SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea on Tuesday presented a united front with the United States on a decision to call off a major military drill, one week after President Donald Trump's surprise announcement that he would suspend such exercises with the longtime Asian ally. Shortly after the U.S. and South Korean militaries formally announced the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August had been called off, Seoul's Defense Ministry said the decision was necessary to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea. "South Korea and the U.S. made the decision as we believe this will contribute to maintaining such momentum," said Choi Hyun-soo, the ministry's spokeswoman. The announcement was widely anticipated following President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week. Mr. Trump said after the summit in Singapore that he would suspend the U.S. military's "war games" with South Korea unless and until the talks on ending North Korea's … [Read more...] about U.S., South Korea nix “war game” in name of “momentum”
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Clash Royale League will feature 36 e-sports teams from around the world and an impressive $1 million prize pool, as announced by Supercell – the company behind the mobile game. This will be the highest prize pool featured in a mobile game tournament.If you haven't heard about Clash Royale, you need to step-up your mobile gaming culture, as this is one of the most popular mobile games in the world with over 100 million downloads on Android (no data about iOS downloads but we bet the numbers are similar if not even higher). It's essentially a player-versus-player arena card game, where you gain resources and spend them on different units, which you will then use to defeat your opponent.So, what is the format of Clash Royale League going to be? Well, this year's league will be divided into two divisions – one, where Asian and China teams will compete, which will run from March until July, and another division for teams from the rest of the world, which will run from … [Read more...] about Clash Royale League to feature 36 e-sports teams, $1 million prize pool
Supercell has recruited 36 pro esports organizations to field teams for its new Clash Royale League, which will crown the world’s top Clash Royale players in a series of tournaments with a $1 million prize pool. Supercell’s roster of teams includes eight of North America’s finest esports teams: Cloud9 Esports, Team SoloMid, Tribe Gaming, Immortals, NRG, Complexity, Team Dignitas, and Counter Logic Gaming. Last year, a competitor from Mexico, Sergioramos, won the tournament as the best player in the world. But everybody competed in the tournament as individuals. This year, Supercell is offering players the chance to sign with one of the elite pro teams through an in-game event called the Clash Royale League Challenge. 25 million players competed to qualify for the CRL in 2018, and just under 7,000 players from 113 different countries made it to the next round. In the coming months, pro teams will create their rosters and prepare to compete for their spot in … [Read more...] about Supercell recruits 36 pro esports teams for Clash Royale League
The breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics aren't skiers or figure skaters. They're 229 North Korean cheerleaders who have wowed the international media with their synchronized chants and identical outfits. The cheerleaders have made headlines throughout the games for everything from their fashion choices to their tightly supervised hotel conditions and bathroom visits to their reaction to the surprise appearance of an impersonator playing Kim Jong-un, North Korea's authoritarian leader. No one really knows North Korea's motivation behind sending this unusual squad to the Pyeongchang games, but experts in the country's policy believe it may be an attempt to retain a little bit of limelight and soften the closed-off country's image. Whether it's working, though, seems to be an open question. [In Photos: North Korea's Cheerleading Squad] Army of beauties The North Korean squad, sometimes known as the "Army of Beauties," has appeared at several Asian sporting events since 2002. … [Read more...] about Will North Korea’s Synchronized Cheerleaders Soften the Country’s Image?
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year — and more commonly known as the Spring Festival (Chūnjié) in China —has become one of the world's top five most celebrated festivals. It isn't just celebrated in China. Other East Asian and Southeast Asian countries — such as Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius and the Philippines — celebrate, as well. It is also popular in Chinatowns around the world. In fact, Chinese New Year celebrations take place in New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney and other overseas cities. One-sixth of the world's population participates in Chinese New Year festivities, according to the Travel China Guide. The Chinese New Year is the longest public holiday in China. Employees have seven to 12 days off from work, and students have one month of winter vacation. "No matter where they live, Chinese try to return home to be with their families for Chinese New Year, just as Americans do … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year: Customs & Traditions