Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup moves towards its India finals

  • The ASUS G 752 is equipped to play any game, no matter how demanding.

The India leg of the global Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup (TEGC), moves to Chennai this week (August 26-28) and Kolkata next week (September 2-4), before the India finals in Mumbai (September 16-17).

Elimination rounds have already been conducted in Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, for what has become in two years, one of the most popular contests for young computer gamers in India.

The competition involves playing DOTA 2, a competitive game of action and strategy.

TEGC has proved to be a good platform for serious gamers to showcase their skills and take back home cumulative cash rewards of up to Rs 5 lakhs. The top India prize is Rs 2 lakhs.

TEGC has also morphed into an avenue for employment, say its organisers. Many gamers have been known to have been recruited by technology majors. This is possibly because leading suppliers of gaming hardware in India— including Acer, Asus, Genius, Gigabyte, MSI, Transcend and Zyxel—are among the sponsors of the event.

The Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup is a venture by the Taiwan Excellence—an initiative of Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade and executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The global e-gaming industry is growing rapidly at a compound annual growth rate of 5.7%, and its value is estimated to reach $93.18 billion by 2019. Indian players are a growing, but as yet small, part of the ecosystem.

Product Review: 'Gimme any game!'

Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup moves towards its India finals

How can they call the 17.3 inch, 4 kg Asus G 752, a notebook? It qualifies for being called a laptop, at the very least. But I can't see anyone using it comfortably on the lap either, for more than a few minutes. It exudes aggression—much like so many games do today. The orange-coloured grill of the heat vents at the back, is positively malevolent, like a monster's teeth. Switch on the notebook and the keys, backlit in deep red add to the macho feel.

The full HD display and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980m graphical processor unit which supports the 6th generation Intel Core i7 'Skylark' main processor clocking 2.6 GHz make this is a fairly contemporary platform. Indeed, the G752 is one of few gaming notebooks that support Nvidia's new G-Sync technology, which ensures zero screen lag by syncing PC display with graphics card . The storage is terabyte class: 1407 GB of hard disk plus 128 GB of solid state drive. The RAM is expandable from 16 GB to 64 GB.

There are a set of programmable keys in the top left hand of the keyboard for gamers who want to create their own custom shortcuts. ASUS has added a lot of gamer-friendly software tools to what is essentially a Windows 10 PC —like the Game Centre which monitors the performance of the machine and tells you from one second to the next, the temperature of the CPU and the GPU They have also created a graphical user interface called Steam to manage the games on the machine and jogs you into buying new games online.

The 1.2MP camera seems rather underpowered even if this is not basically a platform for nifty photography, but the WiFi meets the fastest 802.11ac standard. The Asus 3D Vapor Chamber provides increased cooling performance—always a concern for gamers. The G 752 costs Rs 79,990, which is par for gaming platforms of this class. And it seems ready to take on any game you throw into it.

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