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.”
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.
Millions of Minecraft gamers across the globe will get to experience their self-created worlds more vividly than ever before when Minecraft with RTX moves to open beta on Windows 10 this week and introduces realistic shadows, lighting and vibrant colors to the best-selling videogame of all time.
“We teamed up with Mojang Studios to bring next-generation ray tracing and AI to Minecraft and the results are truly amazing,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of gaming at NVIDIA. “There is a ton of excitement from the community for Minecraft with RTX, and we can’t wait to see what they create.”
On Thursday, at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Minecraft players on Windows 10 can download the beta of the highly anticipated free game update, unleashing a next-generation graphical makeover that includes real-time ray tracing, more realistic materials and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0.
NVIDIA will also give players six new Minecraft worlds to download for free from the Minecraft Marketplace, allowing them to experience what is possible in Minecraft when real-time ray tracing is applied.
“The next big evolution for Minecraft has arrived with Minecraft with RTX,” said Saxs Persson, franchise creative director of Minecraft at Microsoft. “The core of regular Minecraft is building with blocks. GeForce RTX GPUs transform the Minecraft world with a dramatically more realistic look by adding life-like lighting effects, shadows, reflections, refraction and more to the builder’s tool kit.”
Ray Tracing Comes to Minecraft Together, NVIDIA, Microsoft and Mojang Studios, the developer of Minecraft, have added a form of ray tracing known as path tracing for the Windows 10 version of the game. Path tracing simulates the way light is transported throughout a scene. It presents a unified model for lighting calculations for many different types of effects that have traditionally been implemented separately using rasterized or hybrid renderers. Among these are:
● Direct lighting from the sun, sky and various light sources
● Realistic hard and soft shadows
● Emissive lighting from surfaces such as glowstone and lava
● Global illumination
● Accurate reflections in water and metallic surfaces
● Transparent materials such as stained glass, water and ice with reflection and
● Volumetric fog and light shafts
Ray tracing was added to Minecraft using the industry-standard Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate API. NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ GPUs are the only GPUs with dedicated ray-tracing cores that allow games to be ray traced in real time.
New Physically Based Materials System Building blocks in Minecraft are now upgraded with material properties that emulate real life — a technique known as physically based rendering (PBR). This PBR system supports material properties for light emission, roughness, depth and metallicity that combine with ray tracing to enable lighting effects such as reflections, refraction, translucency, transparency and global illumination that open new possibilities and ways to create in Minecraft.
Using AI to Boost Image Quality in Minecraft Minecraft with RTX also introduces NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 to the game. Powered by RTX Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It provides the performance headroom — 1.7x+ faster frame rates — to power full path tracing in Minecraft with RTX.
Six Gorgeous New Minecraft Worlds to Play in, Build and Explore To celebrate the open beta of Minecraft with RTX, NVIDIA has worked with some of the most talented Minecraft creators to make six new Minecraft worlds available to gamers that show off the dramatic possibilities that ray tracing and PBR textures bring to the game. Selected due to their fantastic track record of making captivating contributions in the Minecraft community, these creators delivered exciting results.
“What Minecraft with RTX introduces to the game can only be described as mind-blowing,” said RazzleberryFox, CEO at Razzleberries, a founding partner and industry leader on the Minecraft Marketplace. “The added dimension these incredible visuals add to Minecraft has reinvigorated our collective creativity and enabled us to create amazing new worlds and experiences for Minecraft that just were not possible before.”
The six new worlds will be downloadable for free from the in-game Minecraft Marketplace and include:
● Aquatic Adventure RTX by Dr_Bond ● Color, Light and Shadow RTX by PearlescentMoon ● Crystal Palace RTX by GeminiTay ● Imagination Island RTX by BlockWorks ● Neon District RTX by Elysium Fire ● Of Temples and Totems RTX by Razzleberries
Minecraft with RTX will come as a free update later this year to users that own Minecraft on Windows 10. Players will need to sign up for the Minecraft Windows 10 RTX beta through the Xbox Insider Hub on April 16. The beta worlds will be downloadable for free from the Minecraft Marketplace on April 16. Players will also need a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU or higher and the latest NVIDIA Game Ready Driver.
NVIDIA today announced that its global OEM partners are bringing out more than 100 new thin, light and fast laptop models, all powered by NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs, including the just-launched GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER™ and 2070 SUPER GPUs for laptops.
The record-size launch also includes a range of RTX 2060-powered laptops starting at just $999. The new platforms are all based on the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, which incorporates dedicated hardware RT Cores to process ray tracing and AI in real time, delivering increased performance and enhanced visual fidelity for today’s hottest games and major content creation applications.
Many of the models are offered in Max-Q configurations, an NVIDIA technology enhanced with new features providing the absolute fastest performance and highest efficiency in a mobile platform.
“A little more than 18 months ago, NVIDIA reinvented graphics with real-time ray tracing, which represents a seismic shift in how games look, play and feel,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of gaming at NVIDIA. “Having this technology available in a laptop for just $999 is amazing. And thanks to Max-Q, consumers will have a selection of remarkably thin and light laptops to choose from across all price points.”
New Max-Q Technologies: Even Thinner, Lighter and More Efficient Laptops
When introduced a few years ago, NVIDIA Max-Q technology transformed gaming laptops, creating a new class of particularly potent portables lighter, thinner and more power-efficient than anything seen before. New advancements to Max-Q are now doubling that efficiency over previous designs and introducing features that enable faster performance and longer battery life:
Dynamic Boost — Intelligently and automatically balances power between the GPU and CPU on a per-frame basis, boosting overall in-game performance. Dynamic Boost is automatic, adaptive and always working to deliver more performance without increasing system power consumption.
Low-Voltage GDDR6 — NVIDIA has worked with its memory partners to increase memory efficiency while delivering high performance with new lower voltage GDDR6 memory.
Advanced Optimus — A breakthrough display innovation that delivers long battery life and immersive, stutter-free gameplay from NVIDIA G-SYNC® technology. Advanced Optimus® controls which GPU is driving the display and intelligently determines the right GPU for the right workload at the right time, dynamically switching on the fly without needing a system reboot. The new lineup of Lenovo™ Legion™ laptops are the world’s first to feature this groundbreaking technology.
Next-Generation Regulator Efficiency — Next-generation voltage regulators help optimize system design so the GPU runs more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance.
Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0 — Powered by dedicated AI processors on RTX GPUs called Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It boosts a game’s performance headroom while maximizing ray-tracing settings with increased output resolution and extending battery life by up to 20 percent.
RTX Studio Empowers Creators with New Laptops
NVIDIA also announced 10 new RTX Studio laptops, powered by RTX SUPER GPUs and the latest Intel 10th-generation processors. Available from Acer, Gigabyte, MSI and Razer, the laptops are the ultimate solution for creators seeking unmatched video and 3D performance.
Availability of new RTX Gaming and Studio laptops starts the week of April 15th from multiple partners globally, with more coming in May. Specific SKUs, configurations and pricing will vary based on region and partner availability but will include designs from Acer, ASUS, Clevo, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer and more.
RTX 2060-powered laptops starting at $999 include the Acer Nitro 5, ASUS ROG Strix G15, HP Omen 15, MSI GF65 Thin, the Lenovo Legion Y540 and 5i and the MSI GF65 Thin, with more to be announced later.
Today NVIDIA offered a sneak peek at what is possible when you combine the world’s most popular game with next-generation ray-tracing technology. We also posted some tutorials to help Minecrafters get started.
New Minecraft Worlds from Top Creators
As we gear up for the release of Minecraft with RTX, we’ve been working with some of the world’s most talented creators in the Minecraft community. The first results of that collaboration are displayed today in a series of screenshots that show off their amazing work. The screenshots feature worlds created by Razzleberries, BlockWorks and GeminiTay (bios below), just a few of the creators who were selected due to their imaginations and fantastic track record of making captivating contributions in the Minecraft community.
The worlds include:
Of Temples and Totems RTX by Razzleberries – An adventure world focusing players on exploring and completing challenges in mysterious temples. Each temple showcases per-pixel emissivity and real-time shadows, and leverages global illumination to create an immersive experience for players.
Imagination Island RTX by BlockWorks – A fully explorable theme park, filled with Easter eggs, that hosts four distinct lands, each dedicated to an element of real-time ray tracing. In this scene we see the visitor center of the park, highlighted by god rays cast in real-time through the windows, shining down onto the floor.
Crystal Palace RTX by GeminiTay – A survival map with a whimsical fantasy theme that features a masterfully built castle. Ray-traced shadows and beautiful atmospherics create realism in this world built on a 1:1 scale.
Tools and Tutorials to Empower Minecraft Creators
NVIDIA also unveiled a series of tools and guides that Minecrafters can use to make immersive, life-like worlds. Originally scheduled for our GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley, these online tutorials are being released as part of GTC Digital and include:
For creating physically based rendering textures – A presentation and how-to guide that dives into the particulars behind Minecraft with RTX’s path tracing and PBR textures and how they work together to create incredible sights. It includes a step-by-step workflow for creating your own PBR textures and texture packs.
For converting Java worlds to RTX worlds – NVIDIA has partnered with Minecraft creators to craft a guide of the unofficial best-practices to convert your world to Bedrock Windows 10 Edition, which is the basis for the upcoming Minecraft with RTX.
NVIDIA teams have been hard at work, hand-in-hand with Microsoft, to bring worlds that are fully path-traced, with reflections, shadows, caustics, global illumination, and other realistic lighting effects that interact naturally with physically based textures applied to Minecraft’s blocks. These PBR textures enable per-pixel emissives, volumetric effects, and other never-before-seen sights, that together with the path-traced effects usher in the next evolution of Minecraft.
Stay tuned for more information on Minecraft with RTX, which is coming soon.
Powered by RTX Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is a new and improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It gives games the performance headroom to maximize quality settings and increase output resolution.
DLSS 2.0 offers the following enhancements over the original:
Superior Image Quality – DLSS 2.0 offers image quality comparable to native resolution while rendering only one quarter to one half of the pixels. It employs new temporal feedback techniques for sharper image details and improved stability from frame to frame.
Great Scaling Across All RTX GPUs and Resolutions – A new AI network more efficiently uses Tensor Cores to execute 2X faster than the original. This improves frame rates and eliminates previous limitations on which GPUs, settings, and resolutions could be enabled.
One Network For All Games – The original DLSS required training the AI network for each new game. DLSS 2.0 trains using non-game-specific content, delivering a generalized network that works across games. This means faster game integrations, and ultimately more DLSS games.
Customizable Options – DLSS 2.0 offers users 3 image quality modes – Quality, Balanced, Performance – that control the game’s internal rendering resolution, with Performance mode enabling up to 4X super resolution (i.e. 1080p → 4K). This means more user choice, and even bigger performance boosts.
This week, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and Control are joining Deliver Us The Moon and Wolfenstein: Youngblood as games that support NVIDIA DLSS 2.0. DLSS 2.0 is now also available to Unreal Engine 4 developers through the DLSS Developer Program that will accelerate deployment in one of the world’s most popular game engines.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, which launched to very positive reviews,is a BattleTech mech game developed by Piranha Games and released on December 10, 2019 on Windows. It is the first single player MechWarrior game since 2002. The game will get a graphics upgrade via a patch today that enables NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 technology. In MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, DLSS 2.0 improves performance from 30% to 75% using the “Quality” mode, all while maintaining, and in some cases even improving, image quality.
Control Gets NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 This Week!
Control will be launching The Foundation expansion pack and a game patch that updates the game to NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 technology on March 26, 2020.
With DLSS 2.0, image quality improves materially compared to the original DLSS image processing algorithm used in Control. Depending on the specific GPU, resolution, and quality settings, frame rates can be boosted up to 75% in Control.
The HyperX Fury Ultra is a Gaming Mouse with RGB. Why? Well because RGB is kinda neat(at least to me, your opinion might differ) and having an RGB mouse pad helps complete any type of look or aesthetic you’re going for. So, let’s take a look at this mouse pad and see what it has to offer.
Per-LED RGB lighting
Width: 359.4mm Length: 299.4mm Cable length: 1.8m
The main function of a mousepad is to provide a surface so that you can properly use your mouse. This includes proper friction and the ability to control the mouse perfectly when playing games. The Fury Ultra has a Plastic surface. I’ve used a lot of mouse pads and they’ve all been cloth pads because they’re just so much better when it comes to the feel and control of it. But I figured that a plastic one would also be fine until I actually put the mouse on it and instantly felt a disconnect.
Using the mouse on this mousepad felt like using it on any regular plastic table or wooden surface. There was no real grip so your mouse can very easily glide across the surface. There was a real lack of friction. So if you’re someone who likes to glide their mouse and doesn’t want friction then this is great for you. It also feels very plastic and not premium at all. I thought maybe it was just me and my experience with cloth pads but after a lot of struggling, I couldn’t really use my mouse properly or comfortable on this. So I decided to have some of the other folks in our office try it out and give their feedback and they said the exact same thing.
Now if you’re fine with the plastic surface and are more comfortable with it, this will be a huge plus point for you but for the majority of people, this would be a big con.
Moving onto one of it’s selling points, the RGB. This was also somewhat disappointing. The lighting for this isn’t on the edges of the mouse pad, instead its somewhat underneath the outer border. This means that you can’t really see it quite well in proper lighting. When we first plugged in the device to power up the RGB, our reaction was “Wait, that’s it?” because we could barely see it properly. In the darkness, it was a bit better though.
There’s also a spot on the top of the mousepad that also illuminates that probably houses some of the electrical components of the device which looks like a small roof of sorts. This could potentially also trip your wire a bit when moving quickly since it is in the centre so do keep that in mind. The bottom is rubberized so we never really faced problems with the mousepad moving too much while using it. The cable that comes with it is braided so that’s also good as it means better longevity.
All in all, this product was a bit of a let down for me. The hard surface mixed with the somewhat sparse lighting meant that the two main selling points of this mousepad were both not good enough. If you’re a fan of hard surface mouse pads then maybe you’ll enjoy this but then again, the RGB isn’t that great on this and something like the Firefly V2 does a better job at that.
HyperX’s lineup of keyboards seems to hit every checkbox for gamers with the sheer amount of keyboard options that they have. We’ve already looked at the Alloy Origins very recently and now we’re taking a look at it’s smaller sibling, The HyperX Alloy Origins Core Tenkeyless RGB mechanical keyboard. Yup, that’s quite the mouthful to say.
RGB (16,777,216 colors)
Per key RGB lighting3 and 5 brightness levels
On board memory
USB Type-C to USB Type-A
Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7
HyperX Red, HyperX Aqua
Key Travel Distance
Life Span (Keystrokes)
Weight (Keyboard and cable)
The Alloy Origins Core is a sleek, clean-looking design that minimalists will absolutely love. It’s a tenkeyless keyboard which means a smaller form factor. This is perfect for those who travel with their keyboard or want more space on their desk.
It’s good a solid yet clean aluminium body that feels premium. And since it is quite portable, it comes with a detachable USB Type-C power cable so you don’t have to worry about the cable dying since it can always be replaced. But I don’t think that will happen any time soon because the cables themselves are braided making them hard to tear away or fall apart easily.
The keyboard is simplistic in its approach. No volume rocker or macro keys or dedicated media keys. Which for a tenkeyless keyboard makes sense. However, it does have per-key RGB lighting so you can still make your setup look aesthetically appealing. It has inbuilt presets for the lighting which can be changed by using the Function kets keys and does need external software.
If you do require proper lighting management and such, it can be done with the help of the HyperX Ngenuity software. You can also set up profiles here as well for games so that your keyboard lights up in different ways. If you do get this keyboard, or any HyperX keyboard I highly suggest taking some time and going through the software to perfectly tailor the keyboard to your needs.
Onto the Switches, we go. The one we reviewed uses the HyperX Red switches which are similar to the CherryMX Red. And honestly speaking, picking which one is better is all personal preference. I had a good time using the keyboard to type (wrote this review with it) and also for gaming. It’s not like a blue switch so you won’t get the solid tactile click and sound, but it’s still got nice tactile feedback on each button press.
You also get all the regular stuff you get with gaming keyboards. N-Key Rollover meaning you can press a lot of buttons at once and have them all register, you have “Gaming mode” which just locks the windows key so you don’t accidentally alt-tab out if you press it while playing a game.
So is the keyboard worth it? Yep, I had a great time using it, had no complaints or felt anything missing. I love the detachable cable because that just means a longer life for the keyboard and more portability for this little monster. For further aesthetics, you could get the HyperX Double Shot PBT Keycaps(not pictured here) that are translucent from the bottom which I use on my personal keyboard and feel would look fantastic on this keyboard and give it some more flair and personality.
Meet the New ZenBook 14: Unleash Your Creative Vision
Design is at the heart of the ZenBook series. Since its inception, ZenBook has always been our lightest, most beautiful and elegant laptop series — with no-compromise performance. The new ZenBook 14 (UM431) continues this tradition and features a slim-bezel NanoEdge display with that gives up to an 86% screen-to-body ratio for an unbounded viewing experience. The NanoEdge display also allows a much more compact design, making the new ZenBook 14 6% smaller than the previous model (UX430).
A Powerful Choice – The ZenBook 14 is packed with the latest, most powerful mobile components that includes the latest generation AMD Ryzen™ 5 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz. The latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor also packs the powerful AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 8 graphics processor. On the storage front, the laptop is backed by an ultrafast 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a dual-band Wi-Fi 5.
Quad-speaker audio system – For a totally immersive audio experience, ZenBook 14 includes an astounding quad-speaker sound system, created by the ASUS Golden Ear team in partnership with renowned home and automotive audio experts Harman Kardon. Two bass speakers and two highfrequency speakers deliver smooth, clear and powerful full-range sound.
Military-grade reliability, enterprise-level security – ZenBook 14 is torture-tested to military-grade (MIL-STD-810G) reliability standards, with demanding tests that include environmental extremes of altitude, temperature and humidity and drop testing.
The ErgoLift hinge – The new ZenBook 14 features the new and yet familiar exclusive ErgoLift hinge, an engineering masterpiece designed to automatically tilt the keyboard to the most comfortable typing position. It’s carefully calculated tilt design also improves cooling and audio performance of the laptop.
Latest 2nd gen AMD Ryzen processor – ZenBook 14 come with up to the latest 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen R5 3500U processor — one of the most powerful mobile processors available on the market today. This processor features four cores and eight computing threads with a 3.7GHz boost frequency.
Design is at the heart of the ZenBook series. Since its inception, ZenBook has always been our lightest, most beautiful and elegant laptop series — with no-compromise performance. The new ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 (UM462) heralds a new era of compact convertible laptops with four-sided frameless NanoEdge displays that feature ultra-narrow bezels on all four sides, giving a screen-to-body ratio of up to an unrivaled 90% for a near-borderless viewing experience.
The NanoEdge displays also allow a much more compact design, giving each of the new ZenBook Flip 14 a very small footprint for its respective screen sizes. The stunning 14-inch NanoEdge displays give the new model a footprint that’s 10% smaller than the previous generation.
A Powerful Choice – The ZenBook Flip 14 is packed with the latest, most powerful mobile components that includes up to the latest generation AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz. The latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor also packs the powerful AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 10 graphics processor for supreme graphics on the go. On the storage front, the laptop is backed by an ultrafast 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a dual-band Wi-Fi 5.
Latest 2nd gen AMD Ryzen processor – ZenBook Flip 14 is powered by AMD’s 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen R7 3700U processor — one of the most powerful mobile processors available on the market today. This processor features four cores and eight computing threads with a 3.7GHz boost frequency.