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ASUS ROG Launches New Lineup of Gaming Notebooks

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has launched a new lineup of gaming notebook products at the Be Unstoppable 2019 the Middle East regional launch event. Highlighted by the world’s first true desktop replacement notebook the ROG Mothership, the company also announced the compact yet powerful ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) and will be the first to bring a 240-hertz refresh rate panel monitor to the region with the arrival of the Scar III (G731). The latest ROG gaming laptops offer serious utility to both competitive gamers and creative professionals.

“The Middle East is one of our most important markets for gaming as we strive to continue to be the number one gaming brand globally. Gaming hardware enthusiasts in the region have shown a desire to continue having the latest and greatest hardware and we aim at providing them with it. We appreciate the support they have shown for the ROG products,” said Jeff Lo, Regional Head for the Middle East. 

Smooth gameplay demands high frame rates to fully take advantage of a high refresh rate display. Zephyrus S GX502 comes with up to GeForce RTX 2070 graphics that can deliver fluid frame rates for everything from cinematic adventures to high-intensity shooters. Games will not only look and feel smoother thanks to the industry-best 240Hz refresh rate but they’ll also look great thanks to each IPS-level panel receiving factory calibration using ASUS ProArt TruColor Technology. Each PANTONE Validated display also ensures true colors across the full sRGB range. Capable of more than just gaming, Zephyrus S GX502 ensures that artists, designers, and content creators can polish their portfolios and complete critical projects with the confidence that colors are accurate on a global scale.

Computationally intensive tasks in particular benefit from the new 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, providing six cores and 12 threads to power through demanding tasks. With up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, Zephyrus S GX502 can handle any multitasking scenario. Gamers can broadcast high-quality streams, chat with the channel, and play the latest titles smoothly, while power users can run everything they need for maximum productivity.

ROG is dedicated to staying at the forefront of gaming laptop display technology, breaking its own high-refresh records to push the boundaries of speed. Now, Strix SCAR III (G731) and Strix G (G531) are the first to bring 240Hz/3ms displays screens. With up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics that can push into factory overclocked territory thanks to ROG Boost, they have enough horsepower to generate triple-digit frame rates for sublimely smooth gameplay in fast-paced titles and competitive esports. Heavy multitasking is fast and efficient, with the latest Intel Core i9-9880H CPU & the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. Gamers can play, chat, and stream simultaneously, while content creators can run all the apps they need for maximum productivity. 

ROG helped define the dark aesthetic that has become synonymous with PC gaming hardware. While Original Black will never go out of style, this season’s focus on ROG Intelligent Cooling inspired our designers to find a cool color to complement it. The result is a frosty shade that looks and feels brighter and lighter, bringing new energy to gaming laptops. Glacier Blue is coming with cooler weather later this year in the Zephyrus S GX502 and Strix G G531 and G731.

A radical internal concept made real, the ROG Mothership caters to connoisseurs who appreciate the engineering and craftsmanship that goes into premium PC hardware. This desktop replacement redefines what’s possible for portable gaming machines that take hardcore horsepower to go.  Instead of sitting flat, the ROG Mothership stands tall to draw more air into its advanced cooling system.

Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving you the freedom to find the perfect position, and the innovative design leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen. The main body pieces are machined from solid slabs of aluminum using a precise CNC milling process that ensures a perfect fit. The process steps through 114 individual tooling stages and takes nearly 20 hours to carve every little detail. Each piece is brushed and anodized for a flawless finish that’s guaranteed to turn heads. 

The exquisitely machined aluminum chassis frames a 17.3” Full HD IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time display featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is powered by the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 2080 GPU and Intel Core i9-8950HK processor. Better cooling allows the ROG Mothership to push the CPU and GPU beyond stock speeds and still sustain exceptional performance with demanding workloads.

The factory overclocked core is complemented by a RAID 0 array with three NVMe SSDs, plus next-generation networking that enables greater than gigabit speeds for both wired and wireless connections. Thermals have also been significantly upgraded as the ROG ‘Mothership’ consist of a Thermal Grizzly liquid metal safely ensconced within a thermal fence on the heatblock instead of regular thermal paste. This reduces the CPU temperature but up to 14 degrees Celsius for better performance and product life.    

CNC machines carve blocks of solid aluminum to create the main pieces for the chassis and keyboard. The painstaking process takes 114 tooling stages and nearly 20 hours to shape every little detail, then each piece is brushed and anodized to add a premium finish. This produces an exquisite body that’s stylish enough to turn heads and strong enough to withstand the knocks and bumps of life on the road. 

New Products and Availability: 

  • ROG Strix Scar III (G731) – Starting from AED 7,999 available now
  • ROG Strix G (G531) – Starting from AED 4,999 available now
  • ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) – AED 9,999 available mid-August
  • ROG Mothership (GZ700) – AED 24,999 available July 
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NBA Megastar Stephen Curry Coming to PGA TOUR 2K23

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PGA TOUR 2K23 cranks up the star power with the introduction of Stephen Curry as a playable golfer. The four-time NBA Champion, 2022 Finals MVP, and eight-time All-Star, widely considered the greatest shooter in NBA history, has earned no shortage of accolades on the court. When he’s not sinking deep threes, he’s sinking putts on the golf course, is an avid golf fan, and welcome addition to the PGA TOUR 2K23 roster. Stephen Curry will be available to all players as a free download at launch and decked out in a distinctive Under Armour Curry Iso-Chill Golf adjustable cap, Charged Curry SL shoes, Curry Polar polo shirt, and Curry Limitless shorts.

But Curry isn’t alone in stepping off the hardwood and onto the dance floor. Basketball legend Michael Jordan will also be playable at launch for players who pre-order PGA TOUR 2K23 Standard Edition or purchase the Deluxe Edition or Tiger Woods Edition. Jordan is included in the Michael Jordan Bonus Pack**. Players can tee up a head-to-head competition between the two basketball greats in Exhibition play locally or online*** to determine which hoops star is the greater links legend or take on an elite roster of PGA TOUR pros including Tiger Woods, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko, and more.

In case you missed it, check out the PGA TOUR 2K23 announcement trailer here:

PGA TOUR 2K23 Deluxe Edition and PGA TOUR 2K23 Tiger Woods Edition (Digital Only) are currently scheduled for release on October 11th, followed by PGA TOUR 2K23 Standard Edition on October 14th, for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Steam.

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Acer Launches the EMEA Predator League 2022 eSports Tournament for Rocket League Fans

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Acer has announced the EMEA Predator League 2022, bringing its commitment to grassroots eSports to the next level: a new game, more countries, bigger prize pool. From September to November, teams from the EMEA region, regardless of their skill level, can compete in the high-powered arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem game “Rocket League” in the popular 3 vs 3 modes.

In addition to action-packed eSports fun and fantastic prizes, the 2022 edition will also offer exclusive promotions from 15 local retail partners, as well as community giveaways, raffles, and much more. “We are very excited to announce the second season of the EMEA Predator League after its initial season in 2020,” said Hajo Blingen, Vice President Marketing, Acer Europe, Middle East & Africa. “With our World Leading Gaming Portfolio, it is important to always reinvent ourselves. The EMEA Predator League 2022 ties in with our commitment to make eSports accessible for everyone competing in Rocket League. At the same time, fans can look forward to special offers and promotions from our involved retail partners.”

Eligible for the National Qualifier are teams from the following countries and regions:

  1. Europe: Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, United Kingdom (UK)
  2. Middle East: Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  3. Africa: South Africa

Two out of three players need to be residents of the respective country. The matches on the virtual pitch are played 3 vs 3. In the first stage, teams compete in the National Qualifiers. There are two qualifier rounds per country. The two best teams from each round qualify for the National Finals. The winner of the finals will participate in the EMEA International Final competing against the champions from other countries. The National Finals in the Middle East will be on 12th November and will be broadcasted live on TWITCH with the grand final taking place November 20th on twitch.tv/PredatorGaming

Registration for the Predator League starts on September 26th and runs through October 21st, 2022. All other dates, information, stream, and details can be found at www.predatorleague.gg.

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World War 3 Launches in Open Beta Test in MENA and Turkey on September 29th

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The 4 Winds Entertainment (T4W) announced the launch of the open beta of their first major game World War 3 in MENA and Turkey. The open beta is a major milestone for the team involved, which first starts with a switch to a free-to-play model on Steam, but also the launch of the MENA servers, full localization in Turkish and Arabic including voiceovers, and a handful of local currencies supported.

World War 3 launches in Open Beta Test (OBT) starting September 29, with a head start for Closed Beta Test owners on September 26, together with a new content update, a reworked Smolensk map, and a transition to a free-to-play distribution model on Steam.

Developed by The Farm 51, World War 3 is a tactical online multiplayer FPS where the world is your battleground. Outgun the enemy in thrilling, team-based skirmishes with a vast arsenal of weapons, vehicles, gadgets, and drones at your disposal.

“As T4W, our approach to this game, and every upcoming project we have in development, is to use games as a cultural bridge between underserved regions and the rest of the world.” Said Steven Huot, CEO of The 4 Winds Entertainment. “We wanted to make sure local players experience the game to the same extent as any global one, with the inclusion of local servers, localized content.”

With World War 3, the studio has combined its signature tactical gameplay and playable realism and worked hand in hand with the team at The 4 Winds entertainment to create in-game customization options that resonate with the regional players including an initial batch inspired by modern Turkish and Arabic militaries.

The game is rated GCAM 18+, NMC 16+, PEGI 16, and ESRB T for Teen.

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