Riot Games to host ‘Nexus’ festival in Riyadh

Onur Tamer, METAI general manager at Riot Games.
Updated 01 December 2019

Riot Games to host ‘Nexus’ festival in Riyadh

Riot Games will host the League of Legends themed “Nexus” festival in Riyadh.

The Nexus festival, taking place from Dec. 5 to 7, is part of Riyadh Season, an initiative by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) to transform Saudi Arabia into a global tourist and entertainment destination. 

Since launching in 2006, Riot Games has a global presence of more than 20 offices around the world including Tokyo, London, Turkey and Shanghai.

Onur Tamer, METAI general manager at Riot Games said: “Our entry to the region couldn’t have come at a better time. In the same year of opening our office in Dubai, the region’s first dedicated e-sports stadium Dubai X-Stadium was announced while Tunisia revealed plans to open the Arab world’s first college dedicated to gaming.

“By establishing our presence in the region, we have been able to not just promote our brand but also get closer to our fans and provide them with improved gaming experiences.”

During the Nexus festival, participants will battle for a share of the $2 million prize money across six competitions.

The festival also includes a theme park, experiential zones, tournaments and concerts and is expected to attract a total audience of 30,000.

Hosting the inaugural Nexus event forms a key part of Riot Games’ strategy to boost participation and attract new audiences in the region. The qualifying stages have been held in 13 countries across the region with all the action broadcasted live and streamed online on League of Legends Arabia Twitch channel.

Investment forum draws global startups to KAEC

Updated 24 February 2020

Investment forum draws global startups to KAEC

More than 60 startups from all over the world including Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Poland along with 27 Saudi teams qualified for the final round of MITEF Saudi Startup Competition are set to participate in the Startups Investment Forum (SIF), which will be held in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) from March 5 to 7.

SIF is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of the MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel, and in partnership this year with KAEC and the Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA) under the theme “Invest in Saudi Arabia,” as strategic partners. The nine winners of the 4th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition will be named at the StartSmart Conference on March 7, which will include 13 local and international speakers from prestigious universities and organizations.

The StartSmart Conference is a one-day conference that aims to inspire, connect, coach and inform entrepreneurs to succeed faster and smarter. It is a place where all entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalist firms, students, business organizations and high leadership and executives from private and government sectors will meet and engage.

The Startup Investment Forum is a three-day exhibition aimed at providing startups and small businesses around the globe the opportunity to expand their businesses to the Saudi market and meet investors. The event will host workshops delivered by executives from Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship and provide opportunities for networking.

Founded in 2015 as part of a global network dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide, MITEF Saudi Startup aims at promoting and enriching the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, and to celebrate and support all potential startups and entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.

MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia is part of a global network of chapters dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. MITEF informs, connects, and coaches Saudi entrepreneurs — enabling them to rapidly transform ideas into companies. 

Founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting and enriching the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, MITEF aims to celebrate and support all potential startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom through the startup competition.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has three tracks: Startups Track, Social Track and Ideas Track. The competition offers a cash prize of SR325,000 ($86,630), in addition to workshops and training sessions supervised by specialists and experts in all economic and social sectors. The finalists will have the opportunity to participate in StartSmart, one of the MIT Global Forum’s programs organized before the announcement of the winners and attended by specialists from MIT University, US.