Dubai set to host region first interschool e-Sports tournament

Dubai set to host region first interschool e-Sports tournament
Published: 1 October 2019 - 1:38 p.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

Meydan One and Galaxy Racer Esports has launched Dubai’s first-ever Interschool Esports Tournament featuring FIFA 20 at Meydan Grandstand.

The Tournament, running from 12 - 13 December, will be part of the 2019 Girl Gamer eSports Festival.

Open to both boys and girls, the tournament will comprise two competitions played out over six-minute games of FIFA 20 – one for juniors aged six to 11, and one for seniors aged 12 to 16.

The prizes will include scholarships worth AED255,000. The winner of the senior tournament will claim AED100,000, while the winner of the junior tournament walks away with AED70,000. Runners-up will receive AED50,000 and AED35,000 respectively.

Schools can sign up a maximum of two students for each competition. All participants will battle it out in a knockout tournament over the two days of the tournament. Registrations are now open.

The Interschool Esports Tournament is supported by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KDHA), 10X Media and the Dubai Sports Council. Combining their fields of expertise, these entities are seeking to transform Dubai into a gaming and esports hub where the industry can thrive.

Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim, vice president of Meydan Malls, said: “By hosting Dubai’s first interschool esports tournament, we continue to build a platform that caters to the ever-evolving demands of a diverse customer base that craves the online entertainment experience.”

With two of the previous FIFA eWorld Cup winners hailing from the Middle East, the market and buzz around the EA Sports franchise, as well as its potential for business growth through the egaming vehicle, is immense.

Abdulaziz Alsheri was the first-ever Saudi national to win the global competition, when he was crowned winner at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in Munich, Germany, in 2015. In 2018, his countryman Mossad ‘MSdossary’ Aldossary won the first edition of the renamed FIFA eWorld Cup.

Hind Al Mualla, chief of creativity, happiness and innovation at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “We believe ‘responsible gaming’ is a way-forward for the industry and esports competitions provide a platform to bring people together. Gaming and esports are growing worldwide and we are excited to see a career-fair take place inside a gaming competition here in Dubai. This will definitely encourage students to go beyond their gaming routine and see how the industry can present a potential career.”

A career and education fair will take place on the sidelines of the Interschool Esports Tournament.

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