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  1. Given 'positive engagement & response of the company, the Authority has decided to unban PUBG'
  2. Coming in hot with the latest âVarenga in Springâ update, PUBG MOBILE Lite has seen an upsurge in players roaming across the newly redesigned Varenga map, complete with bonuses to score and all kinds of features to unlock. But before that, we need to figure out how to dominate the competition. Like any Battle Royale, it all starts with where you drop. Laced with thick foliage, the mapâs grass terrain is perfect for close combat and assault ambush gameplay. With 60 players battling it out in a rapidly shrinking safe zone, it's safe to assume that your matches are going to be high-risk-high-reward. Youâll need to play fast and play smart to earn a Chicken Dinner here. For starters, itâs of critical importance to load up on the right type of weapons as soon as you parachute. So where are you most likely to find high value loot in Varenga? Read on to find out. Stadium © Tencent Games One of the most popular loot spots in Veranga, this massive, square-shaped building attracts a lot of hot-droppers since it is located right in the middle of the map. It offers a good range of guns, health kits and consumables. One usually finds this place full of ARs, SMGs, and sniper rifles such as the deadly Kar98. You can also expect to stumble upon enhancements such as suppressors and high-grade scopes such as the 6x at the Stadium. The central positioning of the stadium almost always puts it within landing distance of an airdrop. No wonder this place turns into a mini-war zone with rogue players turning up to take down looters. Just make sure that youâre not too exposed while scouring this area for goodies. Pilot Plaza © Tencent Games The pilot plaza is one of the largest areas in Varenga. With three huge buildings on its premises, it is probably the most popular spot on this map after the Stadium. The fastest way to load up here is to grab a gun by landing on the rooftop and then swiftly move from building to building to avoid detection. The risk factor in this location is very high since it offers the most consistent amount of high quality, military-grade equipment. With the dense amount of available loot, one can quickly load up with level 3 gear and body armour, plentiful scopes and attachments, medical items and assault rifles. Factory © Tencent Games Located on the West side of the map, the factory is a singular, unusual power plant structure with some outhouses around it. The very top floor often has sniper equipment and level 3 gear too, making it a top choice for all you marksmen out there. While the loot available here is great, it may normally suffice for one or two players only. One usually finds this place strewn with popular ARs such as the M416, AKM, or the M762 too. A rooftop landing is most recommended for this spot as it gives you a good chance to spot an enemy. You may grab the first-mover's advantage to take down an opponent who may be busy hunting for the perfect loot at any of the lower levels of the building. Warehouse © Tencent Games Located on the eastern side of the map, this is another excellent spot to loot. Comprising of a single large warehouse peppered with three big sheds on the side, this place is usually rich in quantity as well as the quality of guns. From shotguns and SMGs, to ARs and marksman/sniper rifles, one can pick up a powerful combination of weapons at the warehouse. It also offers a lot of attachments, accessories and enhancements. Dotted around with houses nearby, it is a great option to start a match from. However, one needs to be wary of enemies swooping in from any corner, so watch your back. View the full article
  3. Tiger Shroff is a self-proclaimed Hrithik Roshan fan and has always said that he takes inspiration from the Greek God of Bollywood. Interestingly, Hrithik too is fond of Tiger and it was quite evident when the two shared the screen space for War. Now, Tiger is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Baaghi 3 and he took to Instagram to share one of his looks from the movie. In the picture, he is seen flaunting his ripped body with perfect abs. This chiselled body would make anyone drool for the actor and well, just like us, Hrithik too is impressed with his look. Check out the look here: View this post on InstagramHope I come out of this in one piece. #baaghi3 #promotions #march6 #seeyouincinemasA post shared by (@tigerjackieshroff) As soon as Tiger posted this pic, his War co-star and idol Hrithik Roshan commented, "Dus Number!" with a thumbs-up emoji. © Instagram/Tiger Shroff Well, fans appreciated his look and they also noticed the gun which is used in PUBG. They sure can't keep calm after seeing the actor holding the gun in his hand in the poster. © Instagram/Tiger Shroff © Instagram/Tiger Shroff I am sure that PUBG fans would be excited to see the action in the movie. The director of Baaghi 3, Ahmed Khan, recently revealed that Tiger Shroff likes to keep the action sequences of his films as authentic as possible. During an interview with a leading daily, Ahmed Khan said that the actor actually ran through a real minefield for a scene in Baaghi 3. Baaghi 3 is set to release on March 6, 2020, and alongside Tiger Shroff, the film also stars Riteish Deshmukh and Shraddha Kapoor in prominent roles. For the fans, it will surely be a delight and now that Hrithik has also given 10 points to Tigerâs look, itâs all worth it. View the full article
  4. Budget phones are not really good when it comes to gaming. We've reviewed a ton of budget phones and that's just the way it has been due to various cost-cutting measures. But Realme recently came up with a new phone called the Realme C3 and said it's "the most powerful entry-level smartphone". I was obviously a little skeptical about it. But as someone who's been playing a lot of games on phones lately, this caught my attention. So I decided to check it out. Honestly, I was quite surprised by the Realme C3's performance, especially gaming. © MensXP Even after doing that, I was constantly getting 40fps, which is quite amazing for a budget phone. Most phones in this price range can't even handle "High" settings. So, I'd say it's pretty darn good here in the Realme C3's case. Obviously, it's unfair to expect anything more than 40fps out of Realme C3, but let me tell you that the gameplay is buttery smooth. The gameplay is smooth across the board with multiple games that I tried. Even other resource-intensive titles like Call Of Duty Mobile and Shadow Fight 3 have been a joy to play on this phone. When it comes to Call Of Duty Mobile, I was averaging at about 55fps and the same is the case with Shadow Fight 3 as well. Those are some really good numbers for a phone that costs as much as the Realme C3 does. View the full article
  5. When it comes to PUBG Mobile's eSports scene in India, "Team SouL" is probably the only name that comes to your mind. But recently, some of the old and popular names in the team left the group and joined a new eSports name. Three of Team SouL's old members Scout, Ronak and Owais left the old group to join one of the most popular names in the esports scene, Team Fnatic. Team Fnatic just entered the PUBG Mobile scene after the growing popularity of the title. Team Fnatic, for those of you who don't know, is an esports giant who already has some world renowned players across different games. Their PUBG Mobile Indian team includes five players - Tanmay "Scout" Singh, Paritosh Sharma, Harpreeth Singh "Ronak" Janjuha, and Mohammed Owais "Owais" Lakhani. View this post on InstagramWE DID IT! Our first championship in PUBG, in India, and we couldnt be prouder of the team. We are you Indian PUBG Mobile All Star Champions 2020. Incredible work by @ig_ronakop @paritosh_plays @scout_pubg @owais_op @ash__pubg @pratik_mehra28 @sangwan_pubg 2020 is our year, so much more to come from Fnatic in india! #ALWAYSFNATICA post shared by (@fnatic) The Indian Fnatic team recently took part in its first tournament in Hyderabad for a cash prize of Rs 20 Lakh. Called the PUBG Mobile All Stars 2019, the tournament witnessed 16 PUBG Mobile teams battle against each other. Team Fnatic had the top spot from the beginning, so it's safe to say that we're not surprised by the result. Overall, they managed to get two "Chicken Dinners" out of the 9 matches they played. They managed to get 46 kills in total and put up a score of 138 on the board. In the end, they walked home with Rs 20 lakh cash prize. The two runner up teams also won Rs 8 lakh and 5 lakh respectively. © Fnatic Instagram Team SouL's main man Naman Mathur aka MortaL isn't actively participating in esports games anymore. He announced that he's staying away from the esports scene to focus on streaming on YouTube and simply enjoying the game for what it is. We wish the new members of Fnatic all the best for all the future games coming their way. View the full article
  6. Prologue! That's the name of the project which the mastermind behind PUBG has been working on. No, it's not PUBG 2. Brendan, the creator of PUBG, has specifically mentioned that it's not PUBG 2. In fact, it's not even a shooter game, so it's the farthest thing from PUBG that you can imagine. Brendan Greene, better known as "PlayerUnknown" has been working on a new project for a long time now. He moved to a new place, away from PUBG's studio to build a team of his own. He's been sharing a few updates occasionally on Instagram and Twitter. However, this is the first time he's ever talked about this new project. We have our very first look at the game in the form of a teaser. Here, take a look. As you can see, the teaser itself doesn't tell us anything about the game and it's only 30 seconds long. But the video does have a visual fidelity that sets it apart from PUBG. The graphics look photorealistic and does a phenomenal job of recreating the rainy forest scene. The scene then takes on a first-person POV, in which the protagonist nervously scans the surrounding area as we hear dog barks and growls getting closer. In the end, there's a website link that you can access and sign up to get notified when more info drops. WELL, HELLO THERE... https://t.co/yZxaoe8gla — PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) December 13, 2019 Although the teaser doesn't tell us anything about the game, we're super excited to check it out. It's giving us all kinds of chills already, so we can only imagine what the game will look like once it's finished. View the full article
  7. PUBG Mobile Club Open Fall Split 2019 saw the South Asian regional finals come to an end on Sunday, with two Indian teams battling for the regional championship title, after securing spots for the international finals taking place in Malaysia on November 29. © PMCO/Tencent After a triple chicken-dinner snag, Entity Gaming grabbed the top spot with 220 points, while fan-favourites SouL came hot on their heels with 210, and a single chicken-dinner. SouL's Naman Mathur, aka MortaL, claimed Tencent's 'fan-favourite' award, and addressed fans, supporters and rivals in a lengthy Facebook post. Unexpectedly, Mumbai-based MortaL not only dedicated their effort in the tournament to the Indian Army, but also announced that he would be donating his share of the earnings to them as well. According to the National Defence Fund website, donations made will primarily fund technical scholarships and the families of ex-servicemen in the forces - quite the noble cause. It's been a tense year for gaming in India - stories of PUBG addiction and even a death caused by overplaying the game have given mobile gaming a bad rap amongst parents and schools, though e-sports success stories such as these prove that there's potential for not just professional careers in gaming, but humanitarian support as well. Regarding his 'fan-favourite' award, the 23-year-old gamer said, “It feels great! I was not aware of vote stuff, but later on, Tencent guys came to me and handed over the goodies saying that you have won the fan-favorite award on the website.” View the full article
  8. PUBG Mobile has had its fair share of controversies in India. But there's no denying that the game has a strong e-sports presence in the country too. PUBG Mobile just wrapped up the regional finals of the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 esports tournament, and the Indian PUBG Mobile team, 'Team SouL' claimed the victory after six long matches. PUBG Mobile's regional finals were held in Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi on the 14th and 15th of this month. After a few hard-fought battles, 'Team SouL' won the contest to become the India champions of the Spring Split segment. Congratulations "Team SOUL" on winning the PUBG MOBILE Club Open India Finals! Also, Team IND and Team Indian Tigers who have advanced to the Prelims of PMCO Global Finals! See you guys at BERLIN! And a BIG THANK YOU for all in making this event a huge success! pic.twitter.com/AoyT0qCBvN — PUBG MOBILE INDIA (@PUBGMOBILE_IN) June 16, 2019 The winning team came out on top amongst 15 other competitors with a total of 256 points. Their victory also helped them grab a $60,000 cheque as the winning prize money along with tickets to Berlin where they'll be representing India in the PMCO Global finals. It's worth pointing out that 'Team SouL' was on the second position trailing behind 'Team IND' after match 11 on day 2. The winning team managed to push their score by a huge margin in the final match of the day 2. 'Team IND' then managed to get the second position with 246 points whereas 'Team Indian Tigers' came third. © Twitter In addition to the winning team, the second and third place winners also received Rs. 0.95 lakh and Rs 12.9 lakh, respectively. The stakes are as high as they can get right for 'Team SouL' as they now stand a chance to win a massive prize pool of $2.5 million i.e. Rs 17.48 crore. The dates for the finals are yet to be finalised, so stay tuned for more info.
  9. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  10. The mobile gaming experience has mostly been viewed as a 'second-tier' experience when compared to PC and console gaming. In fact, I can even say that a lot of people still don't consider mobile gaming even a thing. Well, that's exactly what games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile, and phones like the Black Shark 2 are here to prove otherwise. Yes, gaming phones, in case you haven't heard of them, are a thing now and we have started seeing a lot of these on the market lately. Razer has what it calls the 'Razer Phone' and ASUS has its own 'ROG Phone'. Even Nubia has launched a bunch of gaming phones and it's expected to launch another one very soon here in India. And then, of course, we have the Black Shark 2. Well, I myself wasn't really sold on the whole idea of buying a gaming phone, until I used the Black Shark 2. Yes, I've been using the Black Shark 2 for a few weeks now and I have a few things to say about the phone and just gaming phones in general. So, let's get on with it. Design & Build Quality We live in a world where even gaming laptops are now cutting down on the flashy looks to make it look like an ordinary piece of hardware. But the companies making these gaming phones are not shying away from showing off the striking hardware. Just like most other gaming phones on the market, the Black Shark 2 also looks very flashy, if I may. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla You don't necessarily have to hold the device in your hands to tell how it's different from other smartphones out there. The looks will give it away. Black Shark, in particular, is going with green accents. So, the Black Shark 2 has a bright green chamfered edge that runs all the way around the phone. And the back of the gaming is also equally striking, if not more. Heck, the Black Shark 2 even has an illuminated logo on the back that lights up. Even the case which you can buy for the phone as an accessory has green accents that glow in the dark. So, as for the looks, I'd say Black Shark is going with something that would attract gamers. Coming to the build quality, well, it's built like a tank. The moment you take it out of the box and hold it in your hands, that's when it'll truly hit you that you bought yourself a true gaming phone. The chamfered edges and the back texture make for a really good in-hand feel. I am sure it's not the kind of design that would resonate with everything, but you've bought the phone, then you're probably the target audience here. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a kickass design and an amazing build quality. As a gamer, I go crazy on flashy lights and edgy designs on my gaming gear and using the Black Shark 2 truly makes me feel I am using something that's meant to be used by, you know, gamers. It'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're that person in the room with a gaming phone. Display The display is probably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaming. That's where you see the game and interact with it, so it's best if you have the best possible display. The same goes for gaming phones too. So, does the Black Shark 2 has a good display? © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Yes, it does. For starters, it's a 6.39-inch FullHD+ AMOLED panel. It's an OLED panel with good resolution, so you'll be seeing deep blacks with sharp imagery. Even the colours look nice and punchy, which is, again, good for gaming. But that's not all. Black Shark has decided to throw in some extras to wow all the gamers. First things first, the display of the Black Shark 2 hides the fingerprint scanner underneath it. Yes, it has an in-display fingerprint, and it works just as you'd expect any in-display fingerprint scanner to work. I am not a huge fan of these scanners, but I think it works just fine. That main attraction, however, is the MasterTouch feature. Simply put, Black Shark 2's MasterTouch is similar to Apple's 3D Touch. However, unlike the 3D Touch on the iPhones and the iPads, the MagicTouch feature is more useful and can be used to play games. So, the way MasterTouch feature works is, it lets you configure two pressure-sensitive zones on the display and map it to any custom function in games like PUBG Mobile. © MensXP In the screenshot attached above, for instance, I've mapped the left zone to 'scope' and the right zone to 'fire'. Now when I apply more pressure anywhere inside these zones regardless of the on-screen buttons, the display will register it as 'scope' or 'fire' command for me. Get it? Yes, it takes a little time to get used to it once you've mapped it. However, it'll be hard to go back to a phone without this feature since you'll be so used to it. Not going to lie, it makes up for intuitive gameplay experience and therefore, I am inclined to believe that it's not just a gimmick. It actually works. Apart from that, the Black Shark 2 is also said to have the world's lowest latency touch display. The display has a report rate (not to be confused with refresh rate) up to 240Hz and response time of just 43.5ms. Yes, it doesn't have a faster refresh rate panels like the ones found on the ROG Phone or the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but Black Shark thinks gamers will care more about the response time. I personally didn't find any noticeable difference in the gameplay experience, but I'll talk a bit more about this in the performance section. Overall, I'd say the Black Shark 2 has a really good display that's also very functional when it comes to gaming. The MasterTouch feature did sound like a gimmick to me during the launch event, but now that I've used it, I think it's going to be hard for me to play PUBG Mobile on a phone that doesn't support it. Now, that's one way of retaining customers. Good job, Black Shark! Performance Oh yes, the performance! Well, let me get the specifications out of the way first. The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is the most powerful processor you can get on an Android phone in today's date. The phone also packs up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, so there's plenty of memory and storage to play games. Now, these are some of the specs that you can also get on some other phones on the market like the OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla If you head over to Black Shark's website, you'll see that it's full of fancy words like 'Multilayer Liquid Cooling', 'Gaming AI', 'Ludicrous Mode', and whatnot. These are the things that actually make Black Shark 2 a truly capable phone, at least according to the company. But none of that would make any sense if the performance isn't good, right? Well, Black Shark 2 is one of the fastest Android smartphones you can buy today. It's not just for gaming, by the way. Even when you're using the phones to do day-to-day stuff like browsing the web, taking pictures, etc., you'll notice how smooth everything really is. The animations are buttery smooth and I am yet to notice a single lag or a frame drop while using it. The experience has truly been amazing. If you're someone who likes to go by the numbers, then here are some benchmark figures for you - © MensXP Coming to gaming, I am happy to report that things are just as smooth and solid. Trust me, I played a lot of games before I said that, so you can take my word for it. Playing games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc., was truly amazing. As I said, I have not had a single frame drop on me ever since I switched this phone on for the first time a few days ago. And if you ever feel like you want more power for some reason, then you can also turn on what Black Shark likes to call the 'Ludicrous Mode', which essentially overclock both the CPU and GPU to give you a performance boost. Yes, you can do all geeky stuff on this phone with just a tap of a button. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Black Shark 2 also has 'Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0' which basically takes advantage of an oversized cooling plate, covering all major components to reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 14-degrees. Despite all the fancy cooling system, I have to admit that the phone did run a little hot while playing games. It wasn't too hot to handle, but the phone did feel a little warm to touch, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting after hearing all the fancy components. Nonetheless, it's not really a deal-breaker, so let's move past that. The Black Shark 2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and I was actually quite surprised to see the phone running a stock version of Android. It doesn't have any fancy skin on top of Android except for a couple of additions like the 'Shark Space'. You can trigger the 'Shark Space' by flipping the slider on the right side of the phone. It's very similar to the alert slider found on the OnePlus phones. The 'Shark Space' will essentially dump everything from the memory to allow for a smooth gaming experience, and it can even stop buzzing the phone with notifications and calls, if you want nothing to interrupt your gaming experience. The 'Shark Space' will also let you display things like 'FPS counter' while playing games, in addition to letting you monitor things like CPU load, WLAN signal strength, etc. You can access all these features by swiping down from the top right corner of the display. It's just a software, but it's things like that, which truly makes it feel like you're using a gaming phone. I mean, I can't expect to do all that on, say, my Pixel 3a or the iPhone XR. Of course, that's not the only reason to buy the phone, but you'll want to use it time and again once you have it. Battery Life The Black Shark 2 has a 4,000 mAh battery and it supports 27W/4.8A quick charging. That means you'll have enough battery for all the games you want and also have the ability to charge the phone quickly when it runs out of juice. As for the battery performance, I wasn't expecting too much since the phone has a lot of powerful internals to push, but it surprised me with its two-day battery life. Of course, you'll find yourself charging the phone more often if you play a lot of games, but with day-to-day usage, you can easily get through two days without an issue. But again, it's a gaming phone, so I am guessing you'll be playing a lot of games as I did, so I suggest you keep the charger with you at all times. By the way, there's no support for wireless charging, but that's not really surprising and the phone charges rapidly with the included the charger. Camera © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Cameras on gaming phones have always been an afterthought, to be honest. None of the gaming phones that I've experienced in the past have had a good camera, so I wasn't expecting the Black Shark 2 to have good optics. I am sure Black Shark thinks the same because there's absolutely no mention of the cameras on Black Shark 2's official website. Anyway, the Black Shark 2 has two cameras at the back. There's a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP 2x telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's a 20MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. The camera software is very similar to what you'd get with a stock version of Android. Very basic, yet very functional. As for the performance, I'd say it's better than what I had expected. It's not exceptional or anything, but the images, I'd say are better than average. All images turned out nice and sharp with plenty of details. I did notice some issues with dynamic range and some shots even turned out over-exposed, but this is a good shooter for being a gaming-centric device. I mean, I don't expect photographers to carry this phone around, so I am not going to go hard on it for not having exceptional cameras like the Pixel phones. Long story short, you won't be disappointed with the cameras on the Black Shark 2. They're better than what you normally get with gaming phones. Here are some samples so you can judge them yourself - Other Features This is the part where I'd usually end my review by giving my final thoughts, but there's still a lot to talk about the Black Shark 2. I have to mention that the phone offers a really good audio experience. It has stereo speakers, which is awesome and it gets really loud. It's great for listening to music or watching movies, etc., with a group of people. For gaming, of course, you'll be using a pair of headphones, but sadly the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack. Yes, it's really disappointing to see it being removed from a gaming phone, but you do get a dongle inside the box if you want to continue using your old pair of cans instead of switching to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. And there are things like the ability to add gaming pads to the phone to enhance your gaming experience. These gaming pads don't come with the phone, so you do have to buy them separately as an accessory. However, they will certainly enhance your gaming experience and I can confirm that with the time I spent using them at the launch event. You can also hook the Black Shark 2 to a TV or a monitor and use the gamepads to play games, which is also a nice touch. The Final Say © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Black Shark 2 is now available in India for a starting price of Rs 39,999. For the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you'll be shelling out as much as Rs 49,999. And of course, you'll have to pay more for the accessories. So, it's not really the most affordable smartphone out there, but it truly offers a lot for the money. All things considered, the Black Shark 2 is actually a kickass smartphone for the price. Look, I wasn't really sold on the idea of buying a dedicated gaming phone, but Black Shark 2 has made me think otherwise. Yes, you can get other phones with similar specs on the market, but what you're paying for the Black Shark 2 is not just for the power, it's for the true gaming experience. Everything from the way it feels in your hands to all the additional gaming-centric features like the ability to immerse yourself in the game without having to worry about notifications, etc., is definitely, something that's worth checking out. Heck, you can even overlock the phone with a tap of a button to get more performance, which is just insane. Overall, I'd say that Black Shark 2 is not the phone you need. But I can say that you'll keep coming back once you've experienced everything that it has to offer. It's targetted towards hardcore gamers who want nothing but the absolute best gaming experience. As I mentioned before, it's one of those phones, that'll constantly remind you and others around you that you're THAT person in the room with a gaming phone. Now, it's up to decide if you want to be that person or not.
  11. PUBG Mobile hype is causing some serious trouble in countries like India where a lot of people are currently dealing with gaming addiction. While some people have been arrested, others have even lost their lives or ended up with broken marriages. But PUBG Mobile developer Tencent Games, on the other hand, is enjoying by cashing in on all the hype. According to a new report from intelligence firm, Sensor Tower, Tencent has crossed $4.8 million a day in May. Yes, the company literally made $4.8 million a day i.e. over Rs. 33 Crores a day from PUBG Mobile and it's clone called Game For Peace that it launched in China. © PUBG Mobile With that, Tencent is now said to own the world's highest grossing mobile app and the highest grossing mobile game, which is just insane. Do make a note that these are just estimates, but even the exact value is expected to be somewhere in the same ballpark. The total amount is said to be 126-percent higher quarter on quarter in comparison to the $65 million that PUBG Mobile grossed in April 2019. It's also worth pointing out that the estimate excludes Android revenue from China. Of the total revenue earned by Tencent from PUBG Mobile and the new Game for Peace, over $101 million came from Apple's App Store and $45.3 million from Google's Play Store. The revenue from both games, when put together, is about 17-percent more than $125 million made by Honor of Kings, which is yet another smash hit title published by Tencent. © PUBG Mobile Sensor Tower's Head of Mobile Insights, Randy Nelson, who shared all this information, said, “App Store and Google Play users worldwide spent an average of $4.8 million per day last month between both PUBG Mobile versions. The chief rival to both of Tencent's titles, Fortnite from Epic Games, had its best month so far in 2019 on iOS, but its total player spending of $43.3 million was only about 43 percent of Game for Peace and PUBG Mobile's combined take for May.”
  12. Black Shark 2, the gaming phone that we've been waiting to get our hands on for a long time, is finally here in India. It packs pretty much everything that you'd expect from a gaming phone in 2019 like a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and more. Let's check it out. To start with, the Black Shark 2 packs a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340×1080 pixels resolution. It's doesn't have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the display takes advantage of features like “Fast Finger” and “Magic Touchh”, and has a 43.5ms response time. The “Magic Press” tech, in case you're wondering, works like Apple's 3D display, meaning you'll be able to press down harder on the display to actuate different functions. © Black Shark Internally, the Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also features Liquid Cooling 3.0 for even improved heat dissipation. There are 2 vapour chambers and a copper plate inside the phone to keep things cool while gaming. As for the optics, the Black Shark 2 sports dual rear cameras with a 48MP (f/1.75) primary sensor and 12MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor. On the front, there's a 20MP (f/2.0) selfie shooter. The phone also comes equipped with a huge 4,000 mAh battery for which Black Shark is also including a USB Type-C 27W fast-charger. © YouTube All these beefy internals are packed inside a body that looks kickass from the outside. The company says the phone's ergonomic design resembles that of a sports car. Seriously, the Black Shark 2 looks like a true gaming phone with its curvaceous build and metal+glass design. Oh BTW, the phone also comes with LED strips on the edges and a glowing Black Shark logo at the back. Black Shark 2 Accessories In addition to the phone itself, the company also showcased a bunch of accessories to go along with it. There's a fancy cooling fan attachment and switch-style dual controllers. Lastly, you can also get an HDMI to USB Type-C cable and use the “console mode” to hook it up to, say, a TV. Pricing and Availability The Black Shark 2 gaming phone has been launched at Rs. 39,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM & 128GB storage. You can also get your hands on the 8GB+128GB variant for Rs. 49,999. The phone will exclusively be available for sale on Flipkart from 4th June.
  13. 'Gaming Addiction' is something that we've been hearing a lot lately, thanks to the influx of popular online multiplayer titles like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and more. But if you find yourself locked in a room gaming all the time ignoring the world, then you have a serious illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That's right, WHO has revised the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), and it now, for the first time, includes 'Gaming Disorder' as an addictive behavior disorder. The revision takes effect on January 1, 2022. © Pexels The International Classification of Diseases is a system for classifying diseases and disorders for purposes of epidemiological research, health care management and billing, and clinical treatment. There's a chapter that's set aside for “mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorders,” and gaming is listed there now. You'd be surprised to find out that 'Gaming Disorder' is now listed right after 'Gambling' in ICD-11 and uses the description word-for-word, replacing “gambling” with “gaming”. It says, “Gaming Disorder is a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior ('digital gaming' or 'video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline.” The proposed disorder manifests in three different ways - © Pexels Those with gaming disorder may show “impaired control over gaming,” “increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” and “continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences.” In response to WHO's decision, a lot of industry experts from around the world called out the organisation and asked to rethink its decision. “It's not based on sufficiently robust evidence”, the experts said. Well, we don't know about the experts, but we do believe that we all should collectively do something about “gaming disorder” and the growing concerns around it. We can't let games like PUBG Mobile mess up relationships and put people's lives in jeopardy. It needs to be stopped.
  14. With the ICC World Cup 2019 less than 10 days, Virat Kohli and the rest of the Men in Blue have finally left for England, where they will be participating in a couple of warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on 25th and 28th May, before officially beginning their World Cup 2019 journey with their first game against South Africa on 5th June 2019. The team was, however, spotted at the Mumbai airport lounge hours before boarding their flight. A couple of photos of the members of Team India in the BCCI uniform made their way to the internet and instantly went viral for all the right reasons. Jet set to go ââ#CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/k4V9UC0Zao — BCCI (@BCCI) May 21, 2019 In the images uploaded by the official Twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI), some of the most talented athletes of the roster can be seen putting their time to good use and indulging in a couple of games of PUBG Mobile, the hit Battle Royale game that has taken the Indian market by storm ever since it was launched a year and a half ago. Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and even the team veteran, Mahendra Singh Dhoni were caught squading up against the rest of the world in the streets of Erangel. Twitter went crazy when they spotted their favourite sportsmen playing their favourite mobile game: Good Luck Team India ð®ð³ Play quality cricket & make us proud.#WorldCup2019 & once you are back, why not go for PUBG Championship. I mean we have a squad in our cricket team. Mr MS Dhoni, Shami, Bhuvi and Chahal. That is a great squad already. What say? @BCCI @PUBGMOBILE pic.twitter.com/klmHtrfIea — Saleem Rehan (@rehanode) May 22, 2019 Before # WORLD CUP, Another world cup (PUBG) is going on . #BEST OF LUCK TEAM INDIA pic.twitter.com/5QPkFqm4uu — VIJAY KATARIA (@vijayjssate111) May 22, 2019 All The Best Team Indiað®ð³!! Btw @yuzi_chahal and Mahi can you tell us your PUBG acc nameðð?! pic.twitter.com/kBwwXOfHin — ajinkya ambatwar (@AmbatwarAjinkya) May 22, 2019 Yeh sab PUBG wale h kya??? Chak de India!!! Hope the team gets the cup back.#CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/2JDGPvDUq0 — Ashutosh Kumar (@ashuak1225) May 22, 2019 Looks like PubG fever has caught up with Team India ðall the best for #CWC19 https://t.co/fhYcrrCICi — Tejus S (@tejussgame) May 22, 2019 Caption cool pubg khel rhe hai All the best Team India Is bar ka WC caption cool ke nam — Darshan Lad (@DarshanLad2) May 22, 2019 Other than the Battle Royale fanatics, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan were also spotted in the images. The Vice-captain of the roster, Rohit Sharma also uploaded a shot with Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Kadhav: Jet set World Cup âï¸ ððpic.twitter.com/K6FNvxxmbs — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 21, 2019
  15. When Activision announced the Call of Duty Mobile, I was kind of sceptical. As excited as I was, it mostly sounded as if Activision was trying to jump the bandwagon of PUBG Mobile. The last thing I wanted was Activision and Tencent fleshing out a half-baked title. Well, the battle royale mode of Call of Duty Mobile went live yesterday for beta users on Android, so I decided to check it out. Honestly, it only took me just a few rounds of the game to realise that it's very different from PUBG Mobile. In a good way. In fact, I'd say it's exceptional. Here's why I think so: © Call of Duty Mobile A 'Scout' Or A 'Clown'? Pick Your Poison! As soon as you start the battle royale mode, you won't be dropped in a server for matchmaking. Instead, you'll get an option to select and customise your loadout, which I found to be very similar to the Team Deathmatch mode of the game. Within the loadout screen, you can also choose to select your 'Class'. © Call of Duty Mobile Yes, there are a total of six classes to choose from. You can either play as a Scout, Clown, Medic, Ninja, Defender or Mechanic. Depending on the class you choose, you'll get special perks. Playing as a 'Scout', for instance, you'll get a 'Sensor Dart', with which you can see the hostile position in the radar map. As a 'Medic' you'll be able to set up a medical station that heals you and allies continuously. Yes, it's very similar to the 'Lifeline' Legend in Respawn's 'Apex Legends'. I am not going to get into details and spoil the fun, so I suggest you check out other classes and their perks once you get your hands on the title when it arrives. It's awesome! © Call of Duty Mobile The ability to select the class of your player by itself is a huge differentiator which makes this game very different, and in fact, much better than PUBG. Don't get me wrong, PUBG's simple BR approach isn't bad. But I was kind of getting bored with it. If you're too, then you'll love the Call of Duty Mobile's Battle Royale mode. Where We Droppin' Once you select your loadout and you're good to go, you'll find yourself in the lobby waiting for other players to join in. You'll then be joining 100 other players before getting dropped into the map. If you're playing in a squad or duos, one of the players will be a designated 'Jump Leader', who'll get the players to a select spot in the map. Again, very similar to Apex Legends' 'Jump Master' feature. © Call of Duty Mobile Instead of taking a parachute, as you would in PUBG Mobile, here you'll be gliding down with the help of a wingsuit. Is it better? Hell yes! I was able to fly across the map and land exactly where I wanted to every single time. It's quick and incredibly smooth. From there on, it's pretty much the same gameplay experience. You'll have to collect weapons and other loot and jump right into the action. Your character will automatically pick up all the necessary items from the ground, so you don't really have to worry about it. Just make sure you improvise and look for better loot as you progress through the game. I want to say the experience is very similar to PUBG, but that's not really the case. A Tactical Shootout Call of Duty Mobile offers a military-style tactical experience. Unlike PUBG Mobile's fancy skins, all players are well-camouflaged from the start, so it's incredibly hard to find out where they are. You really have to rely on the sound of the footsteps or their weapons. © Call of Duty Mobile Depending on the 'Class' you chose earlier in the game, you'll be able to use the perks and get some tactical advantage too. I spent most of the time playing as a 'Scout' player, so I was constantly using it to scan the area and find enemies. It was a lot of fun. The game also has vehicles, and trust me, there are a lot of them. From a two-person ATV to a squad Helicopter, there's literally a lot to choose from. Just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. © Call of Duty Mobile Before wrapping it up, I'd also like to point out that you can revive your teammates even once they've died. Yes, this isn't something you can do in PUBG Mobile. In Call of Duty Mobile, you can pick up your dead teammate's 'Dogtag' and revive them to bring them back into the action. It's very similar to how you can revive your teammates in some modern battle royale titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite, etc. The Final Say Call of Duty Mobile is a kickass battle royale title that lets you explore to your fullest abilities. It's unlike any other tactical game I've played on mobile, so I'll give full marks for that. If you've played Call Of Duty 4's 'Blackout' mode on PC, Xbox One or PS4, then you'll find yourself right at home. It's very similar to that, which is just awesome. As I mentioned earlier, I was getting bored with PUBG Mobile, to be honest, so I had an amazing time with all the new features like the ability to select classes, customise loadout, etc. If you're bored of PUBG Mobile or Fortnite too, then you'll have a great time slaying enemies in Call of Duty Mobile. Well, at least until there's a new battle royale game in town.
  16. The PUBG craze made its way into this world one fine day, and our world ceased to exist as we knew it. All it took was one game, and we were left ensnared by the completely mind-blowing game that it is. However, recently, one Gurgaon dude took his PUBG fancy to new levels by scripting a PUBG-inspired advertisement looking for a potential flatmate in a posh Gurgaon locality. True, we look at numerous factors before deciding to move into a few flat, more so if it's a flat where you will be living with four or five other strangers. (c) Facebook Not only did the facilities and the offer catch people's attention with this ad, but people were also thoroughly impressed with how the guy had incorporated elements of PUBG into the advertisement, making it an instant hit with the players. Posted on a FB group called 'Flat and Flatmates', the dude listed out a number of crucial details for a potential flatmate calling their home the 'Battleground' and stating that there are no restrictions (such as muting the audio) for anyone looking to move-in. (c) PUBG People, especially gamers and fans, have responded positively to the creative ad. People have even gone on to call it one of the best ads on the group. What an innovative way of exploring the PUBG fever. We'd sure want to check out the place. What about you?
  17. Well, we're pretty sure you're sick of all the unfortunate news surrounding PUBG Mobile during the course of the last few months. From people getting arrested to some of them even losing their lives, we've literally seen it all. As it turns out, even Tencent Games (developer of PUBG Mobile) is tired of all that bad press and has introduced a new feature to curb gaming addiction. Yes, the developers have introduced a new feature called 'Gameplay Management' that seeks to restrict how much young users are allowed to play the game. © PUBG With this new feature in place, the players who mark themselves as under 18 will receive an advisory when they start the game saying “those under 18 should avoid over-engaging”. In addition to that, the game will also send pop-up alerts at intervals telling them to put down their phones and take a break. Much needed, isn't it? In an official statement, Tencent Games manager Vincent Wang said, “Our team wants to ensure our community is equipped to make informed choices when it comes to 'PUBG Mobile. It's our proactive step in ensuring that hundreds of millions of players worldwide can continue to enjoy 'PUBG Mobile' in a sustainable manner." This new 'Gameplay Management' feature has already been deployed in countries like Indonesia, India, Nepal, the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. We hope it arrives in other countries soon too. © PUBG We aren't seeing this feature for the first time, BTW. The Chinese version of PUBG Mobile already had a similar feature that restricted young players to spend too much time in the game. In fact, it's said that the Chinese government had even provided Tencent with limited access to the national citizen database so they can verify a particular person's age. Anyway, we really hope this new feature proves to be useful and the young players manage to take some time off the game.
  18. PUBG Mobile, as we all know, has grown to become one of the most popular games around the world. The popular online battle royale title is being played by everyone, including our very own Indian cricketers. That's right, even our busy cricket players take some time off their busy schedule to play the game. We've even seen the players playing PUBG on their smartphones and tablets before departing for Australia for the full-fledged series in November 2018. As we wait for the departure announcement from Mumbai, some of them are playing a very popular multiplayer game. #TeamIndia Any guesses? pic.twitter.com/Y1n8AdHxhn — BCCI (@BCCI) October 30, 2018 While interacting with ESPNCricinfo, Indian cricketer Kuldeep Yadav revealed the best PUBG players in the Indian cricket team. He named former skipper MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kedar Jadhav as the best players of the game in the Indian team. We haven't really seen the Indian cricket team players all play PUBG together, but maybe that will happen during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. PUBG has been something of an issue in India, with multiple bans across schools, colleges and sometimes, even cities. From students committing suicide after being told to not play the game to people being run over by trains as they were too distracted while playing the game, PUBG has been swimming in controversy in India for a long, long time. Recently, we even heard news of a married couple filing for divorce over the game. A lot of people feel the game is disruptive and extremely distracting, especially when it comes to students. However, students are of the belief that the game is an outlet for healthy creativity and has massive potential when it comes to the Indian gaming industry. Source: ESPNCricinfo
  19. EA's new battle royale title became a breakaway gaming hit of this year. The game quickly became one of the top titles of 2019 by attracting over 50 million players in just a few months' time. Now, the company wants to bring it to mobile devices. Yes, it's finally happening. In its earnings call, EA noted that “it's in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile.” Unfortunately, they don't have an ETA for the same, but we believe that it'll arrive sooner rather than later. After all, they'd want to continue the momentum of the game and attract some players to take on the likes of PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. © Respawn EA didn't confirm whether it's planning to bring the game to both Android or iOS, but we assume the game will arrive on both platforms. It is, however, worth pointing out that the game may arrive first on iOS before making its way to Android. Given the success of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile on mobile platforms, it only makes to sense bring the game to both platforms. © Respawn Anyway, let's hope Apex Legends doesn't end up becoming a new found addiction for mobile gamers. Seriously, the last thing we want to see is people getting arrested for playing games. But let's face it, PUBG Mobile is going to have some serious competition because a lot of playing ditched PUBG to play Apex Legends when it arrived on PC and consoles earlier this year. Source: Gameinformer
  20. There hasn't been a crazy PUBG Mobile news about people getting arrested, or someone losing their life playing the game in a long time. Yes, we thought the PUBG Mobile addiction storm had settled, until we heard the news about this crazy woman who's now seeking a divorce from her husband. Why, you ask? Well, it looks like he attempted to stop her from playing the game. As bizarre as it sounds, we hate to admit that it's a real thing. A woman in the UAE has sought a divorce from her husband over a battle royale game. Welcome to 2019? According to Gulf News, the director of the social center at Ajman Police, Captain Wafa Khalil Al Hosani told that they recently received this case where a woman in her 20s wanted to divorce her husband over not being allowed to play PUBG Mobile. Apparently, the husband noticed his wife's increasing addiction to the game. He then decided to stop her from playing it so she could focus on the family. The woman, according to the captain, justified her demand for divorce by saying that she was being deprived of her right to choose her means of entertainment. She said, “she derived pleasure and comfort from the game”. © Tencent She also noted that her game timings were well under limits, and she had disabled the chat option to stay away from strangers during the games. The man, however, maintained his stand and noted said he wasn't trying to deprive her of anything. He just wanted to take the necessary measures and keep the family together. He clearly didn't see the divorce coming, did he?
  21. PUBG is, without a doubt, one of the most popular battle royale titles of all time. Well, the game developer PUBG Corp. just proved its worth by reporting $920 million in revenue in its first full year since the 1.0 launch, which roughly translates to nearly Rs 6,400 crores. Not just revenue, PUBG Corp. also saw huge profits of a whopping $310 million (roughly Rs 2,143 cr). That's an insane figure considering the fact that these numbers were achieved in just a year. Seriously, just imagine how many chicken dinners you could buy! © PUBG Corp. PUBG was apparently most popular in Asia, and it looks like over 50-percent of the game's revenue came from that region. North America and Europe were other big contributors to PUBG Corp's revenues. These numbers, in case you are wondering, came via VG247, and the report noted that the PC version of the game earned the developer $790 million (roughly Rs 5,400 cr) in 2019. Surprisingly, the numbers from the console and mobile versions of the game were similar. © PUBG Corp. We're looking at about $60 million and $64 million for console and mobile, respectively. It's, however, worth noting that PUBG Mobile is developed by Tencent Games, and it's likely to be cashing in the most from the mobile port of the game.
  22. Following the whole PUBG fiasco in India, Nepal has now banned the popular Battle Royale title. God, is this ever going to end? The move comes after the Nepal Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation with the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday. Just a day after the filing, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority has called for all ISPs and mobile service providers to block its users from playing the game. © PUBG Corp. While speaking to the Kathmandu Post, the Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, “We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children. What's more interesting is that Singh said the ban was inspired by the advice from psychiatrists, who apparently said the violence in the game was making people aggressive. “We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game,” Singh said. Officially, the ban comes into effect from Thursday, following which the people will not be allowed to play the game anymore. Nepal, however, isn't the only nation concerned with PUBG addiction. We all know how fierce the authorities were in India, right? People were literally getting arrested for playing the game in public. On the same lines, even China wanted to limit PUBG's play time. So, it's very clear that there's a lot of bad press around PUBG.
  23. While there are certainly plenty of 'rich people' who choose to spend money on expensive houses, sports cars, and luxury hotels, there are plenty of millionaires who choose not to spend all their money frivolously on eye-candy items. They have other plans like recreating a battle royale game in real life. That's right, an unnamed millionaire with deep pockets is planning to set up a real-life 100-person PUBG battle royale event on a private island. Ya right, talk about PUBG addiction. © YouTube According to an advertisement on HushHush, a luxury product marketplace dubbed the 'Amazon for millionaires', an anonymous rich guy is looking for a gamemaker who can help organize the three-day battle royale event. There's still a lot that we don't know about this competition, but we do know that it'll happen on a private island and the last person standing will walk away with £100,000. It'll apparently be a 12 hour competition during which the players will also get food and camping equipment. And don't worry, nobody's getting killed in the game because the players will be using airsoft gun instead of a real gun. Well, that's all the info that we have with us about this event right now. Hopefully, the richie rich will talk more about it as things begin to take shape. In the meantime, interested gamemakers who are willing to help making this a reality can apply for the position at the HushHush website, and the project pays around £45,000 for a six week contract. Yeah, this person is literally spending close to £150,000 (over Rs. 1 Cr) setting up this event, so let's see how it goes.
  24. PUBG Mobile is currently one of the most popular games in the country, with millions of active players, and a fair share of controversies. They all go hard when it comes to all the customization and in-game rewards, so Tencent has decided to launch new subscription packages with better rewards. With the latest PUBG Mobile update 0.11.5, the new Prime and Prime Plus subscription are now live in India. These new subscription packages will allow players to purchase Unknown Cash (UC), discounts, and also the option to buy items with Battle Points (BP). The option to buy these subscription packages should show up as soon as you start the game. Here are all the details - © PUBG Corp. Both PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription will get you particulars like UC and the option to buy items with BP. Of course, the rewards are going to be greater with the Prime Plus subscription over the regular Prime subscription. So, with Prime Plus subscription, you'll get the option to keep the items purchased with BP permanently, more UC, RP, etc. What's not included in the Prime subscription are daily free RP points, and other miscellaneous items like one-day advance room card, premium crate coupon, and more. So you'll essentially be shelling out more on the Prime Plus subscription for additional rewards. © PUBG Corp. The PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription package price for Android-based devices starts from Rs 85 per day. For Prime Plus, you'll have to pay Rs 400 per month and the amount goes up to Rs 850 after the first month. For iOS users, the monthly subscription is for Rs 79 and Rs 419 for Prime and Prime Plus respectively. The amount for Prime Plus goes up to Rs 799 after a month.
  25. Just when we thought the whole PUBG addiction fiasco has come to an end, we hear a new story about someone taking their own life. This time, it's an Indian teenager from Hyderabad who has committed suicide, after his mother allegedly scolded him for playing PUBG on his phone during the board exams. The 16-year-old boy named Kallakuri Samsbashiva, who was a class X student, hung himself from the ceiling fan of his room. Apparently, he latched his bedroom from the inside after being scolded by his mother for playing the game for too long instead of studying for his board exam. © PUBG Corp. As soon as the parents and the neighbors knocked down the door and found him hanging, they rushed him to the nearest hospital, where he was declared dead upon arrival. While speaking to Deccan Chronicle, sub-inspector K Sanjeeva Reddy said the boy has been playing the game for months, which led to his addiction. The news about the boy taking his life comes as a surprise, especially when just heard that the ban on the game has been lifted. It's high time that people start taking this more seriously and act responsibly. Or else it's only a matter of time until the game gets banned and people start getting arrested, again.
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