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Undawn survival shooter to unleash zombies across SEA

Unveiled at Garena World 2021, the largest gaming and esports event in Southeast Asia, Undawn is a survival shooter that will thrust players into a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

Unveiled at Garena World 2021, the largest gaming and esports event in Southeast Asia, Undawn is a survival shooter that will thrust players into a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Built using Unreal Engine 4, Undawn will offer a huge open world that pushes the boundaries for both graphics and multiplayer gameplay.

“Gamers in the region have a deep appreciation for shooter games and exploring open worlds. Coupled with their highly resourceful and inquisitive natures, we’re excited to bring them Undawn — a game that is tailor-made to their tastes,” said Garena Senior Director for Business Development Hai Wang in a press statement.

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Gaming, Geek Culture

‘DOTA o Ako’ music video sequel released by Netflix

It’s a question that almost every Filipina girlfriend would angrily ask their boyfriend: "DOTA o ako? (DOTA or me?)" Now, ten years later, the "DOTA o Ako" music video sequel is here, starring the couple everyone could relate to: Aikee and Vanessa.
Image credit: Netflix

It’s a question that almost every Filipina girlfriend would angrily ask their boyfriend: “DOTA o ako? (DOTA or me?)” Now, ten years later, the “DOTA o Ako” music video sequel is here, starring the couple everyone could relate to: Aikee and Vanessa.

“To be honest, I can’t even imagine that my song 10 years ago ay magkakaroon ng sequel at hindi lang basta sequel bagkus sequel ito (would have a sequel and not just any sequel but a sequel) with Netflix. Kaya sobrang saya po ng puso ko dahil nabigyan ulit ng chance ang awiting tumatak sa tao isang dekada na ang nakalipas (That’s why my heart is filled with joy because they have given this song that was popular almost 10 years ago a chance to shine again),” Aikee said.

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Gaming

Call of Duty: Mobile, DBTK launch PH merch collab

Official Call of Duty: Mobile apparel is now available in the Philippines, after Garena launched on Mar. 27 a collaboration with Filipino street fashion brand Don’t Blame The Kids Apparel Co. (DBTK). Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

Official Call of Duty: Mobile apparel is now available in the Philippines, after Garena launched on Mar. 27 a collaboration with Filipino street fashion brand Don’t Blame The Kids Apparel Co. (DBTK). The DBTK | Call of Duty: Mobile collection will only be available via DBTK’s official website and will not be carried in its physical stores.

“We’re always on the prowl for new ways to surprise and delight the CODMmunity, so we’re excited to team up with fashion-forward DBTK to offer our fans fresh and stylish ways to express themselves sartorially. Our partnership is perfect as we share the same goal to inspire and empower young people to chase their passions,” said Nazrin Qayyum Azis, Call of Duty: Mobile – Garena’s Producer for Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, in a press statement.

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Entertainment, Gaming, Geek Culture

AnimeJapan 2021: ‘Yasuke’, ‘Eden’ and more from Netflix

The AnimeJapan 2021 Netflix stage event featured voice actors (l-r) Kenjiro Tsuda ('The Way of the Househusband'), Marika Kohno ('Eden'), and Toshiyuki Morikawa ('Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness'). Image credit: Netflix
The AnimeJapan 2021 Netflix stage event featured voice actors (l-r) Kenjiro Tsuda (‘The Way of the Househusband’), Marika Kohno (‘Eden’), and Toshiyuki Morikawa (‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’). Image credit: Netflix

“Yasuke”, “Eden”, “Record of Ragnarok”, “The Way of the Househusband”, and “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” were among the Netflix Original Anime Series showcased at this year’s all-virtual AnimeJapan 2021. Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of “Record of Ragnarok“, which is premiering in June. The streaming giant also revealed a new trailer and the launch date of “Eden” (premiering on May 27), as well as special artwork by Takeshi Koike, the character designer of “Yasuke” (premiering on April 29).

“We’re streaming about 40 new original anime titles on Netflix this year. This is close to double what we premiered last year; if there are 52 weeks in a year, this means we are streaming a new title almost every week,” Taiki Sakurai, Netflix, Chief Producer, Anime, said at the Netflix stage event at AnimeJapan 2021.

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Gaming

Greener future for gaming as Razer unveils roadmap

Razer commits to a greener future.  Image credit: Razer

The new Razer Southeast Asian headquarters in Singapore will be powered by renewable energy, just like its European office in Hamburg, Germany. Image credit: Razer

Who said gamers can’t band together for a greener future? Razer, the global lifestyle brand for gamers, has announced a long-term commitment to a 10-year environmental roadmap. New targets include the use of 100% renewable energy by 2025, all products to use recycled or recyclable materials by 2030, and being 100% carbon neutral by 2030.

“Through our #GoGreenWithRazer campaign led by our Sneki Snek mascot, the Razer community has been insanely supportive and passionate. Awareness of how we impact the environment is incredibly important. Hence, Razer has planned out a sustainability roadmap to continue fighting environmental and climate changes. We’re determined to make the world a better place for all of its citizens to game and live in,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan in a press statement.

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Gaming

EXB Asia Summit: Pitch your esports startup to VCs

To accelerate the growth of the Asian esports ecosystem, Singapore-based venture capital fund KK Fund has announced the launch of the first eSports X Business Asia Summit (EXB Asia Summit). Image credit: EXB Asia Summit
Image credit: EXB Asia Summit

To accelerate the growth of the Asian esports ecosystem, Singapore-based venture capital fund KK Fund has announced the launch of the first eSports X Business Asia Summit (EXB Asia Summit). KK Fund is holding EXB Asia Summit, which is open for public participation with no registration fee, on April 21-22, in partnership with leading Thai esports startup Infofed and global media agency dentsu X.

“Asia has the world’s largest audience of esports players and fans and has generated nearly half of all global esports revenue thus far. Though there is significant growth potential, the esports industry in the region is still young. The summit is therefore a concerted effort to kickstart better collaboration, communication and education to further develop the ecosystem,” said KK Fund Founder and General Partner Koichi Saito in a press statement.

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Entertainment, Gaming, Geek Culture

MARVEL Virtual Run: Register via Globe Rewards

Marvel fans, are you planning to join the MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines? Now you can register using your Globe Rewards points.

Marvel fans, are you planning to join the MARVEL Virtual Run Philippines? Now you can register using your Globe Rewards points. This virtual run lets individuals participate in races that can be completed anytime, anywhere until April 30. On March 10, an individual 5km Race Slot priced at Php925 can be redeemed for only 50 rewards points.

“Globe Rewards is here to give our customers access to the latest in entertainment, their favorite games, and new experiences. We continue to look for opportunities to make sure that we remain one of their entertainment and gaming enablers,” said Globe Rewards Head Joey Kilayko in a press statement.

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Gaming

Razer rallies gamers to protect 1M trees with Sneki Snek

With the success of its Sneki Snek campaign, Razer has announced a new goal of protecting one million trees -- 10 times the original target. Image credit: Razer
Image credit: Razer

With the success of its Sneki Snek campaign, Razer has announced a new goal of protecting one million trees — 10 times the original target.

In partnership with Conservation International, the initial target of 100,000 trees was achieved in less than two months, thanks to the popularity of the Razer Sneki Snek mascot and the overwhelming support from the Razer fanbase. The campaign has been so successful that it is fast approaching saving 150,000 trees, equal to almost 600 acres of forest.

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A Life Less Analog, Gaming

Financial education is fun with BPI Foundation game

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Who says financial education has to be boring? Adulting can be fun when you play BPI Foundation’s Breakthrough mobile game.

“One of the key advocacies of BPI Foundation is financial wellness, and a key component of financial wellness is education. This particular app provides greater access for financial education opportunities. Simply because around 70% of the population has a smartphone. It’s also aligned with BPI’s vision to create a more financially inclusive society, providing access to those underserved,” said BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo in reply to my question at the virtual press briefing.

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Entertainment, Gaming, Geek Culture

‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ anime premieres March 25

Fans of the online game Dota 2 rejoice, because the highly anticipated anime series "DOTA: Dragon’s Blood" is coming to Netflix on March 25. Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

Fans of the online game Dota 2 rejoice, because the highly anticipated anime series “DOTA: Dragon’s Blood” is coming to Netflix on March 25.

“DOTA: Dragon’s Blood” is a Netflix Original Anime Series based on the popular multiplayer online battle arena video game Dota 2 developed and published by Valve Corporation. Dota 2 is one of the leading online games in the world. It hosts millions of players daily and holds multiple records for top esports tournament prize earnings. Launched in 2011 by Valve, the annual The International (Dota 2 Championships) has paid over US$150 million to its winning teams.

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Gaming

OPPO enters mobile gaming, vows to support PH esports

The Philippine esports industry has received a major boost with the entry of global smart device brand OPPO into the mobile gaming space. Image credit: Mineski
Image credit: Mineski

The Philippine esports industry has received a major boost with the entry of global smart device brand OPPO into the mobile gaming space. As part of its initiatives for 2021, OPPO is supporting the biggest mobile gaming tournaments in the Philippines: the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League and the Philippine leg of the 2021 League of Legends: Wild Rift SEA Icon Series.

“Gaming is a major source of leisure among younger Filipino consumers, with 74% of the country’s online population engaged in mobile gaming. OPPO is fully committed to support the growing esports industry by providing both pro gamers and amateur gamers with the best gaming platforms and mobile phones that can provide them an excellent mobile gaming experience,” said OPPO Philippines Marketing Director Raymond Xia in a press statement.

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Gaming

MSI: Mother of all dragons, laptops for all gamers

If you love Dungeons & Dragons, you might have heard of Tiamat, who is inspiring MSI to bring the best technology to the gaming industry. Image credit: MSI
Image credit: MSI

If you love Dungeons & Dragons, you might have heard of Tiamat, who is inspiring MSI to bring the best technology to the gaming industry.

For its upcoming 35th anniversary, the gaming giant is harking back to Babylonian mythology and Tiamat, the mother of all dragons which represents supreme strength and force. The myth of Tiamat has inspired pop culture, such as the five-headed draconic goddess in the D&D game and TV series. And just as she gave birth to dragons, Tiamat is bringing forth the next generation of MSI gaming hardware powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics: the MSI GE66 Raider, GE76 Raider, GS66 Stealth, GP66 Leopard, GP76 Leopard, and Stealth 15M series.

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