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  •  QLED delivers a breath-taking choice of entertainment
  •  Gamers now have a TV that does what few TV’s ever could
  •  QLED is connecting South Africans to the world like never before

When Samsung announced its 2019 QLED range, Forbes Magazine described it has having “Pictures that are as breath-taking as they are ground-breaking”. All around the world new QLED customers agree. Besides the revolutionary picture quality and audio experience, it’s a smart TV that takes innovation and artificial intelligence into a new era. This is reflected in the content, streaming options and gaming technology.

Game on – QLED is made for winners

 

With QLED, Real Game Enhancer optimises the gaming experience through a unique set of gaming features. It features AMD Radeon Freesync™ variable refresh rate technology, which helps prevent tearing and stuttering, as well as Game Motion Plus, which removes motion blur and judder. Real Game Enhancer combines these technical innovations with Auto Game Mode, which minimises input lag on compatible devices. It also includes AI-based audio and video enhancements that optimise the settings to deliver cinematic sound and smooth, lifelike visuals that can remain clear even during bright and dark scenes. QLED is clearly a level up all gamers will love.

 

A New World of Entertainment Has Arrived

 

Samsung QLED takes the viewing experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support. In an industry first, it includes a new Apple iTunes Movies and TV Shows app which offers endless movies and series from around the world. Using the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app you can access your existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models. Overall, streaming the content you want has never been more effortless.

 

TV has never been smarter

 

QLED 2019 even offers more ways for you to discover and watch content. It features an improved Artificial Intelligence algorithm that uses your subscription services, favourite content and TV viewing habits to offer customised recommendations about what to watch. You can also even use the new Voice Command and Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to easily control your TV and access content. And with Samsung’s OneRemote you can quickly and easily navigate your content. Then with the addition of Far Field Voice Capability on the OneRemote, you can control your TV by voice, even if you are across the room from the remote.

 

Mega entertainment, awe-inspiring gaming, endless content and cutting-edge convenience – those are just some of the ways Samsung QLED has changed TV forever.

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Designed for superior performance, experience total immersion and take your games to the next level with the Samsung Galaxy S10

 

There is no doubt that the Galaxy S10 series has built on Samsung’s incredible 10-year legacy in ways that have captured the imagination of the world. Consumer Reports [1] calls it “The Best Smartphone ever” and it was graded “Best Rated Selfie Camera” by DxOMark[2], and for gamers there are even more reasons to get their hands on a Galaxy S10 device. Both the hardware and software have been engineered to deliver performance-enhanced gaming without lag. Whatever the game, the Galaxy S10 brings it to life in a whole new way.

 

“This is a device that has been optimised for gaming. For the millions of Galaxy fans, the Galaxy S10 is a game changer. It competes with other devices effortlessly and then takes the win for an all-round gaming experience,” says Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

 

Crushing your highest score has never been easier. New cooling technology, a GPU enhanced for smoother gameplay and performance improvements through artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 is a gamer’s dream. This should make the Galaxy S10 a great choice for the world’s most popular games. The Galaxy S10’s Infinity-O display and Dolby enhanced game mode also delivers better video and audio than was possible on previous phones. All the models are HDR10+ certified, which makes colours spring to life and enhances contrast. Armed with a Quad HD 2K display, the Galaxy S10 is simply incredible.

 

The Galaxy S10 and S10e makes use of an advanced heat pipe cooling system while the Galaxy S10+ uses a vapour chamber cooling system. This is similar to the systems used on gaming consoles, allowing for an extremely powerful device that remains at required temperatures without needing traditional cooling systems or fans. The storage capacity of 1TB [3] enables the consumer to install and enjoy their favourite games and apps. The devices are made for those extensive gaming sessions; with up to a 4100mAh (typical) battery [4] capacity on Galaxy S10+, you can spend more time gaming and less time charging.

 

Clearly, the Galaxy S10 has changed the game in terms of what a smartphone can and should be. More good news for South Africans is that there is now a special offer for those who purchase the Galaxy S10 and S10+ [5]. The first 1000 customers that purchase any of these devices from any network operator, retail outlet and online store will receive 2,500 V-bucks plus the exclusive Galaxy iKonik Outfit within Fortnite[5]. This promotion has been running from 7 June and will continue until 7 July. More info on this amazing promotion can be found online at: https://www.samsung.com/za/offer/

 

Ultimately, the Galaxy S10 range is packed with powerful features that have made headlines across the globe including a screen made for cinema, ultrasonic fingerprint security, wireless power-share, a long lasting battery [5] and ground-breaking camera features, including an ultra-wide lens. These are just some of the reasons it has garnered the level of praise it has had since launch.

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Samsung today announced its new 27-inch CRG5(C27RG5) gaming monitor, the latest in Samsung’s line of curved gaming monitors. The CRG5 delivers innovative new gaming features including a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility — providing a powerful combination of unparalleled picture quality and speed for intense gameplay.

“Samsung’s delivering next-level gaming experiences with innovative curved displays using the latest graphics technology to immerse gamers like never before,” said Reggie Nxumalo, Head of B2B at Samsung South Africa. “Combining a 240Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility in Samsung’s new CRG5 curved gaming monitor gives gamers advanced performance for the most graphic-intense games.”

 

The 27-inch CRG5 delivers a 1500R display curvature combined with a lightning-fast refresh rate through 240Hz RapidCurve™ technology, eliminating screen lag time while displaying ultra-smooth scenes for a truly immersive experience. The monitor has been validated by NVIDIA to meet the performance and image quality requirements for G-SYNC compatibility and delivers smooth, tear-free, low-latency gameplay during any scene, all in full HD resolution (1920×1080). The monitor has deeper blacks and brighter whites with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, providing superfine detail even in the brightest and darkest parts of a game. CRG5 has a curved vertical alignment (VA) panel display, providing an immersive gaming experience with wide viewing angle.

 

CRG5’s minimal bezel design offers near edge-to-edge screen on three sides and a sturdy, ergonomic stand to help gamers stay comfortably immersed in gameplay. Gamers can also select pre-set display options for any genre of game with an on-screen digital menu, and for more advanced customisation users can create up to three separate display profiles to easily switch between.

 

The new curved gaming monitor joins Samsung’s full line of innovative curved gaming displays, including the company’s new ground-breaking 49-inch, CRG9 that immerses gamers in detail and colour with a high-resolution super ultra-wide gaming monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, dramatic 1800R curved screen and HDR1000. The Dual QHD display (5120×1440) leverages Samsung’s revolutionary Quantum dot technology for an exceptionally wide range of accurate colour reproduction, so every game feels true to life.
The CRG5 will be available globally in Q3 2019. For additional information on Samsung’s curved gaming monitors, please visit DisplaySolutions.com.

 

 

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Apple yesterday hosted the Apple Design Awards and recognised nine iOS developers for outstanding artistry, technical achievement, user interface and application design. The developers represent companies large and small, located all over the world including Australia, Austria, England, France, Italy, Lithuania and the US. The winning apps represent a wide range of categories spanning photo editing, drawing, medical imaging, sports and games. Each one offers a unique approach to user interface design, sound design, graphics, controls or gameplay and take advantage of breakthrough Apple technologies such as haptics, Metal or Core ML.
“iOS developers keep raising the bar. This year, we are especially proud to see so many apps and games putting health, fitness, creativity and exciting gameplay at the centre of their app experience,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We congratulate all the Apple Design Award winners on their incredible creativity and ingenuity.”
The nine winning apps follow a tradition of delivering groundbreaking user experiences within emerging and mature categories. Past Apple Design Award winners have transformed the way people experience the world through their Apple devices. Design excellence has helped revolutionise apps such as speech translation (iTranslate Converse), illustration (Procreate), anatomical learning (Complete Anatomy) and interactive entertainment (“Florence” and “Alto’s Odyssey”).
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The international gaming industry has shown its support for Clarion’s vision to deliver a stellar business event for the continent, with the inaugural edition of ICE Africa (www.ICEAfrica.za.com) (24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa) now at 90% capacity with leading brands including Aruze Gaming; BtoBet; Flutterwave; Gambee; GLI; Merkur Gaming; MST Channel; Neosurf; Playtech BGT Sports; Quanta; Superbet; and umAfrika Gaming Technologies supporting the historic event.

Predicted by Michael Collins, General Manager of South Africa based software firm, Betting Entertainment Technology (B.E.T) to join the ‘Premier League of international B2B gaming events’ ICE Africa has attracted delegates from a total of 91 countries including gaming professionals from 25 African countries, comprising:

 

Botswana; Cameroon; Chad; Congo (The Democratic Republic of); eSwatini (formerly Swaziland); Egypt; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Mauritius; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Seychelles; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania (United Republic of); Uganda; Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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Commenting on the response, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at Clarion Gaming said “We took the decision to launch following requests from the industry based in Africa for us to produce and organise a professional showcase that the continent could be proud of.  Since making the decision to bring the ICE brand to the continent, we have been really encouraged by the hugely positive response from all parties – manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, journalists and commentators alike.  As we edge closer to the first edition of ICE Africa going live, all the metrics we look to are highly positive and we are confident of opening a new chapter in the development of African gaming.”

 

 

Delivering much more than a conventional expo, ICE Africa has been curated to bring the gaming community a plethora of engaging content covering thought leadership to training and provided by the industry’s most influential and reputable stakeholders.  Dan Stone explained: “Learning and development are at the core of the ICE Africa experience.  The advance AFRICA stream creates time for quality brainstorming around how the future of the African market can be shaped to allow for sustainable growth of the industry.  microscope AFRICA is a series of workshops looking at different facets of the industry and network AFRICA a series of facilitated networking breaks, unique HIVE sessions and round-tables to forge new connections with colleagues from across the continent.  The ICE Africa conference programme will cover a wide range of topics including mobile, lottery, start-ups, investment and regulation all headed up by expert international speakers.”

 

 

 

To register for the first ICE Africa and the learning, training and networking opportunities it offers, visit:

www.ICEAfrica.za.com

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Clarion unveil ‘It’s time’ campaign for the launch of ICE Africa

 

 

ICE Africa first edition will take place across 24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa

 

‘It’s time’ is the theme of the creative campaign developed by Clarion Gaming in support of ICE Africa (www.ICEAfrica.za.com), the first edition of which will take place across 24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa. The print and digital campaign, which will comprise extensive PR, advertising, sponsorship, experiential and direct marketing, as well as  a dedicated social media offensive, will underline the importance of Africa as a strategic growth market and the vision of bringing ‘ICE into Africa’ – the first occasion the world’s leading gaming event brand has travelled outside its London, UK, home.

 

With registration for the historic first edition of ICE Africa going live at www.ICEAfrica.za.com, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at ICE brand owners, Clarion Gaming, said: “ICE Africa has been created to meet the needs of the industry for an event which provides a sharp focus on the dynamics of the gaming sector here and the practicalities of doing business on the continent.  We are working closely with key industry figures to deliver a bespoke event and an opportunity for all sections of the industry, including regulators, to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming innovations at first hand.  We are committed to the delivery of a professional, dynamic and progressive event and we are delighted at the level of interest shown by supporters, speakers, sponsors, media partners and government bodies who all agree that it’s time to create a business-to-business gaming event that the continent of Africa can be proud of.”

 

He added: “Clarion Gaming’s pledge to the international industry is to organise and deliver a joined-up programme of high quality business events based in strategically significant territories throughout the world and ICE Africa is an important piece in the Clarion Gaming jigsaw.”

 

ICE Africa will comprise an extensive learning agenda, world class training and staff development modules, products and services from leading gaming brands and extensive networking opportunities. Supporting partners for ICE Africa include, the South African Bookmakers’ Association, the Western Cape Bookmakers Association, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling and the European Casino Association.

 

For more information on the first ICE Africa and to register, visit the ICE Africa website: www.ICEAfrica.za.com

 

With registration for the historic first edition of ICE Africa going live at www.iceafrica.za.com, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at ICE brand owners, Clarion Gaming, said: “ICE Africa has been created to meet the needs of the industry for an event which provides a sharp focus on the dynamics of the gaming sector here and the practicalities of doing business on the continent.  We are working closely with key industry figures to deliver a bespoke event and an opportunity for all sections of the industry, including regulators, to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming innovations at first hand.  We are committed to the delivery of a professional, dynamic and progressive event and we are delighted at the level of interest shown by supporters, speakers, sponsors, media partners and government bodies who all agree that it’s time to create a business-to-business gaming event that the continent of Africa can be proud of.”

 

 

He added: “Clarion Gaming’s pledge to the international industry is to organise and deliver a joined-up programme of high quality business events based in strategically significant territories throughout the world and ICE Africa is an important piece in the Clarion Gaming jigsaw.”

 

 

ICE Africa will comprise an extensive learning agenda, world class training and staff development modules, products and services from leading gaming brands and extensive networking opportunities.  Supporting partners for ICE Africa include, the South African Bookmakers’ Association, the Western Cape Bookmakers Association, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling and the European Casino Association.

 

 

For more information on the first ICE Africa and to register, visit the ICE Africa website: www.iceafrica.za.com

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ICE Africa registration goes live

Posted by radio On April - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The visitor marketing campaign for ICE Africa 2018 (24-25 October, Johannesburg, South Africa) is officially underway with registration going live at www.iceafrica.za.com. The much awaited event, which will be the first occasion the ICE brand has been deployed outside of the United Kingdom, will comprise an exhibition and co-located ICE VOX style conference programme dedicated to the development of the industry on the Continent, which has a population of 1.6 billion people, 68% of whom are under the age of 27.

Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at Clarion Gaming, said: “At ICE London 2017, we were asked by prominent members of the industry if we would explore the feasibility of organising and launching a professional B2B event for what is one of world gaming’s most dynamic and exciting growth markets. Our first step was the launch of Gaming Africa in 2017, which we have transitioned to ICE Africa, the first time the ICE brand has travelled outside the UK.  More than six months ahead of the opening ceremony, the level of interest is significant with key supporters, speakers, sponsors and media ready to engage with gaming’s newest event brand.”

 

 

He added: “Whilst the scale of ICE Africa will not be the same as ICE London, we will be bringing the same level of commitment, thinking, creativity and professionalism that has made ICE London the world’s favourite B2B gaming event.”

 

 

ICE Africa is part of the Clarion Gaming stable of events and publications for the international gaming community, including: intelligence resources Totally Gaming and iGaming Business; the Totally Gaming Academy training series, and a full portfolio of conferences and exhibitions, including ICE London, iGB Live!, regional Gaming Congresses, the WrB series and the Affiliate Conference series.

 

 

For more information on ICE Africa and to register, visit the website at: www.iceafrica.za.com

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Gaming Africa launches on a wave of confidence

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Gaming Africa, the new two-day conference organised by Clarion Gaming, welcomed many of the continent’s most distinguished thought leaders when it opened today (24 October) in Johannesburg.

 

Visitors from a total of 52 nations, including 16 from Africa, have registered to attend the inaugural event, which observers have described as representing a new dawn for the industry in Africa. Speaking at the pre-conference networking event, Curtis Roach, Clarion Gaming’s Senior Events Producer, said: “I have been in the privileged position of overseeing the development of Gaming Africa from drawing board concept to where we are today, a high profile platform for innovation, networking, thinking and insight, dedicated to the continent of Africa.  Gaming Africa brings a long overdue event to what many industry leaders believe to be the most important and exciting region in world gaming.”

 

Created by the team responsible for ICE, ICE VOX and Juegos Miami, Gaming Africa features learning modules covering the economy, payment methods, social responsibility, anti-money laundering, investment, public relations, regional round tables and two training masterclasses delivered by the Totally Gaming Academy.

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Gaming Africa, the two day conference which runs across the 24th and 25th October in Johannesburg, has attracted the support of 49 organisations comprising commercial, trade association and media sponsors.  The first edition of the free-to-attend event, organised by Clarion Gaming, will feature commercial sponsors BetConstruct, FSB, GLI, Kiron Interactive and Sirplay.  Gaming Africa’s supporting partners comprise the European Casino Association, Global Gaming Company, Industry Group For Responsible Gaming, Spectrum Gaming Group and the Western Cape Bookmakers Association with a further 39 media channels including B2B gaming and business media, all covering the launch event.

Reflecting on the response, Clarion Gaming’s Curtis Roach, Content Lead for Gaming Africa, said: “We’ve worked hard in partnership with the market to curate an event which chimes with the development of gaming across the African continent.  We have established an extensive two-day learning programme featuring national and international thought leaders, created unrivalled networking opportunities with the continent’s foremost operators, suppliers and regulators and flown in two of world gaming’s most respected training experts to provide complimentary courses valued at R15,000.

 

“Learning and training are the foundation stones of Gaming Africa and the opportunity to network underpins every element of the two days delegates will spend with us in Johannesburg.  From our experience putting on events throughout the world, the gaming industry thrives when it has the opportunity to sit down and talk about opportunities, challenges, technology, regulation, personalities and products.  This is what Gaming Africa is all about and the energy this combination of topics brings will be in abundance.”

 

He added: “It’s not just the commercial world that has shown its support for next week’s event.  Gaming Africa will also feature influential regulators including Edgar Agaba, CEO, Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Uganda, Jean Claude Mushimire, Head of the Services Industry Development Policy, Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry and Peter Mireku, Commissioner for the Gaming Commission of Ghana.”

 

To be part of this historic event which has received registrations from a total of 52 nations, including 16 from the continent of Africa, visit: www.gamingafrica.za.com

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Major Gaming industry leaders confirmed to speak at the world class Gaming Africa Conference in Johannesburg
Clarion’s decision to launch Gaming Africa follows requests from major industry players for a quality business-to-business event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent
Clarion has published the Agenda for the inaugural Gaming Africa Conference, which is taking place across 24 and 25 October in Johannesburg. The agenda, for the free-to-attend business event, is available to download from the dedicated website, www.GamingAfrica.za.com.

Created as a networking opportunity for both the industry and its regulators to share knowledge and best practice, Gaming Africa will feature thought leaders including Edgar Agaba, CEO, Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Uganda, Lanre Gbajabiamila, Director General, National Lottery Commission of Nigeria, James Mbalwe, Director General, Gaming Board of Tanzania and Jean Claude Mushmire, Head of the Services Industry Development Policy, Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

 

With learning modules covering the economy, payment methods, social responsibility, anti-money laundering, investment, public relations, regional roundtables and two master classes from the Totally Gaming Academy, covering Casino Marketing and Sportsbook Management, Gaming Africa has raised the bar in terms of delivering an event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent.

 

 

Heralding the new event, African gaming expert, Roy Bannister, said: “I anticipate a lot of interest from international visitors looking to get in on the action in a jurisdiction that is pretty hot at the moment. One only needs to look at the trade press to see announcements of deals being done in Africa, new developments and advances in sports betting, payment technologies and mobile growth that is fuelling a lot of excitement about the continent. There is also interest from numerous African regulators wanting to understand how to more effectively regulate their industries, as well as manufacturers looking to place the latest gaming technology on the continent and enable operators to run profitable gaming ventures. Clarion will bring a professionally run gaming event to the African continent, that will draw upon its international expertise and networking capabilities and allow a market crying out for a world class gathering to finally be able to convene on the African continent and, in the process, take the gaming industry to greater heights.”

 

 

Curtis Roach, Content Lead for Gaming Africa said: “It’s fantastic to be working on Gaming Africa as it brings a long-overdue event to arguably the most important and exciting region in the world for the future of gaming. My remit is to produce a forum that inspires, generates active discussion and provides invaluable ideas for delegates to take back to their organisations. Training plays a vital role in raising standards and creating a professional and sustainable industry. To satisfy this, we will be bringing the highly acclaimed ‘Totally Gaming Academy’ master classes to Gaming Africa. Globally recognised experts Arjan Korstjens and Lee Richardson will be flying in to guide delegates through their specialist courses: Casino Marketing Academy, and Sportsbook Management Academy. These are being provided by Clarion Gaming on an entirely complimentary basis – a saving of R15,000.”

 

 

Clarion’s decision to launch Gaming Africa follows requests from major industry players for a quality business-to-business event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent. To download the Agenda and register, which is free to operators and regulators, visit: www.GamingAfrica.za.com.

 

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