Insomnia Gaming Festival wraps up in Riyadh

Insomnia Saudi Arabia is the largest e-gaming festival in the Middle East. (Supplied)
Updated 02 December 2019

Insomnia Gaming Festival wraps up in Riyadh

  • The event attracted a large audience, entertained by theater performances presented by American DJ Hero Best and free dance shows
  • The final day of the festival witnessed the grand finale of Tekken, where Saudi world champion Sari Al-Jafri won the first place prize

RIYADH: The four-day Insomnia Gaming Festival, the UK’s premier gaming industry event — held as part of the Riyadh Season at Riyadh Front — concluded on Saturday.

The event attracted a large audience, entertained by theater performances presented by American DJ Hero Best and free dance shows.

The final day of the festival witnessed the grand finale of “Tekken,” where Saudi world champion Sari Al-Jafri won the first place prize.

Gaming fans also enjoyed the tournament finals of “Dota”, “Rainbow 6”, “Counter Strike” and, in the individual category, “Fortnite”, “Overwatch”, “FIFA”, “Mortal Kombat” and “Apex Legends.”

Insomnia Saudi Arabia is the largest e-gaming festival in the Middle East, taking visitors on an unforgettable journey of excitement and fun, thanks to the best and latest games.

The event includes competitive tournaments, the latest virtual reality technologies and games, in addition to international guests, bands, mobile games, board games, retro games, cosplay costumes and many other events and prizes.

The festival was accompanied by a 9,500 square meter exhibition with the participation of companies such as Microsoft, PUBG, Sony, EPIC GAMES — producers of “Fortnite” — Ubisoft, Blizzard, Blehira, Gamers Half, Multi Creators, Lenovo, Samsung and GamersDZ. 

Saudi youth had a strong presence during the exhibition, selling games developed and manufactured by them.

The Riyadh Season kicked off on Oct. 11 and runs until the end of January 2020, with various events aimed at all segments of society.


Saudi Arabia records lowest daily COVID-19 death rate for two weeks

Updated 13 July 2020

Saudi Arabia records lowest daily COVID-19 death rate for two weeks

  • The Kingdom’s daily new case figure also continued to drop
  • There are currently 2,245 patients in critical care units

LONDON: Saudi Arabia on Monday reported its lowest daily death toll from COVID-19 in two weeks, with 20 people dying from the virus in the past 24 hours.

The Kingdom’s daily new case figure also continued to drop from highs a fortnight ago, with 2,852 new infections reported on Monday.

The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia reached 235,111 and the death toll across the country stands at 2,243.

The number of recoveries in Saudi Arabia rose to 169,842 after another 2,704 people recovered from the virus.

Among the new confirmed cases, Riyadh recorded the highest number, with 258 infections in one day. Jeddah reported 235 new infections, while Al-Hafouf detected 203 new infections.

On Sunday, the Saudi health ministry said the rate of critical COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom was stabilizing and had decreased over the past two weeks as the country continued to see a decline in new cases.

There are currently 2,245 patients in critical care units.