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Finalists named for reality app

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Cell C, along with Blink Pictures, recently announced #BreakTheNet (#BTN) Top 30 finalists in a reality show broadcast on the Cell C Reality App.

Over the last month hundreds of participants entered a countrywide search with their original one minute YouTube videos, all vying for the chance to win R250 000 and a trip to Hollywood and the title of South Africa’s next YouTube Sensation.

Finalists from all over the country have been selected to take part in the next phase of the Cell C #BreakTheNet reality show. Each week participating contestants will be given a task to include in the filming of their videos and will be selected to continue week by week based on the number of views that they receive for each video.

The top 30 participants, who will be mentored by local social media celebrities including Suzelle DIY, cinematographer Ofentse Mwase and YouTube personality Theodora Lee. Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues will anchor the show while Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson will take on the role of taskmaster, where he will issue tasks to be completed by the contestants during the weekly reality show. South African actor Blessing Xaba will participate as a “celebrity” contestant.

Says Odette Schwegler, director of Blink Pictures: “The celebrities, who have been chosen for their high entertainment value, are going to encourage contestants to not only deliver on exciting material but also learn the challenges faced in the industry. We want people to tune in to a never before seen digital flow of content online, unprecedented addictive reality.”

The top 30 contestants entered one minute videos which ranged from footage of singers, rappers, comedians, video animators, magicians, and even our very own South African Crocodile Dundee.

Finalist Leewin Chen, from Bloemfontein, entered a video which he dubbed ‘Asian South African’ whereby he shows his life as a Taiwanese South African. Ian Morrison from Johannesburg shows off his DJ’ing talents while ‘Bored on a Flight’, and Quincy Mojela shows off his football skills with ‘Soccer my Everything’.

The Top 30 Finalists are:

Umar Abrahams (Rondebosch East, Cape Town) with “X-Factor Greatest Auditions”

Ursula Botha (Parktown, Johannesburg) with “How to Speak South African”

Ian Morrsion (Greenstone, Johannesburg) with “Bored DJ on a Plane”

Hloniphiswe Coleman (Rondebosch, Cape Town) with “I Call It…”

Daniel Rademeyer (Mayville, Pretoria) with “Live Life Full”

Tristan Edwards (Waterkloof, Pretoria) with “Trick Shots with T-man”

Dylan Gous (Murrayfield, Pretoria) with “Half Past Awkward Hot”

Ryan George Griffiths (Wynberg, Cape Town) with “Cell C #BTN entry”

Phephelo Fakude (Clydesdale, Pretoria) with “News with JAG”

Klara van Wyk (Gardens, Cape Town) with “Pretina’s Inescapable Truth”

James Keenan (Pinetown, Durban) with “Card Forfeits”

Kelly Ernstzen (Belhar, Cape Town) with “Songs Gone Wrong”

Werner Labuschagne (Florida Hills, Johannesburg) with “Language Barriers”

Waydene Laing (Johannesburg) with “How to be a YouTuber”

Leewin Chen (Woodlands Hill, Bloemfontein) with “Asian South African”

Nondwe Maqubela (Edenberg, Johannesburg) with “Know your Crazy 8”

Quincy Mojela (Clayville, Olifantsfontein) with “Soccer my Everything”

Puleng Moeketsi (Roodeport, Johannesburg) with “That is me trying diumb Life Hack”

Sibu Mpanza (Forest Hill, Cape Town) with “Sipu Mpanza – #BTN”

Eben Odendaal (Bryanston, Johannesburg) with “60 with EB and Dave”

Ade Omole (Vereeniging, Gauteng) with “Justin Bieber Cover”

Riaz Orrie (Plumstead, Cape Town) with “How to get a Girlfriend”

Nick Redlinghuys (Somerset West) with “Stop.Motion.Coffee”

Nduduzo Shandu (Soweto, Johannesburg) with “The Interview”

Sandile Sibuyi (Kwathema, Gauteng) with “South African Love Story”

Jeandre Strydom (Lorraine, Port Elizabeth) with “Smartydom – One Klap Man”

Troye May (Cape Town) with “#Beertime”

Thiko and Tsiko Nudau (Benoni, Gauteng) with “TweelinZA”

Graham “Dingo” Dinkelman (Hillcrest, Durban) with “How to catch a Crocodile”

Lindy Vermaak (Alberton, Gauteng) with “MAK3UPGeek”

Says Doug Mattheus, Executive Head: Marketing of Cell C, innovation leaders in the telecoms space: “South Africa has its own crop of social media celebs with a loyal local and international following. From wildlife spectacles to Afrikaans rappers, South Africans have contributed a lot to the online sensation of YouTube. We as Cell C want to provide the platform to allow people to make their dreams become a reality.”

#BTN aims to change the face of reality shows, and ultimately bring South Africa to the forefront of social media enhancement. With Cell C, believing is now a reality.

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Naspers feeds into Latin America’s tech funding

Movile will get $400m funding from the SA-based technology investment giant for iFood expansion.

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Movile is to receive US$500-million in funding for iFood in the largest tech funding in Latin America to date. Naspers and Innova Capital have committed to invest $400m of new capital into Movile to use for further investment in iFood, the leading online food delivery platform in Latin America, of which Movile is a majority shareholder.  

Movile and Just Eat have already invested $100m in iFood during 2018. iFood’s extraordinary growth and the vast market opportunity in Brazil and more broadly in Latin America has driven the increased investment commitment. 

iFood’s monthly orders in Brazil have fed more than 9 million customers in the past twelve months, 16 times the nearest online competitor, in terms of daily active users. This means its partner restaurants are serving the biggest population of consumers ordering food in Latin America. iFood has 50 000 restaurant partners and uses 120 000 couriers. 

The increased investment commitment from Naspers, Innova and Movile is expected to accelerate growth, speed up product development and innovation, and fuel geographical expansion for iFood across the region. The company’s vision is to gain deeper knowledge of consumers through artificial intelligence technology, to personalise the food delivery experience – and at a reduced price, because of improved logistics. 

“Movile is very fortunate to have long-term investors who have supported us for the past decade to help achieve our goal of transforming the lives of more than one billion people and thus we are able to continually back iFood to ensure it remains the market leader,” said Fabricio Bloisi, Movile CEO. 

“Our entire ecosystem of companies is focused on allocating resources and energy towards our one billion people goal. iFood is leading the way, fueling unprecedented growth through its innovative technology platform, providing consumers, couriers and restaurants with the best experience in food ordering and delivery.”  

Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures, said: “iFood has established itself as a technology leader in Latin America and its success stacks up with some of the most innovative food companies that are leading regions in North America, Europe and Asia.  We have been impressed by their execution in Brazil and remain committed to backing the company on its path to transform the entire food chain to better serve consumers.” 

Online food delivery is experiencing massive expansion globally. According to latest reported results, Grubhub grew daily average orders 39% year-on-year, reaching over 416 000 orders per day. In Latin America, iFood has reached 390 000 orders per day just in Brazil in the last week of October, compared with 183 000 in October 2017, representing 109% growth.

iFood CEO Carlos Moyses said: “We want our consumers to have an amazing delivery experience from the moment they order their food to the moment it arrives. Our partners – the restaurants and delivery fleet – make that happen by living our purpose of improving people’s lives using our services.

“iFood exists for our customers and, with an increased investment commitment of this size, we will be able to build out our state of the art technology platform, and increase our courier and restaurant partners to even better serve our current and future customers in Latin America.”

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Hide your sheep, Spyro is reigniting

Spyro, the iconic purple dragon that entertained living rooms worldwide in the late ‘90s, is making a return with the release of Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy introduces players to a fully remastered game collection with a re-imagined cast of characters, animations, environments, new lighting and recreated cinematics—all inHD.  Now fans can explore more than 100 lush environments filled with new detail, that brings the Dragon Realms and Avalar to life . The trilogy is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro and the family of Xbox One devices from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X.

South African distributors Megarom provided the followjng information:

In Spyro Reignited Trilogy, lead developer Toys For Bob is giving fans an all scaled-up version of the original three Spyro games that started it all, Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, but with a modern-day feel that makes it fresh and fun for today’s player. Adding to the fun, voice actor Tom Kenny is returning to the franchise as the voice of Spyro in all three remastered games. Longtime fans will be treated to Toys For Bob’s reimagined version of the classic soundtracks, in addition to an all-new title-screen theme from original soundtrack composer Stewart Copeland.

Additionally, the new game brings an in-game audio feature that allows players to switch between the original and the newly remastered soundtracks, for those who want a more classic gameplay experience. Players can simply fly in to the “options menu” at any time during gameplay, unleash their preferred nostalgic or scaled-up groove, and glide right back into the Spyro action without losing saved data.

“It’s been a real pleasure to bring back one of most iconic video game characters of all time through the Spyro Reignited Trilogy,” said Paul Yan, Co-Studio Head at Toys For Bob. “We’ve poured everything we’ve got into making sure every detail was done right to deliver a great Spyro experience for fans. We hope players will have as much fun revisiting the Spyro world and characters as we did remastering them.”

In the road up to the official release of Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, created a first-of-its-kind, life-sized, fire-breathing and talking Spyro Dragon drone. The drone took off from “Stone Hill” castle near New York City, spreading his wings across the U.S. to explore the cities and iconic landscapes that resemble levels and themes from the original Spyro games. As part of the tour, the Spyro drone chased sheep, fired up some BBQ and delivered an early copy of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to fellow O.G. and entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg. Highlights from the Spyro drone’s delivery to Snoop Dogg can be found here.

“Fans have been asking Activision to bring Spyro back for some time now. The response to Spyro Reignited Trilogy has been great thus far, and we’re absolutely thrilled that we’re able to continue to reimagine and reinvigorate some of the most iconic videogames and characters of all time with our remastered experiences,” said Steve Young, Chief Revenue Officer at Activision. “With this year being the 20th anniversary of Spyro, there’s no better time to pay homage to everyone’s favorite purple dragon.”

The Spyro community is invited to geek out and elevate their fandom even further through the elite global partnerships from the Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG). Collaborations with Funko, Traly Pins, Exquisite Gaming, KidRobot, USAopoly, Trends International, Rubber Road, and Changes have created new avenues for fans to share their love for the return of Spyro, the original roast master. Spyro consumer products across apparel, collectibles, figurines and more are now available at retailers worldwide. Fans can also take advantage of the GameStop exclusive Spyro TOTAKU Collection.

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