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Acer’s Predator Devices Showcased at Intel Extreme Masters Championship

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Acer, the official global PC partner for the Intel Extreme Masters, went big during the series signature event in Katowice with the launch of the Official Predator IEM PC range. Considered one of the toughest esports competitions globally, the Intel Extreme Masters Championship in Katowice saw 16 elite teams from all over the globe compete for $500,000 as well as the Predator Intel Extreme Masters trophy which landed in Poland following a six-month tour of Europe

Acer showcased new additions to its Predator gaming monitors range at the Intel Extreme Masters 2020. These monitors were first launched at CES in January and offer expansive views with cutting-edge technology that support true-to-life gameplay.

PREDATOR X32
The 32-inch Predator X32 monitor offers brilliant show-stopping visuals with NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate, VESA Display HDR and 1400 certification, making it perfect for gamers who also create their own videos. Delivering the smoothest possible gameplay as well as a broad contrast ratio and expanded color palette, Predator X32 enables viewers to see details during fast action scenes.

PREDATOR CG552K
The Predator CG552K gaming monitor, featuring a huge 55-inch 4K OLED panel that is NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible, is ideal for hardcore PC and console gamers that want a higher vantage point. The panel supports up to 400 nits brightness and, with Delta E <1 color accuracy and 98.5% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, provides lifelike colour. It also supports a variable refresh rate (VRR) via HDMI to offer smooth gaming on supporting devices.

OFFICIAL IEM PCs
The official Predator IEM PCs included the Orion 5000, Triton 900 and 500, and the Helios 700 and 300. The new Predator Orion 5000 comes with the overclockable octa-core 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K (with Z390 chipset) and is equipped with the revolutionary NVIDIA Turing architecture on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, which combines real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading to immerse players in a visually-stunning gaming experience.

A new option for the latest GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has been added to the Predator Helios 300, where the top configuration is a GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design Combined with the newest 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processors  up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory and up to two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 plus a hard drive, gamers will be excited

The Predator Helios 700 includes a unique HyperDrift keyboard that slides forward, allowing for increased airflow directly through the top of the notebook and enabling gamers to push the device’s powerful components to their full potential. Acer showed a preview of an industry-leading 300 Hz IPS Panel with 1 ms response time on its  Predator Triton 500. This powerful gaming notebook has been slimmed down to just 17.9 mm thin and weighs 2.1 kg.

The slim Triton 500 can easily be slipped into a backpack or briefcase, but once taken out and powered on, it takes advantage of up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor to become a gaming powerhouse. The Predator Triton 900 is a gaming notebook with an inventive form factor that bears innovative new design features, namely a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that flips, extends, or reclines the device’s 17-inch display.

The entire Acer Predator range of high-performance gaming devices, including the Official Predator IEM PCs, is now available for sale at major etailers and retailers. The Predator X32 gaming monitor will be available in EMEA in Q2 starting at $3,575. The Predator CG552K gaming monitor will be available in EMEA in Q3 starting at $2925. The Predator Triton 900 is available in EMEA with prices starting at $4,550. The Predator Triton 500 is available in ME with prices starting at $3,540. The Predator Helios 700 is available in ME with prices starting at $4,355. The Predator Helios 300 is available in ME with prices starting at $1,905. The Predator Orion 5000 is available in ME with prices starting at $2,177. Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region.

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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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Meta Connect 2022 Date Announced

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Founder of Meta announced on his Facebook account the official October 11 event date for Meta Connect 2022. In the same post, the CEO also added a new image of Project: Cambria, the long-awaited follow-up to the Meta Quest.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise.

Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise. Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

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Pop Culture Show Popcon Middle East Comes to Dubai in November 2022

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Dubai will be hosting its first edition of PopCon Middle East (PopConME) from the 10th  – 13th  November 2022. Promising the ultimate weekend, PopConME will showcase the best in Movies, TV, comics, graphic novels, anime, cosplay, and much more. In partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Speedy Comics, and Alanza Trading, PopConME will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo City Dubai, featuring exclusive workshops, movie screenings, Cosplay gaming competitions, and much more.

PopConME will be running as part of Dubai Esports Festival (DEF 2022) taking place from the 9th – 20th November 2022, the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East, and a trend-setter for the region’s gaming industry which is set to cement Dubai’s position as a year-round global hub for esports and gaming.

“We are excited to introduce PopConME to Dubai. I have been a fan of comic books since I was a child and have been entrenched in the community from an early age. This is a dream come true for a true geek like me. I want this convention to have everything and more my geek heart desires.” said Amer Rashed Al Farooq, Deputy CEO, Speedy Comics Group, the region’s number one destination for vintage comics and pop culture collectibles.

This festival will give fans the opportunity to celebrate their favourite celebrities, meet like-minded people, and indulge in the world of fantasy all under one roof. Comic book geeks will get the opportunity to meet and greet their favourite talents up close, attend exclusive workshops and buy one-of-a-kind merchandise at the Artist Alley. Packed with interactive zones and activations PopConME will host its own People’s Choice Cosplay, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh Card Competitions.

Featuring a line-up of some of the biggest international talents, PopConME has already confirmed the attendance of Nightmare on Elm Street actress Katie Cassidy, who is also known for her portrayal of the demon Ruby in the fantasy horror series, Supernatural and Black Canary in Arrow. Also confirmed to attend are CW Supernatural Kevin Tran and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency actor, Osric Chau, and voice actor Ray Porter best known for his portrayal of DC Comics Villain, Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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