The Rise of The popularity of MOBAs as eSports

Multiplayer online battle arena games, more commonly known as MOBAs are an essential part of online entertainment because of their accessibility, their learning curve and most importantly, they are really fun with or without friends. It’s even possible for anyone to make more friends while playing due to their nature as cooperative games where you use your skills and different strategies along with your teammates to reach the final goal of the game, destroying the enemy base (Nexus, Ancient, etc)

Now, MOBAs are not exactly the most easy to watch because they tend to be complex and full of different key actions made by every single player (typically 10 players per match) roughly at the same time, so, why are MOBAs the most popular kind of game to watch online?

It could be for various reasons that we are going to discuss:

MOBAs are easier to learn than you might think, yes, they are extremely hard to master and require patience, practice and decision making but with online help and some matches you can get the gist of it pretty easily and start watching online competitions like The International or WORLDS to further improve your skills and technique in the game

Comparing them to CSGO as an example, MOBAs are way more diverse and offer a great variety of different and unique characters with their own combination of abilities making the viewing experience more varied from match to match

Another point is the perspective or point of view of the spectators, in most MOBAs the camera is on top of the map making it easier to see a good amount of terrain and actions at the same time with the possibility of moving it and going directly where the action is happening or something worth watching is about to happen. This possibility of free move is on FPS like CSGO but the first person view is preferred limiting the amount of visibility. It’s a convenience thing.

MOBAs are way more accessible, the most famous ones are completely free to play even when they first came out years ago facilitating the making and growth of online communities based on the games, you can spend money on cosmetic items but they won’t give you any kind of tactical advantage more than looking cool.

Games like Dota 2, League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm don’t require a lot of RAM or processing power to run decently enough to play them even if you need to lower the graphical settings by a little, this means that almost any computer can play them, this is a great advantage over other games that may look better overall at the cost of very expensive computer parts that not everyone can afford.

MOBAs have a lot of advantages compared to other kind of games as we can see, MOBAs still have a lot of potential to unfold and people are expecting it while enjoying the current state of them, improvements will be made and the competition must keep up!

Why A Living Wage may not be possible

Political tensions are riding quite high again, and it has become the time of year where people “say whatever will get them elected”. What better way to collect votes than to stick it to those big, bad and greedy business owners?Though while it certainly sounds compassionate to say things like “if you can’t pay your employees a living wage, you shouldn’t be in business”, the reality of the situation mandates that this is an impossible goal.

First, mandating a living wage violates the most basic rule of business: to make money. Business is a dance between profit and loss, revenue and expenses, And contrary to what is unfortunately becoming popular belief, the profit margins in many industries is razor thin. The two proverbial genres of work for those just entering the workforce – restaurants and grocers – have profit margins that are notoriously in the single digits. Regardless of industry though, labor is very often already the biggest expense of a business. To mandate “a living wage” immediately puts the business owner in a tough decision: hire less people and automate entry-level functions, or raise prices to pay for the increase in wages. Choosing the former will be counterproductive to those pushing for higher wages, as it leads to higher unemployment. Choosing the latter will result in the lower-income people among us being able to afford even less than before.

Secondly, mandating a living wage will lead to fewer choices for the consumer. Business is very much a battle of “economies of scale”. Say for instance there are two farmers – Farmer A who farms 100 acres, and Farmer B who farms 10,000. While it is true that Farmer B by planting on 100,000 acres will make more money, expenses mean more to Farmer A. Hypothetically, a new tractor costing $100,000 will cost $1,000 per acre for Farmer A, but that same tractor will cost $1 per acre for Farmer B. To extrapolate that to our discussion, the small business that has to negotiate with suppliers, keep the lights on, and now pay even higher wages, is bearing a far heavier burden than the corporation that has a bigger economy of scale. That small business’s growth will be stunted, as they often can’t automate and lack the pricing power of corporations. The end result is that corporations become more entrenched and powerful.

Third, mandating a living wage disincentives advancement inside the workforce. If I am guaranteed that if I work, the money earned will be enough to satisfy my needs (whatever the living wage advocates say they are), then there is little incentive to be better, let alone be best. There is little incentive to take courses to become better trained, or to sign up for extra work in order to be seen as more productive. Furthermore, if I am guaranteed a living wage so long as I’m working, there is a constant temptation to do as little as possible in order to “get by”. In fact, in such an environment, the less motivated ones are indeed the smart ones. This leads to the necessary conclusion, that an employee who is not interested in becoming better-trained, is not interested in being or learning to be more productive, is not interested in career advancement, and as a result is not aligned with the goals of the business they work for, and that does the least possible work possible, is not a desirable employee.

While it is certainly compassionate on its face, mandating a living wage will always be a moving target. Higher prices, fewer choices and a less motivated workforce will eventually always be the result.

Do employees have a legitimate strife with Amazon?

Amazon prides itself on its like-minded and hard-working employees whom they have accumulated over the years by employing a method named urposeful Darwinism”. Darwin’s theory of natural selection well defines the steps that led to humans becoming the most intelligent evolved being and Amazon has employed this theory on its employees in order to become the multi-billion dollar it is now. Amazon is well aware that the US economy is essentially a free market economy and this might eventually consume Amazon.

With a free market comes the price of increased competition and eventually something better might replace them, which is why Amazon has never once taken a break from its fierce work methodology and neither has it allowed its employees to take any breaks. In the past few years, many reports have surfaced regarding employee mistreatment and harsh working environment for Amazon employees. Very few employees last long-term as many cannot cope with the fierce work ethics of Amazon.

Many past employees who have been removed or have quit themselves have reported incidents of unfair treatment and are wary from taking any sick days lest they are fired. Incidents where sick employees which included pregnant women becoming penalized for taking leave or being late have arisen. Some shocking findings that warehouse employees refrain from taking bathroom breaks afraid that they might be late or miss their targets have also come to surface. In such a hostile environment, the employees need a voice to represent them, which could be done best through a worker’s union.

Effective from November 1 of this year, Amazon has raised the minimum hourly wage of employees to 15$ per hour in response to increasing criticisms about its poor employee treatment. However, this still doesn’t change or improve the poor working conditions of its employees. Despite many attempts from Amazon employees to form a union to voice their concerns, Amazon has time and again refuted any and all attempts at employee unionization. Since it was founded in 1994, Amazon has repeatedly and successfully put a halt on all attempts of union formation by its employees and most recently in 2014 they put a stop to the unionizing efforts by a group of warehouse technicians through the aid of a high-power law firm that specialized in fighting off organized labor.

Amazon has clearly cited that they do not believe in unionization stating it is not in the best interest of the customers, their shareholders or their associates with a slight hint of threatening job security of people involved in unions. Poor labor conditions have been reported not just in the warehouses but also in all the sectors of Amazon including its offices and call center. In the decades since its founding, Amazon employees have tried to bargain better wages and working conditions via unions and strikes. Every single time such attempts were made, they were quickly resolved and quieted down.

This recent hike in minimum wages can hardly be seen as a win for the employees and instead is just another one of those times that Amazon has suppressed employees right to a voice. This wage hike is more similar to a bribe to quiet down the employees rather than any significant gesture towards the employees. This new step not only ignores the long-standing cries of employees for a right to voice their concerns, but it also takes for granted the hard work and time devoted by all Amazon employees. Expecting hard work and work ethics is the right of an employer, however, providing an ability to have a voice is a very basic right for all employees which Amazon has completely ignored and repeatedly crushed for the past two decades.

3 gadgets that were planned, executed, hyped, but failed miserably

We live in a technological age where not one second of our waking hour is spent without the use of technology. From getting information to travelling to enjoying your favorite music everything we do is connected one way or another due to the advancements in technology. I don’t know where we would be without the technological advances that we have made (maybe still in the Stone Age). Some technology was so powerful that it changed our outlook on our daily lives and made us realize that there was now a new and easy way to what we had been doing for such a long time. From the construction of the first wheel to the internet to the first mobile phone every technology until now was created to do two things for humans.

1.Make every task easier

2.Shorten the time taken to perform tasks

As our technology evolves there have been technologies that had a big impact on the world. Similarly companies have been pitted against one another to come up with the best technological advancement so as to always be in front of their competitors. Take Apple and Samsung as example both of these are major competitors in the mobile market and are always trying to one up the other. Both have millions of user still they strive to be the best.

Where sometimes the technology leaves a big impact on the world. Some products are such that they leave little to no impact at all. Or sometimes they are overhyped and fail miserably some such examples are as follows:

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 7:

When the Samsung galaxy Note 7 was announced everyone was really hyped about it. It was said to be the most powerful phone and a delicacy among professionals. When it was released people were going crazy about buying this phone and the revenue for Samsung Company was going great. But a little after one month news began flooding n that there was some issue in the phone that caused it to explode while in use. Such a catastrophe for Samsung was unheard of. People began reselling the phone some got hurt in explosions caused by the unstable phones, it was also not allowed on any aircraft. Due to this reason there was massive recall done by the company. To say at the least it was a major disaster for the company.

2. GoPro Karma Drone:

This also one of the most expensive technological disasters. GoPro Karma was advertised as the revolution in Drones. Combining the GoPro function of recording everything while doing almost anything be it swimming, cycling or even jumping out of a plane. The main functions were that it was easy to fly and could be folded to make it easier to carry with you in your backpack. Also you could rotate the camera using a mobile app also. It failed because most customers complained that it didn’t live its complete battery cycle and used to lose power in the air and crashing.

3. Pokémon Go Plus:

Pokémon Go was one of the greatest apps when it was launched. It was very user friendly and was for all ages. Everyone was going around town to catch Pokémon’s in their free time. So, when Pokémon Go Plus was announced it was without a doubt the most hyped accessory in the world. Everyone was waiting to get their hands on it and start training their Pokémon. But when it was launched it was more of a disaster and people quickly lost interest in it. The main reason it failed was because it failed to deliver what it had promised. You didn’t get an alert when a pokemon was near nor did it tell you how much distance you had travelled while the app was running in the background.

The Unrealistic Career Path In The Pro-gaming Industry

The video game industry is gradually on the rise, and it has proven to be attractive to most of the young boys. This has become a worrying trend as most young boys get addicted to these games such that they are no longer attentive to their studies or anything else.

But Why The Craze? Young boys have unrealistic expectations about forging a career path in video gaming. Most parents are strict about their kids spending time playing a video game when they could have spent it improving themselves academically. Teachers are not left behind either, as they also don’t encourage pupils playing the game.

Many perceptions have been created towards addiction to video games. Indeed, you will come across certain rhetorics such as “You don’t have a life”, “You are just wasting your precious time’’ etc. If, as a young boy, you decide to spend all day playing video games, you are considered a loser for wasting precious time on games which don’t have any significance in real life.

The major concern for most gamers is that they start video gaming at a young age, and they hardly receive support from their parents and teachers. Parents also are not willing to support kids who decide to indulge in a video game which they believe doesn’t have a bright future for them.

Here are some points to back up the notion that young boys are merely having unrealistic expectations about this potential career path in the video game pro-gaming industry.

Gaming Is Played Just For Fun

Most mature and professional gamers have a great sense of business acumen and maturity which most of the young boys don’t have. They can control the time spent playing a video game as they are also involved in other activities.

Most pro gamers have other investments and business to support them. However, a non-pro gamer is still too young to control his obsession for video games, and it could affect his studies.

Real Friends Can’t Be Made Playing Video Games

Most friends made through video gaming are also video game addict who will only convince you that all you will do is spend most of your time playing the game. The friends made are also kids who do not care about making a good career path elsewhere other than the unrealistic gaming industry. Tournament Winnings Alone Can’t Sustain You Even most pro gamers have inconsistent streams of income. Perhaps some might even win tournaments, but this also is not regular and not enough to sustain them. These statistics is bad for a non-pro gamer who wants to leave everything else to go on a white elephant career pursuit. There’s No Longevity as a Gamer

Even if the non-pro gamer ends up becoming a pro (after several years and giving up an exciting career somewhere else), they will spend just a few years at the top and in the game.

Life’s Most Valuable Lessons Can’t Be Learned Through Gaming

Most gamers devote too many hours of their day to playing video games such that they become detached from reality and the society at large. You will find most players not having a good social life outside of the video game. Most of the time, they lack the discipline, awareness, and focus that is required of them.

Parents should sensitize their young boys about their unrealistic expectations of having a career path in the pro-gaming industry. After all is said and done, video gaming is meant to be just a game.

What Tips Would You Give to An Aspiring Youtuber Beginner

Beginner Tips for Using YouTube

Did you know that YouTube users upload over 300 hours of raw video per minute? Video marketing has had tremendous success for both large brands and emerging companies in recent years.

As a business person, it makes sense to take advantage of one of the largest marketing platforms online. To get your business channel up and running, we’ve listed here five expert YouTube tips for beginners.

1. Don’t steal other people’s descriptions, tags, or titles

As a beginner, you might be tempted to copy the metadata from high-ranking videos perhaps as a way to get your videos to rank highly as well – but this rarely happens. People also assume that they will get the attention of powerful YouTube influencers and be honored for noticing well crafted metadata.

The opposite usually happens. These people will get annoyed that you’re copying their work and they won’t want to talk to you. This is the worst way to kick start your YouTube campaign especially if your goal is to become connected with well established networks.

2. Always include hyperlinks in the description box

It’s easy to ignore simple things like including a hyperlink in the description text but keep in mind how cumbersome it is to copy and paste web addresses on your computer browser. It’s safe to assume other users feel the same way. Always have a link that users can click easily to proceed to your web page, blog, or social media handles.

3. Consider investing in YouTube ads

If you’re looking to get more visibility for your brand, then at some point you will have to look into paid YouTube ads. Even if you’re new to this, you can find a lot of information about how to start and tips about investing in paid ads. When targeting a specific demographic, gender, or location, it’s a good idea to have paid ads.

Keep in mind that YouTube ads are not a prerequisite for success; however, based on your specific channel and the nature of your target audience, it could be a valuable addition to your toolkit. At the end of the day, having good content and being able to engage with your audience will determine whether your channel grows. But having YouTube ads is definitely the icing on the cake.

4. Analyze and optimize your videos constantly

It doesn’t matter how effective your last video was: your content can always perform better. Once you get your channel moving in the right direction, its time to see how your system is performing. Use tools like YouTube Analytics for a technical breakdown of your performance so you can learn more about what is working and how you can optimize your channel to maximize exposure.
YouTube Analytics allows you to examine your audience closely so you can get a deeper understanding of the people who watch your videos. It can also show you why some videos performed weakly and why your budding tactics aren’t working (if that’s the case).

5. Remember to watch other YouTubers

It’s important to consume as much information as you can when starting out. Focus on creative, original videos that give you interesting ideas. Spend time brainstorming ideas for creating new videos, and use your target audience as your guiding principle.

Additional tips:

#Keep things short.
#Criticism isn’t always a bad thing. The troll nonsense notwithstanding, there could be some useful tips in the comments.
#Browse through other users’ subscription feed to discover new channels.

How Drones are changing the photography game

Drones revolutionizing photography

Before the birth of this wonderful technology, photography was done using helicopters and planes which was very high up as compared to drone photography. Drone technology has enable aerial shots while you are on the ground. How? It is done through remote navigation and a controller.

High definition drone camera can capture incredible footage from above which can be used for inspections, promotional footage and even general view from above. It has been game changing for enthusiasts and professionals who are in macro photography and wedding photography. It has made it possible to shoot at an angle and altitude that is impossible with the regular cameras.

Drone camera setup is controlled by skilled pilot who can actually rotate and adjust the position of the camera to shoot certain locations and objects. He can also accurately and quickly map land areas which was time consuming with the past technology.

Drones and areas of application

Drones have been employed in various fields since it is cost-effective and efficient. The following areas has experience successful use of drone camera setup changing the photography game:

1. Agriculture
2. Energy
3. Security
4. Construction
5. Mining
6 conservation

How drones are changing the photography game in various fields

1. Agriculture

Drone cameras are flown to conduct aerial survey and collect data which will then be used to create a 3D mapping. Thereafter, drones are armed different range of sensors then flown through the same areas to assess crop health and density among other things. It gathers information which will then be studied through a digital render to give farmers a view of their produce as it is. This reduces time wastage for movement and promote a quick response based on gathered information.

Mapping of your farm through drones significantly help during fertilizer and pesticide application. How? You can be able to determine the degree of accuracy and this saves you a lot of money and unnecessary application of pesticides which has greater negative effects.

2. Mining

Aerial data is used to determine the mining sites which can be used to carefully monitor the progress of mining activities over time. Drones are useful for huge mining projects. The teams on the ground can be able to to carry it at a lower cost and high efficiency.

3. Construction

Drones and mapping software are used by construction managers and planners to get the overview of the land before the onset of the projects. This will enable the construction managers to give instructions, ideas, plot progress and adapt plans once the project begins. Aerial monitoring of progress from above has made it more successful.

4. Conservation

Drones can be used to asses the impacts of deforestation and agriculture on wildlife habitats. It is hard to reach this areas especially in presence of wildlife. Drones have made it possible to reach and monitor at a safer place.

Conclusion

Drones have made the photography game possible by reducing costs and increasing efficiency. I have not exhausted its impact but this technology has opened new avenues for improvement in the field of photography. Congratulations to the flag bearers of the drone technology.

3 Steps To Step Up Your Photography Game and Follower Count on Instagram

Instagram has always been prolific for anyone and everyone. It is one of the most remarkable spaces for both personal and business branding. Anyone who keeps putting the right combination of efforts and strategy can have winning outcomes. Instagram is a great emergent platform and people are eager to set up existence and persuade engagement on the net. Instagram has advanced to have more capabilities, supremacy, and adaptive precision for users.

The only thing on social media these days that makes everyone contented is getting more followers in their account and more likes on their social updates. There are several ways to get great followers and likes on Instagram are by posting some marvelous content. Followers must always keep coming back to your account and that you gain through interesting captions on high-quality amazing pictures and videos.

For a great approach you must establish the purpose of your Instagram account, bring in a strategy to use content for maximum engagement, post high quality interesting pictures, create great captions for your posts, and strategic and relevant hashtags, follow your target audience, be active on your account, link your social media accounts with Instagram, and keep optimizing your account performance.

Follow these 3 Steps to set up your photography game and follower count on Instagram:

The three steps can help you become famous on Instagram quickly-

Step 1: A dazzling feed is what you need

This step is the best way to start making your Instagram profile look great. Why? Well, think of it… who would like to follow a profile with no pictures or updates or which has poor low-quality images? If you wish to showcase your photography, then it is way more crucial that the photos you update are great. Uploading nothing is better than uploading a bad picture.

Well here is a great photography tip for you- Never share pictures of what you had for your dinner or with whom you spent a day well as people who don’t know you wouldn’t bother following you to know this. Also, these pictures are not what a serious photographer would like to share on his account.

Step 2: Get your photos observed

Once your account has been updated with great pictures and interesting stuff, it is now time to grab the attention of Instagrammers which will fulfill your aim to get more likes and comments on your photos. One of the best ways to get your pictures noticed is by adding relevant hashtags with your images which will bring in great response. In addition to hashtags, one of the best ways is to just start following your target audience.

Step 3: Connect with your Followers

While people get fanatical with the numerous followers, maintaining your followers and keeping them happy is equally significant if you desire to make a relationship with them and obtain the mainly out of your Instagram experience. There is nothing better than maintaining a lasting relationship with your followers.

One always wishes to magnetize the typical bits and pieces like comments, followers, mentions, and likes. It also means keeping on a deeper rank with your target audience and drawing that engagement into a promotional goal. You are getting connected to the users in a way that accurate material and that is going to have a proposition for your account.

Kitchen Renovation Interior Design Trends in 2017

So, the new year as already arrived with tons of new possibilities and trends that everyone should follow to keep up with the ever-changing world. If you are planning to pamper yourself with a brand-new kitchen in 2017 possessing latest advancements, you are right place as we have collected some stupendous kitchen designs that are considered to be one of the hottest trends in the new year.

Remodeling a kitchen can include various things like changing the color schemes, countertops, including latest technologies in cabinetry trends and much more. Planning to renovate your kitchen with latest design trends? Without further ado, let’s see some of the Kitchen Renovation Interior Design Trends in 2017:

Smart Storage Options

People in today’s world are hi-tech and gives priority to convenience over everything. Professional kitchen interior designers predict that people will surely go after a hi-tech makeover for their kitchen. For that to happen, look for the areas that are possessed with charging stations and that too, hidden. Make space for smartphones and tablets near charging points so that they are charged, at hand and operable always.

Muted, Soft Color Schemes

A good news if you have already made up your mind for switching up the color scheme of your kitchen. White motifs will continue to dominate other colors in everything, from backsplashes to cabinets. Experienced interior designers state that muted colors like dark grays and neutral pastels like tinted whites, pale green and pale blue are the new alternatives of white.Alternatively, bright colors can be used on the back burner.

Petite Cabinets

Creative interior designers are beginning to make people learn various benefits of utilizing each and every inch of a kitchen. And for that, they have started introducing tiny cabinets above a window, especially. It has become quite a trend to make use of extra storage by installing little cubies above a sunny window. They can be quite useful in storing cups and glasses or Knick knacks. They often add a warmth to a modern look of a kitchen.

Integrating Metal Accessories

In the past few years, metal finishes were one of the biggest and most stylish trends, be it a brass or copper or bronze. To add a touch of raw texture into their kitchen, homeowners have started including metal in cabinet pulls, pendant lights and faucets. In 2017, the metal will surely dominate other materials. Wood was a used for mantle hoods but now, metal hoods will replace them which often will be a combination of both metal and wood.

Well-Lit Cabinetry

Illuminating your kitchen is very much in trend and will continue on 2017. Homeowners have been lighting up their kitchen with table lamps and ceiling lights but now they won’t settle for this as cabinetry lighting has come into the picture. Basically, a strip of tape with low-voltage lights are attached below, above and sides of the cabinets to provide better lighting and ambience to the kitchen.

So, here we are with five amazing kitchen Renovation trends that should be and will be followed in 2017. If you are a fan of fitted furniture, get some outstanding fitted kitchens designs ideas from professional interior designers as they carry expertise in designing kitchens and other rooms as well.

How Has Corporate Management changed In the Last 15 – 20 years?

Human Resource department is an organizational department that deals with managing employees and strengthening the culture of the organization. Over the years, the HR department had tremendous changes in the last 15-20 years alone. This is due to the emergence of an abundance of technologies that brutalize most of the work that was previously done by HR experts. Contemporary HR department is totally different compared to the previous one.

By putting a lot of emphasis and investing in modernized HR platforms and technologies, HR experts can offer quality services to their organizations at the same time increase employees’ morale enhance growth of the origination and increase and improve the quality of services offered or products produced.

Here is a close insight of the tremendous changes in Corporate Management In the last 15-20 years.

1. Captivating Employees

Captivating employees in managerial processes enables them to be more productive and happier compared to their disengaged counterparts. When corporate management aims on increasing employees’ involvement in managerial processes the quality of work increases and employees are more integrated. For example an Engagement Audit Report proved that colleagues who work together are more engaged and happier, and they also have a positive attitude towards the organization.

2. Reinforcing The Culture Of The Organization

An organization’s culture illustrates its objectives, values, beliefs, ethics and much more. It explains what is anticipated from the employees and correlates with employees’ productivity. In modern days managers are more concerned on sustaining a positive culture. For example, the outcomes of a pulse survey will allow the commencement of a new program if only the employees are satisfied with the working conditions. It works better in finding out how a new program affects the productivity of the employees and the effects it leaves on the culture of the organization.

3. Organizing Talent And Employees’ Abilities

Modern companies and organizations sustain their employees by allowing them to gain new advanced skills and attain the ability to learn new things. You cannot ignore the growth of your employees both financially and intellectually and expect them to remain working for your company or organization; they will automatically leave and search for greener pastures. For example, companies and organizations can anticipate spending around $15,000-$20,000 to fill the positions of departing workers, conferring to the Center for American Progress.

4. Customer Management

This design of management does not lie under the management of the HR department. The methods and technology used to manage customers have really changed over the years especially in the last 15-20 years. For instance, Sales Force was in its inception in 2014 and over a decade it gained $4 billion in 2013 and restored 20-25% of the Customer Relationships Management (CRM) market. Conferring to Gartner, global CRM spending would vary around $24 billion in 2014. This shows that dramatic changes that are taking place in corporate management in general terms.

5. Management of Corporate Reputation and Corporate Brand

Today managers are more concerned with the image of the organization. They are focusing on using social media platforms to create an ideal brand perception for the company. For example, companies are using modernized technology in order to prevent negative publicity of their companies.

Companies that use modern procedures in corporate management enjoy happier employees, increased productivity and satisfied customers, which translates to the positive growth of the companies.