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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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Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER

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Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000

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By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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