Microsoft has announced X018, a “global celebration of all things Xbox” to be held from November 10 to 11 at the fourth annual Xbox FanFest in Mexico City.
X018 will feature “news, first looks, and surprises live streamed on the largest Inside Xbox Episode ever.” Inside Xbox will air on November 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT. Additional coverage will be live streamed on Mixer throughout the weekend.
ZOWIE Asia eXTREMESLAND 2018 – Indian LAN Finals were held on September 8-9 at the LXG Gaming Café, Bengaluru, India’s prominent gaming lounge. The LAN finale concluded with a nail biting battle between OpTic India and Entity Gaming with OpTic India emerging as the final winner. The winner OpTic India wins an all-expense paid trip to Shanghai and a chance to win the coveted prize pool of USD 100,000.
Unlike the first two editions of the competition, with this year’s Extremesland, Zowie expanded the competition a step further with four Offline qualifiers which took place in Gaming Zones at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, and Jaipur, following the online qualifier. The four finalists of the ZOWIE Asia eXTREMESLAND 2018 – Indian Qualifiers were OpTic India, Entity Gaming, Team Brutality and Slaughter Rage Army. This year’s tournament witnessed commendable gameplay and all four teams from the LAN event were awarded with ZOWIE gaming gears like Mice, Keyboards, Audio Systems, Mouse pads and CAMADES. Mr. Rajeev Singh, Managing Director of BenQ India Pvt. Ltd, presented the winner, OpTic India with the tickets to Shanghai along with Zowie gaming gears.
eXTREMESLAND is a unique tournament which provides a platform to the best e-sports talent in India to showcase their potential and compete at APAC level. The finale will be held in Shanghai on October 18-21 where 16 best teams from around APAC will compete for a prize of USD 100,000.
Commenting on the finale, Mr. Rajeev Singh, Managing Director of BenQ India said, “Over the years, the eSport Gaming industry is steadily growing and looking at the level of participation this year in the tournament is a proof that the eSports industry in India is booming and gaining mass popularity across the world.”
Alongside the finale, ZOWIE exclusive product experience was set up throughout the local qualifiers for the players and visitors which gave them an opportunity to get their hands on ZOWIE eSports monitors and gaming gears. The experience zone showcased:
– Zowie XL2546, a 240Hz e-sports monitor which features native 1ms response time, DyAcTM technology, Colour Vibrance and Black Equalizer that guarantees the smoothest and the most responsive gameplay experience.
– Celeritas II keyboard, which allows players to avoid double key presses is another addition to ZOWIE’s range of premium gaming hardware that the players got a chance to experience first-hand.
EC1-B CSGO Edition & EC2-B CSGO edition mouse: ZOWIE gaming mice EC1-B and EC2-B come equipped with the 3360 sensor, providing gamers with a different mouse-tracking feel. These new gaming mice are aimed at competitive gamers and eSports fans.
And many other available products.
BenQ’s eSports brand, ZOWIE also announced its collaboration with eXTREMESLAND as the title sponsor at the beginning of the qualifiers in August 2018. With ZOWIE Asia eXTREMESLAND tournament, ZOWIE provided an opportunity to new teams and unspoken talents to make their mark in an easily accessible, open format tournament with its wide range of e-sports monitors and gaming gears. ZOWIE focuses all of its efforts in providing the best performance for pro- gamers while considering each player’s preference and comfort, as ZOWIE understands the importance of personal preference in professional esports product matters. All the matches of ZOWIE Asia eXTREMESLAND 2018 were played on the award winning BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 monitor.
The GCS Grand Finale was a thrilling competition that had spectators and participants on the edge of their seats till the final whistle blew and crowned Saransh Jain the champion. The best FIFA 18 players in the country duked it out in matches that were incredibly close and nerve-wracking to prove their skill and to win the grand prize of Rs 50,000. They say football is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans but the only hooliganism going on here was the banter between the players that livened things up, however, at the end of the day, it was good sportsmanship between them that prevailed.
The winner of the finale, Saransh Jain beat Charanjot Singh, a 15-year-old from Chandigarh, in an extremely close match that could’ve gone either way. In the end, it was Saransh’s clinical finishing that edged him over the finish line. Charanjot while only being 15 years old went toe to toe with some of the best in the nation and nearly came out at the top. He goes back home with Rs 20,000 and has proved that when it comes to eSports, it’s skill that matters and not age.
We had a lot of participants over the course of three days and here’s what some of them had to say about their experience at the GCS Finale
While GCS is over, we still have tournaments on a daily basis for games like FIFA 18, CSGO and PUBG. And yes, these tournaments also have cash prizes that you can win. Fancy your chances? Want to earn some money while playing some of your favourite games? Click here to see the list of upcoming tournaments and here to sign-up.
With Gamecom fast approaching, a little over 2 weeks left before the fest kicks off, Square Enix brings much more to the table making this year’s unveil even more exciting. Gamescom will take place in Cologne from 21-25th August.
Here’s the lineup.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PS4, PC) – At the Square Enix booth, RPG fans can also experience the all-new adventure in the timeless Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI with an extensive playable demo which showcases the many content improvements and brand-new voice-over ahead of the game’s release.
Final Fantasy XIV Online (PS4, PC) – Critically-acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online returns to Gamescom once more, with intense challenges and great prizes in tow. A special promotion for show attendees offers anyone registering at the booth a free copy of the Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, while an exclusive program of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Sound Director Masayoshi Soken will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Saturday 25th August. Finally, on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August the Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony will have its European premiere at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. More information on this event can be found here.
Kingdom Hearts III (PS4, Xbox One) – Gamescom attendees are invited to share the magic of Kingdom Hearts III with two playable demos, a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney Pixar classic Toy Story.
Just Cause 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – This year, fans will also be treated to an exclusive presentation of Just Cause 4 at the Square Enix booth. Just Cause 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customisable. Making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.
Life is Strange 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Adventure-Fans rejoice: Life is Strange 2 is coming to Gamescom 2018 as a world premiere. Not only will the development team share all the details about the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed Life is Strange – it will be playable for the first time at the Square Enix booth on the Gamescom show-floor.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – The themes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider have their influence on the appearance of the Square Enix booth as well: the area is set up in the style of an imposing Mayan pyramid with numerous game stations. Visitors can get an even more intense feel for Lara Croft’s biggest adventure yet with a demo version of the action adventure.
Visitors can go and experience all these games at the Square Enix Booth as well buy products exclusively available at Gamescom.
After multiple tournaments across 7 cities in India, the GCS Grand Finale is finally here. With players from all these cities showing up to claim their right to be the champion, this is going to be an exciting and thrilling event. From 27th to 29th July at antiSocial in Hauz Khas, New Delhi players will take part in a tournament with a prize pool of Rs 1 Lac, where the winner can take away Rs 50,000. For the players who couldn’t take part in the tournament, there’s good news. Walk-in registrations are available on 27th and 28th July up until 3pm so you still have a chance of taking home that 50k. You can also pre-book a spot by buying your tickets at BookMyShow and Insider.
After a year long wait, the Grand Finale is here. It’s been a spectacular journey, we travelled to 7 cities to scout the best players in India. Here are the players who made it this far.
Winners from all these cities have earned their spot to the Finale, but the journey doesn’t stop here, to say the least, these players are the best in their respective region, their skills will be put to test as they fly down to Delhi to face opponents from all across India to be crowned as the ultimate champion. With a prize pool of INR 1 Lac, we’re sure to see an intense competition.
Player interviews, livestreams & much more. A platform for them to come out and shimmer. The entire FIFA community will be brought together to witness this action-packed tournament as we find out the best FIFA player in the country. This is your chance to start your eSports journey right.
Speaking of players, here are a few players you should keep an eye out for:
And what do the players get for advancing? Here’s the Prize Pool distribution for you curious folks.
1st Place: Rs 50,000
2nd Place: Rs 20,000
3rd-4th Place: Rs 7,000
5th-8th Place: Rs 2,000
9th-16th Place: Rs 1,000
Here’s when and where you got to be to stand a chance to win the grand prize:
9A & 12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Date and Time:
27th-28th July 2018 from 11AM to 7PM
29th July 2018 from 11AM to 11:30PM
Difficulty Level: Legendary
Half Length: 4 minutes, 5 minutes in playoffs
Commentary Volume: 0
Music Volume: 0
Time/Score display: On
Camera: Tele Broadcast
FIFA Trainer: OFF
Legacy Defending prohibited
Goalkeeper Switching is not allowed.
Custom tactics are allowed.
Custom formations are disallowed but changing formation and using preset formations is allowed.
Modifying controls to your config is permitted.
Squads used will be from the latest FIFA update. Classic XI, World XI and Adidas All-Star Team are prohibited from use. You may get your own Dualshock 4 controller however a Valid ID is required to ensure that there is no theft of equipment from the event.
If you think you’re good at FIFA then head on over and claim your right to be the very best and take away that grand prize.
Delhi has endowed us with exceptional players, who have shown their remarkable talent time to time & with consistency, in a setting which is constantly referred as one of the toughest regions in our domestic FIFA circuit. Lokmanyu definitely tops the list, a 22 year old eSports Athlete & Footballer from the heart of the city.
With just a year into pursuing the game professionally, he made his name to the top & conquered the scene.
Though what may seem like an overnight success, Lokmanyu has had his fair share of struggles, after struggling for a year without being able to get past the initial rounds in Tournaments, he had his major breakthrough after winning the GamingMonk FIFA Championship Delhi & there was no turning back, bagging more than a 20 Tournaments he now leads the pack to leading competitions in India.
We caught a hold of Lokmanyu at a recent event in Delhi, here are some insights & bits about the conversation we had with him.
Let’s begin with your introduction. Tell us a bit about yourself?
” My name is Lokmanyu Chaturvedi, I’m 22 years old and I belong from the capital of our country. I’m a huge FIFA enthusiast. Few years into the game in what was just a hangout game to settle the age old club rivalries, it became my passion. I love playing Football & have been pursuing it at a semi-professional level “
Alright, so Lokmanyu can you describe your overall experience playing the tournaments at the portal over these months? “So my journey on the Gaming Monk eSports portal started with me being one of the very first players to sign up and experience first hand the idea, the whole concept of an eSports portal and the experience was absolutely thrilling. The way the tournaments were scheduled actually gave me an idea about how I’ll spend my time other than my working hours. In fact I was the one who won the very first Silver series tournament against one of the top most FIFA players of this country. First win lead to many more and the reason behind me winning about 11 tournaments on the portal now is because Monk provides you with the Pro Points tournament that helps you practice almost on a daily basis. In a nutshell, the portal is probably the best opportunity for all the aspiring e-sports gamers to showcase their talent”
What are your views on the current situation of eSports in our country? “The current situation is really difficult to explain as far as my knowledge. Some people are taking a massive effort to make his industry grow but the government needs to support this cause without which it’ll just be another passion going down the drains. Games like CS and DOTA have been at the top in Indian e-Sports but FIFA needs a big platform and I really wish to contribute to making it a success”
The competition is immense in FIFA amongst Indian pros’. How do you deal with this statement every time you sit for a tournament game? “For me it’s all about your mental approval towards the game. If you’re mentally prepared to win a game and as a pro you are definitely equipped with the skill set, you’ll excel no matter what. As far as the competition is concerned, indeed there are so many great gamers it’s very difficult to compete against them, It’s always crucial to learn from a loss against a good player, I think that is the key to use the competition and turn it into your own success”
It’s always crucial to learn from a loss against a good player, I think that is the key to use the competition and turn it into your own success
Supercell’s renowned – strategy based game (Clash Royale) a top pick for mobile-gaming enthusiasts in the country has always bolstered it’s likingness amongst fans & has remained the fan favourite for a long time now. With an ever expanding roster of cards along with new additions to the game such as Clan wars, Touchdown challenges and many other skill based challenges, enticing the audience without fail.
About the game
Taking inspirations from its counterpart Clash of Clans the game features almost many of the same troops in Clash Royale in a 1v1 & 2v2 format duels.
Players unlock & upgrade dozens of cards, troops, spells and defences as they keep progressing over the competitive ladders over time and more with one goal in mind, to knock the enemy King and Princesses from their towers to defeat their opponents and win trophies, crowns and glory in the Arena.
Until now we’ve seen players compete from the comfort of their homes, This meta shall now be broken as we have upped the ante and gathered all the top players under one roof where they will compete for bragging rights & big cash prizes.
This action packed series is set to raise the standard of Clash Royale competitions in India & support homegrown talent.
Here are some top achievers in the Clash Royale circuit.
The GamingMonk Clash Royale Tournament happening in Khar Social, Mumbai on the 16th-17th June, will serve as the catalyst to challenge the Clash Royale gamers in India and provide them a platform to showcase their skills, compete for cash prizes and much more.
Saransh Jain, a 17 year old FIFA eSports Professional from Pune, broke into the scene when he won the first GamingMonk Championship Series in Pune. He immediately became a known figure in the FIFA scene, if you haven’t heard his name yet, you probably haven’t faced him or seen him play, we personally did & it didn’t end well (3-0)
He’s looked upon as one of the most talented players the country has to offer. After dominating the offline scene he immediately stepped into the online realm & made his mark there as well, bagging more than 60,000 INR over a period of 3 months (Both online & offline) & consistently topping the monthly leaderboards. Easier said than done!
Let’s take a closer look into his journey.
Q.1)Let’s begin with your introduction. Tell us a bit about yourself? A.1) “My name is Saransh Jain, I am 17 years old and I belong to Pune. I started playing FIFA Tournaments on the portal in December 2017.”
Q.2)Alright, so Saransh can you describe your overall experience playing the tournaments at the portal over these months?
A.2) “It’s been an amazing journey so far. I have had a really good experience playing against some of the top eSports players in the country, each having a unique style of play, I started with a free trial on the portal, my first tournament being a 1v1 Silver Series. I didn’t have enough confidence back then to actually go out and win it, but I somehow managed to. One thing led to another and I eventually finished third in the December leader board. The very fact that some of the best players compete on this portal and I bagged the 3rd position amongst them gave me a motivation boost. Despite the fact that I lacked enough experience since I had just started and most of my competitors were regular players and had years of experience, I decided to grind it out and aimed to become the best! I started playing all the tournaments, Bronze Series, Silver Series, FUT. All these really helped me in becoming better and better with every passing day and eventually making me the eSports player I am.”
Q.3 Well that was truly one hell of a journey, apart from money you’re also earning bragging rights from these tournaments, what would you like to say about that?
A.3) “I never began with the intention of earning money. I started because I’ve always loved to compete in gaming tournamen
ts. The cash prizes which I received was just an icing on the cake & makes me keep at it. Recognition is something every eSports player hopes for, so it’s always a plus”
Q.4)What are your opinions on the current situation of eSports industry in India?
A.4) “People in India don’t realise the importance of eSports, its potential is really undervalued at the moment and I think it will take few more years for it to reach its peak, but if you’re a good player and can back yourself up, there’s a lot of potential to be uncovered along with growth in the field .”
Q.5)What is your parents’ viewpoint on your participation in these tournaments?
A.5) “I’m lucky that my parents are very supportive. When they saw me winning tournaments, their faith in me and their support increased a lot, they support this hobby of mine which is now my passion, they take it in a very positive way, breaking the myth centred around eSports or Gaming in general”
Q.6)Alright. So before we end this, do you have any message for your fellow eSports players?
A.6) “I would like to advise them to start now, if they believe that they have the potential a when it comes to gaming! I recommend everyone to gain experience playing on the portal and who knows, they can soon become the best! It’s time for the young people to come out and shimmer, a lot of new faces are coming up & with the infrastructure which GamingMonk is actively trying to bring for our players, the dream isn’t too far”
For the past few years we’ve seen PlayStation put up a great show when it comes to delivering triple A’s, this year wasn’t any different.
Blockbuster titles from leading developers like Naughty Dogs (The makers behind Last of us), Hideo Kojima etc really makes it a bad time to own an Xbox! To be honest I was always an Xbox fan but to my luck I got my hands on God of War & I just can’t go back, PlayStation never fails to impress when it comes to exclusives.
Here are our top picks from the conference.
Last of Us 2
The conference kicked off with Naughty Dog’s famed classic, Last of Us, only if the first part wasn’t good enough, they’ve come up with the sequel. The trailer starts off with Ellie W/ her girlfriend at a party & skip to 30 seconds & it’s a flashback to killing a bunch of people & surviving her way through. Stealth centred gameplay with ground breaking graphics in the dark lighted environment truly makes it a one of kind experience.
Marvel’s spider-man provides us with a new thrill into the world of danger, It will cover both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character, set in the modern day New York City, the trailer starts off with Spider-man jumping right into action, after a prison outbreak & stumbles on Electro, Rhine & Scorpion, juggling his way through them to face all 5 main enemies as he gets his back against the wall. The action-adventure includes a lot of fighting, the combat is compelling & provides a unique experience, abilities include web slinging and wall-crawling as well as new gameplay elements, one of which will be the ability to traverse using parkour. The game is set for a release on 7th September, 2018.
Produced by the industry’s very own Hideo Kojima, the father of survival horror, the terror was unleashed in the live reveal at E3. We’re as confused as anyone else but the trailer gives us more insight as to what the game has to offer which includes an invisible creature who roams around freely in the unknown world. Starring Norman Reedus, the protagonist sets out to explore the world with a body hanging entrapped in a bag pack. The more I try to make sense of the game, the confusing it gets. Please watch the trailer & come back to it. Pheww!
From the makers of Quantum Break & Max Payne, Control is a time-control game, players will take the role of Jesse Faden, who becomes the new director of the “Bureau of Control. The trailer includes a lot of action on similar grounds at par with Quantum Break where we saw time control as a ability to counter your enemies & a lot of slo-mo shooting. Watch the trailer to find out more.
OnePlus has tied up with leading game developers & publishers Gameloft to launch the Asphalt Cup in India where mobile gaming enthusiasts will join each other to come over one single platform & compete for a brimming prize prize pool of Rs. 12 Lacs.
Gamers will play the new Asphalt Airborne 8 & compete in end number of races to climb up the leaderboard for cash prizes & a chance to win the newly launched OnePlus 6.
During each of the four (4) TLEs of the competition, the participants accumulate ranking points which will ultimately determine the leaderboard rankings.
After the end of the cup the top positions will receive the following prizes.
Along with cash prizes, players will receive in-game credits to redeem. (Approx value – 2 Crores)
“We are extremely delighted to work with OnePlus to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience to their users. This endeavour with OnePlus demonstrates our ability to generate special initiatives in our games with hyper-real graphics providing high engagement for end-users,” said Nitin Goel, Country Manager, Indian-subcontinent, Gameloft
The month long cup starting from 13th June till 8 July is for all the mobile-gaming enthusiasts, divided between 4 TLE’s (Time Limited Events)