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Lenovo and GEMS Education Setup Esports Zone at GEMS FirstPoint School

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Lenovo has announced the expansion of its successful partnership with GEMS Education to further include opportunities for students in gaming. Hot on the heels of Lenovo’s collaboration with GEMS Modern Academy, the rollout of its second Esports program sees GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa benefit from a range of Lenovo offerings. These include products from the Lenovo Legion and Workstation lines that will allow the school to further level up the intersections of learning and gaming.

As part of the collaboration, Lenovo’s second ‘Legion Gaming Zone’ at GEMS FirstPoint School will feature a 360-degree solution consisting of industry-leading Legion PCs and monitors for gaming immersion, and high-performance ThinkStation workstations for seamless designing and programming. With GEMS FirstPoint School being the first institution in the UAE and wider region to offer international BTEC courses in Esports and Creative Media – Game Design, Lenovo’s specialized gaming setup with industry-level hardware and software will allow for further practical and professional skills development.

Commenting on the rollout of Lenovo’s second Esports program with GEMS Education, Mohammed Hilili, General Manager, Lenovo Gulf, said: “As with any competitive sport, Esports gaming helps students develop discipline – teaching new skills and building engaged communities. But more than that, Esports can foster an inclusive community that is largely independent of physical ability, gender, location, and other factors. With access to the right technology, diverse students from all backgrounds can compete on a global stage, opening up professional opportunities for playing and developing gaming. At Lenovo, we will continue leveraging software and services, paired with devices, to deliver integrated and customized Esports solutions that will enhance the lives of students and teachers alike.

“Over the last period, we have worked with GEMS Education to align on the key requirements and goals for establishing a vibrant and successful Esports program, with GEMS Education consistently seeking new ways to engage its students. With the successful rollout of Lenovo’s first Esports program, we have expanded our collaboration with the educational institution. The second partnership is a testament to GEMS Education’s mission and commitment to nurturing students to become productive members of society by helping them build life, social, career, and workforce development skills.”

Matthew Tompkins, Principal/CEO of GEMS FirstPoint School, said: “At GEMS FirstPoint School, we are delighted to be partnering with Lenovo on this project, as we are acutely aware of the increasing industry demand for students with gamification skills and experience. The introduction of this state-of-the-art ‘Games Laboratory’ coincides with, and enhances, our courses that promote the development of gamification skills. Our students learn coding and computer skills from Year 1, with GCSEs and A-levels available at the senior end of the school. We recently added BTEC Esports and BTEC Digital Game Design to our qualification offering and are the first school in the Middle East to offer BTEC Esports. We are also proud to be members of the British Esports Federation.

“As a school, it is our responsibility to reflect the ever-evolving workplace and provide our students with skills that will allow them to enter university and employment as leaders from day one. GEMS FirstPoint is very fortunate to be part of the GEMS family of schools, which promotes innovation and supports us to improve our offering to best support our students.”

Baz Nijjar, Principal Advisor – Education Technology, GEMS Education, said: “Our focus on innovations is aimed at increasing student engagement and collaboration and supporting their learning outcomes with a STEM-centred approach. Through the rollout of Lenovo’s Esports programme at GEMS FirstPoint School, we are providing a world-class environment in which students can develop as exponential thinkers and further build their social, emotional and interpersonal skills. Our partnership with Lenovo sets a foundation to increase inclusivity and outreach to students across the GEMS network. We see Esports as a gateway to providing meaningful opportunities that will support lifelong learning by developing transferrable employability skills.”

In the Middle East, gaming continues to grow at an exponential rate with forecasts suggesting that average Esports players in the UAE will spend at least $115 per year in the next five years. This has pushed governments to invest billions of dollars in theme parks and other venues where Esport players can access the games or take part in the competitions. Considering that about 70% of UAE’s population is below 30 years, the entire business will potentially involve about 20 million people – many of which are school students.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has today announced the brand-new 2022 ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition gaming laptop. This upgraded Strix SCAR houses the latest hardware and cutting-edge cooling solutions to power class-leading gaming experiences. A custom vapor chamber, paired with Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal applied to both the CPU and GPU, allows the SCAR 17 SE to push its hardware further than ever before. The SCAR 17 SE also features a distinct cyberpunk aesthetic, with first-of-its-kind invisible ink applied directly to its metal chassis.

At CES 2022, ROG introduced the 2022 ROG Strix SCAR, delivering top-tier gaming performance with the latest components from Intel and NVIDIA. For Computex 2022, ROG is releasing the Strix SCAR 17 SE, a special edition variant with even more power under the hood. ROG engineered the SCAR 17 SE for gamers who need a no-compromise, tournament-ready gaming machine.

The improvements start at the beating heart of the machine, powered by the brand new Intel Core i9-12950HX, an incredibly powerful 65 W laptop CPU. The SCAR 17 SE was able to achieve an incredible score of 22,257 in the Cinebench R23 multithreaded test when in Turbo mode, a result rivaling desktop performance. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU also has a maximum TGP of up to 175 W with Dynamic Boost, purpose-built to deliver the highest amount of frames on either its QHD 240 Hz panel.

The other components in the machine leave no performance on the table. The SCAR 17 SE features up to 32 GB of blazingly fast 4800 MHz DDR5 RAM, PCIe Gen 4 storage in a RAID 0 array that leaves loading times in the dust, and a dedicated MUX Switch for peak gaming performance. WiFi 6E and a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port mean that gamers can confidently launch an online match from anywhere.

Adding more powerful components is only half of the equation, as these high-end parts require powerful cooling to operate at peak performance. The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE features all of ROG’s Intelligent Cooling innovations to allow the machine to reach its full potential. ROG has used Thermal Grizzly’s liquid metal compound in various laptops for the last three years, which reduces CPU temperatures by up to 10°C compared to traditional thermal pastes.

This year, ROG’s engineering team collaborated with Thermal Grizzly again to develop an even higher-performance liquid metal formula called Conductonaut Extreme, which the SCAR 17 SE uses on both the CPU and GPU. Offering around 5°C lower temperatures than standard liquid metal thermal compound, this was the first step to unlocking the true performance potential of the SCAR 17 SE.

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE’s unique additions are not limited to the internals. The chassis features the same RGB lighting and customizable Armor Caps as the standard Strix SCAR, but with an extra secret: specially developed invisible ink. Traditional invisible ink, commonly used on paper, wouldn’t stand the test of time when applied to the metal lid of the SCAR 17 SE. ROG’s research and development team painstakingly created a substance that perfectly blends in with the SCAR 17 SE’s metal lid.

In normal lighting, this substance has a matte metallic texture, but with a UV flashlight, the ink appears green and blue. It took six months and seven formulations to perfect, but this new invisible ink has passed a suite of wear and durability tests, giving gamers a unique pairing of function and form that is sure to dazzle. This cryptic text also holds clues to help beat SCAR Runner, a standalone first-person parkour game set in the ROG SAGA universe.

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE will be available from 17th June in UAE from Virgin Megastore, Jumbo, Sharaf DG, Emax, Ecity, AL Ershad, and Amazon. Priced at AED 17,499.

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Sonic Team Unpacks Sonic Origins Gameplay Features in “Sonic Origins Speed Strats”

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SEGA published the first episode of Sonic Origins Speed Strats, highlighting the thrilling gameplay features players can look forward to experiencing in Sonic Origins when the remastered multi-game collection of the original Sonic titles heads to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch family of systems and PC on Sonic’s birthday, June 23.

You can check out the episode of Sonic Origins Speed Strats, below:

See below for a breakdown of the key gameplay features discussed in the first episode:

  • Classic Mode – For a trip down memory lane, Classic Mode features the original game presentation in 4×3 with remastered visuals, finite lives and game overs. Classic Mode is available for all four titles and is unlocked from the start.
  • Anniversary Mode – If you are looking for something new, Anniversary Mode features a full 16×9 screen display and an infinite number of lives to keep the fun going without any game overs. Anniversary Mode is available for all four titles and is unlocked from the start.
  • Story Mode – Combines all four games into one adventure. Start with Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and end with Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.
  • Animations / Cutscenes – Sonic Origins includes all-new animated opening and ending cutscenes for each game, connecting all of Sonic’s classic adventures.
  • Boss Rush Mode – Battle Dr. Eggman, Metal Sonic and other challenging foes in Boss Rush Mode.
  • Mission Mode – Take on various missions in all four games. The better you perform the higher your rank will be.
  • Mirror Mode – Once unlocked, experience classic levels in a brand new way – backwards.
  • Coins – Enjoy new rewards by collecting coins in Anniversary Mode or completing missions in Mission Mode. If players fail a special stage in Anniversary Mode, coins can be used to retry the stage instantly. Coins can also be used to redeem content in the museum.
  • Museum – Check out a ton of exciting music, concept art, videos and never-before-seen content found in the Premium Collection Vault.

Sonic Origins will launch digitally on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch family of systems, and PC on June 23, 2022.

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Zorro The Chronicles, The Game is Now Available

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NACON, PVP GAMES, and BKOM studios, in collaboration with Zorro Productions, Inc. and the Canada Media Fund, are pleased to announce that Zorro The Chronicles, the game is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. The all-new, action-packed adventure game, adapted from the hit animated series of the same name, offers epic adventures, combining thrilling combat, exciting exploration, and a nail-biting stealth experience.

Zorro The Chronicles is a family-friendly action-adventure game that features a variety of game mechanics, from sword combos to infiltration, as well as a parrying system. There is something for every play style in Zorro’s new saga. Zorro The Chronicles, the game offers players a variety of characters to choose from, including Diego and his fearless sister, Ines. Each hero has specific abilities that they use to bring justice to Spanish-dominated 19th Century California.

Before every mission, players get to choose a starting location on the map, which directly affects the game’s style, and can lead to a stealthy approach or more of a frontal assault. To vanquish villain Monasterio’s soldiers, Zorro can employ a range of techniques, including using sound as a distraction, reaching high places with the aid of his famous whip, and leveraging the environment to his advantage. Experience points are earned with each successful parries and combos made while disarming enemies or marking them with a “Z”.

Zorro The Chronicles features teenager Don Diego, who faces the greatest challenges of his life as he fights for justice against numerous unscrupulous – and well-armed – tyrants! The action-packed series, like the game, presents villains’ evil plots and Zorro’s cunning tricks and jokes, all wrapped up in exciting and humorous action, including spectacular fights as he tries to protect vulnerable and innocent people.

Zorro The Chronicles, the game is adapted from Cyber Group Studios’ hit animated series of the same name, produced in collaboration with Zorro Productions, Inc. for France Télévisions (France) and RAI (Italy). The blockbuster show has been sold in over 100 countries to major broadcasters such as Turner (France), RTVE (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), Télé-Québec (Canada), Globosat (Brazil), TV5 Worldwide, and many others. The animated program was nominated for two awards, the 13th edition of the TV France International Export Awards and a Pulcinella Award for “Best Kids TV series” at Cartoons on the Bay (Italy).

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