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Here’s how PUBG is trying to avoid India’s ban

Tencent is getting hammered

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Last week, the Government of India further banned Chinese apps in the country amid rising border tensions between the two countries. The second wave of app ban included the infamous battle royale game PUBG Mobile and PUBG Lite.

In response, PUBG Corporation has taken over all publishing rights and responsibilities from China-based Tencent Games. “In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India,” PUBG Corporation said.

Since the ban was announced, Tencent’s stock has lost US$ 34 billion in market value. The Chinese internet giant is well invested in many Indian companies and global market correction has further slumped the company’s value.

The Indo-China skirmish has ignited anti-China sentiments and even though companies like Xiaomi are yet to take a hit, conglomerates like Tencent and Alibaba are actively reconsidering their India strategy.

According to TechCrunch, India has more than 40 million active users in the country and fetched more revenue than Netflix as well as Tinder. The game developer has invested a lot in the market and a blanket ban would not only affect revenue but also discourage India’s upcoming esports frontier.

In the first wave of the ban, trending video-sharing app TikTok was also included. The ByteDance-backed app is under significant pressure from the Trump administration and an asset sale is possible in the near future.

Similarly, the Indian government is also very skeptical about Huawei’s presence in the country’s telecom infrastructure. State-run telco BSNL has been asked to stop taking shipments of new gear from the Chinese equipment maker.

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Why you should buy the PlayStation 5!

In case you need more reasons to

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Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5? In this first of a two part series we review the PS5. And tell you why we think you should buy it over the new XBox.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition out now

One of the best JRPGs

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The Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is finally out today. And, it’s available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Epic Games Store. Over 34 years after the first release of Dragon Quest, the highly acclaimed series finally secures compatibility across multiple platforms.

This stunning and fun standalone adventure is a great starting point for new players and warmly welcomes dedicated fans with all the familiar RPG features in their Dragon Quest series arsenal.

The game lets you take up the mantle of The Luminary with a unique cast of loyal companions. You get to immerse in riveting gameplay and enthralling storylines.

The hunted Hero will need to travel across continents and vast oceans to uncover mysteries of his past all while, taking on the ominous threats facing his world. The enchanting world is brought to life by series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and series composer Koichi Sugiyama.

New Features and Updates

Making sure the game stays the best of its genre for RPG fans everywhere, this definitive version of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age is packed with new features and upgrades! Key updates include:

  • New character side plots — Get to know your companions more than ever with individual backstories and adventures
  • Retro 2D mode — Switch and choose between stunning 3D and retro 16-bit 2D graphics that’ll bring nostalgic RPG plays
  • 16-bit World of Tickington — Journey to and from previous Dragon Quest worlds reimagined into retro 16-bit graphics that are riddled with fun side-quests to immerse in.
  • Japanese dubbing — Pick and choose between Japanese or English voiceovers
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack — Travel the world of Erdrea and switch between the originally synthesized soundtrack or a newly added symphonic soundtrack
  • Photo mode — Immortalize your adventures with the perfect photo by rearranging characters, arranging poses, and changing angles
    Additional Draconian Mode options, Adjustable Battle Speeds and more

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is available now for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Epic Games Store.

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Pokémon releases ASMR videos with Pikachu

With Charmander and Squirtle

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For a Pokémon fan, a completely impossible but totally adorable dream is to hang out with their favorite Pokémon for an afternoon. As of late, however, The Pokémon Company has amped up their lifestyle-oriented products, connecting our favorite creatures with our daily lives. Now, there’s another way to introduce more Pokémon into our lives. The Pokémon Company released official Pikachu-themed ASMR videos.

On the company’s official YouTube channel, a new ASMR video has the beloved Electric-type Pokémon playing around in a patio for 15 minutes. In the video, Pikachu plays catch with the viewer and says “pika” or “Pikachu.” As expected, the video was recorded with ASMR mics.

However, if a high-pitched cry doesn’t rock your giblets, The Pokémon Company also has other, quieter ASMR alternatives. The most relaxed one has a tiny Charmander sleeping in front of a crackling, ASMR-friendly campfire. Sometimes, the campfire goes out and the Fire-type Pokémon relights the fire with its fiery tale.

A third one has Squirtle running around on the beach with others. Naturally, the video’s ASMR comes from the splashing of the waves.

Right now, there are only three available videos. Still, it’s a pretty cute background for when you’re doing something.

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