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OpTic Gaming have launched a new social media app that rewards users for posting

Published: 18/Sep/2018 9:23 Updated: 18/Sep/2018 9:31

by Matt Porter

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OpTic Gaming have teamed up with Singapore-based social media company JET8 to release a new social media app named OpTic Snap.

OpTic Snap allows users to share pictures or videos with other fans of the OpTic organization, while earning rewards for everything they post.

The rewards come in the form of discounts on the OpTic Gaming store. Members of the Greenwall who upload content earn ‘JETS’, which they can then redeem for up to 20% off items found on OpTic’s merchandise site.

In a statement released on OpTic’s website, JET8 Director Joshua Thompson stated; “Esports fans are passionate about their favorite teams, and spend a huge amount of time creating and sharing social media content. JET8 allows OpTic Snap to reward their fans for this support and turn them into paid micro-influencers, building a powerful community where both the brand and its fans share in value.”

OpTic Gaming General Manager Romain Bigeard shared his excitement at the opportunity to give back to the Greenwall’s massive fanbase, saying; “This isn’t just an opportunity for us to give back to the fans that have loyally supported the organization for years. It’s a way for us to help them get even better connected with each other as well, forging tighter bonds and an even more vibrant fan culture”

The OpTic Snap app is currently focused on the Indian and Southeast Asian markets, but OpTic have confirmed their intention to release news about a western hemisphere version in the future.

While there is no information about an iOS version of the app, OpTic Snap is currently available as a free download on the Google Play Store.

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Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards

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Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.