RIYADH: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege kicks off today at Gamers8 in Riyadh with a $2 million prize pool up for grabs.
Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, the four-day tournament in the hugely popular tactical shooter video game commences on Thursday, July 13 at Boulevard Riyadh City. The winners of Sunday’s grand finale take home a whopping $750,000.
There are eight top teams taking part. The invited sides are G2 Esports, Oxygen Esports, and w7m Esports, who are joined by homegrown heroes Team Falcons. After getting to the final last year, the Saudi Arabian superstars will be hoping to go one better this time.
The Gamers Without Borders regional qualifiers Team BDS from Europe, who won the Gamers8 event last year, M80 from North America, Ninjas in Pyjamas from South America, and CYCLOPS from Japan, are also all in action.
Faisal bin Homran, chief esports officer at the SEF, said: “Gamers8: The Land of Heroes is delighted to welcome back Rainbow Six Siege to Riyadh and the biggest gaming and esports festival worldwide. It remains one of the most popular multiplayer games available and epitomizes our aim of bringing the best tournaments and best titles to Saudi Arabia as we continue to lead and enhance the region’s gaming and esports landscape.
“Be it within the Kingdom or beyond, the game’s ever-expanding player base keeps growing as fans relish the colorful cast of operators, intricate and intense gameplay, dynamic maps, and tactical approach to shooters. There truly is something for every kind of gamer to be found in Rainbow Six Siege, a game with immense personality and attitude. Let battle commence at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes — and may the best team win.”