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Telkom hands R1m prize money to gaming champs

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In the biggest prize purse ever for gaming in South Africa, Bravado Gaming and White Rabbit Gaming conquered all.

After an intense weekend of playing the computer games Dota 2 (Defense pf the Ancients) and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), two teams took the top prizes. Bravado Gaming, consistently the best team throughout the year, took the CS:GO title after beating CarboN eSports 2:0. The Dota 2 title went to White Rabbit Gaming after a tense standoff against Bravado Gaming. First placed teams for both CS:GO and Dota 2 took home R200 000 in prize money. Second place earned R90 000.

The finals of the Telkom Digital Gaming League Masters tournament took place at the rAge Expo in Johannesburg on 7, 8 and 9 October. Eight Multi Gaming Organisations (MGOs) took part, fielding different teams for the two games, competing for South Africa’s largest eSports cash prize pool in history – R1 million.

“Telkom is thrilled to be involved eSports,” says Jacqui O’Sullivan, Group Executive Communication and Brand Marketing for Telkom. “This weekend’s tournament has proven how its popularity is growing in South Africa. We are hoping this will only continue and the R1 million prize pool for the finals only shows our commitment to the industry and the sport,”

The prize pool breakdown is as follows:

CS:GO

  • First place: Bravado Gaming – R200 000
  • Second place: CarboN eSports – R90 000
  • Third Place: Damage Control – R50 000
  • Fourth Place: Flipsid3 Tactics – R40 000
  • Fifth and sixth: Aperture Gaming and White Rabbit Gaming – R35 000
  • Seventh and eighth: Veneration E-Sports and Xperts@Total.Chaos – R25 000

Dota 2

  • First place: White Rabbit Gaming – R200 000
  • Second place: Bravado Gaming – R90 000
  • Third Place: Aperture Gaming – R50 000
  • Fourth Place: CarboN eSports – R40 000
  • Fifth and sixth: Flipsid3 Tactics and Damage Control – R35 000
  • Seventh and eighth: Veneration E-Sports and Xperts@Total.Chaos – R25 000

The Digital Gaming Championship (DGC) also took place over the weekend, where 500 of the best competitors from the seven leagues have been invited to take part. The following teams and individuals secured titles during the DGC:

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive: eN.Heat
  •  Dota 2: EXDEE Dota 2
  • League of Legends: Ventus Gaming
  • Battlefield 4: Pulse.Evolve
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PC): cbN-Carbon-COD
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PS4): eN. eN F34R
  • Hearthstone: Alan “gas” Gaskon

“We have been involved with gaming for over 10 years and we are committed to seeing the industry grow and develop,” O’Sullivan. “This is just the beginning of Telkom’s involvement in this space. The DGL will continue to evolve to offer more opportunities and packages for all gamers from casual to competitive.”

For more information on the MGOs competing at Masters level for 2016, visit:

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record

A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.

DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?

“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.

At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.

It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.

Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.

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SA car wins
Dakar Rally

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The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.

Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.

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