RIYADH: Saudi team Twisted Minds won first place at the Gamers8 Club Awards, winning a cash award of $1.5 million.
The team, which was founded in 2020, triumphed with 81.87 points and received their prize on the first day of the second Next World Forum.
Mohammed Jebreen, facilities and purchasing manager of Twisted Minds Esport, told Arab News: “We participated in last year’s tournament (but) we didn’t do so great — we played one game only.
“In this tournament, we participated as a team in every game of Gamers8.
“We won the first two games, being the first Saudi team to win Gamers8 and the first team in the world to win two Gamers8 trophies in the season.”
The Saudi club competed in Gamers8 with a pool of 179 teams from around the world.
The tournament began on July 6 and the esports club clinched top spot with 81.87 points, followed by Team BDS with 65 points. There was a tie for third place between Gaimin Gladiators and Team Vitality, both scoring 55 points.
Recognizing excellence in esports globally, Gamers8 presented competitions featuring more than 117 different nationalities.
This year’s competition was held under the theme “The Land of Heroes” and showcased 13 tournaments.
Gamers8 Club Awards was established by the Saudi Esports Federation in June 2023.
Saudi Arabia boasts one of the fastest-growing gaming sectors in the region, which helps to play a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s transformation.