Video game publisher Riot Games, which is behind the title League of Legends, is working alongside MTV to launch a festival that includes both esports and music. Entitled Hyperplay, the festival will take place in Singapore.Hyperplay will be presented by the Singapore Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the National Youth Council of Singapore, and will last for two days. Parts of the festival will be live-streamed, with ‘key segments’ being broadcast across Southeast Asia. There will be a League of Legends ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) competition taking place alongside a variety of musicians.Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President of Southeast Asia, Viacom International Media Networks discussed the initiative: “There is a natural synergy between esports and music and with MTV’s expertise in creating compelling music and pop culture experiences, we are amplifying the discovery of a new entertainment experience in the region. With Hyperplay, we are looking to connect with new audiences in the esports genre through a bespoke music platform featuring a diverse range of talents, and the distribution of music and esports content to a much wider audience base.”Johnson Yeh, Managing Director of Riot Games, Greater China and Southeast Asia also commented: “Riot has been engaging in musical collaborations with great artists for years. A lot of gamers are also music fans, but it is exciting to see that a lot of talented musicians are also gamers, with whom we can create tailored music experiences within our game universe.”Esports Insider says: This is certainly an unexpected move for Riot Games, but with the blossoming popularity of esports in Southeast Asia, it’s definitely an interesting concept. We look forward to seeing how Hyperplay comes together.
Namibia 2014: South Africa, Ghana draw leaves both in troubleNamibia 2014: South Africa, Ghana draw leaves both in trouble
South Africa and Ghana are both in danger of being eliminated from the Africa Women Championships in Windhoek, after playing to a 1-1 draw at the Independence Stadium on Wednesday night.Octavia Nogwanya put South Africa ahead on 16 minutes but Elizabeth Cudjoe equalised for Ghana in injury time of the first half.The result sees both teams at the bottom of Group B on one point each, while Cameroon lead the log on six points with Algeria second on three points.South Africa came out attacking with Leandra Smeda and Portia Modise making early inroads before Nogwanya gave them the lead when she tapped in a loose ball after an error by Ghana’s goalie Fafali Dumahisi, who failed to hold a high ball.South Africa continued to attack with Smeda, Modise and Mamello Makhabane all coming close to scoring, but they could not find the net.Ghana, who had few chances of note in the first half, caught South Africa off guard on 46 minutes when an unmarked Elizabeth Cudjoe received the ball at the far post to tap the ball into an empty net. The tempo picked up in the second half as both teams went in search of the winner.Agnes Aduako missed a great chance for Ghana when she missed a cross by Cudjoe with an open goal mouth gaping, while Smeda headed narrowly over the bar from a Modise cross.Nompumelelo Nyandeni came close for South Africa with a long range effort that was tipped over the bar, while a long free kick by Janine van Wyk was just saved by Dumahisi.South Africa’s Nompumelelo Nyandeni won the Player of the Match award.