E-Sports in the Middle East
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | Bravado | July 3, 2018
The United Arab Emirates, with one of its most famous cities, Dubai, is well known for it’s progressive advances in the economy, architecture and technology. However, an area which has previously been somewhat of an unchartered territory for the country is gaming and moreover, esports. With esports growing at such a rapid rate, visionaries and lovers of development have been carrying the baton to strengthen and foster the regional esports community.
One of these visionaries is the crown prince of the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It comes as no surprise that a young intellectual would identify the potential for development of regional and international talent.
It was recently announced that Hamdan has endorsed the development of an esports focused stadium in Dubai which will be called Dubai X-Stadium. Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group are the two players associated with this initiative and they plan to make Dubai the world capital for esports.
Technology companies who have already established interest in esports and can leverage a strong gaming infrastructure will play a vital role in the success of this initiative. For example,both Dell and Alienware have been actively involved in the movement and a high regard is held for them. Intel with it’s best of the best performance and raw capability of their processors have the power to elevate esports to new heights.
For the Dubai X-Stadium and its plan for the future of esports and technology to succeed, they will require the most powerful machines on the planet. Dell and Alienware are currently in the process of raising the bar in the Middle-East, Turkey and Africa (META) region as far as gaming is concerned and together with the efforts of Intel, we at Bravado Gaming are the forerunners and representatives of this development. Our partners have placed their trust in us and in you, our fans, to prove to the world that the META Region has talent, incredible talent at that…
This is what Bravado Gaming CEO, Andreas Hadjipaschali had to say:
I recently visited Dubai for business and I was taken to a few gaming centres in the city. What I can say is that I was astonished at the potential, the passion and the love for e-sports that exists. Dubai is in quite a different situation from what I gathered. I noticed that alot more offline gaming takes place, rather than online which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I think this allows for consistent interaction and face-to-face participation, which is great. The region is definitely progressing with their love for e-sports and I can’t wait to see the future developments as we all know, when Dubai invests, they invest hard.
I also had a chat to the executives from Dell and Intel UAE and they can see the vision of where social and competitive gaming is going. With this being said, it’s great to know that they’re onboard and working hard towards the movement.
So, what are the competitive gaming titles that are the most popular in the UAE? Dota 2, League of Legends, CS: GO, Fortnite and PUBG to name a few. Some of the best PUBG players in the world are from the UAE and consistently rank in the top 100 on European servers. Perhaps the best known esports-team to hail from the Middle East is Valour esports. They have over 30 members of their competitive gaming division and they all earn well paying salaries and compete in events with big prize pools. With the capital, hunger for technological advancements and financial backing, the Middle East has its eyes set on becoming known for esports
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