3 nations secure final-day glory at Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games

3 nations secure final-day glory at Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games
Jordan claimed the eFootball 2024 title at the Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games. (SEF)
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Updated 18 December 2023
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3 nations secure final-day glory at Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games

3 nations secure final-day glory at Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games
  • Kazakhstan win Dota 2 Open, Malaysia take Dota 2 Women title and Jordan claim eFootball 2024 crown at SEF Arena

RIYADH: The Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games concluded this weekend with three nations securing hard-fought victories in the flagship multi-title competition.

The final day of the tournament on Saturday — hosted by the Saudi Esports Federation and presented by the Global Esports Federation — saw Kazakhstan win the Dota 2 Open, Malaysia take the Dota 2 Women title, and Jordan claim the eFootball 2024 competition.

“The Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games have been an incredible success and it’s been an absolute privilege to host such a prestigious competition in our Kingdom’s capital — one of the fastest-rising international esports hubs in the world today,” said Saudi Esports Federation CEO Turki Al-Fawzan. “The Games have been fantastic from start to finish and I’m sure esports fans near and far are beyond satisfied at the way the tournament went out on a high.

“With three finals scheduled for Saturday, the stage was set for some of the world’s best teams and athletes to showcase why esports is now the most popular sport worldwide. I believe they achieved precisely that and on behalf of the Saudi Esports Federation, I’d like to congratulate both the winners and runners-up on what they’ve accomplished this week. They’ve been a credit to themselves, their countries, and the entire esports community as always. Well done to all.”

The #GEG23 finale kicked off with Kazakhstan beating Malaysia 2-1 in the Dota 2 Open final, in the best-of-three contest.

In the Dota 2 Women final — in what was a brilliant advert for professional women’s esports — Malaysia overcame Peru to secure outright victory.

Heading into the final, Malaysia had not dropped a single game, overcoming both Thailand and Argentina 2-0 in the best-of-three encounters. This trend continued in the final with a 2-0 win over Peru.

The last of Saturday’s finals then saw Iran face Jordan for the eFootball 2024 title — with each nation represented by an elite athlete.

The first match ended in a 1-1 draw, while Jordan edged the second game 2-1, and followed this up in the third with a 1-0 win to seal victory. The hero for Jordan was S.HACKER.55 who overcame the best eFootball 2024 athletes from the Netherlands, Colombia, Poland and Iran en route to #GEG23 glory.


EA Sports FC Ramadan Tournament held in Riyadh for MENA gamers

EA Sports FC Ramadan Tournament held in Riyadh for MENA gamers
Updated 01 April 2024
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EA Sports FC Ramadan Tournament held in Riyadh for MENA gamers

EA Sports FC Ramadan Tournament held in Riyadh for MENA gamers
  • Gaming show featured two tournaments — one for EA Sports FC 24 on PlayStation 5, the other for EA Sports FC Mobile.

RIYADH: The live finals of the EA Sports FC Ramadan Tournament, which began on March 18, took place this Friday at the SEF Arena in Riyadh.

Organized by Zawaya Gaming and powered by Pepsi with support from the Saudi Esports Federation, the gaming show featured two tournaments — one for EA Sports FC 24 on PlayStation 5, the other for EA Sports FC Mobile.

A group of 16 players from across the Middle East and North Africa region and Indonesia qualified to compete during the live show along with other eight players who were paired with athletes and content creators, including Egyptian YouTuber Amr Nassouhy and Saudi YouTuber BanderitaX, for a two-versus-two tournament in both of the competitions.

“It is a huge event,” Nassouhy said. The Youtuber, whose content focuses on sports, including football, boasts 1.4 million followers on Instagram and almost 3 million followers on his “Saba7o Korah” YouTube channel, which he started back in 2012.

“EA has been doing these kinds of events for years. I have been on board with them for eight years maybe, and it is really important for the entire community,” he said.

“Everybody can play online or with friends, but having competitions and having content creators attending these competitions sheds light on these players and the EA FC 2024 and esports in general.

“I am a huge football fan, so EA sports has always been a favorite of mine since childhood.”

Amr Basher, another Egyptian content creator, was also among the guests in the Saudi capital on Friday. He posts content about FC and FC Mobile across TikTok, Instagram and YouTube to millions of followers.

“Last year, I attended the (Esports) World Cup that was hosted in Riyadh. It was similar to this, well-organized. I enjoyed it very much,” Basher said.


EA Sports announces inaugural Ramadan Tournament for MENA region gamers

EA Sports announces inaugural Ramadan Tournament for MENA region gamers
Updated 29 February 2024
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EA Sports announces inaugural Ramadan Tournament for MENA region gamers

EA Sports announces inaugural Ramadan Tournament for MENA region gamers
  • Participants will take part in 2 competitions, EA Sports FC 24, EA Sports FC Mobile

RIYADH: EA Sports has announced the launch of the first-ever Ramadan tournament, set to take place during the holy month from March 18 to 29.

The EA Sports FC Ramadan Tournament will be organized by Zawaya Gaming and powered by Pepsi with support from the Saudi eSports Federation.

The event will feature two parallel knockout tournaments: one for EA Sports FC 24 on PlayStation 5, and the other for EA Sports FC Mobile.

A total of 16 players will qualify to compete in the finals, with eight players being paired with athletes and creators for a two-versus-two tournament in the two competitions.

The console tournament will be open to participants from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, while mobile participants will include competitors from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and Indonesia.

The live finals will take place at the SEF Arena in Riyadh.


AlUla Royal Commission announces Drone Champions League Super Final 2023

There were four teams participating in the Drone Championship League final, which included two- and four-man races. (SPA)
There were four teams participating in the Drone Championship League final, which included two- and four-man races. (SPA)
Updated 24 December 2023
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AlUla Royal Commission announces Drone Champions League Super Final 2023

There were four teams participating in the Drone Championship League final, which included two- and four-man races. (SPA)
  • The race included 16 of the world's best drone pilots from nine countries, including the United States, Australia, France, Japan, and the Republic of Korea
  • UNESCO selected AlUla Old Town as one of the Best Tourism Villages in 2022

ALULA: As the Drone Champions League Super Final 2023 draws to a close, the Royal Commission for AlUla has announced the results, which were organized in partnership with Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones and the Saudi E-Sports Federation.

This was the first e-sports and professional drone racing competition of its kind, held at AlUla's Old Town auditorium, as part of the AlUla Moments festival.

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Drone Champions League Super Final 2023 announced Silas Aaron from Quad Force One won the ‘best pilot prize’ after his stunning performance with 16 other drone pilots from around the globe.

Drone Champions League Super Final 2023 announced Silas Aaron from Quad Force One won the 'best pilot prize' after his stunning performance with 16 other drone pilots from around the globe.

There were four teams participating in the Drone Championship League final, which included two- and four-man races. The race included 16 of the world's best drone pilots from nine countries, including the United States, Australia, France, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. Both virtual and real elements were included in the show. Drone Championship League will be available to PlayStation, Xbox, and Mac users via the completed tracks of the finalists.

 

 


Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games set for decisive last 2 nights

Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games will conclude on Saturday. (Supplied)
Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games will conclude on Saturday. (Supplied)
Updated 15 December 2023
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Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games set for decisive last 2 nights

Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games will conclude on Saturday. (Supplied)
  • PUBG MOBILE poised for grandstand finish with Thailand leading the way, Kazakhstan and Ukraine tied 2nd
  • Dota 2 women’s event and eFootball 2024 finals take place on Saturday alongside Dota 2 Open final

RIYADH: The Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games are set for some decisive match-ups on Friday night that will decide who advances to Saturday’s finals.

Hosted by the Saudi Esports Federation and presented by the Global Esports Federation, day three of the five-day flagship multi-title competition saw countries’ quests for glory and global supremacy edge closer to gripping conclusions.

The SEF Arena on Thursday saw action across three tournaments, including the long-awaited PUBG MOBILE competition.

After an impressive performance, Thailand leads the way heading into today’s finale on 90 points, followed closely by Kazakhstan and Ukraine — tied second with 88 — and Vietnam (71). Host Saudi Arabia (64) is also in contention.

“Anticipation surrounding the PUBG MOBILE tournament has been huge — and understandably so,” said Abdullah Al-Nasser, head of professional esports at the Saudi Esports Federation, in the immediate aftermath of day three.

“PUBG MOBILE has been downloaded over 1 billion times and is the most-watched mobile esports game on the planet — so it’s obviously thrilling to watch 16 of the world’s elite teams go head to head in a round-robin shootout. The tournament certainly lived up to the hype and we can’t wait for more on Friday. Another dramatic day awaits with the latter stages of other tournaments also scheduled.”

The Dota 2 women’s competition also entered the fray with eight nations beginning their campaigns in the high-stakes single-elimination event. Facing off in best-of-three matchups, Malaysia beat Thailand 2-0 to set up a semifinal with Argentina, who beat Turkey 2-0.

The other side of the draw also witnessed two straight-set victories as Peru and Chile set up a last-four clash after overcoming New Zealand and Kenya, respectively. The Dota 2 women’s event continues today with the final locked in for tomorrow.

Elsewhere at GEG23, the eFootball 2024 last 16 lineup was completed as the last chance qualifiers stage took place. After 12 teams booked their place in the knockout rounds on Wednesday alongside Spain, Mexico and host Saudi Arabia, one more spot was up for grabs.

Panama beat Japan, Malaysia and Luxembourg in best-of-three match-ups to top the group and progress. eFootball 2024 continues today with the last 16, quarterfinals and semifinals all taking place before tomorrow’s final. In Friday’s opening round of fixtures, Saudi Arabia faces the UAE in an exciting last-16 clash.

 


Global Esports Games get underway in Riyadh for first time

Global Esports Games get underway in Riyadh for first time
Updated 13 December 2023
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Global Esports Games get underway in Riyadh for first time

Global Esports Games get underway in Riyadh for first time
  • SEF chairman: GEG is the ‘realization of Kingdom’s dreams’
  • Third annual edition of games runs from Dec. 12-16, welcoming players from 100+ nations

RIYADH: The Global Esports Games, the flagship event of the Global Esports Federation, got underway in a blaze of glory in Riyadh on Tuesday, with organizers praising the multi-title, global competition’s power in uniting the international gaming community.

The third annual edition of the Global Esports Games is being staged from Dec. 12-16 at the Saudi Esports Federation Arena in Riyadh — the first time Saudi Arabia’s capital city has hosted the prestigious event.

Hosted by the SEF and presented by the Global Esports Federation, #GEG23 features numerous renowned multi-genre global titles. These are: DOTA 2, in the form of the DOTA 2 Open and DOTA 2 Women competitions, eFootball 2024, PUBG MOBILE and Street Fighter 6.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of SEF, credited #GEG23 as being “the realization of a dream” of the Kingdom’s ambitions to host legendary tournaments, forging long-lasting relationships and unlocking esports’ full potential.

“This flagship event is one of utmost significance, as well as a truly global spectacle that enables us to captivate people while further uniting the world-connected esports community. In the days ahead, the games will showcase nothing short of an extraordinary display of excellence, proving that passion and skill are the ultimate currencies for driving advancement, bridging cultures, and inspiring greatness,” he said in a statement.

#GEG23 welcomes more than 950 gamers from over 100 nations and territories.

In the World Finals at the SEF Arena in Riyadh, more than 235 gamers from over 50 nations and territories will be competing in front of a live audience and multi-channel broadcast.

Of the 56 countries being represented in the coming week, eight are from Africa, 12 from the Americas and 18 from Asia. Europe also has 17 representatives while Oceania’s hopes rest with Australia and New Zealand.