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10 Reasons Why Las Vegas Will be the eSports Capital of America

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1) Location.

Seriously, it’s Las Vegas. There are millions of square feet of space available for conventions and tournaments. There are somewhere near 150,000 hotel rooms in Vegas. Flights into Las Vegas are some of the cheapest you’ll find, with flights being 1.5 hours or less. You can drive to Vegas from pretty much anywhere in the Southwestern United States in about five hours. The centralized location of The Strip allows people to get from hotel to venues easily. *Little known fact — you can get anywhere in Las Vegas in 20 minutes.

2) Food.

I saw a professional gamer lamenting the price of food on The Strip the other day. I get it. It can be expensive; you can dine at a 3-Star Michelin restaurant operated by the “highest ranked chef in the world,” Joël Robuchon, or, you can eat street tacos. There’s authentic Sushi or Korean BBQ in Chinatown. You can sample international cuisine ranging from cheap to lavish at any of the hotels, chains, mom & pop shops, etc. Want $3.99 steak and eggs at midnight? Throw a rock, and you’ll find several casinos with midnight breakfast deals. Don’t get stuck on the idea that you have to eat on The Strip. You can find quality food to fit your budget…you just have to look. Like I said, you can get anywhere in Las Vegas in 20 minutes. Grab an Uber or a Lyft and go get some food.

3) eSport Arenas.

Las Vegas currently has two top notch eSport arenas: The Esports Arena in the Luxor Hotel and Casino and the Millennial Esports Arena in the Neonopolis.

  1. Luxor esports arena opening march 2018The brand new arena in the Luxor works to attract locals, tourists, and big name gamers such as Ninja and Dr. Lupo. It has comfortable seating, two bars, a restaurant, and plenty of space to compete. According to their website, “The 30,000-square-foot, multilevel arena is designed to host every form of competitive gaming, from daily play to high-stakes eSports tournaments, and features a competition stage, 50-foot LED video wall, telescopic seating, PC and console gaming stations, and a network TV-quality production studio.” They aren’t lying. From the time you walk in, it’s impressive and comfortable. It’s a great venue for tournaments. https://www.esportsarenavegas.com 
  2. https://www.millennialesports.com

4) Gaming Lounges.

Gaming lounges are popping up like crazy in Las Vegas. Here are a handful of cool venues:

  1. http://www.gamenestlv.com/
  2. the dojo esports training ground las vegasThe Dojo Training Ground. This venue is a bit off the beaten path, but worth the trip. They are setup like a typical Korean PC Bang (pronounced Pea-She Bong) with a focus on PC gaming. Clean, sleek, and minimal…just like a dojo should be. The Dojo is actively seeking teams to become “residents.” The UNLV Overwatch team has set up shop here and I’m sure more will come. They run a weekly Battle Royale tournament on Saturdays and are looking to do more with the local community. https://www.thedojoesports.com/
  3. wolf and lamb gaming lounge las vegasWolf and Lamb. This is a “mom & pop” venue. (More to come on that). The space has PCs, consoles, and a board game/card game section. The staff is amazingly friendly, and they “really want guests to feel like family.” They are the only venue that I’ve seen that offers a one-time membership fees for super discounted prices, a level up system for rewards, and weekly gaming “quests.” They’re also starting to run various PC and console tournaments. http://wolfandlamblv.com/
  4. http://www.psglv.com/
  5. pvp zone esports gaming lounge las vegasPvP Zone. Your typical PC Bang with more than 30 PCs lining the space. They are directly connected to Jackie Bee Boba Express. Gamers can pick up Thai food and bring it over. The venue is near the CSN Charleston campus, operates 24/7, and caters mainly to CSN students. http://pvpzonelv.com/
  6. gorilla cafe esports gaming lounge las vegasGorilla Cafe. This is a unique place. It’s part billiards/eSports with pool tables, PCs, and PS3s. Because it’s a bar, you can drink and smoke inside so it caters to a more adult crowd who aren’t so serious about gaming. https://www.gorilla-cafe.com/
  7. The Wall Gaming Lounge in Las VegasThe Wall Gaming Lounge in the Rio Hotel & Casino. This is a brand-new location in phase 1 of 3 in its construction. You can find a full review of this venue at www.esportsinlasvegas.com. It is as close to an Esports Bar & Lounge that I’ve seen. The H1Z1 League players regularly stream from this location; it has stream setups and is comfortable. It will be a pretty amazing place for both locals and tourists.

5) Arcades

  1. GameWorks. Located south of The Strip on Las Vegas Blvd. This is your standard GameWorks location with bar, restaurant, bowling, tons and tons of arcade games, and an Esports Gaming Center. GameWorks has been actively working with Esports organizers to bring weekly tournaments to the venue. They want to create something special and are looking for a big hook.
  2. Dave & Busters. I’m still waiting to see if Dave & Busters will take the approach of GameWorks and try to use its name to host eSport events in Las Vegas. For now, it’s a standard arcade located in the Downtown Summerlin Mall with no real connection to eSports…but the potential is there.

6) Conventions.

Over the last ten years, thanks to the success of the San Diego Comic Con, PAX, CES and the general embrace of Geek Culture, more and more conventions have popped up. Anime, Cartoon, Comic, Video Game, Board Game…you name it, and it has a convention. A lot of these conventions are starting to embrace video game tournaments and eSports. We’re going to see many more conventions in Las Vegas that will be entertaining ways to incorporate eSports into their events.

7) Cost.

If you want to get to Las Vegas on a budget, you can. Compared to other cities, hotel rooms are pretty cheap when you compare what you get for what you pay. Even if you Air BnB it somewhere off The Strip, it’s quick and easy to get back for tournaments. So, don’t be afraid to stay off The Strip. Locations such as the Red Rock Casino, The Suncoast Hotel, South Point, and Silverton Hotel offer up great amenities and deals for great prices. Just do your research and book in advance. Sometimes it’s worth being old-fashioned and calling to see if you can haggle a deal on a multi-night stay. You can always pay a little extra, bring a couple friends and stay at a world-class hotel such as The Venetian, the Bellagio, The Wynn, The Aria, or The Cosmopolitan. One thing to remember is that you have a choice. It’s not like other cities where you’re going to have trouble meeting your needs, in Las Vegas you can go as big or as small as you want.

8) Convenience.

You’ll never find a more convenient city in the world. Trust me, I’ve tried. You want to drink all night; you want to dance all night; you want to eat all night; you need to buy a toothbrush at 3AM; Las Vegas has you covered. The old slogan, “The city that never sleeps” is legit. You can do, get, or see anything you want at pretty much any time of the day. Staying on The Strip, and don’t want to Uber or walk? Take the Tram. It comes every 15 minutes and runs from 7AM – 2AM every day. Get deals on all day passes or multi-day passes for less than an Uber ride. Don’t want to spend that much on a Tram, take “The Deuce” — Las Vegas’ own double-decker bus that runs up and down The Strip. They also arrive every 15 minutes and have deals on 24 hour passes or multi-days and also run from 7AM – 2 AM. Hell, in most cases, you’re going to be close enough that you could probably walk…or factor in the cost of Uber, Tram, etc. and see if it’s cheaper to stay in the hotel where your tournament is taking place. Also, don’t forget to see if your hotel offers free rides to and from the airport. Most of them do, they might also offer free shuttles to The Strip.

9) Entertainment.

Duh…this is Las Vegas. A city grown out of the desert to entertain people. Make your tournament a vacation. You like comedy, plays, dancing, musicals, concerts, or, maybe, kitschy Zombie Burlesque shows? Then, go catch a show! There are cheap and/or free amazing shows from discount ticket places or online booking sites. Explore a bit. There are weird, wild, WTF places such as The Mafia Museum or The Pinball Hall of Fame. Grand Canyon helicopter rides are a great escape from the city if you want. Are you a thrill seeker? Then, race exotic sports cars at Speed Vegas or Dream Racing. If you like the outdoors, hike Red Rock Canyon. If none of these pique your interest, what about watching a Golden Knights game…you can even watch them practice. The Raiders will be here soon, and the Las Vegas Aces kicked off their inaugural season in the WNBA so there will be even more to do soon.

10) Passion.

The City and State are working to make eSports and eSports gambling as iconic and integral to Las Vegas as the slot machine. There are numerous organizations, like the Nevada eSports Alliance (check out Episode 24 of my podcast to hear more about them) and the LVCVA who are working with experts, academics, eSports teams, etc. to make sure eSports teams, players, and leagues have everything they need at their fingertips to make Las Vegas the premiere “eSport destination.”

The city, casinos, and locals have a passion for eSports, but eSports in Las Vegas is in its infancy. It requires growth, stability, and cooperation of a lot of different organizations, companies, officials, tourists, and locals to develop into the eSports Destination that it can be. The only way we can get there, though, is by showing up, helping out, offering advice, and working together to make sure that all the venues and players prosper. This means discounting hotel prices or tournament registration fees, working with travel sites for deals, and talking with officials (both state and local) to figure out how best to work with organizations, corporations, and individuals for the greater good of the city.

You can listen to Beyond Beta Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, or Spotify, and check out my progress in eSports at www.BeyondBetaPodcast.com. You can follow me on Twitter @SteveJShockey, or follow the YouTube channel Beyond Beta Podcast.

Steve “ShockSmash” Shockey

Source: http://www.esportsinlasvegas.com/10-reasons-why-las-vegas-will-be-the-esports-capital-of-america/

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Shiba Inu (SHIB) Rises to Range High

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Shiba Inu (SHIB) yesterday reached the range high where it has been trading since May 2021. If the token breaks out of that area, it could begin a parabolic rise.

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SHIB currently ranks as the 47th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, according to Coingecko. The main “dog competitor” and also the younger brother of Dogecoin (DOGE) broke out of the descending triangle pattern and validated the falling resistance line as support.

SHIB reaches the range high

Since the May 2021 declines, SHIB has been in a range between resistance in the $0.00000950 area (red rectangle) and support at $0.00000550 (green rectangle). Over a period of almost 4 months, the altcoin has repeatedly reached and bounced off these two areas.

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On 16 September, SHIB rose 26% to reach the resistance area again a day later. At the press release, this area rejected the price and left a long upper wick.

However, if the daily candle closes above $0.00000904, a higher high will be printed on the daily chart. Combined with the higher low (blue arrows) of 7 September, this could signal a reversal and the start of an upward impulse.

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The possibility of breaking through the top of the range and continuing the uptrend is also confirmed by the growing volume signature. During the last two days, it reached the highest values since mid-June (red arrow).

Technical indicators confirm the possibility of the continuation of the uptrend. RSI has broken above the 50 line and is rising. MACD generated two positive momentum bars and the signal line is close to entering positive territory. The stochastic oscillator is heading upwards and is close to entering bullish territory above 80.

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Descending triangle

The daily chart also shows the breakout from the descending triangle that occurred on 7 September (orange arrow). On that day, SHIB rose 24% and began a multi-day consolidation. It then rose to the top of the range at $0.00000950 and started a downtrend.

The downward movement validated the descending triangle line twice as support (orange circles) and brought the price to the bottom around the range support area. Since then, SHIB has risen 40% and continues its upward movement.

Chart by Tradingview

The movement target for this pattern as measured by the height of the descending triangle is the $0.00001100 level. This resistance coincides with the 1.414 Fib external retracement level measured for the last downward movement. If SHIB reaches this peak, it will confirm the breakout from the range described in the previous section.

SHIB future movement

The short-term 4-hour chart shows a breakout from the descending resistance line that has been respected since August 17. The line was tested several times until it was decisively broken through with high volume on 16 September.

At the same time, the SHIB price also broke through the short-term support/resistance area near $0.00000760 (green rectangle). It coincides with the 0.382 Fib retracement level. It is expected that in the short term it will serve as support and the price will validate the area before continuing the upward movement.

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AMD Not Prioritize Mining Cards Over Gaming GPUs, Says CFO

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AMD, along with other chip manufacturers, has struggled to keep up with the high demand for GPUs due to crypto mining. 

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The past year has been hard on those looking to buy gaming graphic processing units (GPUs). The same high-powered units that are used in HD gaming applications also happen to be the GPU of choice for cryptocurrency miners worldwide. As the mining of cryptos such as Bitcoin becomes more and more difficult, more and more processing power is required to achieve the same goal.

Due to this, there has been a rush on GPUs in the last year with AMD, Nvidia, and other manufacturers struggling to keep pace. AMD has come under heavy pressure because of how poor its ability to meet the growing demand has been. Some even accused the company of prioritizing mining cards over gaming chips. The pandemic was another root cause of this shortage as the world’s population demanded more home electronics and entertainment devices across the board. 

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During the recent Deutsche Bank Technology Conference, CFO of AMD Devinder Kumar said that AMD was not prioritizing GPU cryptocurrency miners when asked directly about it. Kumar’s response was “crypto, negligible. That’s not a priority for us. We do not prioritize our products or make them for the crypto folks is not for the gamers, and that’s a high priority from that standpoint. What’s driven the growth, as you know, we had the Radeon 6000 Series high-end GPUs introduced very competitive and that is driving the growth in the GPU space.” 

Crypto-specific cards might be the answer

Nvidia has suffered through the same issue as its competition and is tackling it in a rather reasonable way. The company began to produce and market GPUs that were specifically designed for cryptocurrency miners. Nvidia creating a distinct separation between the two should help alleviate the rush on gaming GPUs that users are scrambling to purchase. 

The crypto-mining processors (CMPs) that are now being sold aren’t as sophisticated as their gaming counterparts because they don’t need to be. Because they can’t be used for conventional graphics-related tasks, they will not flood the GPU secondary market. CMP cards can’t be used for graphics-related tasks are therefore won’t flood the secondary market with GPUs.

Another step that Nvidia has taken to combat this issue is to nerf its currency line of GPUs to make them less suited to the task of mining cryptocurrencies. Due to this, they are only effective as gaming cards.

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Tomi Heroes NFT Sales Surpasses $1.35M

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NFT and DeFi enthusiasts worldwide may be wondering why Tomi Heroes have been popping off on OpenSea in recent days.

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These non-fungible tokens grant access to Tomi’s token presale soon, so the limited-edition sets are in high demand. With 395 Ether roughly $1.37 million in traded volume, it is evident that this is the project to keep an eye on over the coming days. 

Massive TOMI Presale ROI Potential

As Tomi Heroes generate more proceeds, the team will use these funds to purchase and burn TOMI token during the TOMI sale on SushiSwap.

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It is a no-brainer for any TOMI presale participant, as, given the contribution by the TOMI team from the NFT sale, the return on investment potential is borderline astronomical.

As more FOMO kicks in among investors who seek exposure to the TOMI presale rounds, the remaining NFTs will generate even more attention and return for the presale.

It is essential to see this project for what it embodies. It is not just an NFT collectible, although these items will likely remain very popular on the secondary market after the token sale concludes.

Instead, it is a tool to facilitate token presale participation and incentivize holding the NFT rather than flipping it for a quick profit like so many other projects. 

Moreover, using the proceeds to make the TOMI token even more scarce is a gamechanger in the crypto industry.

Since the project focuses on giving back to the stakeholders with no profits for the developers, other NFT projects can learn a thing or two from how Tomi approaches this novel technology.

Perhaps this will set a precedent for ethical and inventive demand-driven tokenomics.

Investing in Tomi Heroes is a smart idea if you are interested in partaking in the TOMI presale rounds. It is essential to gain access to one of these five presale rounds, as they are available for only 30 minutes each.

The current rate of ETH trading volume is sufficient to make investors 10x on their TOMI investment even if no one else would participate in the token sale and it remains at a $75,000 market cap. 

The TOMI launch will happen on the Polygon network via the SushiSwap platform to avoid transaction delays and high gas fees. The token presale rounds will take place on September 21, 2021, with each of the five presale rounds lasting 30 minutes. .

A dive into the Tomi technology

To grasp the potential of TOMI, it is essential to look at what the ecosystem will provide to its users. Powering scalable projects through blockchain technology and introducing DEX swapping are two of its core solutions.

The focus on decentralized finance can change the lives of millions of people by democratizing access to alternative financial services and products.

Aligning this vision with PancakeSwap’s success and long-term plan can create a sustainable and attractive outlook for cryptocurrency and blockchain over the coming years. 

TOMISwap will serve as the next-generation decentralized trading platform built by the Tomi team. It will run on the Ethereum blockchain and facilitate the swapping of multiple tokens without forcing users to spend an arm and a leg on transaction fees.

Offering sustainable, efficient, cheap, and fast solutions for transactions at a high throughput helps conserve energy and offers scalability that will benefit all participants. 

The transaction fee per swap is capped at 0.3% of the amount, thanks to the use of decentralized liquidity providers. Of those fees:

  • Liquidity providers will earn 66.6% of transaction fees from TOMISwap and the Sushiswap smart contract’s activity, 
  • Governance token stakers will receive 16.6% of the transaction fee.
  • TOMISwap user giveaways will be allocated 8.3% of the transaction fee.
  • The remaining 8.3% goes to TOMIFundMe. 

Through TOMIFundMe, every person on the planet can set up a profile to share project ideas and business plans.

Rather than stopping there, TOMIFundMe will help business ideas grow and evolve if they can change the world for the better.

All TOMI holders can vote on projects to receive a grant. Those grants are paid out using the 8.3% of all TOMISwap fees collected for this purpose.

It is a front-row seat to future development in the decentralized industry, unlike anything that has been seen before. 

The team’s strong focus on wealth distribution and making a positive societal impact brink value to the TOMI token and those who hold it in their portfolio. However, there are multiple benefits to holding that token.

TOMI utility In a nutshell

The TOMI token serves multiple purposes in the Tomi ecosystem, as it is the native currency.

Ranging from community governance to liquidity provision and cheap transactions, there are multiple reasons to like the concept of TOMI.

Governance token stakers receive passive income from TOMISWAP and can vote on the new era of blockchain development.

Traders can benefit from cheap transaction fees and liquidity rewards through swapping DEX. 

With an initial supply of 1.5 billion – capturing the initial needs of the project – the team opts for using half of the coins to provide liquidity through Sushiswap.

Another 250 million tokens will fund the development of the project and require TOMI governance token holder approval before spending.

The remaining 500 million – to be unlocked over three years – is used for the Community pool. There are no free tokens for the founders or anyone else to ensure a fair distribution and release. 

After the TOMI sale concludes, the team will launch TomiSwap and TOMI staking in October 2021. TomIFundMe will be released in Q1 2022, somewhere near February.

The Tomi blockchain – marking the migration away from Ethereum – goes live in Q3 2022 and will support ERC-20 tokens. 

Closing thoughts

The ongoing interest in the Tomi NFTs confirms investors are on board with the team’s vision of creating wealth for everyone through fairness and transparency.

Moreover, the team’s choice to use all proceeds to buy back TOMI tokens and reduce the supply from day one – without any developer receiving a free allocation of tokens – confirms their commitment to a long-term business plan capable of changing DeFi for good. 

A confident team with a solid business plan and a forward-thinking approach can make many ideas become reality. As cryptocurrency becomes a more mainstream concept, now is the time to build wealth and share it with everyone else. All aspects of Tomi fulfill that outlook and provide value and incentive for TOMI holders.

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