Disclaimer: We were provided with a copy of the game and had no obligation to write a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not influenced by Activision, and/or its affiliates, in any way.

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Vanguard, and after finishing the single-player campaign, here are my thoughts on the game. Firstly, I have to give credit to Sledgehammer Games for optimizing the game - on my desktop, which struggles to play CoD: Warzone at a decent frame rate, I could run Vanguard perfectly. Sure, it was on performance mode at 1080p, but it looked and ran a lot better than the CoD battle royale. I was able to finish the whole game with no issues or slowdown in performance. It was that well optimized.

Now onto the game itself - it's been a while since I last played a CoD campaign (if I'm not mistaken it was probably the 2010 Black Ops or older) so it felt refreshing to jump into a story-driven shooter again. The story kicks off right in the thick of things - hijack a train that is on its way to Hamburg to steal some files. As usual, things quickly escalate and you find yourself embroiled in a plan to put an end to the Third Reich. I won't spoil the rest of the story, but let's just say it's nothing out of the ordinary regarding World War 2 and Nazis.

Throughout the campaign, you'll get to play backstory/introductory missions as each of the characters, which eventually cumulates into the present day where you use everything you've learnt to complete the final task. As Arthur Kingsley, the British leader of the group, you get to play a typical FPS with a special ability to command your allies to attack designated hotspots. Wade Jackson, the American pilot, you get to fly a plane and a special detection mode that slows enemies down and shows their outline wherever they are. Polina Petrova, the Russian sharpshooter, is great with a sniper rifle and has the ability to move quickly while crouched. Lastly, as Lucas Riggs, the Australian demolitions expert - you get to blow up a lot of things.

I'm no history buff so I can't tell you how accurate the various battles and locations were - but seeing how Vanguard is a game and not an army simulator, it shouldn't be of much concern. With the unique gameplay elements of each character and mission, the game felt fresh from start to end without overstaying its welcome. I played the game on Regular difficulty and felt it was challenging enough - most of the game was a breeze but there were sections I had to replay quite a few times before figuring out what to do.

The worst part of the game was the plane mission. I don't know if this was intended to convey how difficult it was to fly and shoot at the same time, or me being terrible with plane controls, but it was the only mission where I felt glad when it was finally over. The rest of the campaign was typical CoD: shoot enemies, run to cover, collect ammo/weapons, rinse and repeat. The only difference is how you accomplish those tasks. Not complaining here - people expecting a CoD game won't be let down.

The final mission was a fun and short excursion which ended a bit too soon (it also wraps up in the most convenient way possible) but I guess it's a good way to introduce people to multiplayer before they can get burnt out by the game. I tried a single match of Free For All multiplayer and was quickly reminded why I stopped playing multiplayer shooters in the first place - I don't have the reflexes that I used to for these kinds of games. Overall, CoD: Vanguard was a decent way to spend six and a half hours of my weekend.

In conclusion, CoD: Vanguard's single-player campaign is nothing groundbreaking in terms of its story or mechanics, but it is an entertaining ride. Treat it like an introduction to the multiplayer component of the game - where I believe most CoD players will be spending their time. Based on the official road map, there's tons more content to come so this can be a game that you play for a whole year. Props to Sledgehammer for the graphical optimization - hopefully, we can see that tech carried over to Warzone one day.

How many people do you know would give up a career travelling across the world for something as mundane as sitting in a room to play video games all day? Few, seeing how exciting life in the air and in other countries can be, especially during a time where we’re all chained to our homes thanks to the pandemic. Li Shun Yang or better known as ShunYeungHD to his fans is one such person. In fact, the Hongkonger quit his day job as a flight attendant many years ago because he didn’t have enough time to focus on streaming!

Starting out as an unknown streamer about six years ago, he grew from playing ARK: Survival Evolved for minute crowds to him soiling his pants running from ghosts and demons for his legion of fans. If that sounds familiar to you because of a particular Swedish YouTuber that we all know, you’re not wrong.

“One of the major people I looked up to was PewDiePie, he’s the reason I got into streaming,” Shun Yang reflected. When he found his audience growing after streaming spooky titles, amongst other things, he decided that would be his new path. What began as a pastime turned into an opportunity to make a living, it was a happy accident. Fortunately, for him and his fans - if he wasn’t working as a streamer, he’d likely be a government servant for the immigration department (a job he had rejected after becoming a full-time streamer).

But, it hasn’t been a completely smooth journey for him. For one, he’s streaming without the encouragement of his family. Despite them tuning into his streams occasionally, they haven’t given him their full blessing to pursue this career. The best he can do for now is build his own success in hopes of changing their minds.

Though the sports buff (who enjoys gymming, swimming and travelling) didn’t find it difficult to be in front of the camera, he found it even more awkward to have it on while nobody was watching. Having little to no audience was one of the biggest challenges ShunYeungHD had to overcome when he was a fledgeling but fortuitously, he had friends to rely on. By making appearances on the streams of popular content creators like Songsen, Laowu, JP dan Lunacy Hollow, he was able to tap into their fanbase to grow his own audience.

Making content relevant to your audience is important, especially when you’re still growing. And putting out the right content at the right time can give you a boost in traffic. ShunYeungHD is notable for having a lot of Malaysian fans, despite not being one himself, due to his series of vlogs during his time in the country. It also helped that the crossover audiences from his friends’ streams were Malaysian. Another thing he had to do was learn to edit his own videos.

“Having VODs or highlights on your channel are important for growth. I had to learn how to edit videos by following online tutorials. It’s important to have all these basic skills first or you’ll be very lost when starting out,” said Shun Yang on advice for newcomers to streaming. “Competition is very tough right now, so let your personality shine to stand out.”

Just like every other popular streamer out there, ShunYeungHD has his fair share of haters. Despite what many people think, streamers do read what people write in chat, and sometimes the comments he receives bring him down. Regardless, he’s determined to not let it stop him from doing what he loves. Yet, he did mention, if he ever stops streaming one day, he wants to remain in the gaming industry - probably in the backend of esports.

ShunYeungHD, who is based in China and sometimes Hong Kong, relies on VPNs to stream on Facebook. When asked why he chose this approach despite the multitude of Chinese streaming platforms available, he replied that he found the audience on Facebook more challenging to engage, which gives him the motivation to do better. He’s also a fan of variety, preferring to create content for various games instead of only one, which explains the plethora of games he streams on his channel.

He may not be the biggest streamer yet, but if he keeps up his growth and working mindset, he’s bound to go places. To his supporters, he offers his gratitude and thanks to them for accompanying him on this journey so far, and to his fans in Malaysia - he promises he’ll drop by to visit once the pandemic is over.

Catch ShunYeungHD streaming live on Facebook or his VODs on Youtube. Stay tuned to Rangkaian eGG for more in-depth profiles of your favourite streamers!

Everyone's favourite gaming award show in Southeast Asia, the SEA Game Awards will be back for its fifth year this November. Organized by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, the SEA Game Awards 2021 is an event to commemorate all the best games made in this part of the world. Just like last year, there will be 10 different categories for the awards that will be bestowed to the winning entries.

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Here are our panel of esteemed judges for this year’s submissions. Hailing from the game industry media, these experts from the region had the monumental task of picking the best of the 100+ entries we received. It was no easy feat.

Though this year's event will also be completely virtual (like 2020), it won't be any less exciting. With game entries from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei, there's going to be the talent to match this multi-nation celebration. Yes, there will be special guests performing and hosting the awards ceremony. We can't reveal who they are yet, but stay tuned to Rangkaian eGG to keep in the know!

The SEA Game Awards 2021 will be broadcast on eGG Network TV, Facebook Page, and Tik tok - 19 November, 8 PM.

After the disappointment of Gamescom Asia being cancelled last year, gamers will be happy to know that this year's edition will be going ahead as planned! Gamescom Asia 2021, one of the biggest global video game conferences is happening this weekend, and you'll be able to catch all the action live from the comfort of your home. Yes, that's right, if you're not attending Gamescom in person, you'll still be able to catch the exciting presentations and discussions online.

While we can't spill the beans about what's going on over the next three days, we can tell you what's going to happen.

On Friday, 15 October, we'll have the main event, Studio Primetime - a 1-hour show packed with news, first looks, game premieres from some of the biggest names in the industry. If you're only going to watch one day of Gamescom Asia, this is the program you won't want to miss.

Saturday and Sunday (16-17 October), we'll have a full day of programmes for you to tune into - from news about the latest games to challenges, tournaments and fireside chats - there's going to be a lot of games-related content for you to consume. Check out the full schedule:

eGG Network is proud to be an official Platform Partner for Gamescom Asia 2021, and we'll be broadcasting all 3 days on our Facebook Page. Make sure you follow us to be notified when we go live and keep tabs on the official Gamescom Asia website for more details! We'll be back next week with a best of/highlights of Gamescom Asia 2021 in case you miss anything juicy.

Pada awal tahun ini, eGG Network memulakan kejohanan komuniti pertama, Telur Mata Cup, yang telah menjadikan satu kejayaan membanggakan. Banyak benda yang dipelajari untuk menganjurkan kejohanan tersebut, dan kini sekali lagi, kami akan menganjurkan pertandingan sempena ulang tahun ke-5 eGG Network. Yang lebih menarik apabila meraikannya bersama komuniti e-sukan. Sepanjang bulan Oktober hingga November ini, kami akan bawakan satu siri kejohanan untuk komuniti e-sukan (ditambah satu lagi kejutan istimewa). 

Valorant Agents Assemble adalah permainan video yang pertama akan dipertandingan dan pastinya akan menambah keterujaan peminat Valorant. Terbuka kepada komuniti, terdapat 9 pasukan pemain akan menentang pasukan all-star Facebook Gaming Creators! Pemenang setiap pusingan akan dapatkan potongan hadiah bernilai RM30,000. Mod permainan adalah Spike Rush, dan semua pesaing yang harus mengalahkan pasukan KOL dalam pusingan yang mereka mainkan. 

Adakah anda mempunyai kemahiran yang diperlukan untuk mengalahkan beberapa top pemain Valorant? Pendaftaran dibuka esok (26 September) dan nantikan untuk pautan untuk mendaftar di halaman Facebook kami - Sekiranya Valorant bukan permainan pilihan anda jangan risau kami mempunyai beberapa permainan lain yang menanti anda 😉. 

Valorant Agents Assemble ditaja oleh MSI Malaysia, syarikat di sebalik GE66 Raider - komputer riba kelas permainan nipis tanpa kompromi. Dikuasakan oleh Intel® Core ™ Gen ke-11 Pemproses, paparan GeForce RTX ™ 3080, dan QHD 240Hz, apa yang anda mahukan pada komputer riba permainan mudah alih dan banyak lagi. 

Tambahan pula untuk hadiah giveaway, pemenang giveaway juga berpeluang untuk mendapatkan Valorant Points ihsan daripada Codashop - Pantas & mudah untuk membeli game kredit.

Peminat boleh mengikuti Rangkaian eGG di Facebook dan Instagram, atau melayari laman web www.egg.network untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai Valorant Agents Assemble.

Are you a hardcore Mobile Legends: Bang Bang fan who can't get enough of the game? Do you eat, sleep, live and breathe MLBB? If the answer is yes, we've got some great news for you. eGG Network has teamed up with Leo, the acclaimed caster from the MLBB Philippines scene, to bring you a brand new podcast called Request Backup. Covering everything MLBB related, the weekly Taglish show will be hosted by Leo and features two guests every week to spur discussion around the various topics we have prepared, as well as the ongoings of MPL-PH Season 8.

Request Backup, Episode 1

For the first episode, we have some familiar faces lined up: Chantelle and Naisou, fellow casters from MPL-PH S8 will be on to discuss the history of MPL and MLBB - how they got into the game, their history with it, favourite moments and more! If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane with some MLBB professionals, you won't want to miss it!


Request Backup goes live every Monday, starting next week on 27 September, 5 PM (GMT+8). It will be broadcasted on LeoCastsPH dan Rangkaian eGG, with replays on eGG Network TV. VODs of the live stream will be uploaded here.

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