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World Cricket Championship marks its 155 million milestone with Tamil commentary in addition to English and Hindi

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Former Team India player and IPL commentator Abhinav Mukund to carry out Tamil Commentary.

While Matthew Hayden and Aakash Chopra carry out the English and Hindi versions respectively

World Cricket Championship (WCC), from the house of Nazara Technologies, has recently touched the 155 million download mark. The game was at 140 million in January 2021, and has managed to gross another 15 million downloads recently.  Given the growth, the company is now looking to reach out to its fans in the vernacular markets beyond Hindi and English. Former team India player and IPL commentator, Abhinav Mukund will reach out to the Tamil user-base, while Matthew Hayden and Aakash Chopra will manage the English and Hindi audience respectively.

As the Covid crisis staggers the world with lockdowns, and live sports has taken a hit owing to lockdown restrictions, WCC served as an alternative to authentic cricket experience from the safety of homes. Given the growing user-base, the game aims to further penetrate the regional markets and cater to a larger share of audience which now has better access to smartphones and data connectivity.

Resonating on the same lines, Next Wave Multimedia CEO and co-founder P.R. Rajendran says, “With the introduction of professional commentators into the game, the aim is to bring users as close as possible to the actual game of cricket. With the recent suspension of live sports, we would be glad for WCC to bring respite to the cricket fans confined in their homes.”

While Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden added to the realism of the game, Abhinav Mukund will further accelerate the feeling and connect further with the vernacular audience, bridging cultural boundaries.

Says Abhinav Mukund, “WCC as a game provides a very lifelike cricketing experience. Apart from a range of varied controls that the game brings already has, now, commentary in Tamil will only add to the game’s list of growing features, ushering a much more realistic experience, while giving the regional audience a chance to connect more.”

Abhinav Mukund is a classy opening batsman, having represented India, the former Tamil Nadu Skipper is now a famed cricket commentator. Players would be able to manually switch to the Tamil version of the commentary to experience the terrific commentary of Mukund.

WCC3 has featured in some prominent esports tournaments in the country including Redbull M.E.O., Skyesports and LXG WCC tournaments. Being one of the only ‘Made in India’ games to feature in esports tournaments in the country, WCC is looking to make it easier for players and tournament organisers to conduct tournaments on the game with its recently launched esports mode.

The World Cricket Championship series has been created by Chennai based Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Nazara Technologies Ltd., a leading India based diversified gaming and sports media platform. Launched in November 2020, the third instalment is the latest in the series. The game has won the Indian Game Developers Conference’s “Studio Game of the Year” award and Google Play Store’s “Users Choice” Award 2020.

 

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Fragnova shows the positive side of Web3 technologies with its first game, Ambal Duels

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Fragnova has announced that Ambal Duels, a free-to-play strategy card game, will be the first blockchain-enabled game to be built using the platform’s unique game development engine, Claymore. Using blockchain technology means the game will have immutable assets and modding functionalities, allowing the community to create their own content that they can choose to monetise, thanks to the direct-to-creator royalties distribution that’s fundamental to Fragnova’s approach.

Ambal Duels began life as a successful Kickstarter campaign for the fantasy-themed strategy card game Ambal Tournament. Ambal Duels is the first game to be built entirely using Fragnova’s decentralised model, and so is the platform’s first proof of concept game.

The game’s development is being led by Bernardo Bittencourt, a Founding member of Fragnova and the one-person team behind Salt Ring Games. “Bringing Ambal Tournament to the digital realm has been a passion project of mine, so I’m really excited we’ll be able to grow the game and share the fantasy world of Ambal with entirely new audiences. Fragnova is the perfect platform for Ambal Duels as the blockchain provides the ideal foundation for players to trade and collect cards. The platform’s focus on user-generated content and modding functionalities make Fragnova unique, enabling the community to express themselves creatively while keeping the game fresh with new content.”

Ambal Duels is a strategic card game combining online RPG elements to create a fast-paced and highly customizable gameplay experience. There are no monsters in Ambal Duels; instead, the game offers deep strategic options through spells and actions, putting players in the centre of the action. The tides of battle constantly shift thanks to blocks, interrupts and other unique mechanics, offering high replayability and evolving strategies.

Fragnova’s aim is for the revenues in games to be distributed more equitably to those who work on them through creating a decentralised gaming ecosystem underpinned by blockchain technology. When completed, Fragnova’s decentralised game development ecosystem will include a dedicated game engine called Claymore, a Gamer Store offering in-game items or playable experiences (similar to elements of Playstation Dreams), and the Creator Store, a marketplace for developers filled with assets like 3D models, scripts or audio.

As with any game developed on the Fragnova ecosystem, Ambal Duels’ developers and artists can realise the total value of their creations thanks to the integration of blockchain technology that tracks the usage of those assets or items.

“The game will allow people to see what our mission at Fragnova is all about and our long-term goal of bringing about decentralised game creation. I hope people will understand that just because the game is built using blockchain technology, it has nothing to do with Play 2 Earn or monetisation. Above all, we want to create a fun and enjoyable experience for our players. Blockchain is just a vehicle to help get us there and ensure game creators are fairly compensated,” said Giovanni Petrantoni, President and Founder of the Fragnova Foundation.

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Macau Gambling Boss Denies Illegal Gambling, Criminal Syndicate Allegations

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A well-known Macau gambling boss in China’s special administrative region of Macau denied charges including enabling illegal gaming, running a criminal syndicate and money laundering at the start of his trial on Monday.

Alvin Chau was chairman of Macau’s Suncity junket – which brokers the gambling activity of Chinese high rollers – until December 2021, a month after his arrest on a warrant from the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou accusing him of operating illegal gambling activities on the Chinese mainland.

Macau is the only city in China where citizens are legally permitted to gamble in casinos.

Chau told Macau’s primary court that he did not operate any illegal gambling or commit money laundering. He said his business in the Philippines was also permitted by local authorities there.

Junkets are middlemen who help facilitate gambling for wealthy Chinese in Macau, extending them credit and collecting on their debt on behalf of casino operators. Marketing or soliciting gambling in mainland China is illegal.

Chau said no one from Suncity Group had promoted gambling on the mainland.

Chau’s Suncity was a major player in Macau until 2019, prior to the coronavirus outbreak, accounting for around 25% of total gaming revenues. That year, Macau casinos generated $36 billion in revenue.

The junket industry has collapsed in the former Portuguese colony since Chau’s arrest with all of Suncity’s VIP rooms shuttered last December. Many others folded, hit by poor sentiment and a lack of business due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

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IESF Holds Asian Qualifiers for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and PUBG Mobile

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Malaysia and Kazakhstan Teams Advance to the World Esports Championships Finals

The International Esports Federation (IESF) held the latest round of regional qualifiers for the upcoming World Esports Championships Finals. The Malaysia and Kazakhstan teams have advanced to the WE Championships Finals for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) and PUBG Mobile, respectively.

The online qualifiers featured players from 16 nations competing in MLBB, while PUBG Mobile saw players from 22 nations. The 14th WE Championships will mark the first time the two games are part of IESF’s flagship event, reflecting the progression of the event and the overall mobile gaming industry, particularly among those without the resources or means to play on consoles and supporting IESF’s vision for a more accessible and inclusive Esports ecosystem.

The remaining regional qualifiers will continue throughout the fall before the world’s best players go head-to-head in Bali, Indonesia from December 1 to 12. This year is expected to be the largest and most geographically diverse installment of the WE Championships Finals to date, with 120 nations set to compete.

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