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Global Debut of Art of Conquest on HiGame gives international players first access to experience the game.

BEIJING, June 24, 2017/PRNewswire/ — June 23rd, 2017, Lilith Games introduced Art of Conquest alongside Huawei HiGame in its global release. With this release, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian players will be able to experience the game and receive exclusive in- game gifts.

Highlights, Rave Reviews and Endorsed by Apple, Google and Huawei.

After 3 years of undivided dedication, Art of Conquest became Lilith Game’s 2nd self-developed strategy game, following Soul Hunters. After its release on June 6, Art of Conquest received praise from gaming media across the board. In over 140 countries, both iOS and Google Play featured Art of Conquest on their homepage under the Top Game Recommendations.

As a real-time strategy mobile game, Art of Conquest features its own European and American styled graphics, unique combat techniques, and supports 600 independent battles that give players a never before “pre-battle formation and real-time battle operation” experience. In addition, players can collect and train over 20 different heroes. Each with their own skills and abilities, providing a completely new strategic experience.

Once integration, global distribution , Huawei Games Services Quietly Go Online.

Following Apple and Google, Huawei became the third company to provide a platform for games and apps worldwide. Huawei has been setting up its services for the HiGame platform overseas over a long period of time. It provides developers with professional, convenient, and comprehensive game integration services. It also has technical support, allowing the developers to achieve quick integration to global distribution with ease. By 2017, their services are projected to cover over 30 countries and regions around the world.

Combined with Huawei’s global advantage, Huawei HiGame provides developers with an abundance of free online and off-line resources. In 2016, Huawei exceeded the industry average growth with an increase of 29%, shipping 139 million smartphone units. Huawei’s B2C services made huge sales revenue growth by achieving 100% growth in 40 countries. This includes coverage over HiGame clientele, Huawei’s own of�ャ…ial array of media, mobile phone marketing, and joint events with retail locations worldwide. With Art of Conquest as an example, HiGame provided a wealth of marketing resources such as client side banner, of�ャ…ial Facebook push noti�ャ…ations, Huawei mobile phone themes, and more.

Based on Huawei’s global platform and Lilith’s high-quality content, we believe that Art of Conquest’s global debut on HiGame will have exceptional results,” HiGame said. “[We] will also mark this as a beginning, to continuously provide global developers technical support, online traf�ャ… support, and business operations, in hopes to achieve a win-win atmosphere.

About Huawei’s HiGame

HiGame is the global brand for Huawei’s gaming center. As the game distributor for Huawei’s market, HiGame has coverage over all of Huawei’s global mobile regions including China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe, Latin America and Africa.

About Lilith Games

Founded March 2015, Lilith games has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Following their debut mobile smash hit Soul Hunters, which spawned a new genre, Lilith has continued bringing their style, quality, and innovation to the mobile games market by once again pushing the MMORTS genre forward with Art of Conquest.

Le début mondial d’Art of Conquest sur HiGame donne aux joueurs internationaux le premier accès pour découvrir le jeu.

PÉKIN, 25 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Le 23 juin 2017, Lilith Games a lancé le jeu Art of Conquest aux côtés de HiGame de Huawei, à l’occasion de sa sortie mondiale. Avec ce lancement, les joueurs du Moyen-Orient et du Sud-Est asiatique pourront découvrir le jeu et recevoir des cadeaux exclusifs dans le cadre du jeu.

Points forts, critiques excellentes et jeu approuvé par Apple, Google et Huawei.

Après y avoir consacré 3 ans sans relâche, Lilith Games sort son deuxième jeu de stratégie qu’il a développé, Art of Conquest, suite à Soul Hunter. Après sa sortie survenue le 6 juin, Art of Conquest a reçu des louanges universelles de la part des médias spécialisés dans les jeux. Dans plus de 140 pays, iOS et Google Play ont présenté Art of Conquest sur leur page d’accueil dans leurs recommandations des meilleurs jeux.

En tant que jeu mobile de stratégie en temps réel, Art of Conquest présente ses propres graphismes de style européen et américain, des techniques de combat uniques et supporte 600 batailles indépendantes qui donnent aux joueurs une expérience jamais vue auparavant de « formation de pré-bataille et d’opération de bataille en temps réel ». Par ailleurs, les joueurs peuvent collectionner et former plus de 20 héros différents. Chacun d’entre eux a ses propres compétences et capacités, offrant une expérience stratégique complètement nouvelle.

Une fois l’intégration et la distribution mondiale réalisées, les services de jeux de Huawei s’installent tranquillement en ligne.

Après Apple et Google, Huawei devient la troisième entreprise à fournir une plateforme pour les jeux et les applications à l’échelle planétaire. Huawei met ses services pour la plateforme HiGame à l’étranger depuis longtemps. L’entreprise offre aux développeurs des services d’intégration des jeux professionnels, pratiques et complets. Elle a aussi son service technique, qui permet aux développeurs de réussir une intégration rapide pour une distribution mondiale aisée. En 2017, leurs services devraient couvrir 30 pays et régions du monde.

Allié aux avantages mondiaux de Huawei, Huawei HiGame offre aux développeurs un grand volume de ressources gratuites en ligne et hors ligne. En 2016, Huawei a dépassé la croissance moyenne de l’industrie avec une augmentation de 29 %, en livrant 139 millions de smartphones. Les services de « commerce B to C » de Huawei ont généré une forte croissance du chiffre d’affaires issu des ventes en réalisant une croissance de 100 % dans 40 pays. Cela comprend la couverture de la clientèle de HiGame, la gamme officielle de propres médias de Huawei, de son marketing de téléphonie mobile et de ses événements conjoints avec des magasins de détail du monde entier. Avec Art of Conquest à titre d’exemple, HiGame a fourni une profusion de ressources marketing, telles que les bannières du côté client, les notifications officielles de messagerie push via Facebook, les thèmes de téléphonie mobile de Huawei, et plus encore.

En nous appuyant sur la plateforme mondiale de Huawei et les contenus de grande qualité de Lilith, nous pensons que le lancement mondial d’Art of Conquest va donner d’excellents résultats » a déclaré HiGame. « Nous allons aussi considérer cela comme un commencement, pour apporter continuellement aux développeurs du monde entier un support technique, un support de trafic en ligne et des opérations commerciales, dans l’espoir de forger une atmosphère gagnant-gagnant. »

À propos de HiGame de Huawei

HiGame est la marque mondiale du centre de jeux de Huawei. En tant que distributeur de jeux pour le marché de Huawei, HiGame a une couverture sur toutes les régions mondiales pour le mobile de Huawei, dont la Chine, l’Asie du Sud-Est, le Moyen-Orient, l’Europe de l’Ouest, l’Amérique latine et l’Afrique.

À propos de Lilith Games

Fondé en 2015, Lilith Games a pris de plus en plus d’ampleur depuis lors. Suite au succès fulgurant du lancement pour le mobile du jeu Soul Hunters, qui a engendré un nouveau genre, Lilith a continué à apporter son style, sa qualité et son innovation au marché des jeux mobiles en faisant avancer une fois de plus le genre des jeux en ligne massivement multijoueur avec Art of Conquest.

Gauteng premier appointed to Metropolis board

Pretoria – Gauteng Premier David Makhura has been appointed to serve as one of the co-presidents of the Board of Directors of Metropolis.

The appointment was made at the body’s 12th World Congress, which was held in Montreal, Canada, recently.

Premier Makhura’s appointment bodes well with the Gauteng City Region International Relations Strategy, which aims to ensure that the province’s international engagement and agreements are conducted in a manner that supports the implementation of the provincial government’s bold plan of Transformation, Modernisation and Reindustrialisation (TMR) and its 10-pillar programme, the Gauteng provincial government said.

The role of co-presidents is to promote allocated political portfolios and to represent Metropolis globally in respect of these portfolios.

Other current co-presidents are the Mayors of Barcelona, Berlin, Montreal, Sao Paulo and Guangzhou.

Metropolis is a global network of major cities and city regions that serves as a hub to explore issues including governance and concerns common to all big cities, metropolitan governments, regions, provinces and state governments.

The organisation has been in existence for 32 years and Gauteng has been a member since 2008.

It currently represents the authorities of 138 great cities and metropolitan areas in Africa, America, Caribbean, Asia, Pacific and Europe.

The 12th World Congress took place in Montreal, Canada from 19 – 22 June.

Premier Makhura was accompanied by some of the Members of the Executive Committee.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Diverse Minorities in Massachusetts Mill Town Struggle for Representation

WASHINGTON � Lowell, a Massachusetts mill town known as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, has recovered from a steep economic decline during the mid-20th century and is now a thriving and diverse melting pot, where members of ethnic and racial minorities are almost a majority of the population.

Despite this demographic shift, all six school committee members and nine city councilors are white, which doesn’t sit well with the many residents who are not.

In May, 13 plaintiffs representing Asian-American and Hispanic voters filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Lowell’s at-large electoral system discriminated against them and people from their communities running for city offices.

The court’s decision is not expected for at least a year, but the Lowell City Council is holding a special meeting June 27 with one item on the agenda: How should the city respond to the lawsuit? Should Lowell try to fight the suit in court, or place a referendum on the November election ballot asking voters whether they want to change or retain the at-large voting process?

The lawsuit asks the federal court to rule that Lowell’s current voting system violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act, and to order the city to change to a system where votes by members of minority groups are not “improperly diluted, said Oren Sellstrom, litigation director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.

This lack of representation has profound impact on the community whose voices are not being heard, Sellstrom told VOA Khmer. The suit alleges that impact extends to employment opportunities for members of the underrepresented groups.

Citywide voting only since 1957

Lowell now has the second-largest Cambodian-American community in the United States. The city implemented citywide or at-large district voting � also known as a winner-take-all electoral system � in 1957, shifting away from a system where voters chose candidates from separate lists in each ward.

Nationwide, at-large voting systems have faced criticism because candidates from varying social, racial and economic groups must compete against each other.

The Lowell lawsuit is similar to an earlier case that overturned winner-take-all voting in another Massachusetts city, Springfield. Supporters say both efforts belong to the long tradition of Americans fighting for equality in voting rights.

The Voting Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in August 1965 is considered one of the most significant pieces of civil-rights legislation ever enacted in the United States.

The law prohibiting racial discrimination in voting has been reviewed and argued over frequently during the past half-century, and Congress has amended it five times. Complaints filed to the U.S. Department of Justice over the years have centered on disputes between majority and minority communities in the nation � struggles that often play out as a contest between those who have privileges, power and wealth, and those who do not.

The Lowell lawsuit singles out a section of the Voting Rights Act that specifically prohibits state and local governments from using voting systems that result in discrimination against racial or ethnic minorities.

At-large voting hampers minorities

Rady Mom, the first Cambodian-American to win a statehouse race anywhere in the U.S., speaking to VOA Khmer after he was re-elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives last year, said at-large electoral systems often favor the candidates most able to raise funds and discourage candidates without deep pockets, or who are members of minority communities, from entering the fray.

First, we [minority candidates] tend to not have enough funds to run a citywide campaign, and then it’s difficult for us to gain enough support. So really, two things we face are campaign funding shortage and [a lack of] supporters, Mom said.

Today’s Lowell reflects his observations. It’s home to 110,558 people � 50.72 percent of them white or Caucasian. The racial and ethnic minorities who make up 49 percent of city’s ethnicities originate in Asia, Africa, Hispanic countries or elsewhere, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the nine current city councilors, six are from the predominantly white and well-to-do Belvidere neighborhood. In 2015, the average household income there was $68,618, compared with a citywide average of $47,727, according to a private firm that collects and analyzes dataabout communities throughout the country.

Lianna Kushi, 33, a Japanese-American who works for a nonprofit and has lived in Lowell for 10 years, is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. She says the at-large voting system needs to change.

I believe the current at-large electoral system, unfortunately, is not fair, and does not allow for everyone to be represented in the city council and school committee, Kushi told VOA. That is the reason why I participated in this lawsuit.

White councilor’s opposing view

Lowell City Councilor James Leary, who is white, says the lack of minority representation is not the result of the voting system. He blames the candidates.

People who run need to really work hard to get elected, Leary said. The father of two children, he served as a school committee member for 10 years before voters elected him to the city council seat in 2016. He is also a vice president of a local insurance agency.

I think a lot of folks [who ran] do not want to put effort and time in getting actually elected, Leary said.

Lowell resident Vesna Noun, a Cambodian-American, put in the effort. He ran for a city council seat in 2010 and won. That was his first campaign, but when he ran for re-election, he lost in 2013 and 2015. He is running again this November.

Since 1999 only four candidates from Asian or Hispanic communities have been elected to the city council. Voters have never selected a minority for the Lowell School Committee.

I find it hard [to believe] that people have a problem voting for a Cambodian person, because it’s an at-large system, Leary said. Give me an example that is real, in terms of me not representing somebody. And I don’t see that; I don’t have anybody coming up to me that says, ‘You don’t represent me.'”

Lowell’s mayor: No comment

The city government has been silent since the lawsuit was filed, although residents tracking the issue have called for a dialogue. Mayor Ed Kennedy said he had no comment on the issue. Leary, however, said: If people want to have change then we should listen and have that dialogue.”

Sidney Liang, a Cambodian-American, directs a branch of the state government’s Mass in Motion program for civic engagement from the Lowell Community Health Center. He agrees with Leary and hopes the city will have an open discussion about the voting-rights lawsuit with its residents.

We have no one to represent us at the city of Lowell, Liang said, and he feels it’s time for those in power to listen to the complaints. He is a 30-year Lowell resident who takes pride in the city’s striking diversity and believes that minorities should be better represented on the town’s governing bodies.

This isn’t about Asian and Latino, this is about all voices being heard in our political system, Lianna Kushi said. If we have nine city council seats, and [six] school committee seats, they should not represent one type of voice.

Reform effort failed in 2009

A referendum in 2009 proposed that the city adopt a form of proportional representation for local offices — still electing candidates citywide, but choosing them on the basis of voters’ numerical rankings, listing the candidates they preferred as their first choice, second choice, and so on. Winners would be chosen after the ballots were combined on a weighted basis.

Opponents said that system was too complicated, and voters rejected it, 6,786-5,136. Even if the question had been approved, turnout for the referendum was too low to implement any changes in the city charter.

Last year one city councilor tried to have Lowell adopt a mixed electoral system, but the attempt failed because no one would second the council member’s motion.

The federal lawsuit in 2006 that forced Springfield, Massachusetts, to change its electoral system from at-large to a mix of ward-based and district-based systems is very similar to the action sought by Lowell residents.

For former City Councilor Noun, the outcome in Springfield, less than 150 kilometers from Lowell, is a reason for hope. I am very confident that we will win this case. I can bet on it. It’s just a matter of time.

Source: Voice of America