing is great when it comes to close encounters due to its high rate of fire and its magazine capacity. The Vector is also a good choice but can get you in trouble due to its magazine size.

The AUG, Kar98, Scar-L and the Groza are also great weapons that if you find are absolutely worth using with the proper attachments. What are your favourite weapons? Let us know down below and check out the links below if you’re looking for more PUBG Mobile guides, or tips for any of your favourite games, like Call of Duty Mobile, Garena Free Fire or Clash Royale.

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How to join GamingMonk tournaments?

Mobile games are fast entering the preferred choice for Indian gamers due to their accessibility, ease of playing, and their added comfort of gaming on the go. But did you know, you can awesome prizes and money(yes, cold hard cash) playing your favourite games? Well, you can and GamingMonk provides you one of the easiest and trusted platforms for that. 

Well, what are you waiting for, follow these steps to actually get something tangible for the time you put in gaming.

We have a plethora of tournaments across a variety of games and you can see them here on your browser or our official app which is available here.

Step 1

Sign up with your mobile number.
  • Create a GamingMonk Account

You only need to enter your mobile number and we will automatically assign you a username or you can create a custom one. It’s up to you.

Step 2

The tournaments page on the GamingMonk mobile app.
  • Go to the Tournaments page

It can be accessed by tapping the Play option at the bottom bar of our Android app or using the Play option on the top right of our website.

Step 3

Choose the appropriate tournament and tap join.
  • Choose the appropriate tournament

From the list of tournaments, select the one you would like to participate in. You can filter the tournaments according to the game too.

Step 4

Enter your gamer tag.
  • Enter the related game ID

Enter your game ID or gamer tag and voila, you have joined the tournament. It’s that easy!

You’ll get this pop-up after successfully joining the tournament.

Top 5 RPG games on Mobile

With the rapid rise of mobile gaming, developers have started to deliver full-blown, story-driven gaming experiences on a 5-inch screen as well. There is no dearth of RPG games for mobile gamers to play and once in a while all of us need to get lost in the intricate world of a role-playing game. 

Now there are good and bad RPGs out there and it may difficult to filter out which ones are actually worth playing so we decided to take it upon ourselves and compile this list of top 5 RPG games on mobile.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar. Source: Polygon
  1. Battle Chasers: Nightwar – One of the best JRPGs on Android that money can buy, this game by HandyGames offers one of the most complete RPG experiences on Android. Inspired by the great RPGs that came before it, Battle Chasers: Nightwar features a rich story-driven exploration-based gameplay. The basic gist of the story is that you play as Gully, a young girl whose father- a famous hero disappeared under mysterious circumstances but left behind a trail of powerful gauntlets. Your motive is to find Gully’s father and you will receive help from very unlikely companions on your quest.

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Chrono Trigger. Source: CHRONO TRIGGER
  1. Chrono Trigger – From the team behind the legendary Final Fantasy games, Chrono Trigger is an RPG you absolutely cannot miss. Its gorgeous 16-bit world with wonderful landscapes will suck you in instantly. You play as Crono, and the fate of the planet lies in your hands as you travel across time and create history for yourself. The game was also completely revamped with better graphics and a much more refined control scheme which should make the game even better. 

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Crashlands. Source: AppAdvice
  1. Crashlands – If you’re into quirky and funny video games, Crashlands is the perfect bet for you. It has won several awards and is praised extensively by critics and players alike. 

You play as Flux Dabes, a space trucker,  who crash lands(wow) on an alien planet and you have to survive using whatever items are at your disposal.

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Star Wars: KOTOR. Source: YouTube
  1. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic – Who doesn’t love a Star Wars game, but KOTOR brings you a full-blown Star Wars experience right in your palm. Considered one of the best games in the franchise, this RPG by AspyrMedia is an amazing feat in itself, especially considering it was released many years ago. With a plethora of unique characters, vehicles, and gameplay mechanics, the Star Wars KOTOR experience is simply unforgettable.

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Eternium. Source: APK Pure
  1. Eternium – Claiming to be the first RPG specifically designed for touch controls, Eternium certainly holds up to its promise of an intuitive control scheme which feels very smooth. It’s one of the more immersive RPGs out there with great world-building and a unique way of spell-casting since you have to draw the symbols of said spells in order to cast them.

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Fortnite Removed From Apple And Google App Stores

Fortnite has been removed from Apple and Google app stores due to its recent update violating store policies. The update featured an option for users to buy Fortnite’s currency V-bucks at a 20 percent discount directly from Epic Games. According to Apple and Google this move violated the app store policies as both stores take a 30 percent share from in-app revenue purchases in games and the new update would have bypassed that.

Apple was the first to take action by removing the app from its app store followed by google. The gaming app is no longer available for iPhone users but android users can still download the app from Epic Games Store or from Samsung Galaxy store for Samsung devices. Previously, Apple had also refused to add game streaming services like Xbox’s Xcloud, Google’s Stadia and Facebook Gaming.

Fortnite official youtube channel also released a video similar to an Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial with #FreeFortnite at the very end. The video is apparently a call out to all of the gaming community to unite and support Epic Games in their fight against Apple. The game developer has always been against such policies since Fortnite’s launch on smartphones.

Immediately after the removal of the app Epic filed a lawsuit against Google and Apple calling their practices unfair and anti competitive. The lawsuit stated, “Epic does not seek monetary compensation from this Court for the injuries it has suffered. Epic likewise does not seek a side deal or favorable treatment from Google for itself. Instead, Epic seeks injunctive relief that would deliver Google’s broken promise: an open, competitive Android ecosystem for all users and industry participants. Such injunctive relief is sorely needed.”

Epic claims that Google forced phone manufacturer OnePlus to break off a deal that would have seen a special Fortnite launcher preinstalled on OnePlus phones and also demanded that another Android phonemaker, LG to abandon any plans to do the same.

Google in an official statement has stated, “while Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies.” The tech giant said it welcomes the opportunity to continue discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.

Apple also issued a statement that said, “Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result, their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”

However, Apple did state that it will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.

Free Fire: Tips and Tricks

Garena Free Fire has emerged as a worthy competitor to PUBH with its fluid gameplay and smooth performance on basically any device you run it on. With over 500 million downloads, the game has seen an upward trajectory ever since its inception. 

It has also established itself as a mobile esport too with various tournaments springing up across the globe. We host some of them too. You can check them out here. 

In order to excel at the game one needs to keep a few basic things in mind which we will be covering in this article:-

Source: MrGuider

Loot Wisely – After dropping into the map always make sure that you find enclosed areas for looting and don’t loot out in the open. You can do this by choosing your drop location wisely. It’s very easy for enemies to take you out when you’re not in cover. Also, keep an eye out for good gear and even if it is something that you don’t use, be sure to mark it for your teammates as one of them may need it. This will make the whole loot stage of the game very efficient.

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Settings and Sensitivity – As with any game, before you begin playing, make sure to choose the optimal settings for your device. If you’re running on a low end device, it is probably better to keep your gfx settings turned down to a minimum so as to improve performance. Keep your sensitivity according to your preference but be sure to not play with a very high sensitivity because it will make your aim less precise.

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Use the Sniper – The snipers in Free Fire are very good at taking our enemies at range while also being fairly easy to use. Be sure to use the sniper once in a while to see whether you’re good with it. Sniping also improves your aim as it requires your shots to be precise. Using it more often will do wonders for your aim. You can practice effectively in solo mode with your preferred attachments.

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Be constantly moving – No one likes campers but more than that, in a BR game like Free Fire, staying in one position for too long can jeopardize the whole match due to the rapid closing in of the ring which will force you to move. There may be enemies waiting for you at the edge of the ring and this will make their life a whole lot easier. Constantly changing your position also makes it difficult for enemies to guess where you are.

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Use vehicles – There are some players who are hesitant in using vehicles but they are really helpful when you want to catch up with the ring or simply running over enemy players. Try to use fully covered vehicles instead of bikes, as uncovered vehicles make you an easy target for enemy players.

Best operators in Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft’s tactical shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege has fast established itself at the forefront of the fps genre. With its intricate map design, well-balanced weaponry and a multitude of operators to choose from, Siege is one of the most played games on the market right now. It has a steep learning curve which adds to the fun as it makes the game more challenging.  If you have got your hands at this game but are loggerheads as to which operator to choose, we’ve got you covered in this article about how to choose the best operator in Rainbow Six: Siege according to your playstyle. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll be dividing the operators into two parts: Attack and Defense.

ATTACK

Ash. Source: ESFStream

Ash – The go-to choice for many skilled players of the game, Ash is one of the oldest operators in the game. She comes under the category of a select few three-speed attackers. This results in her being extremely proficient at rushing in and making short work of the enemy. Her M120 Crem tears through doorways and unreinforced walls like a knife cuts through butter. Equip the R4-C assault rifle and it’ll be really tough to beat her in shootouts because of the gun’s stellar damage rating.

Buck. Source: DeviantArt

Buck – Buck has found a special place in the world of operators due to his efficiency at vertical play. The underslung shotgun he rocks is perfect for opening up ceilings and floors in order to surprise the enemy. His choice of weapons – C8-SFW rapid-fire assault rifle and the CAMRS DMR make him all the more appealing for players.

Hibana. Source: YouTube

Hibana – Versatility is key in R6 Siege and this is what makes Hibana a good choice. Her gadget the X-KAIROS carries six explosive rounds which can be used to tear open a wall. It also has the ability to destroy many reinforced windows and thin walls. She is also one of the three-speed operators which allow her to be quick and move from one side of the map to another in no time.

DEFENSE

Smoke. Source: YouTube

Smoke – When it comes to defenders, Smoke is one of the best anchors in the game. He is good at holding down a room and denying the attackers any entry. His remote gas grenades are useful in blocking off entire passageways due to the damaging fumes and a 10-second duration. The shotgun he carries has immense stopping power, to hold enemies at bay. Coupled with the smg he carries as a secondary he is good at ranged engagements too.

Bandit. Source: YouTube

Bandit – Bandit’s ability to destroy the gadgets of enemy operators makes him a must-have for the defending team as it denies breaching. The Shock Wire ability can also be used to create an electrified wire that destroys drones as soon as they come in contact. It can also be placed behind a Deployable Shield to make it invulnerable to Ash’s breaching rounds.

Jager. Source: YouTube

Jager – While he may not have moves like Jagger, Jager certainly has a lot up his sleeve to make him one of the best defensive operators in the game. The Active Defense Systems can be deployed to stop and disarm up to two enemy projectiles heading your way. These include grenades, flashbangs, etc. The gun he packs, the 416-C Carbine makes him effective at peeking and clearing put corners too.

Call Of Duty Mobile Season 9 Release Date and Upcoming Features

After being delayed time and time again Call Of Duty Mobile Season 9 finally has a release date and that is August 16th, 2020. The next season is titled “Conquest” and it will introduce a new Battle Pass, 10v10 game mode, new maps, and long awaited gunsmith feature.


Battle Pass

It seems the trailer for Call of Duty Season 9 has been leaked online and it shows what the Battle Pass has to offer this season. The Theme of Season 9 is most likely gonna be World War 2.

Four new characters are going to be released into the game; Lev Kravchenko, fan favourite Reznov, Nikto Stronghold, and Edward Richtofen. That’s not all Battle Pass owners can also get 5 new gun skins; Chopper- Fortress, QQ9- Trendsetter, M16- Fubar, Kilo Bolt-Action- Lazarus, and the Striker- Aeronaut. Shield turrent is also being added to the game as a Battle Pass reward.


New Battle Royale Mode Locations

The season 9 update brings four new locations to the battle royale map including Campgrounds, Dormitory, Radar Base, and Outpost.


10v10 Game Mode

Players will be assigned to a 10-member team in a match. The duration of 10v10 matches are likely to be longer than the 10-minute limit. However, currently it’s not clear whether the mode will also feature in the ranked matches.


New Maps

Season 9 is also expected to bring 3 new maps; Shipment, Pine and Terminal


Gunsmith

Season 9 also gives players access to brand new Gunsmith customization options, inspired from Call of Duty Warzone. Just like in Warzone, airdrops will carry your “Personalized Custom Loadouts” so players will have a chance to grab their customized weapons with all the amazing attachments.

PUBG Mobile: Better Graphics, Gun Game mode and Erangel 2.0

The devs behind PUBG Mobile are hard at work to bring to us these new additions to the game. Fans of the game should be quite pleased to know about the ongoing as well as the upcoming features being added to the title such as the new gun game mode, Erangel 2.0, better graphical performance and much more.


Better Graphics and Performance

Better graphics are on their way with reworked water reflections along with Ultra HD settings. The devs were also excited to announce 90 Hz support for the game but it seems that it is an exclusive feature for Oneplus phones till September 6th, 2020. In a game as fast paced as this better performance and 90 FPS are a huge upgrade


Gun Game Mode

Fresh content arrives in the form of the new Arena gameplay – Team Gun Game and Library map in the hit Arena playlist. This new PUBG Mobile mode is only available on weekends from Friday to Sunday. The concept of the game is quite simple 2 teams compete in 4×4 indoor square map and to win a player must get at least 18 kills. However, the catch is that with each kill your weapon changes with the final weapon being a pan, the iconic murder weapon.


Erangel 2.0

Players have been patiently waiting for this map update since its reveal back in June 2019. After more than a year of waiting the devs have finally added the revamped map to the 1.0.0 beta for PUBG Mobile last week. Based on past update patterns it is highly likely that that this update will release on the global version of the game by September.


Live Additions

Pharaoh Rises

The Pharaoh Rises event is slated to run from August 4 till September 11. Players will have the opportunity to win cool outfits like the Golden Pharaoh X-Suit, Warrior of Ra set, Warrior of Nut set, Underworld Guide set, and the Mummy set.


Other Additions

There’s also the Ancient Secret mode along with a plethora of new in-game events and exclusive rewards. Besides these a new Route Planner and waypoint system are being added to the game as well. PUBG Mobile has also recently added a new Jungle Adventure Mode to the game.

Big announcements from Microsoft

There have been two new big announcements by Microsoft recently. 

The Xbox Series X, the next-gen video game console by Microsoft has got an official launch date that is November 2020. There were no further details disclosed regarding the pricing but it’s going to be head-on with Sony’s PlayStation 5 console which is also stated to launch during the holiday season 2020.

Source: Xbox Wire

The Xbox Series X is the most ambitious console by Microsoft. Packing an 8 core custom processor, a 12 teraflops custom RDNA 2 GPU coupled with 16 gigs of RAM and an SSD to top it all off. Microsoft has confirmed that their latest offering in the video game console market will support 120fps gaming and backwards compatibility across all generations. 

The PS5 and Xbox Series X competition is going to be intense as none of them has revealed their prices but from what we gather, Microsoft is trying to low-ball Sony when it comes to pricing. You can read more about it here.

Both Microsoft and Sony have revealed lower-tier versions of their respective next-gen consoles. These will be called the Xbox Series S and a PS5 disk-less(digital) version.

Source: Forbes

Along with this also comes the announcement about Halo Infinite. Microsoft recently tweeted that the release date for HALO Infinite has been pushed to 2021. 343 Industries have said that the reason for doing so is the current pandemic which has made the development of big games difficult due to the work from home guidelines.

Chris Lee, studio head for Halo Infinite says, “We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision. The decision to shift our release is the result of multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year. I want to acknowledge the hard work from our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday.”

This was foreshadowed by other big titles which were set to release this year also being delayed. 

This may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as the developers now have ample time to address fan feedback. After the demo which was shown earlier, the game’s reception had been rocky with people criticizing the graphics fidelity of the game as it looked like a last-gen game. 

We’ll have to wait and see how it affects the launch of the Xbox Series X as Microsoft had planned to launch the game along with the console, marketing it as one of the most sought after exclusives.

Top 5 PUBG Mobile players in India

PUBG Mobile has become one of the largest esports in India, thanks largely to an ever-growing mobile gaming community and its accessibility. There has been a growing interest in India by foreign biggies such as Fnatic as well, leading them to pump in money into the PUBG Mobile scene. Naturally, some players have really hit it big in the scene and are rapidly becoming household names. In our list of the best PUBG Mobile players, we’ll be taking a look at some of these prodigies who are living the dream of becoming an esports athlete.

Top five PUBG Mobile players in India:-

Smokie. Source:YouTube

5. Shekhar “Smokie” Patil – Smokie is one of the earliest players to enter the PUBG Mobile pro circuit  in India. He has been playing with his team Nova GodLike since the beginning of 2020 and had led them to many a victory. His knack for quick thinking along with patience has helped him excel in his role as an in-game leader. His tournament stats are as follows:-

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Ted(R) Source: GuruGamer

4. Manmeet “Ted” Singh – Manmeet couldn’t have chosen a username any further from the truth because the havoc he wreaks in-game certainly doesn’t remind one of a cute and cuddly teddy bear. His aggressive play style has earned him a special place in the world of PUBG Mobile. He currently plays the role of an assaulter for Team SynerGE. Tournament stats:-

Source: Liquipedia
Ronak. Source: SportsKeeda

3. Harpreet Singh “RonaK” Janjuha – RonaK began his career as a part of the formidable Team Soul which won the PUBG India Series 2019 as well. He cites Shroud, a prominent FPS gamer, and streamer as an inspiration. Harpreet plays a well-balanced game and was recently picked up by Fnatic, one of the first European teams to make a foray into the PUBG Mobile scene in India. Tournament Stats:-

Source: Liquipedia
VipeR. Source: Liquipedia

2. Yash “VipeR” Soni – VipeR is one of the most well-known players in the Indian PUBG Mobile scene because of his performance in the PUBG Mobile India Series 2019. He represented Team Soul in the tourney. He also has a massive following across various social media platforms due to his consistent streams. Tournament Stats:-

Source: Liquipedia
MortaL. Source: Liquipedia

1. Naman “MortaL” Sandeep Mathur – MortaL(what’s up with capitalizing the first and last characters of your in-game name man) is arguably the most widely known player in this list and not without reason. He is the founder and owner of Team SouL, and is credited for being one of the pioneers in the PUBG Mobile pro-circuit in India. His gameplay is very tactical which has led to him amassing a huge following across social media. Lately, we haven’t seen a lot of Team SouL and MortaL but they’re bound to come back bigger and better. Tournament stats:-

Source: Liquipedia

Apple Won’t Allow Game Streaming Apps On iPhone

It seems Apple has gone to war with the gaming industry as it recently refused to allow game streaming services from Microsoft, Google and Facebook to be released on its app stores. Microsoft’s Game Pass, Google’s Stadia, and Facebook’s Gaming apps are all facing major difficulties in launching their apps on ios devices due to Apple app store review policies.

Apple is quite infamous for its app store policies but this move takes it to a whole another level. However, this decision may cost Apple dearly as these apps are the future of the gaming industry. Not being able to play the best games that console and PC can offer on your iPhone while you watch your friend play them on his android phone can be a bit excruciating for many iPhone users.

The reason for all this is that these companies won’t submit each game for review that’s why Apple is blocking apps that provide access to these games. In their defense Apple’s has quite the strict reviewing policy which can take quite a while if considering the amount of games present on these platforms.

Facebook Gaming

It seems in order to get published Facebook Gaming was forced to remove one of its two major components, that is a library of playable mobile games. But in the end they were not happy with the outcome from this situation.

Facebook making fun of Apple

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg even shared quite some harsh comments on the matter with Business Insider.

“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android,” Sandberg said in a statement. “We’re staying focused on building communities for the more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month — whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not.”

Microsoft

Microsoft too had a similar stance on the matter as told by a Company spokesperson.

“Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our vision of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to gamers on iOS via the Apple App Store”. He further added, “Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. And it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content.”

It is quite clear that Apple’s app store policy is quite discriminatory when it comes to gaming apps as it doesn’t have the same review policy for non-gaming streaming apps like Netflix, Hotstar or Disney Plus. Nevertheless, it is quite unfortunate for iPhone users cause it is highly unlikely that these apps will ever be available on the app store.