Overwatch League attracts 10m viewers in its first week

first_imgOverwatch League attracts 10m viewers in its first weekAverage audience of 408,000 per minute for opening day, concurrent viewers peaks at 437,000James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 17th January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardBlizzardActivision Blizzard’s biggest push into the esports sector to date is off to a strong start with more than ten million people tuning in to the Overwatch League so far.The tournament has been positioned as “the world’s first major global city-based professional esports league” and kicked off last week with four days of competitions at Blizzard’s venue in Los Angeles.The publisher has now revealed viewing figures for the first week – almost a third of the 35 million Overwatch players worldwide.The 10m viewers were spread across Twitch, which won a last minute exclusive broadcasting deal, along with Major League Gaming. There were also various Chinese streaming partners, given the game’s popularity in that market, including ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV.Blizzard also suggests that this is the number of browsers/devices tuned in to the League, hinting that even more people could have been checking out the action at the watch parties community members have organised around the world.There were an average of 408,000 people per minute watching the opening day matches, with the first week’s average at 280,000 per minute. The most popular match so far appeared to be Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty, also on the first day, which attracted an audience of 437,000 via Twitch and MLG alone – the peak concurrent online audience so far.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games There was also a sizeable audience presence at the actual matches, with tickets to the L.A. Blizzard Arena sold out for the whole week. The first season continues until June, with playoffs and finals currently scheduled for July.Major League Gaming’s president and CEO Pete Vlastelica said Overwatch’s userbase of 35m players means the competition “has the potential to become one of the most-watched leagues – of any kind – in the world.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoCall of Duty, King push Activision Blizzard to record Q1 revenuesPublisher’s revenues jump 27% to $2.28 billion as Call of Duty Mobile’s Chinese debut helps drive Activision division sales up 72% year-over-yearBy Brendan Sinclair 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

One world one family – In times of corona

first_imgHuman life is precious If you can’t contribute to it, at least stop making fun of it. One look at the social media and you will find what I mean by the above statement. Of course, humour is a form of self-motivation but there is a cost attached to it when used in inappropriate situations.The current coronavirus crisis is such a situation, where the time is for serious decisions and actions. Making fun of the same is not the right way to handle it. No government wants its citizens to die due to their inefficiency but it does happen. Italy has supposed to have the best health care system in the world but today they are incomplete lockdown and have the dubious distinction of more death outside china due to the virus. The reason for it may be that, they didn’t know or was aware of the spread of the virus. It could be because many early carriers of the virus try to hide it and exposed it to others inadvertently. By the time the government machinery was in full action mode, the virus was spread all across the country forcing 60 odd million people to live under quarantine in their own homes.Most other countries did take note of the situation and swing into action mode very early so that the virus onslaught was contained to a great extent. The actions taken by Asian and middle east countries except for a few have shown remarkable results in containing the virus till now. But again, it could be the calm before the storm and all we can hope is that the calm prevails and the storm blows over. The same cant be said about many of the European countries and irrespective of their developed nation’s status the ability to contain the spread of the virus is highly questionable. The delayed actions by respective governments and the easy access for people to travel all across Europe made the spreading much faster.The idea of forming a formidable economic power was the basis of the formation of the European Union and no one ever thought that the same idea will also get them into forming a cohesive atmosphere for an epidemic to become a pandemic. Today Europe has become the epicentre for the coronavirus as per WHO and that dubious distinction was moved from china which is now in the final stages of containing the virus outbreak. They have reported only a handful of new cases as well as deaths in the last few days.The irony of today is that china now ready to export its assistance and expertise to other nations all across the world to contain the virus. I do hope they do it and it is without any cost implications to all the nations since it was their delayed action which made sure an outbreak in one of the provinces has become a pandemic today claiming the lives of thousands all around the globe. At least they have followed the principle of practice before preach and that for once is something we should appreciate.Global boundaries are disappearing and even though it is for the common good of the people, it also contributes to many a situation that otherwise would have been avoided. I am saying here that one world one family is an option but it could be something we should put our thought into before investing our efforts into it. Every nation has it’s on inherent strength and the way they handle the situations depends upon the behavioural patterns of their citizens. The way Chinese behaves won’t be the way Europeans or the Americans behave nor will be the way Indians behave to a specific situation.Let’s not compare today who is doing what and which is the best way to stop the virus from spreading. Let’s give the respective governments to do their part in putting up plans and actions to stop the virus. All we can do is to support the government in their actions and listen to the directions and adhere to it.last_img read more

Goa The Calling

first_imgI reached Goa as a traveler and left as Journalist.When I was crossing the Mandovi bridge, I felt the nature was talking to me. I witnessed the crimson coloured sky, floating white clouds, occur yellow river, flock of blue and pink boats tied at the bank, the green trees and flying birds were all together saying it free and aloud ‘Ninny You are mine’. It made me feel good after long long time. Suddenly, I started to listen to my own self, my mind, the inner me. Never before I knew that ‘You are mine’ can be felt so strongly over a careless ‘I Love You’ or even December could be so hopeful.I absorbed all my pain and believed that I am close to someone I know for a long time. I felt as if I belonged to Goa. I felt am in my home. Since then, every time crossing that small bridge made me realise I was not alone, no more orphaned, no longer troubled.After reaching Miramar beach in Panaji (popularly known as Panjim), I went to buy myself a coconut drink to quench my thirst in the scorching heat of the day with sun on top of my head. While striking a conversation with the coconut seller I’d come across a few facts-1. everyone can speak or understand English,2. majority do not work from 3pm-6pm as they are quite engrossed in their powerful siesta and 3. they are living Susegad legends which means absolutely warm and welcoming. It was then, I noticed he was selling some newspapers too. I enquired him which one sells the least, he smilingly answered GT. Sharing his awareness about the newspapers in Goa he had informed that the paper had a legacy of 30 years and one of the first produce after independence. Once upon a time, this paper used to be seen in each and every desks of government servants, specially Police. This intrigued me to buy a copy and the son of Goa who’s also an excellent marketeer sold another item apart from his coconut.Immediately I looked at the address and headed towards it. No sooner than I reached the office, I discovered that it was the same organization where I had already sent my CV through an acquaintance. Fortunately, the Editor of the newspaper was a Pune based Bengali and I got to hold a nonresidential bong conversation with him making him feel nostalgic about Kolkata. Little did I know that he was interviewing me being generously keen to understand my point of view towards life more than mass communication. After a long one and half hours of chit chat, I bid him bye waiting for the fallouts. While leaving the cabin, one sentence of his kept hitting my mind. He said, ‘You are talented that’s why you are sitting here but your enthusiasm will take you up the ladder as long as you opt for a career in journalism.”One and half months from then, I was already a journalist working in that building as a professional. Three months from joining, I was recognized by the in-house team of Sakal Media as the best employee for my performance in first quarter. There were different other organizations to shower good vibes and present mementos for my contribution through news piece to senior citizens, mental health, gender sensitivity, women and children, road safety, cyber-crime and so on. In 2018, I had received Best Journalist Award by Government of Goa for writing on public health and hygiene. My reportage on Army, Navy and Air Force helped me to tour around the country and observe the Tri-services very closely. I fondly remember, I was awarded in November 2019 even after leaving the organization in September 2019. It was on the National Press Day at the hands of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for my work on rural reporting.last_img read more

Equifest Wraps with Heineking Grand Prix Win and Millar Hat Trick

first_img Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. The Equifest Series at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center, the new home of the HITS Chicago Show Series, is a wrap. The final week of Equifest wrapped up an exciting summer series that featured USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies, $25,000 and $50,000 Grand Prix each week, and classes a classics for all levels. HITS Chicago will return September 9-13 for the Showplace Fall Classic, which will host the USHJA Zone 5 HOTY Finals, Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Midwest Finals, NCEA Hunt Seat Medal Finals – Midwest, and the IHJA Medal Finals.Equifest III began with a “hat trick” by Jonathon Millar in the $2,500 Open Welcome on Wednesday afternoon. Millar took home the three top spots in the class, with his leading time being 33.467 aboard FAVORIET U.2nd Place: Millar & BLOSSOM Z [33.912]3rd Place: Millar & ALTER EGO [35.728]Caelinn Leahy and P&F CORDILLO Z took home the blue ribbon in the $5,000 Jumper Classic on Thursday with their quick time of 27.735, claiming the lead by nearly two full seconds.2nd Place: Roberto Teran Tafur & BINK-A [29.653]3rd Place: Johan Kachelhoffer & GABROVO [4-Faults, 29.394]Topping the field in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix was Christian Heineking and NKH MR. DARCY. Seven riders advanced the jump-off, but none would top Heineking’s time of 38.167.2nd Place: Santiago Lambre & DINGEMAN [38.773]3rd Place: Tracy Fenney & IGOR VAN DE HEIBOS [39.323]Hannah Hoch took the lead in the $10,000 Open Jumper Prix aboard SHARIVA as she crossed the timers in 39.708.2nd Place: Sharn Wordley & HELIOS [42.076]3rd Place: Steven Bluman & ESTORIL [44.468]Sunday featured the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix where seven riders jumped clear in the first round and prepared for the jump-off. Just three riders that returned for the jump-off would jump double clear.Already with several top placings at the HITS Chicago Series, it was Charlie Jayne and AMICE Z that took home top honors in Sunday’s featured competition. From winning the $50,000 Grand Prix during Week II of the Spring Spectacular Series to several other top placings in featured jumper competition, this team has been one to look out for. Jayne finished in a time of 44.137 to secure the top placing in the Grand Prix.2nd Place: Erin Davis-Heineking & LEONIE [46.369]3rd Place: Lambre & EASY GIRL [47.149]Jumper Classic Winners$1,000 M&S/WIHS Children’s & Adult High Jumper Classic: Leigh Nanda & EL CASPER$1,000 NAL Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Gabriella Curry & CHAVIANA$1,000 M&S Modified Children’s & Adult Jumper Classic: Tessa Harper & AARHUS$1,000 Dever M&S Children’s & Adult Low Jumper Classic: Harper & AARHUS$2,500 Chicago Equine Jr/A-O/Am 1.20m Jumper Classic: Grace Klein & CLEAR CARISMA$5,000 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Alexandra Elkins & CASHMERE 33$7,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.40m Jumper Classic: Leahy & P&F CORDILLO ZVictory in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby was awarded to Isabel Harbour who piloted FITZ to a score of 90 in the Hunter Classic round and a 90 in the Handy Hunter round. A cumulative score of 180 secured the lion’s share of prize money and the blue ribbon in the Main Hunter Ring on Friday.2nd Place: Elizabeth Nestor & COVERT [172]3rd Place: Abigail Dvorak-Peat & FORTUNE FAVORS [171]Hunter Classic Winners$750 USHJA Green Hunter Challenge: Ryan Sassmannshausen & ROSALITA$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive: Sara Rhodes & FIERRA$1,000 AIG Junior Hunter Classic: Nestor & COVERT$1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic: Harbour & FITZ$500 SmartPak M&S Adult Hunter Classic: Kristin Rylko & COLORADO 222$500 M&S Children’s Hunter Classic: Elise Stephens & DRESS BALOUFor a complete listing of results from Equifest III, click here. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Assistant Director of Campus Visit for Admissions

first_imgElon University is currently accepting applications for anAssistant Director of Campus Visit for Admissions. TheAssistant Director of Campus Visit for Admissions is responsiblefor the oversight and daily management of the tour guide program.Position includes support of the daily campus visit program throughregular guest check-in / desk coverage, and providing informationsessions. General admissions counselor responsibilities – limitedrecruitment travel, application review, and application decisionmaking. Position requires weekend work.  Bachelor’s degreewith one to three years of Admissions experience required. Positionwill remain open until filled.  Apply at https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/7625. ElonUniversity is an equal employment opportunity employer committed toa diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes allapplicants. Elon University has built a national reputation as the premierstudent-centered liberal arts university that values strongrelationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors.Elon’s 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders theworld needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in thecommunity and around the globe. Elon is known for academicexcellence across the curriculum, and for experiential learningprograms in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership,interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community service. Elonis ranked the nation’s #1 master’s-level university for studyabroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars andPeace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Reportrecognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation foracademic programs that “Focus on Student Success.” More than 425full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: ElonCollege, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and SpencerLove School of Business; the School of Communications; the Schoolof Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law.Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is12-1, and the average class size is 20. The university’s 636-acreresidential campus in the Town of Elon, N.C., is consistentlyrecognized as one of the nation’s finest environments for learning.The Elon Phoenix NCAA Division I athletic program is amember of the Colonial Athletic Association.last_img read more

Chandlers Coach Travel takes an i8 integral

first_imgOne of a so far select band of customers for the i8 integral is Chandlers Coach Travel of Wiltshire, which has taken delivery of an 13.2m example supplied by Irizar UK (01909 500514).The operator placed its order after being impressed with the i8 integral at January’s launch, and it is built to touring specification. The capacity of 46 can be increased to 53 if required, and additional equipment includes a fridge, centre servery and high-capacity water tank.Joining two i6 integrals purchased in 2015, the i8 integral will work Chandlers’ premium tour programme.last_img read more

Chase Elliott shows promising speed at New Hampshire

first_imgLOUDON, N.H. — At the end of the second stage of Sunday’s Foxwoods 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott tracked down reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and passed him for the lead.Eighteen laps later, Elliott took the green/checkered flag for his first stage victory and first Playoff point of the season. Ultimately, Elliott came home fifth, his only top-10 finish in five starts at the Magic Mile. What’s more, to a Hendrick Motorsports organization that hasn’t posted a victory this season, the speed Elliott showed was a promising sign.RELATED: See how Elliott passed Truex for the Stage 2 lead“I was shocked, to be honest with you, that we ran even that good,” said Elliott, who also finished second in Stage 1 and led 23 laps. “Our whole NAPA group did a great job overnight. I really have no idea where that came from. I hope it wasn’t dumb luck. Hopefully we can keep it rolling because it’s really nice to be able to go up there and lead some laps.“I know it wasn’t the right part of the race, but still, leading laps for us is big compared to what we’ve been doing. I’m proud of the effort. I appreciate everybody’s effort back at Hendrick and the chassis shop and engine shop and Chevrolet and all the folks that are working hard to try to get better. We took a step in the right direction.”last_img read more

Greece Is Pulling Off an Amazing Recovery

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn the week of their nation’s Independence Day, Greece has a reason to celebrate with its friends once again. Just like in the 1820s, when British, French, and Russian naval forces arrived to help Greece overthrow the Ottoman Empire, which had ruled there since 1453, the inexpensive loans offered by the European Union in the 21st century rescued Athens from financial catastrophe to preserve that hard-fought independence.Just two years ago, Greece was on the ropes. Today, investors are increasingly confident of the nation’s ability to pay its debts. Rarely has a country repaired its image with creditors so quickly.In the short run, cheap loans from foreign lenders gave them the time needed to adjust their spending to the point that now, they are expected to return to economic growth this year.(READ the story from Bloomberg News)Thanks to Harley Hahn for submitting the link.Photo by Rob and Lisa Meehan-CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Cigna must refund $2.3 million to Vermont customers

first_imgCIGNA Healthcare,by Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org Cigna, a major health insurer of large businesses in Vermont, is on the hook for more than $2 million that it must return to its customers in the state under a provision of the federal health care law.According to numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 4,636 Vermonters will receive a rebate ‘averaging out to $506.04 a person (or $807 per family).The rebate is required under a section of the federal Affordable Care Act which requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent (or 85 percent in the large group market which is generally insurance through large employers) on medical care.If insurance companies do not meet this requirement, they have to refund the portion of the premium that exceeded the 20 or 15 percent limit on things like administrative expenses.Companies insuring Vermonters in the small group and individual markets met the requirement and did not have to refund any money to their customers.Cigna was the only insurance company that had to refund money to Vermonters. It covers the â large group’market of employers who employ 51 or more people. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Vermont had the highest average per-person rebate for that market.Steve Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, said he was surprised to learn insurers in Vermont did not meet the requirement.BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell. VTD file photo/Josh Larkinâ As far as I knew, all our major carriers were under [the threshold],’Kimbell said.The state regulators may not have been aware of the issue because it occurred in the large group market. Kimbell said the state regulates the individual and small group insurance markets more closely than the large groups because it requires â community rating’for those markets ‘requiring insurance companies to charge the same premiums for people regardless of how healthy or old they are.The larger groups use â experience rating’where insurance companies can charge a different rate for different people based on differences in their demographics, past health care utilization, medical status and other factors.Kimbell said the department was looking into what businesses this will affect.Nationwide, insurance companies in the large group market are required to return $386 million in rebates, which will go to employers who will in turn return the money to their employees.Anya Rader Wallack, chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, which oversees health care reform in the state, said the failure to meet the federally set ratio could be a result of people seeking less medical care.At the beginning of the year, insurance companies predict how much they will spend on medical care, so a decrease in utilization of health care, which the state has been seeing, could shift that balance to mean a higher percentage went to things other than medical care.â Itâ s a result of a carrier spending less than predicted on actual payments to providers,’Rader Wallack said. â To call it excess administrative expenses I guess is one way of looking at it. The way I look at it is predictions of actual health care expense were much lower than anticipated.âA spokeswoman for Cigna verified the amount owed to Vermonters was a little over $2.3 million. She said Thursday afternoon she was unsure why Cigna had failed to meet the federal requirement.The company must pay the rebate by August 1. Kimbell said it will affect 27 companies in Vermont. As of Thursday afternoon, the Department of Financial Regulation was looking into who those were. In a joint statement, Vermont’s congressional delegation, Senators Leahy andSanders and Representative Welch said, â Insurance premiums should go toward providing care to people who get sick. Thatâ s simply common sense.âNationwide, 12.8 million Americans will benefit from $1.1 billion in rebates under the 80/20 standard.  The medical loss ratio or 80/20 rule is a part of the controversial federal health care law which the US Supreme Court could strike down altogether next week.The court issued opinions Thursday morning, but the ruling on the Affordable Care Act was not one of them. Observers expect a decision by next Thursday.Twenty-six states challenged the constitutionality of the national health care law, arguing the law infringed upon states’rights and individual liberties. They contended the federal government could not compel citizens to purchase health insurance under what is called the â individual mandate.â  June 21, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Study on ‘going positive’ finds flattering rivals gains politicians more votes

first_imgShare on Twitter The study has interesting implications, particularly in light of the forthcoming US elections. Cavazza cites the example of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who praised and thanked his predecessor even though he was a member of the opposing party. “Usually, a new president or prime minister in the first years of his office attributes all the responsibility of problems to the predecessor!” she states. “Doing the opposite and with his positive style, Trudeau has achieved a very good reputation internationally.”Going forward, Cavazza is building on this research to explore the effects of directly flattering the audience. “I think that it is time for politicians to pay attention to ‘positive communication’ instead of becoming more and more verbally aggressive,” she says. Share on Facebook Email LinkedIncenter_img Focusing on the negative aspects of one’s political opponent has become the norm in election campaigns across the world. But a recent study by Nicoletta Cavazza published in Social Influence shows that it could be in politicians’ interests to pay more attention to positive campaigning. Cavazza found that when political candidates flatter their rivals, they are perceived to be more trustworthy and are therefore more likely to obtain votes.To find out whether a flattering comment directed at a political rival elicits a positive impression of the candidate and, consequently, whether this increases the likelihood of voting for the candidate, the participants (92 Italian university students) were given a written passage from a speech by a fictitious political candidate (a man or a woman) about the relationship between young people and politics. In the experimental condition, a positive statement about the candidate’s political opponent was inserted into the speech: ‘I believe that my competitor, who is an upright and smart person, will agree with me about the need to change this situation.’When the candidate flattered his/her rival, participants were more likely to perceive him/her as being trustworthy and were consequently more likely to vote for him/her. This was observed to be the case regardless of the candidate’s gender. Share Pinterestlast_img read more