PRINCE Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, announced yesterday the launch of the Esports World Cup, which will be held annually in Riyadh starting summer 2024.
The largest global event of its kind, the competition will provide a platform that supports the gaming and esports sector and boosts the Kingdom’s position as a hub for international esports and sports competitions.
Crown Prince Mohammed also announced the establishment of the Esports World Cup Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to drive a new era of collaboration between esports stakeholders and to enhance the sector’s sustainability.
The announcement came during “The New Global Sport Conference”, which was hosted by the Kingdom and welcomed senior officials and global leaders in the sports, gaming, and esports sectors.
Crown Prince Mohammed said:
“The Esports World Cup is the natural next step in Saudi Arabia’s journey to become the premier global hub for gaming and esports, offering an unmatched esports experience that pushes the boundaries of the industry.”
“The competition will boost our progress towards realising the Vision 2030 objectives of diversifying the economy, growing the tourism sector, creating new jobs in various industries, and providing world-class entertainment for citizens, residents, and visitors alike,” he added.
The Esports World Cup will provide an enabling environment for the growth and sustainability of players, clubs, and the sector overall. The tournament will include the most popular games in the world across all genres and have the largest prize pool in esports history.
The tournament will feature a unique cross game competition format that will reward and incentivise clubs that take on the challenge to become the ultimate Esports World Cup Champion and support the growth and sustainability of all eSports clubs.
The Esports World Cup Foundation will reveal additional details about the event early in the coming year. — Aawsat.