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The Middle East Is Rapidly Becoming An eSports Hub

Events like the BLAST Premier World Finals in the United Arab Emirates are cementing the region’s reputation as a gamer’s paradise.

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eSports champions are gearing up for the Blast Premier World Final, hosted in Abu Dhabi on December 16 and 17. Gaming fans from around the world will gather to experience the action first-hand as “part of a three-year partnership with AD Gaming” that seeks to cement the UAE’s position in the gaming sector and “contribute to the growth of esports in Abu Dhabi”.

BLAST has already created a huge buzz around the eSports scene, and the tournament’s arrival in Abu Dhabi should boost the profile of the entire MENA region. According to a Statista survey, Egypt leads the region with 6.32 million residents who consider themselves gamers. Meanwhile, the UAE will be home to another 1.73 million participants by 2028.

To cater to the growing Middle Eastern fanbase, BLAST.tv will “bring fans closer to the action, serving up maximum excitement for esports lovers with a number of innovative features on offer, helping them watch events live like never from the comfort of their homes”.

Andrew Haworth, Director of Production and Operations at BLAST and Commissioner for BLAST Premier, explained that “esports has the ability to engage with hard-to-reach, tech-savvy, and young audiences, which separates it from other industries”.

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Unlike other sporting events, eSports has a unique selling point in that the games are live and accessible anywhere. “Through the healthy relationship technology has with esports, it is able to bring fans to the very heart of this viewing experience in an interactive and innovative way,” said Haworth, who is optimistic that the genre could soon become as big as F1 racing.

Recent data seems to agree, as surveys show that overall, people now spend more time watching eSports than they do with Netflix. BLAST aims to make esports a global experience that encapsulates “skill level, player stardom, drama, production quality, and storylines”.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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