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SA gets a slice of Injustice competition pie

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and tournament operators ACGL have announced the official Injustice 2 South African Cup. 

It features a cash prize pool of R60 000 cash, gaming product and a slot in the VS Fighting tournament in Birmingham in August, when $20,000 will be up for grabs.

South African entrants will be able to participate in a variety of online qualifying tournaments where XP will be awarded towards their leaderboard position. The top four after the 25th June online playoffs will then head to the grand final in Gauteng on 8th July where the champion will be decided at a spectacular finale event that will feature performances from well-known musicians, Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar!

The tournament was only open to citizens or permanent residents of the Republic of South Africa who are be 18 years or older on the 19th of May 2017 and are in possession of a valid Passport. The tournament will be run on PlayStation 4 exclusively. For more information about the Injustice 2 South African Cup, tournament dates, rules and the registration page, visit https://acgl.co.za/I2CZA.

The qualifier tournament dates are as follows:

21 May 2017              Online Tournament [Non – Qualifier Warm Up]

28 May 2017              Online Tournament Qualifier 1

04 June 2017              Online Tournament Qualifier 2

11 June 2017              Online Tournament Qualifier 3

18 June 2017              Online Tournament Qualifier 4

25 June 2017              Online Top 16 Finale

08 July 2017                LAN Grand Finals

Injustice 2 Pro Series

Meanwhile, WBIE is teaming up with ESL, Gamelta esports Professional League, GameStop, PlayStation4 and Twitch to further build the fighting game community around the world.  The program offers amateur and pro players throughout North America, Europe and Latin America a chance to compete in different programs for a portion of a $600 000 USD prize pool.  The best players from these different programs will qualify for the Injustice 2 Championship Series grand finals that will take place later in the year.

The Injustice 2 Pro Series kicks off May 26, broadcast live on Twitch (twitch.tv/netherrealm), with a four-month online and offline season, drilling down to the top 16 players from around the world.  The 16 finalists will advance to the Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals for a throw-down.  The Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals will take place September 17 in Los Angeles.

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AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense

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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/

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Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole

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Epic Games has repaired a vulnerability that exposed Fortnite, the world’s most popular game of the moment, to hackers. The hole, which was left in Epic’s web infrastructure,  allowed hackers to target players with email that appeared to come from Epic Games, but would have led them to a phishing site, where their log-in details would have been stolen.

Researchers at cyber security solutions provider Check Point Software alerted Epic to vulnerabilities that could have affected any player of the hugely popular online battle game.

Fortnite has nearly 80 million players worldwide. The game is popular on all gaming platforms, including Android, iOS, PC via Microsoft Windows and consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  In addition to casual players, Fortnite is used by professional gamers who stream their sessions online, and is popular with e-sports enthusiasts.

If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and their personal information as well as enabling them to purchase virtual in-game currency using the victim’s payment card details. The vulnerability would also have allowed for a massive invasion of privacy, as an attacker could listen to in-game chatter as well as surrounding sounds and conversations within the victim’s home or other location of play. 

While Fortnite players had previously been targeted by scams that deceived them into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, these new vulnerabilities could have been exploited without the player handing over any login details.

Click here to read how the Fortnite hack would have worked.

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