Acer introduces Planet9 esports platform and new game tech at IFA 2019

At the Internationale Funkausstellung expo in Berlin this week, the Taiwanese hardware corp announced its Planet9 esports platform – “an open community that allows gamers to build their team, train for excellence and challenge for victory” with a beta launch expected next year – and a range of new products for gamers.



Planet9 is a “next-generation esports platform that encompasses what competitive and casual gamers need to level up and participate in esports below the professional tier”, designed to help weekend noobs to level up their game with support from the pros.

Launching in beta on 30 January 2020, Planet9 includes features like one-on-one coaching, game stats, and sponsored tournament hosting:

  • Coach: The Coach feature allows gamers to learn from pro players and skilled gamers. Gamers can select their ideal coach based on game statistics, language, rating, and hourly rate. Coaches can review the gamer’s game statistics to tailor-make a course, enhanced by screen-sharing, video/voice chat, and VOD upload features to playback those moments that need perfecting.
  • Carry: Gamers can work together with like-minded gamers to rank up while learning and improving their skills in the process. Hosts can embed their Twitch or YouTube livestreams to attract gamers and fans to team up with them for a carry session.
  • Game Statistics: All of the player’s gaming statistics are presented in a visualized, eye-catching dashboard. The data on wins, losses, kills, deaths, items purchased, gold farmed, etc. are used to pair the gamer with the most ideal coach and offer insights on ways to improve.
  • Scrims: Planet9 offers interestingly competitive ways to practice or challenge in battlefields – either with the clan (team) or tribe (multiple clans). The Clan Scrims feature allows clans to request a scrim challenge against other clans, while the Tribe Wars feature allows tribes to participate in extensive competitions being set up every week for bonus and benefits on Planet9.

Signups are open now.


The latest addition to Acer’s Predator Triton lineup features an ultra-skinny 2.3-kilo aluminium chassis in a matte black finish, 15.6-inch HD IPS display, and specs including a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, and 16 GB DDR RAM (upgradeable to 32 GB), and supports up to two 1 TB PCIe SSDs and one 2 TB HDD.

Local pricing and availability to be confirmed next month.


It’s a chair. It’s a desk. It’s a multi-monitor support frame. It’s number one on your Xmas list.

Local pricing and availability to be confirmed next month.


The Nitro XV3 series includes four models:

  • Acer Nitro XV273U S – 27-inch WQHD @ 165 Hz
  • Acer Nitro XV273 X – 27-inch Full HD @ 240 Hz
  • Acer Nitro XV253Q X – 24.5-inch Full HD @ 240 Hz
  • Acer Nitro XV253Q P – 24.5-inch Full HD @ 144 Hz

Each monitor features Acer Game Mode display options with eight presets optimised for different types of content, multiple black boost levels, and an ergonomic stand with 20-degree swivel and tilt control.

Local pricing and availability to be confirmed next month.

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