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Orena has announce a new Overwatch Seasonal Ladder, an opportunity for local teams to compete daily to top the rankings over three seasons, each with a R10 000 prize pool. It will include both PC and PlayStation 4.

Since its announcement and the first day of Beta, players have been aching to get their hands on the new title. From a record breaking Beta to one of Blizzard’s most successful launches, Overwatch remains an exciting prospect in the gaming scene.

Competitively, however, is where Overwatch sets itself above the rest. Bringing something new to the first-person shooter world, Overwatch has ensured its longevity by being both exciting to watch, and play. Already tournaments are springing up around the country, and now Orena, in partnership with Steelseries, Megarom and Blizzard, is launching three seasonal ladders with a grand total of R30 000 in prizes.

The Seasonal dates are as follows:

  • Season 1: Began on June 13th and ends on August 1st [PC]
  • Season 2: Begins August 8th and ends on October 3rd [PS4]
  • Season 3: Begins October 10th and ends on December 5th [PC]

Teams can enter the ladder at any time throughout each seasonal ladder, but we advise you do it sooner than later to secure your top spot and challenge other teams.

The Ladder will also have a broadcast schedule with games being streamed live

on Orena’s Twitch Channel every Monday and Wednesday. The game will be shoutcasted by Kyle “Congo” Wolmarans and Lutz “crazymonkey” Ngqkakaza.

All ladder matches will be run on a best of 3 format with all maps and heroes available. A full ruleset can be found HERE.

After a full season of ladder matches have passed, the top 4 teams will enter into a Single Elimination Battle Royale to determine the season’s winners. This single elimination “mini-cup” will take place on the last Sunday of every season!

“We’re ecstatic to have Overwatch as an official title on the Orena ranking system. With this being the first Blizzard title on the Orena platform, we look forward to dealing with something fresh and that has been so well received on the “eSports circuit”. With the support of our prestigious event partners at SteelSeries, we envision an epic start to what looks to become a staple in the competitive gaming market”. – Luca Tucconi, CEO at Orena.

“eSports is in our hearts, it pumps in our blood and we are passionate about development of eSports not only within South Africa but globally too. With this in mind we are excited to set a new challenge for the community and bring forward with ORENA the Overwatch Champions Ladder. Overwatch has already created a lot of hype in the community, and we hope to add fuel to this fire and encourage all forms of gamers to #RISEUP and take the challenge. Good luck to all teams competing and may the best team win.

Remember, winning is what we do. It’s not just everything in this new age of eSports, it’s the only thing”.

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CES: New device beats sinus

Remedies for sinus pain are usually deeply invasive. But a new gadget makes it easier than brushing teeth.

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At CES 2019 in Las Vegas last week, Bioelectronic device companyTivic Health has unveiled the ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief gadget, the first bioelectronic treatment for sinus pain, which affects millions.

ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief is not a pill, spray or nasal flush – it’s a small, handheld device used exclusively on the outside of the sinus passages. As the user glides ClearUp along their cheek nose and brow bone, it locates areas of skin where tiny electrical waveforms can pass easily. This low-current electrical stimulation, called microcurrent, stimulates the nerves under the skin to relieve sinus pain.

Jennifer Ernst, CEO of Tivic Health, said: “ClearUP is a device that was successfully tested this autumn at a toptier U.S. science research center in a double-blind randomized control trial. After one treatment, three out of four allergic rhinitis users achieved sinus pain relief. ClearUP is taking the power of bioelectronic technology and providing consumers with a non-invasive option to relieve sinus pain for the millions who suffer from various allergies.”

The device is an over-the-counter (OTC) device that provides consumers with a simple, drug-free option to relieve sinus pain caused by various environmental allergies such as dust, mould, pollens and pet dander.

It is FDA cleared and clinically proven safe and effective.  As many as three out of four allergy sinus sufferers achieve sinus pain relief after one five-minute treatment.  ClearUP’s one-button control is easy-to-use and offers three intensity levels to personalize treatment to best suit the needs of the individual.

Click here to read about the awards that the device won, as well as details on features and availability.

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AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense for app

DStv Now app expands, FNB gets Snapchat lens, Spotify offers data saver mode, in SEAN BACHER’s apps roundup

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DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense

Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).

Expect to pay: A free download.

Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.

Santam Safety Ideas

Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to  R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding. 

The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab,  Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.

Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/

Click here to read about the FNB Snapchat lens, Spotify Free with data saver, and 00:37.

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