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Training esports athletes: PESO accredits YEP

To institutionalize the training of esports athletes, the Pilipinas E-Sports Organization has accredited the Youth Esports Program. Image credit: Mineski
Image credit: Mineski

The future is bright for esports in the Philippines. To institutionalize the training of the country’s future esports athletes, the Pilipinas E-Sports Organization (PESO) has officially accredited Mineski Philippines‘ Youth Esports Program (YEP).

“The Philippines has a vast pool of talent that has the potential to succeed in esports. The partnership between PESO and YEP will put a grassroots program in place that nurtures young talent and engages stakeholders to drive the growth of esports in the country. With the right infrastructure and programs in place, we hope that more young Filipinos will see the potential of esports, from opportunities to participate in high-level competition and cultivate the discipline of an athlete to considering pursuing a career within the large, growing ecosystem of the esports industry,” said PESO Board Member and Mineski Global CEO Ronald Robins in a press statement.

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Gaming

CES 2021: New Legion gaming laptops unleashed

Gamers rejoice! Lenovo is going all out, unveiling four new models in its acclaimed Legion lineup of gaming laptops at CES 2021. Image credit: Lenovo
Image credit: Lenovo

Gamers rejoice! Lenovo is going all out, unveiling four new models in its acclaimed Legion lineup of gaming laptops at CES 2021, including the world’s first 16″ QHD 16:10 gaming laptops, the Legion 7 (16” AMD) and Legion 5 Pro (16” AMD).

The new flagship Legion 7 laptop is clad in aerospace-grade aluminum. It sports the latest mobile processors for PC gamers — up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs.

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Gaming

Free Fire x One-Punch Man crossover event announced

The Free Fire x One-Punch Man crossover event will unite one of the world’s most popular mobile games with its most powerful hero. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

What happens when you unite one of the world’s most popular mobile games with its most powerful hero? We’ll find out in Garena’s Free Fire x One-Punch Man crossover event.

Dubbed as “The Hero Trial”​, the mobile battle royale’s first crossover event for 2021 will immerse players in a Free Fire universe filled with disaster and chaos — one crying out for heroes to come to the fore. Under the leadership of “One-Punch Man” heroes Saitama and Genos, players will be challenged to unleash their inner power and become heroes themselves.

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Gaming

Smart Omega gears up for biggest MLBB tourney

Esports team Smart Omega is gearing up for the much-anticipated Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M2 World Championships in January in Singapore. Image credit: Smart Communications
Image credit: Smart Communications

Philippine esports team Smart Omega is gearing up for the much-anticipated Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M2 World Championships in January in Singapore.

“We’re definitely excited to represent the country, along with Bren Esports. This is the international stage, and we’re representing not just the Omega team, not just the brand, we’re representing our whole country. And it is a very big honor for us,” said Anthony Dennis Senedrin, coach of the Smart Omega team, in a press statement.

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Gaming

Smart Omega to compete in MLBB World Championships

Smart Omega will be one of the professional teams representing the Philippines in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M2 World Championships. Image credit: Smart Communications
Image credit: Smart Communications

Smart Omega will be one of the professional teams representing the Philippines in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) M2 World Championships in Singapore. Happening on Jan. 18-24, 2021, the M2 World Championships will be the first in-person competition for MLBB since the pandemic began.

Smart Omega is the official esports team supported by leading mobile services provider Smart Communications. It is composed of six professional Filipino MLBB athletes: Kenneth Jiane “Kenji” Villa, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, Salic “Hadji” Imam, Earin John “Heath” Esperana, Jankurt Russel “Kurttzy” Matira, and Adrian “Toshi” Bacallo.

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Gaming

Cristiano Ronaldo is new Free Fire character Chrono

One of the greatest football players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, is now a game character in one of the world’s most popular mobile games. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

One of the greatest football players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, is now a game character in one of the world’s most popular mobile games.

Garena, the developer of Free Fire, has announced Cristiano Ronaldo as its latest global brand ambassador. Not only will the Portuguese footballer become an all-new Free Fire character named Chrono, but also he will have a whole universe built around him. Garena will have an exclusive live stream on Dec. 13 for the official unveiling of Chrono in Free Fire. Fans can watch the unveiling live in-game in Free Fire, which is available on iOS and Android, or catch the highlights on the official Free Fire Facebook page.

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Gaming, Geek Culture

Code Geass mobile game, new anime series unveiled

Today, Dec. 5, is the birthday of Lelouch vi Britannia, and Code Geass fans were in for a treat during Sunrise's YouTube Live event. Image credit: Screenshot of Sunrise's YouTube livestream
Image credit: Screenshot of Sunrise’s YouTube livestream

Today, Dec. 5, is the birthday of Lelouch vi Britannia, and fans of the Code Geass franchise were in for a treat during the YouTube Live event held by anime series producer Sunrise to mark the occasion.

The livestream unveiled two new projects: a new anime series called “Code Geass: ZERO of the Recapture”, and the smartphone game Code Geass: Genesic Re:CODE. The YouTube Live event was held today because Dec. 5 is celebrated every year as Lelouch’s birthday. Lelouch vi Britannia, who also used the alias Lelouch Lamperouge, was born on Dec. 5, 1999. The main character and antihero of the series that first aired in 2006, Lelouch remains one of the most popular male anime characters in history.

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Gaming

Mobile Legends taps boxing legend Manny Pacquiao

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has revealed its newest endorser to be none other than the boxing world’s eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao. Image credit: Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. Ltd.
Image credit: Shanghai Moonton Technology Co. Ltd.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has revealed its newest endorser to be none other than the boxing world’s eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao. According to the boxing legend, he could not say no to the brand since his kids play and talk about the popular mobile game at home, especially when it was included in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

“It was easy for me to say yes when [Mobile Legends: Bang Bang developer and publisher] Moonton approached me to be their Philippine ambassador. I already knew of Mobile Legends even before they got in touch because my son, Jimuel, plays the game on his phone and regularly streams with friends. So why not be a part of what my son loves?” Pacquiao said.

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Gaming

Free Fire Continental Series: World’s best battle it out

The top Free Fire teams from Asia, EMEA, and the Americas will clash this weekend in the Grand Finals of the ​Free Fire Continental Series. Image credit: Garena
Image credit: Garena

The top Free Fire teams from Asia, EMEA, and the Americas will clash this weekend in the Grand Finals of the ​Free Fire Continental Series.

The ​Free Fire Continental Series is Free Fire’s flagship international tournament for the year. Each of the tournament’s three series — Asia, EMEA, and the Americas — will bring together their respective top 12 contenders as they battle for the title of the region’s strongest team. The Grand Finals will take place on Nov. 28 (Americas and EMEA) and Nov. 29 (Asia), and will have a total prize pool of US$900,000, with each series having US$300,000 up for grabs.

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A Life Less Analog, Gaming, Technology

2021 social media trends: Remixing, gaming and more

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world almost overnight — and that includes the digital landscape and online behavior of consumers. So it’s great that Talkwalker and HubSpot have shared the 2021 social media trends tech brands should watch out for in their latest Social Media Trends Report.

What are the 2021 social media trends? How about remixing as the new user-generated content? Also, during the COVID-19 lockdown, more people embraced gaming as a distraction — in fact, a form of community entertainment. These and other changes caused or catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic will transform our digital landscape even more in 2021.

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Entertainment, Gaming

BLACKPINK PUBG MOBILE Fun Match in your area

The K-pop girl group BLACKPINK has been wowing the world with their music, but how will they fare in their PUBG MOBILE Fun Match tonight? Image credit: PUBG MOBILE
Image credit: PUBG MOBILE

The K-pop girl group BLACKPINK has been wowing the world with their music, but how will they fare in their PUBG MOBILE Fun Match tonight?

Super Junior member and gamer Kim Hee Chul will host the BLACKPINK PUBG MOBILE Fun Match, which will see Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa squad up for an exclusive match in the Erangel map. Joining them are South Korean streamers and influencers DDEDDEDDEDDE and BEENU. The Fun Match will be available on the event tab of PUBG MOBILE’s in-game e-Sports Center at 9 PM Philippine Standard Time (PST). PUBG MOBILE will then release it on its official YouTube and Facebook channels at 10 PM PST.

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Gaming

Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion arrives from Bungie

Bungie today announced that the next chapter in the Destiny universe has begun with the launch of the Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion. Image credit: Bungie
Image credit: Bungie

Bungie today announced that the next chapter in the Destiny universe has begun with the launch of the Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is the first in a trilogy of expansions that marks a new age of Destiny 2 and reaffirms Bungie’s commitment to Destiny 2 for years to come. In addition to the launch of the new expansion, a new Season of content also arrives with the debut of Season of the Hunt, which kicks off its story campaign on Nov. 18.

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