Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Tuesday, 10/5/16

PRWeek Awards: Judgment day; Saudis look to Freuds; BBDO Melbourne get new digital head; China buying up US; yes to Sri Lanka from HSBC; the rise of e-Sports; Hyperloop tech unveiled.

Hyperloop has unveiled its magnetic technology that makes it run at 760mph (HTT/Flickr)
Hyperloop has unveiled its magnetic technology that makes it run at 760mph (HTT/Flickr)

PRWeek Awards Asia 2016: Judges make their choices

More than 50 judges spent last Friday debating and deciding on their shortlisted nominees for this year's awards in Hong Kong on June 15.

Freuds advises Saudi royals on modernisation programmes

Saudi Arabia's ruling family has recently begun using British PR agency Freuds to communicate its new programme of economic and cultural modernisation, it has emerged.

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne appoints director of digital

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has appointed Ben Kidney, formerly the head of digital at Ogilvy & Mather, as director of digital for the Australia market.

Chinese firms go on a US buying spree

Stock markets in China may be in bear market territory, but that has not stopped Chinese firms from going on a buying spree for American companies.

Why we like Sri Lanka, but not Vietnam: HSBC

HSBC is turning positive on Sri Lanka as a frontier market pick, but it's lowering exposure to Vietnam after the recent rally.

ESports industry booming, advertisers want in

Thanks to the growing number of people who consider themselves gamers and the expansion of digital media, the total worldwide market for eSports will reach US$910 million in 2016, according to research firm SuperData. To help brands capitalise on advertising opportunities in the space, one of the leading gamer lifestyle digital networks is launching a "gaming" agency.

Hyperloop firm shows off the magnetic tech that will help it move at 760 mph

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the companies building the super-fast transport system thought up by billionaire Elon Musk, has unveiled the magnetic technology that will allow the pods to levitate and move.

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