For us here at GGPC the exciting world of PC Gaming splits into two separate parts, the first being all the wonderful components we get to test out when reviewing new tech and the second being actually playing games on the completed systems for fun, our YouTube channel and now eSports thanks to competitive gaming events \o/
For system designers and builders there are literally thousands of component options to choose from, and within each component type there are masses of variants available for each with slightly tweaked voltage configurations, ascetic options and more. Luckily for everyone involved in this process the biggest players at the heart of the manufacturing side like Asus, ASrock and Gigabyte have excellent technicians that make lists available showing which parts they’ve certified for themselves. This certification sometimes carries on to the extreme level, when it does the item actually gets a special badge added to the specific hardware involved – items like these killer Asus Republic of Gamers RAM kits 🙂 These are certified versions of Team Group T-FORCE Dark memory with the classic Mayan style heatsink and have passed ROG stress tests thus becoming T-FORCE Dark ROG overclocking modules. Having these along with a ROG motherboard’s optimizing Ai overclock function (update that bios!) will enable you to automatically tune these kits to ROG limits.
Further down the line there is yet another form of certification, this time as much from the players as it is the makers – like IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) which requires a system to meet certain specs in order to get the special badge. These usually have a set of guidelines that must be followed in order to be considered for certification, as you’d expect with the IEM ones these use specific gaming savvy intel CPU and Kingston RAM. Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL, the competition features Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and League of Legends tournaments across multiple continents with the next big CS:GO event scheduled for May 6th – 7th in Sydney, Australia.
UPDATE: Next matches are set for the 13th of March, you can check the HSL Schedule here for timings
The HSL (High School League) is a national eSports competition for New Zealand High Schools, they’ve kicked things off this week and though-out its duration (around 12 weeks) 250 students will be taking to their keyboards and mice into battle with this massive a 50-team competition playing the overseas eSports hit – League of Legends 🙂
With the grand final being set to take place on the 9th of June each team will play against each other in a 10 week round robin tournament which leads the winners into a two week long playoff for the top spots.
You can watch the action unfold via Twitch (just click the banner below and you’ll be taken there 🙂 For more information, check out the letsplay.live NZ website!
Things are heating up the in the Paladins Winter Classic eSports event with not long to go till the final match begins 🙂
Paladins has now surpassed 4 million players worldwide and when the team-based shooter became available as an open beta it became one of the most popular games on Steam. In celebration of this achievement, Hi-Rez has decided to expand the Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic event, a competitive tournament that is now open to players around the world.
Initially the Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic was only announced for North America and Europe, but due to the success of the game this tournament now includes players from Oceania, Latin America, Brazil, and Russia. This tournament will be held in an open bracket format meaning that anyone could sign up to compete and the prizepool for each region will be $10,000.
Evie’s Winter Classic provides the perfect chance for Paladins rising stars to show their skills and make a name for themselves! Tune in to the PVP event using the video linked below (you’ll have to view it on YouTube, live twitch links appear as annotations) and check out the action for yourself, if you’re wanting to have a go for yourself the game download link can be found in our GGPC Free to Play PC Games blog 🙂
The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League (OPL) is nearly coming to an end with the Grand Final taking place in Australia later this month, but you don’t have to fly all the way to Australia to enjoy the event.
HOYTS will also be screening the OPL Finals in a couple of theatres across New Zealand so you can watch the action on the big screen 🙂 Another cool bonus if you’re attending one of these showings is that you can also grab an awesome showbag at the event!
These special showings are when Oceania’s champion is crowned so that they can progress to Worlds Qualifications.
There are two events being held in NZ, one at Hoyts Sylvia Park, Auckland and another at Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch – you can get your tickets here 🙂