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BGR hosted its annual BGR Gaming Awards 2022 in India today. The second edition of the online event was streamed on the official Facebook and YouTube handles of BGR.in and India.com and it focussed on recognising the companies, products and people who have helped in building a multi-billion-dollar industry and strengthening India’s economy. Also Read – Asus launches ROG Strix and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 40 graphics cards

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Gaming industry is witnessing a boom in India. It is poised to surpass US $5 billion by 2025. Availability of strong internet connectivity, cheaper data plans coupled with growing smartphone penetration in the country have further helped in expanding the reach of this industry. The upcoming 5G rollout in India is expected to help in strengthening the ecosystem further. Amid such a time, BGR India is recognising the contributions made by everyone in this domain via its annual gaming awards. Also Read – Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 Special Edition laptop announced in India: Check price, specs, availability

All India Gaming Federation’s (AIGF) CEO, Roland Landers, was the chief guest for the event. “I would love to congratulate BGR India and Zee Media for organising BGR Gaming Awards for recognising some of the key contributors in India’s gaming industry,” he said during the event. Also Read – Asus launches Zenbook 17 Fold OLED foldable laptop: Check price, specs, availability

The BGR Gaming Awards 2022 event was divided into two sessions. The first session of the gaming awards focused on ‘Unearthing the new age sport: Gaming and Esports’. It witnessed NODWIN Gaming CEO Sidharth Kedia; Asus India Business Head Dinesh Sharma, JetSynthesys CEO Rajan Navani and popular gamer Naman Mathur also known as Soul Mortal talking about a host of topics from the trends witnessed during the pandemic to the impact that 5G deployment is likely to have on the Indian gaming industry to the factors that have helped in the growth of the gaming industry in India and the future of gaming. The session also included top gaming devices being recognised. You can check the entire list of device winners here.

“We have seen a lot of adoption of PCs in India. Now that laptops are becoming an important part of users’ everyday lives…we are seeing an increase in adoption of laptops and laptop-based games in India,” the Asus executive said while talking about trends in the gaming industry in India.

“Next stage of gaming will be AR and VR. But it will take time just as the internet did as the technology needs to be democratised,” the NODWIN Gaming said about the future of gaming.

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The second session focused on ‘The rise of the female emperors: From Entrepreneurs to Professional Gamers’ and it witnessed Zynga’s Director of Design, Poornima Seetharaman, Microgravity co-founder Rahul Bhattacharya and pro-gamer Suhani Shah talking about the rise of women in the gaming industry in India, both on the technical side of things and on the gaming front. The second session also witnessed the top games in the industry being awarded special prizes. You can check the entire list here.









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Microsoft enters 10-yr deal with Nintendo for ‘Call Of Duty’ games

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Microsoft has entered a 10-year agreement with Japanese gaming giant Nintendo to bring ‘Call Of Duty’ (CoD) games on Nintendo consoles if the Activision Blizzard acquisition closes. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday. Also Read – Call of Duty is reaching Nintendo Switch: All you need to know

“Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to @Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people, however they choose to play,” he added. Also Read – Microsoft may build ‘super app’ to fight Apple and Google: Check details

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Spencer also mentioned that “Microsoft has committed to continue to offer Call of Duty on @Steam simultaneously to Xbox”. Earlier this week, Microsoft president Brad Smith had confirmed that Microsoft offered a 10-year contract to Sony to make future CoD games available on PlayStation. Also Read – Facebook parent Meta threatens to ban news on its platform in US over journalism bill

Smith noted that “Sony has emerged as the loudest objector” to Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion acquisition and “it’s as excited about this deal as Blockbuster was about the rise of Netflix”.

Activision recently opened the pre-registrations for Call of Duty Warzone Mobile for the iOS platform. The Warzone Mobile will be the mobile port for the game’s PC and console versions. It will bring the classic battle royale experience on handheld devices.

How to pre-register for Call of Duty Warzone Mobile on App Store

Activision is now taking pre-registrations for its upcoming title Call of Duty Warzone Mobile for iOS. iOS users can now pre-register for the game on App Store and get the game’s latest updates.

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Here’s how you can pre-register for the game.

Step 1: Open the App store on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on the Games tab.

Step 3: Once you open the Games tab, you should see the game at the top of the page with the ‘PRE-ORDER’ status. Tap on the game.

Step 4: Tap on Get and double-press the power button to confirm.

Step 5: After confirming, you will get a pop-up to enable notifications. Simply, confirm, and once the game releases, you will automatically get a notification.

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The game is sized 529MB and it will be compatible with all iPhones starting from iPhone XS to iPhone 14 Pro Max. It will also run on iPad with iPadOS 15.0 and A12 Bionic or better chipset.

 

(Inputs from IANS)

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Valorant launches Swiftplay mode and Patch 5.12: All you need to know

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Riot Games has announced a new mode in its popular first-person tactical hero shooter game Valorant. The new mode is called Swiftplay and is said to be the condensed version of the standard 5v5 Unrated Spike mode. In addition to this, the last patch of the year Patch 5.12 is also out for the game bringing quite a few changes.

New Swiftplay mode is available in the Beta stage

Starting with the new mode, the Swiftplay mode is currently in the Beta version and is coming with Patch 5.12. Players in all regions can try the new mode to experience a compressed version of the Unrated match.

Swiftplay mode is nothing but standard Unrated mode but with shortened match time. The new mode is aimed to provide the core Valorant experience with a lower time commitment.

Instead of 13 rounds, players will have to win 5 rounds in the 5v5 format. This will allow players to get an unrated-like experience in a short time. Also, it will help players earn XP.

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The new mode is already available for playing in the beta stage and will be there till January 10, 2023, that’s when the ongoing Episode 5 Act 3 will end.

Apart from the Swifitplay mode, Patch 5.12 also brings several other changes. All agent abilities have now been tweaked.

Agent Changes in Patch 5.12

Breach’s Ultimate points have been increased to 8 from 7. Chamber’s Rendezvous’ radius is now increased to 13m from 7.5m.

Cypher’s Trapwire’s heath increased to 20. Fade’s Prowler’s health decreased to 60 from 100. The recently released agent Harbor’s High Tide and Cascade times have been increased to 15s and 7s, respectively.

Brimstone’s Incendiary can now damage Cypher’s Trapwire, Razer’s Blast Pack, Sova’s Recon Bolt, Sage’s Barrier Orb, Reyna’s Leer, Killjoy’s Alarmbot, Lockdown, and Nanoswarm.

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Lastly, Pheonix’s Hot hands now damage Cypher’s Trapwire, Reyna’s Leer, Raze’s Blast Pack, Sage’s Barrier Orb, Killjoy’s Alarmbot, Lockdown, and Nanoswarm.

If you want to check out the full patch notes, you can head to the official Valorant website here.

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