Monday, March 9, 2015

WD Holds First Gamers Cup for Media

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WD, the world’s leading provider of excellent computer storage solutions, hosts its first ever gaming tournament for the Philippine tech press on March 6, 2015 at Imperium e-Sports Bar and Video Game Lounge in Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Pasig City.

Your friendly neighborhood Pambansang Blogger ng Pilipinas was of course among the many members of the media who dared join a team and compete in a friendly game of Counterstrike Global Offensive. What made the competition a lot more stressful was the fact that we were competing for a chance to win WD Green 6 TB desktop drives and a 120 GB Kingston SSD. That's for each member of the five-man team. Thus WD gave away a total of 5 desktop drives and 5 SSDs.

Wow! I think I perspired a lot eventhough Imperium was airconditioned, especially when the games was a close fight to the win.

I actually invited a blogger friend so he could be among my team mates but unfortunately the team members were assigned via fish bowl draw so I ended up with other members. It was a good thing I never insisted to change groupings since many of my team members were pros in Counterstrike.

Four teams were created to battle each other out for an elimination round via two teams versus challenge, and the final round between the two remaining teams on a best of three win. Since we won in the first two, we were unanimously the declared winners.

Imperium e-Sports Bar and Video Game Lounge is an ideal site to hang-out, drink and play your favorite game on their marvelous computer rigs specifically setup for hardcore gaming. You'll love the hardware: from the keyboard, mouse, headsets up to the computer specifications most especially the drives which are obviously made of the WD brand.

WD Green drives is one of my preferred drives. I've been using the WD brand when I used to have my own Internet Cafe that I setup during the first time I ventured into entrepreneurship. The Computer Shop was the very first business that came into mind being both an IT professional and a gaming enthusiast.

Tech bloggers and media gather as competitors or spectators to witness us battle it out in one of the most popular network games: Counterstrike.

Charlotte Koa, WD Philippines Country Sales Manager welcomed the members of the media to the very first WD Gamers Cup.

Jojo Chang was also present via Skype videoconferencing who shared to us some facts about WD and its drives most specially the Green drive and how it perfectly matches the gaming scene in setting up the highly recommended gaming computer. He advised the use of SSD as the main drive and WD desktop drives as our storage drives.

Since data is becoming so huge for many, we all want storage solution that would allows us fast and easy access to our large amount of data. WD Green drive is the ideal for storage solutions.

Gamers pose for some photo ops. To bad I was just too excited to win I never bothered to take a photo of myself or our winning team. But congratulations are in order for us who made it through three rounds of the Counterstrike game.

More of the official press release:

Dubbed as “WD Gamers Cup: WD X Imperium Media LAN Party”, this gaming event marks the exquisite collaboration of WD with Metro Manila’s most popular and chicest Internet bar, Imperium. The LAN party features the country’s most celebrated gaming and technology bloggers and technology media members as gaming competitors, giving them interactive and first-hand experience of the overall reliability of one of WD’s top-of-the-line hard drive lines, WD Green.

“WD Gamers Cup, in collaboration with Imperium e-Sports Bar and Video Lounge, is a perfect platform to not only engage and celebrate the country’s top technology influencers in a friendly Counter Strike match, but to also inform them the outstanding features of WD Green,” says Charlotte Koa, WD Philippines country sales manager.

The Many Wonders of WD Green Drive
From WD’s Power of Choice line, WD Green hard drive takes pride in its eco-friendly and power-saving attributes. Increased power consumption is being prevented with its GreenPower Technology, as it manages heat which allows the hard drive to operate cooler with increased overall reliability. This unique technology of WD Green also decreases noise and vibration levels as well as hard drive failure, allowing you to work with your computer in a more hassle-free manner. Also, its advanced 4K HDD formatting makes WD Green a stronger solution compared to its rivals in the market.

Although famous for its power-saving and eco-friendly features, WD Green also works best as a complementary drive to solid state drives (SSDs) as it solves storage limitations through the Smart Repsonse Technology. It also delivers the ultimate experience for gamers who want a steady balance of capacity and speed.

“WD Green once combined with SSD though the Intel rapid storage technology, can achieve the speed of SSD then take advantage of the additional capacity from HDD. It’s like Hybrid Drives,” explained by Albert Chung, Senior Product Marketing Manager for WD APAC. “WD Green as a second drive can be alternative for the WD Black- which is popular for its system performance. SSD can provide the needed speed of the gamers, yet with WD Green Drive, the capacity of the desktop storage could increase.”

WD Green- an eco-friendly, high performance storage device that is highly recommended for primary use in Desktop and All-in-One PCs, could also be a supplementary storage for backing up files and archiving.

Best-in-class power management, reduced heat output, and next-generation technologies such as IntelliSeek, WD Green offers a perfect balance of performance and power.

A Perfect Techie Collaboration

The gamers cup organized by WD, with the collaborating efforts of Imperium Internet bar, has hyped up the local tech and gaming scene. WD has awarded 5 WD Green hard drive units to the winning team, plus a cool party to the tech press. Although the event is primarily aimed at WD’s brand awareness, the exciting event has also inevitably changed the e-gaming landscape in the Philippines, according to Raphael Gancayco, president of Imperium e-Sports Bar and Video Game Lounge.

“The WD Gamers Cup has given its participants a glimpse of what it is like to compete in a global e-Sports tournament scenario. This event has made e-Sports even more popular in the Philippines. The goal of Imperium e-Sports Bar has always been to elevate the level of professionalism of e-Sports in the country, and I believe WD is doing just that with this amazing gaming tournament and party,” says Gancayco, who is an international professional e-sports gamer himself.

He also shares how WD Green has empowered his business. “We at Imperium e-Sports Bar personally love the features of WD Green hard drive. We run high-powered PCs and we take advantage of the reduced power consumption without sacrificing performance that only WD Green can deliver. The enormous storage capacity allows us to have ready access to graphic intensive games and allow us to produce more content in the future,” says Gancayco.

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