EA And Respawn Already Banned 16000 Cheaters From Apex Legends

Respawn’s Apex Legends is a very popular, albeit young game. Despite this, the developer has already banned over 16000 cheaters from the game.
The developer’s community manager made the announcement via a Reddit post. At the same time, other gamers are also encouraged to report cheaters as are encountered, even if they are unable to get evidence like screenshots. The community manager also said “that’s a very good idea,” in response to feedback about a report feature.

Of course, Respawn also took this opportunity to promise improved stability, performance and other quality of life features in future updates. Incidentally, one of them is coming this week. The post doesn’t mention anything about solo or duo modes, so it’s probably not coming in this update.
It goes to show that cheaters, just like any other gamer, will flock to a popular game. And it’s also a testament to Apex Legends’ popularity, having to ban over 16000 cheaters in two weeks.
For those who aren’t up to speed, Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale title developed by Respawn Entertainment, the same developers who also gave us the Titanfall franchise. Despite being just two weeks old, the game saw a surge in popularity, accumulating more than 25 million players in that time span.
(Source: Reddit via Eurogamer)
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Razer Games Store Is Closing Down; Lazada Storefront Part Of Shutdown

Razer is bringing down the shutters on the Razer Games Store, nearly a year after its inaugural launch back in April last year. The shutdown of the digital distribution platform also includes the brand’s official Lazada storefront, which served as its hub and distribution point for gamers in Malaysia.
The gaming peripheral and notebook maker made the official announcement on its official page. As per the statement, Razer will continue operating its game store up until 28 February 2019, which is the end of this month. According to Razer, the closure of the platform is part of its “realignment plans”.
Compared to other digital game distribution platforms (eg. Steam, Origin, UPlay, Epic Games Store), the Razer Games Store didn’t sell games directly to its users, per se. Rather than act as a direct portal for purchasing games, it instead gave gamers some pretty good deals on games. Along with being a direct point of purchase for many of its peripherals.

To that end, Razer has said that it will still honour and fulfill customer pre-orders. It also says that its customer base will still be able to buy games using its “Razer Gold” digital currency. Additionally, the brand states in the FAQ section that it will also request that customer data be deleted by any Razer Game Store partner no longer working the brand.
As short-lived as Razer’s foray into selling games on its own platform is, the situation is a critical reminder that even the major brand names in the industry find it tough to go up against the competition.
(Source: Razer via Channel News Asia, Engadget)
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Get OnePlus Bullets Wireless Earphones For Under RM 300 From 18 February Onwards

XianFeng Technology, one of the authorized distributor for OnePlus in Malaysia has recently revealed that it will be having a sale very soon. Taking place at its official online store on Shopee Mall and Lazada starting from 18 February onwards, the sale involved a number of selected accessories including the OnePlus Bullets Wireless.
Instead of its usual RM 399 price tag, consumers will be able to purchase the earphones at RM 259 instead which equivalent to discounts of around 35%. If you choose the wired OnePlus Type-C Bullets instead, the price reduction is even higher; going from RM 149 to RM 79.

Other than that, XianFeng will also be offering OnePlus 6T Karbon Protective Case and Bumper Case for RM 89 each instead of RM 139 and RM 129 respectively. Last but not least, customers can also get their hands on OnePlus Dash Car Charger for RM 119 as opposed to its standard RM 169 price tag.
No discounts for OnePlus 6T themselves though but the company will be providing Bullet Wireless for each purchase of the phone except for the McLaren Edition. Do note that the promo above will only last until 20 February 2019 and for more information, you can reach out to XianFeng via its official Facebook page.
(Source: OnePlus Malaysia by XianFeng Technology – 1, 2.)
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The Division 2 PC Pre-Orders Doing Well Despite Not Being On Steam

About a month ago Ubisoft announced that The Division 2 will not be on Steam. Despite this, it looks like the game’s PC pre-order sales are doing pretty well. Better, in fact, than the first game.
The company’s CEO Yves Guillemot said as much during the Q&A session of an earnings call. That said, it may not be an Epic Games Store versus Steam thing. While PC pre-orders in general for The Division 2 is higher than the first game, pre-orders on Uplay is reportedly six times higher.

But either way, it appears that fans of The Division series are not so particular about which launcher they run the game from. This is in stark contrast against the entire Metro Exodus saga that went on a couple of weeks ago.
Then again, assuming Ubisoft makes it like its other games, then the game will have to ultimately be run from Uplay, regardless of from which store the game was bought.
(Source: PC Gamer)
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Apple Ships Out iPhones With Qualcomm Chips To Circumvent Germany Ban

Apple is finally allowed to sell its iPhone 7 and iPhones 8 series smartphones in Germany once again. Nearly two months after the fruit company was banned from doing so by Qualcomm.
What you may not know is the ironic workaround that Apple had taken. In order to ensure that it would be able to sell all of its iPhone models in Germany freely and without hindrance, Apple had no choice but to ship out iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 phone models running on Qualcomm chips. Instead of chips manufactured by Intel.
If you remember, both Qualcomm and Apple were engaged in a legal battle in Germany. The courts of the country ruled in favour of the former and officially banned Apple from selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 fitted with chips made by Qorvo Inc. Chips that are an integral part of the fabrication of Intel’s modem chips.

The fact that Apple must use Qualcomm’s chips in order to route the ban cannot be described as anything less than a bitter irony. As it stands, both companies have been at each other’s throat for many years.
Prior to this, Qualcomm had also won an injunction against Apple in China, where the Chinese court banned the company from selling several iPhone models, ranging from the iPhone 6 all the way to the iPhone X.
(Source: The Verge)
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Acer Predator League 2019 Day One: Of PUBG, Dota 2, Screaming Fans, And An Thai All-Girl Group

During the first day of the Acer Predator League 2019, all 26 of the competing teams from across the APAC gathered at the Nimubutr Stadium. As a quick recap, this year’s Acer Predator League tournament will have two game titles running consecutively. These titles are Dota 2 and PUBG.
The center of the stage features places designed and arranged specifically that puts players competing in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) segment of the tournament. The other 10 teams are, naturally, the teams that will be competing against each other in Dota 2. Unlike the teams in the PUBG segment, the players in competing in Dota 2 were practically competing in isolation within cubicles specially made for them.

By the end of the first day, it is the Malaysian team – and last year’s Acer Predator League Dota 2 champions – GeekFam who is taking the lead on the roster, having won the first three rounds, first against team Signify, then team X, and finally team ALPHA Red.

The second Malaysian Dota 2 team, LOTAC, fared somewhat better in the first of Losers Round. The team is set to square off against team PnX|Indomitus today, where the winner of the second Losers Round will move forward to compete against tea ALPHA Red.

Over on the PUBG side, Malaysian team Asbol finished the first set of five rounds at 15th place, with just 9 points in total.
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After the games were over (for the day), the event’s opening ceremony officially kicked off. Like all eSports openings, there were fireworks, lots of noise. In Acer’s case, there was also a very flashy video detailing the origins of the Predator Shield; the championship trophy of the entire tournament. Additionally, there was also a performance by BNK48, a Thai-based all-girl group that took to the stage. And with much fanfare.

The Acer Predator League 2019 will continue on until this Sunday, when a winner from both the Dota 2 and PUBG segments will be announced.
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ASUS ZenFone 5z with 8GB RAM Now Available For RM1799

Originally shown to the world around a year ago before making its way to Malaysia last July, it goes without saying that the ASUS ZenFone 5z is an aging phone. Then again, since it is running previous generation flagship-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the phone certainly still has some life to it.
While it was launched with a price tag of RM2299 for the 8GB variant, you can now get it for much lower at RM1799 on its official store at Lazada. Not only that, the 6GB model is also now available for RM1599. That said, there’s no indication as to when this discount will come to an end.

But if you don’t want to place your order and then wait for the phone to be delivered, then you’re in luck. ASUS happens to be organizing its ROG X Free Fire “All Stars Brawl” Tournament and roadshow this weekend. You can get the ZenFone 5z at the same price as you would from the official store on Lazada.

If you’re interested, then head to the Central Avenue of LG2, Sunway Pyramid. The roadshow begins tomorrow 16 February, while the actual tourney starts on Sunday, 17 February.
(Source: Lazada [1], [2], ASUS / Facebook)
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LG G8 ThinkQ To Come With Speaker Screen and 3D Camera

LG is scheduled to reveal its G8 ThinQ during the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. However, it is rather common these days for details regarding a new smartphone to be out in the open before the actual launch.
For example, serial leaker Evan Blass has brought forward press images of the LG G8 ThinkQ via Twitter. In general, it was quite a comprehensive look at the device from every possible angle.

There's more to the G8 story than you see here…
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 13, 2019

Second, and probably most interesting of all, is the fact that the display on G8 ThinQ also functions as a speaker. The way it works is quite like the Sony Bravia A1 TV, that vibrates the display itself to produce sound. LG called its version of the technology Crystal Sound OLED (CSO), which also hints at the type of display LG is using for the G8 ThinQ.

Also, the LG G8 ThinQ will also come with a 3D sensing camera through the usage of a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor from Infineon. LG has said this type of sensor is commonly used for not only biometrics but also augmented reality (AR), which may be an indication as to what else the company wants to do with the phone.

For now, it might seem like there’s nothing left for LG to talk about its upcoming flagship phone. Nevertheless, let’s wait until MWC to see if there is anything else to the phone that the company has yet to reveal.
(Source: LG [1], [2], Evan Blass / Twitter via Ars Technica )
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You Can Now Get Razer Phone 2 For RM 3188 At Various Retailers

It was barely a month ago that Razer Phone 2 made its official debut in Malaysia. Being a premium phone, it also commands an equally premium price tag of RM 3449 but you can now actually obtain it for slightly less.
By less, we mean with a discount of RM 261 which puts it at RM 3188. Interestingly though, there are quite a number of retailers that are offering Razer Phone 2 for that price as “promotion”.
First up is Razer’s own official store on Lazada. Over here, customers would also able to receive free tempered glass screen protector and a case alongside their new Razer Phone 2.

Next up is Gamers Hideout, pegging it as a Valentines Day gift. It was stated the price will remain in effect until 28 February, but if you purchase it by 17 February, you would also receive the free screen protector and case.
The same promo also applies at Thunder Match Technology as well. That being said, we not sure if the RM 3188 price tag would be applicable beyond 17 February.

Last but not least, Razer Flagship Store at Shopee is also selling the Razer Phone 2 for the same price of RM3188. Like the Razer Store on Lazada, there is no indication of how long the price will last but at the same time, the Shopee store does not provide a free screen protector and case though.
If you need help in deciding whether you should get the phone or otherwise, maybe our hands-on experience with the phone can help you. Additionally, don’t forget to check out our suggested list of games to play on the Razer Phone 2.
(Source: Lazada, Gamers Hideout [1], [2], Shopee, Thunder Match Technology)
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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor, Gaming, and Ventus Series Graphics Cards Leak Online

As the rumoured launch date for NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti draws near, more and more images of the card with third-party cooling solutions are leaking online at greater frequencies. In this case, images and details of several MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards are the next set of cards to reach the internet.
The leaks by way of the well-established leakster site, VideoCardz. As an extra added bonus, the leaks also include a closeup shot of what appears to be NVIDIA’s TU116-400 Turing-based GPU architecture. San the RT Cores and Tensor Cores, obviously.

Moving on, the leaked images suggest that MSI is releasing three SKUs of the new GPU; the Gaming, Armor, and Ventus series. In regards to the latter SKU, MSI intends to release two sub-variants of the series, which are the Ventus XS and the non-XS version.
For the most part, the Ventus XS version of the series will share the same PCB as the Gaming X version of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. That version reportedly comes with a 4+2 VRM design as shown below:

On that note, it comes as no surprise that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X will be MSI’s top of the range SKU for the new Turing-powered GTX graphics card series, complete with all the physical trimmings (i.e. RGB) and factory overclocking.

On another hand, the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor is aimed at the gamer looking to strike a balance between price and performance, as well as those who want a card without the extra RGB LEDs.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is rumoured to launch on 22 February, which is on a Friday a week from now. The card’s GPU is based on the GPU brand’s current 12nm Turing architecture, but will not have the real-time ray-tracing capabilities or DLSS support like its GeForce RTX series brethren.
Specs-wise, the card is expected to ship out with 6GB GDDR6 memory and 1536 CUDA cores. Well then, let’s see whether these leaks are accurate or otherwise on 22 February.
(Source: VideoCardz – [1] [2])
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