Esports execs say don’t blame the games, blame US gun laws

first_imgJakarta, Aug 29 (AP) Esports organisers say don’t blame the games. Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game tournament in a Florida shopping mall. But Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the shooting was more a reflection of US gun laws than the gaming community. US authorities say 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself Sunday at a Madden tournament being held at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville. “Of course tragedies like this should never happen. One is already too many,” Fok told a news conference today about the introduction of esports at the Asian Games. “But I think this is a bigger issue of gun control and access to guns. “This very unfortunate incident happened in a video game arena, but does this mean that it’s esports or video games to blame? I don’t believe so. It’s not esports that caused this. We’re really saddened to see this take place.” While several US-based esports organisers have called for better security at events since Sunday’s shooting, Indian Gaming League founder and AESF vice-president Lokesh Suji said problems such as the shooting in Florida hadn’t occurred in Asia, where the vast bulk of esports and gaming is focused. “Tell me about one incident where this has happened in Asia,” said Suji, adding that drawing comparisons between gaming and violence “is the wrong perspective.” “We’ve never had this in this part of the world. Why are things happening in the US?” Suji said.advertisement “It’s very sad. Every time something like this happens in the US, people start blaming the video games. The bigger picture, the bigger problem is gun control.” Esports made its competitive debut this week as a demonstration sport at the Asian Games, which has attracted more than 11,000 athletes in 40 sports. The arena was packed for the esports debut and the reception was good, leading organisers to be positive about being considered as a medal sport for the next Asian Games in China in 2022 and ultimately at the Olympics. Fok said the gaming community and the burgeoning industry was paying attention to concerns such as addiction, and believes those can be addressed by education and regulation as competitive gaming edges further into the mainstream. “It is a high-stress environment. We have to protect athletes as well,” Fok said. “As we grow, we have to look at the overall well-being of all our athletes.” Mike Morhaime, the CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, an American video games developer, told a recent International Olympic Committee forum that esports has 2 billion people worldwide playing electronic games, with 380 million watching esports. (AP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

Carnival Corp Sees Strong Start to the Year

first_imgzoom Miami-based Carnival Corporation & plc ended the first quarter of 2018 with a GAAP net income of USD 391 million, up from GAAP net income of USD 352 million reported in the same quarter of 2017.Revenues for the first quarter of 2018 of USD 4.2 billion were higher than the USD 3.8 billion in the prior year.“We are off to a strong start to the year achieving another quarter of record earnings on record revenues and exceeding the high end of guidance,” Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer, said.“This strong operational execution affirms our efforts to create demand in excess of measured capacity growth and exceed guest expectations once onboard. Our guest experience efforts, coupled with our ongoing marketing and public relations programs are clearly accelerating cruise demand across the board to drive cruise ticket prices higher.”Gross revenue yields increased 9.2 percent. In constant currency, net revenue yields increased 3.9 percent for the first quarter of 2018, better than December guidance of up 1.5 to 2.5 percent.Highlights from the first quarter include the signing of agreements with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH to build two new cruise ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The first is designated for P&O Cruises (UK) to be delivered in 2022, with the second for AIDA Cruises in 2023.For the second quarter of 2018, the company expects constant currency net revenue yields to be up around 2.5 to 3.5 percent compared to the prior year. Adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter 2018 should be in the range of USD 0.56 to USD 0.60 versus 2017 adjusted earnings per share of USD 0.52.last_img read more