Microsoft acquires video-game tournament tool Smash.GG as MSN expands esports footprint

Microsoft has acquired the esports organization tool Smash.GG, according to an announcement by MSN’s new esports hub. Smash.GG confirmed the acquisition with a small blurb on its front page.

Smash.GG bills itself as a self-service esports platform, offered as a free service to the owners and organizers behind gaming tournaments worldwide. It offers an easy way for fans and players to find, enter, and follow gaming competitions, along with software that automatically generates competitive brackets.

While it’s most strongly associated with head-to-head tournament fighters like Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros., as its name would suggest, Smash.GG also provides services for games in other genres, such as Rocket League, Fortnite, Valorant, and the mobile card battler Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links. It’s been used for everything from local get-togethers to major international competitions, and currently claims to support over 6,000 active events.

Founded in 2015, Smash.GG bills itself as the

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How To Manage Your Social Media Footprint In A Cybersecurity Career

As CISO for SoftBank IA, Gary Hayslip advises executive leadership and oversees enterprise-wide cybersecurity strategy.

Following my previous articles on developing a cybersecurity career, I want to discuss why your social media footprint is important. Ten years ago, when social media was in its infancy, there would have been very little need to be concerned. However, in today’s hyper-converged global business environment, 70% of hiring managers search the candidate they are about to interview by reviewing their social media profiles, according to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey.

The cybersecurity field is highly competitive, and your profiles tell a story about you. Let’s make sure you control the story. 

To get started, do an internet search on yourself and inventory all of your social media accounts, including the inactive ones. I recommend closing inactive accounts first. Then, you should review your current social media accounts and look for pictures, profanity-laden

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EA’s First Ever “Impact Report” Details Work Culture And Environmental Footprint

EA has, for the first time in its 38 year history, released what the company is calling an “Impact Report”. The report focuses not on sales or finances, but on initiatives and targets for things like workplace diversity, community health, and environmental footprint.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson says that this report aims to provide transparency on EA’s goals in relation to the following metrics:

  • Building Diverse and Healthy Teams
  • Positive Play and Healthy Communities
  • Investing in Privacy and Security
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Enhancing Corporate Governance

The full report details how EA has developed an “Inclusion Framework” to “create more inclusive and diverse games,” and discusses the recently implemented guidelines for battling toxic online behavior, called the Positive Play Charter. The report boasts that 50% of the people in senior leadership positions at EA are women, but also shows that only 23.9% of their global workforce is female.

The report also

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EdgeConneX Partners with Zenlayer To Bring Edge Cloud and Networking Solutions to Enterprises Across EdgeConneX Global Edge Data Center Footprint

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — EdgeConneX®, the pioneer in edge data centers, announced today that Zenlayer, an edge cloud provider known for its global coverage and on-demand services, will collaborate to bring powerful new Edge Cloud and Networking solutions to enterprises that are proximate to the EdgeConneX global data center footprint.  Zenlayer services  include on-demand bare metal cloud, direct connections to all major public clouds and data centers, application acceleration, and managed hosting. Working with EdgeConneX to bring these solutions locally to markets in closer proximity to enterprise locations will help alleviate impediments to cloud adoption related to performance, security, and costs and make it easier to execute on hybrid and multi-cloud strategies.

EdgeConneX has a global data center footprint of over 40 data centers in more than 30 markets around the globe.  With Zenlayer, enterprise customers can leverage global networking and cloud solutions to

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