BenQ ZOWIE has just announced that they will be the official title sponsor for the annual eSports CSGO Tournament – The eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia Open 2018. They’ve always provided professional CS:GO players from multiple countries including India, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, the Middle East, and many more places to represent themselves on an international level. And not just the popular teams – ZOWIE believes in providing opportunities to not so popular but very well talented teams.
The total prize pool money is $100,000. Last year, they had 18 countries participating and now they’ve grown to 24 countries. They’re also going to have amazing equipment for the players during all the matches. This includes their latest award-winning BenQ Zowie’s XL2546 eSports Monitor with a 240Hz Refresh Rate – you heard that right, 240hz of gaming goodness, coupled with their DyAc™ (more on that later!).
The Qualifiers & Schedule
The registrations have started since 6th August and will end by 13th August, which is when the tournament begins. The locations and schedules for all the Indian qualifiers are as follows –
• Direct invite Qualifiers: 13th & 14th August
• Online Qualifiers: 18th & 19th August
• Mumbai Qualifier: 25th & 26th August
• Hyderabad Qualifier: 25th & 26th August
• Bhubaneswar Qualifier: 25th & 26th August
• Jaipur Qualifier: 25th & 26th August
• Decider Qualifier: 1st & 2nd September
•Indian Finals: 6th to 9th September
For the first time, the Indian Qualifiers will feature the Direct Invite Qualifiers in which the top 8 teams will be up against the top 2 seeding ones at the Indian Finals. As you can see from the schedule, there are also offline qualifiers at four cities – Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, and Jaipur. Teams which aren’t in these cities are not going to be left out, as there are online qualifiers as well.
The finals of the eXTREMESLAND tournament will be held in Shanghai, China where the best teams from all over the Asia Pacific region will compete for the glorious $100,000 prize pool money. They aim to provide opportunities to all CS:GO Teams and any team can register here. The different country divisions that will be present this year are China, Mongolia, Middle East, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, ANZ, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Turkey.
The Official Tournament Monitor – BenQ Zowie XL2456
It’s a beast of a monitor, there’s no denying that. Award-winning, 240Hz refresh rate, DyAc™ Technology for better clarity, Black eQualizer, Minimal Screen Glare, Color Vibrancy, 1ms response time and pretty much every single one of their latest technologies are present in this monitor. That’s all good, but how exactly does this help in gaming?
The BenQ Zowie XL2456 has a refresh rate of 240Hz. To put that into perspective – Normal screens, and probably the one which you’re reading this article on right now, have a refresh rate of 60Hz. This means that the monitor can display up to 60 frames per second. Many gaming monitors have a 120Hz or 144Hz Refresh rate which supports for displaying up to 120 or 144 frames per second. And now, this goliath of a monitor features a 240Hz refresh rate – support of displaying up to 240 freaking frames per second.
Higher refresh rates will allow for quicker response in games. Enemies will appear quicker. Everything will be tremendously smoother. I know a friend who purchased a 120Hz monitor and when he got it all set up, he was so amazed by the smoothness that he looked on how smooth his mouse movements were in Windows for the first half hour. If this wasn’t enough, this monitor has other technologies like the BenQ Exclusive DyAc™ Technology, Black eQualizer, Shields to focus on to the game, and much more. We’ll be doing a full review of this monitor soon, so stay tuned!