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Saudi National Bank partners with Mastercard, SEF to transform esports

The three entities will explore and develop innovative financial products and offerings that create added value and enhance gamers’ experience

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Division’s co-founders’ on how brands are engaging with gamers in a structured way

Rather than working with one content creator or gamer over a period of time, Division allows any brand to deploy a campaign at scale

DMCC announces launch of its gaming centre

DMCC is currently home to over 50 gaming companies, from game developers and producers to esports teams and tournament organisers

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Quest Esports opens gaming district in Doha

Last year, the Doha-headquartered company managed five large LAN tournaments and online league matches for games such as Fortnite, CS: GO, PUBG Mobile, Dota 2 and FIFA

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The Arab Esports Federation moves into Web3 and launches online chess platform

The federation is headquartered in Riyadh and is led by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan

Games for Change

First MENA Games for Change summit to be held in Abu Dhabi

The two-day summit will be held on October 11-12, 2022 and will connect 300 leaders across Abu Dhabi’s gaming industry

Laliga Football

LaLiga football league partners with Dubai-based Galaxy Racer to spur growth

The joint venture aims to transform the sports league’s brand presence in the Middle East and North Africa region and the Indian subcontinent

Asian Chess Federation

The Asian Chess Federation, Checkmate partner to scale up online competitive chess

Checkmate is a Web3 initiative focused on producing and broadcasting linear and online tournaments for a new generation of players

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Interview: How Flash Entertainment is showcasing Abu Dhabi as a global sporting and entertainment hub

John Lickrish, CEO of flash entertainment, tells us how the company continues to play a big role in Abu Dhabi’s recent foray into the fast-paced world of esports

Gaming and generation next in the advent of Industry 4.0

Blockchain companies have doubled down on esports to reach gamers, signing multi-year, multi-million-dollar sponsorship contracts

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First Bahrain-based female esports gamer joins G2 Esports team

Making her Tier 1 debut at just 16, Maryam has been showcasing her skills in online video games such as Fortnite since 2017

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Yas Island’s calendar of events include sports, music and family activities

The line-up features everything from global sports championships and family-friendly excitement to top-artist concerts and exhilarating adventures

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Abu Dhabi to host global esports tournament Blast Premier World Final

The Blast Premier World Final will be held in the Etihad Arena on Yas Island from December 14-18, 2022

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Power League Gaming, Logitech G partner to launch ‘stream school’

Stream School aims to assist those who aspire to enter esports and gaming sector by delivering the tools needed to get started

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Saudi wealth fund makes second $1bn bet on Swedish gaming

The Public Investment Fund’s Savvy Gaming Group will become the second largest owner in Embracer Group after acquiring almost 100 million shares

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Esports athletes now observed as ‘conventional’ ones

Matthew Pickering, CEO, Power League Gaming discusses how esports athletes now have the same skills as conventional athletes, enabling them to compete at the highest level

Amazon university esports masters MENA region 2022 series

Abu Dhabi to host MENA’s first Amazon University Esports Masters Series

University teams from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Morocco will participate in the esports event taking place in the UAE’s capital in July

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Bravado Gaming announces its debut in Middle East, Africa

The Bravado expansion will include the establishment of bases in South Africa, Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia

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How athletes are gleaning support from coaching programmes at US Esports Academy

In an exclusive interview, Johan van Breda, CEO of US Esports Academy shares their current innovations in the esports infrastructure

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Here’s how Lenovo’s esports programme will be beneficial to educational institutions

Mohammed Hilili, general manager at Lenovo Gulf explains how esports gaming will help students develop discipline and teach new skills

What does the future of gaming hold?

Commercially and technically, the video games industry has always been ahead of the curve, driven by tech-savvy creators and early adopters

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Revoland becomes the first blockchain game to launch on Huawei Cloud

Revoland is a multiplayer online battle arena where players can gather friends to form a team, play and earn token rewards for their individual skills

US Esports Academy signs strategic partnership with Challenger Sports

USEA will work closely with schools, universities, and community groups to help support, establish and develop their esports programmes

Saudi’s PIF launches Savvy Gaming Group to spur gaming, esports sector

The group aims to be the leading national and international gaming and e-sports company

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Gaming consumption in Saudi Arabia projected to reach $6.8bn by 2030

Gaming will increase by an average of 22 per cent compound annual growth rate in the kingdom, according to new Boston Consulting Group report

Amazon University Esports to expand to UAE, Saudi Arabia with MENATech

This will be UAE’s and Saudi Arabia’s first educational esports league

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How a UAE-based esports company is helping break negative stereotypes of gamers

The recent partnership between Nasr Esports and Under Armour promotes the idea of a healthy mind and body for athletes to succeed in esports at the highest levels

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GCC’s biggest PUBG Mobile championship launched

As the official smartphone partner of PUBG Mobile Esports in the Middle East and Africa in 2021, OPPO will play an active part in the company’s esports championships

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Dubai-based Geekay Esports expands portfolio with Emirati Valorant team

The group also plans to host university and school-level tournaments across the UAE

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UAE-based Yalla Esports announces new strategic partnerships

Collaboration with Zain Esports and Tokyo Games involves unlocking the potential of regional talent – players, casters, analysts, and commentators