PUBG Mobile Banned, Is COD Mobile Next?

By now you might have heard about the ban on PUBG Mobile by the Indian Government. This is part of a larger Digital strike on 118 Chinese apps that are being banned in India.

Players are now looking towards alternative games such as COD Mobile, Free Fire, and Fortnite to fill up that void left by PUBG. The clear outlier here is definitely COD Mobile. However, it seems that too is developed by Tencent.


Call of Duty is one of the most successful video game series in the world with each game being published by Activision, an american video game company. Activision hired TiMi Studios, a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate, Tencent Holdings to lead the development of its mobile title. The game was later published by Activision and Tencent with only a small portion of the revenue going to the latter.

However, just a month ago Activision has cut ties with Tencent due to Trump’s orders that restricts companies operating in the US to conduct any transactions with Chinese companies.


The situation surrounding the game and its possible ban is still uncertain as the game series “Call of Duty” still belongs to Activision but it is developed by TiMi Studios, a Chinese company which is part of Tencent itself. However, the situation seems more hopeful now that Tencent is out of the picture.

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A career in esports is no longer a dream

The term esports may be unfamiliar to some of us but not for long. Esports or electronic sports are organized video game competitions where different teams from all around the world compete against each other for a share in the prize pool, usually money. 

It may seem like a new term but esports has been around for a while now, right from the early days of competitive Quake LANs in the 90s to mobile esports such as PUBG which are all the rage currently. With the advent of smartphones and easier internet accessibility, esports is rapidly becoming a household term in India with players like “V3nom”, or the PUBG Mobile superstar “Mortal” reaching the masses and winning huge amounts in prize money. There has been a huge influx of money and most of all passion into the esports industry which has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the same.

Contrary to the widespread belief, a career in esports is no longer a pipe dream. There are various avenues throughout the scene where one can make oneself useful which may lead to a long and fruitful career in the industry. So if you’re confused as to what are your various options in the esports industry, we’ll run you through some of the most in-demand and sought after jobs in the electronic gaming industry. 

Source: ESL

Professional Gamer – Referred to as pro gamers or esports athletes. These are the people who participate in the wide variety of gaming tournaments available now. Becoming a professional gamer is no menial task, it requires countless hours of experience in the eSport video game of their choice along with a burning desire to prove themselves on the playing field. The top players are signed up by professional esports teams who pay them high salaries along with sponsorship deals and prize winnings. For them, gaming certainly isn’t a ‘waste of time’. Most pro gamers signed up to a team stay together in one house and are provided the best of equipment, coaches, and sometimes even gym trainers in order for them to hone their skills even further.

Source: HLTV

Coach – Similar to traditional sports, a coach’s role in esports is to train their team members and help identify their shortcomings as well as strengths. A coach should have extensive knowledge of the game, good communication skills, and a desire to take the team to even higher heights under their charge. Most coaches in esports were, at one point pro gamers in the game of their choice. A coach should help design strategies and analyze opponents in order to work out the best strategy to use. Coaches actively work in tao with the team managers in recruiting new members or changing the existing lineup.

Indian CS GO caster, Sudhen “Bleh” Wahengbam. Source: Esports Observer

Caster – Similar to a commentator in traditional sports, a caster or a shoutcaster’s job in esports is to speak over the action happening in-game to inform and entertain the viewer. A caster needs to have good knowledge of the game, along with excellent speaking skills and enunciation. Tournament organizers are constantly looking for good casters as the current talent pool is really shallow. In India, there’s a very high demand for English and Hindi casters. Sometimes tournament organizers also look for people to cast the game in a regional language. In order to become a caster you have to get yourself noticed by putting videos of yourself casting over games on YouTube or maybe live streaming a popular tournament on Twitch but with your voice over.

Event Manager – An event manager’s job in esports is to see to the fact that tournaments are executed flawlessly along with dealing with problems that may arise during the organization. They are supposed to see to the sale of tickets, and also generate viewer numbers. An ability to multi-task along with good organisational skills are a pre-requisite for this position.

Source: Talkesport

Esports Journalism – This is a field that is currently on a steep rise, and like any other form of journalism, it is a given that one needs to be able to gather and analyze information and create meaningful content for readers. If you’re interested in writing about the latest video games or covering the latest happenings in the gaming industry, this job just might be the one for you. As an esports journalist, you can create your own YouTube channel or blog to cover the various events and news in the gaming scene. Creating good quality content which also covers lesser-known aspects of the industry may get you noticed much sooner than you would think.

One phone to rule them all? ASUS ROG Phone 3 revealed

ASUS recently unveiled the latest iteration in its android gaming phone series, the ASUS ROG Phone 3. 

It’s designed keeping in mind the needs of the modern mobile gamer with an overclocked processor, a high refresh rate display, and a huge 6000 mAh battery for those long gaming sessions.

In this article, we will take a look at the specifications, price, where to buy, and other essential info.

Here’s all you need to know about the new ROG Phone 3.

ASUS ROG Phone 3: Price and release date

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 was unveiled on 22nd July 2020 and it will be sold on Flipkart at a price of ₹49,999(8 GB RAM, 128GB ROM) on the 6th of August(expected). 

There’s also another edition called the ASUS ROG Phone 3:Strix Edition which trades the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus for the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC.

ASUS ROG Phone 3: Notable features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC: The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is one of the first phones to hit the market with the Snapdragon 865 Plus chip. The 3.1 GHz CPU paired with an overclocked Adreno 650 GPU makes for a deadly combo.  

Bigger, better battery: The phone sports a 6000mAh battery bundled with a 30W wired fast charger.

144Hz display with low latency: The ROG Phone 3 has 6.59 Inch AMOLED display with HDR 10+ support. It also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate along with 25 ms touch latency.

Quad Cameras(3+1): The back camera has a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, along with a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP macro camera. The front camera is 24MP.

Air Triggers: The ultrasonic pressure-sensitive sensors placed on the sides of the phone make a return on the ROG Phone 3. These Air Triggers can be configured for individual games too.

Software: The X-Mode on the ROG Phone 3 helps you configure lighting, performance, and other nitty-gritty tweaks on the phone. Armory Crate lets you configure individual games.

ASUS ROG Phone 3:  Specifications

The complete specifications of the ASUS ROG Phone 3 are as follows:-

Intel 9th generation ‘H-Series’ mobile chips announced

Intel announced its new ’14nm’ H-Series chips. Intel chips with ‘H’ suffix indicate that they are equipped with ‘High-Performance Graphics.’ These new 45 W chips will target the high-end laptop segment (which seems evident with ‘i9s’ on the list.)

While there has some information in circulation prior to this disclosure, the latest reveal tells us that these chips will come with Intel’s 9.5 Gen graphics. These chips will come with up to 8 cores and would hit the markets in Q2 2019.

Along with all this, Intel has launched a new ‘Graphics Command Center’ for its integrated graphics users. The new command centre comes with an improved UI and several other features, including a ‘one-click optimisation’ feature.
Along with this, Intel is pushing OEM partners to support AX200 WiFi 6 and use Intel’s brand new H10 Optane Memory SSDs to get the best performance in Intel powered laptops.

There is no lead on Intel’s 10 nm ‘Canon Lake.’ But, we’ll let you know as soon as we get any. Stay tuned!

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Top 5 Mobile Games You Didn’t Know About

There are a surprisingly good number of awesome mobile games available on both the iOS and Android platforms. However, it’s not always easy to dig through the clutter and discover these gems. Well, we’re here to help. Here are the top 5 mobile games you probably did not know about, and should definitely play.

1. Vandals

Score – 8.5/10 | Platform – Android/iOS

Vandals is an infiltration game that will transport you to the most emblematic cities of street art. In this turn-based game, the aim is to sneak around police surveillance and spray walls that grow harder and harder to access.

From Paris to Tokyo, via São Paulo, Berlin and New York, follow in the wake of ultra-famous street artists like Blek Le Rat and Keith Haring.
With Vandals, you can bomb your alias on the walls of New York like Lady Pink, paint childlike characters like Keith Haring, or get inspired by the poems of Miss.Tic and write your own.

2. Bombarika

Score – 8.0/10 | Platform – Android/iOS

Experience the fun of saving various houses in the world of BOMBARIKA. The game starts with a Classic Bomb, which randomly drops in one particular place in the house. Most of the objects come alive in the game to help save the house from the destruction (while the humans are oblivious). Every object has different characteristics, such as pushing and blocking. Using these objects looks easy, but finding the exit in little time makes the game challenging. A variety of bombs and power-ups can be unlocked by RIKAS (collectibles) in the shop. Duplex houses, hidden rooms, multiple bombs in a single level, bonus levels, and many more fun things can be experienced in the higher levels. Simple, minimalist levels will bring happiness, joy, and calm when playing BOMBARIKA.

3. Mini Metro 

Score – 7/10 | Platform – Android/iOS

Mini Metro is a minimalistic subway layout game. Your small city starts with only three unconnected stations. Your task is to draw routes between the stations to connect them with subway lines. Everything but the line layout is handled automatically; trains run along the lines as quickly as they can, and the commuters decide which trains to board and where to make transfers.

4. Lichtspeer.

Score – 8.5/10 | Platform – Android/iOS/PlayStation

In a land filled with Penguin Vikings, Wurst Zombies, and Hipster Ice Giants, survival is an art. Fortunately, an ancient champion with an elegant weapon has been summoned to please the gods and restore balance to the universe.

Grab your lightspear, become a Germonaut and traverse through lands straight out of Germanic myths. Survive with style and expand your powers to fight for the glory and amusement of the almighty gods.


5. Ridiculous Fishing 

Score – 7.5/10 | Platform – iOS

Players cast a fishing line into the ocean and use motion controls to avoid fish as the hook sinks and to catch as many fish as possible as the reel retracts. Players then touch the screen to shoot fish out of the sky for money that can be spent on upgrades. Nijman developed the idea during a television show about tuna fishermen.

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Top 10 Mobile Games You Need To Play: July 2018

July has had some exciting new releases in terms of mobile gaming and while those new games are quite good and interesting, there are a few older games that are still topping the popularity charts. To help you figure out what games you should try playing this month, here’s a handy list of ten mobile games that we feel mobile gamers should try or, come back to play some more.

Pokemon Quest

The Pokémon you know and love have turned into…cubes?! Head out in search of treasure with your cube-shaped Pokémon buddies on Tumblecube Island—a land where everything is a cube! Your goal is to find the awesome goodies said to be hidden on the island ! The Pokémon you know and love from Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue appear in this game.


Welcome to Delos. As a Trainee at Westworld, you’ve been granted access to the official Delos Park Training Simulation (DPTS), developed to help you learn all aspects of park operations and Host maintenance. Build and control the park, create and evolve Artificially Intelligent Hosts, and indulge the many human appetites of your Guests. Prove yourself as an employee, and you’ll gain access to the park in ways only Westworld’s creators could have designed.

Total Soccer: Road to Glory

Real Players, Real Ratings based on Real Form! Play with over 2400 players from the world’s best leagues!
Build your ultimate soccer team in Total Soccer! Play tactical cards during games to lead your team to victory while earning promotion and fighting relegation. Open packs of players or purchase them through direct transfers and auctions. Collect, upgrade, and play tactical cards during matches to help your team win!

Dead Island: Survivors

Get ready for the ultimate zombie action RPG experience for smartphones and tablets – based on Deep Silver’s best-selling Dead Island series with over 15 million units sold on PC and console. Collect legendary heroes and ingenious weapons. Build cunning traps and solid barricades. Use spectacular combos and unique special moves. Team up with other survivors and watch each other’s backs. Do whatever you can to keep the ghastly zombie hordes at bay!

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile

100 players parachute onto a remote 8×8 km island for a winner-takes-all showdown. Players have to locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a graphically and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone. Get ready to land, loot, and do whatever it takes to survive and be the last man standing!

Clash Royale

Collect and upgrade dozens of cards featuring the Clash of Clans troops, spells and defenses you know and love, as well as the Royales: Princes, Knights, Baby Dragons and more. Knock the enemy King and Princesses from their towers to defeat your opponents and win Trophies, Crowns and glory in the Arena. Form a Clan to share cards and build your very own battle community.

Arena of Valor

Master unique and powerful heroes, like Batman, while teaming up with friends. Create the most dominating team the MOBA world has ever seen! DC LOGO, BATMAN and all related characters and elements ©& TM DC Comics.

Ludo King

Ludo King is a cross platform multiplayer game that supports Desktop, Android, iOS and Windows mobile platform at same time. This game also support offline mode, where player can play with Computer or, Local multiplayer (play and pass mode).

Space Pioneer

Lock and load! Explore the galaxy as an intergalactic alien shooter in the newest of rpg adventure games. Discover new planets, chart interstellar worlds and exterminate any aliens that stand in your way with the latest weapons and gear in this new top-down shooter and action RPG by Vivid Games.

Asphalt 9

Asphalt 9: Legends features a top roster of real hypercars for you to drive that is unlike that found in any other game, from renowned car manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors. You’re free to pick the dream car you need and race across spectacular locations against rival speed machines around the world. Hit the fast track and leave your limits in the dust to become a Legend of the Track!

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Razer Phone coming to India, Confirms CEO

The Razer Phone that released in the United States in November 2017 has finally been confirmed to be coming to India. The CEO of Razer, Mr Min-Liang Tan confirmed on Twitter that they were working on getting the Razer Phone to India during a conversation between Anuj Sharma a current employee of Razer and, Ershad Kaleebullah.

This is big news since there were a lot of people who wanted to get their hands on the Razer Phone but importing it was too much of a hassle for most people, not to mention the lack of any service centres which would also mean the lack of warranty on such an expensive phone. Mobile gaming in India has been rapidly on the rise and even though the Razer Phone might be a bit late, just the introduction into the market and giving people the choice of owning a phone that was specifically designed with mobile gaming in mind is a good step forward and hopefully, is the start of many other Razer products officially coming to India in the near future as well.

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Fortnite Season 5 Leak Teases New Map

With Season 5 of Fortnite just around the corner, data miners have already been at it to get as much information as they can. The data miners found assets in the files that could relate to what the next season might be about.

The leakers have found assets that are very strongly hinting at a “Wild Wild West” setting. This is slowly being confirmed as a Horse Carriage has already spawned at one of the locations that the leakers have been discussing about, which known as “Moisty”. There’s also a leaked map that showcases the map to have a very dusty, brown and midwest vibe to it. While, another leaker claims that there are going to be multiple islands

There’s also hints of a new LMT game mode which will be a 50v50 match with infinite respawns and no building but, one person gets to be a Leviathan and the rest have to escort it while the other team tries to stop the Leviathan. Sounds like a very interesting and fun game mode that could get people hooked even more.

Along with all this, there’s also leaks for new skins that range from the 40s-60s American style along with other regular skins.  The role of the rocket, however, is not yet known but chances are that it’ll be important to the whole makeover that the map is going to get soon. For more information about the leaks, check out Two Epic Buddies on twitter.

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Clash Royale Tournament in India, Mobile Gaming-Enthusiasts Gear Up!


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.

It’s a unique experience for players, a competitive platform in a social setup.
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OnePlus Launches Asphalt Cup With Gameloft in India

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.

  • Winner – INR 5 Lacs, OnePlus 6 & Bullet Wireless Earphones
  • Runner Up – INR 3 Lacs, OnePlus 6 & Bullet Wireless Earphones
  • 2nd Runner Up – INR 1 Lac, OnePlus 6 & Bullet Wireless Earphone

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)

  1. 13th – 17th June
  2. 20th – 24th June
  3. 24th June – 1st July
  4. 4th – 8th July

How to Participate?

*Minimum 13 years of Age.

Register Here –

1. Download Asphalt 8: Airborne game from your platform store. The game is available on Google Play. App Store and Microsoft Windows.

2. Tap on the events tab in the main menu. Click on ‘OnePlus Asphalt Cup’ Event.

3. Select the ‘OnePlus Asphalt Cup’ and choose your car and booster.

4. Play the race and beat other users. You can play unlimited times to improve your rankings on the leaderboard!

Competition Rules & more can be found here –