RIYADH. – The Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games drew to a thrilling close on Saturday, marking the end of a spectacular showcase of talent, camaraderie, and global unity.
With five gold medals awarded and a resounding sense of camaraderie, the event served as a testament to the unifying power of esports and the Global Esports Federation’s #worldconnected spirit.
In his closing ceremony speech, Paul J. Foster, GEF CEO, expressed gratitude to the athletes, gamers, and the entire #worldconnected gaming community.
“You are now part of our proud history and your own limitless future,” he remarked. Paul extended gratitude to the Saudi Esports Federation for their generous hospitality and the remarkable staging of the event in Riyadh.
The #GEG23 witnessed remarkable performances across various esports titles, with the Dominican Republic claiming the inaugural Gold of the event in Street Fighter 6 and Ukraine’s PUBG MOBILE team securing an emotional Gold on Friday.
The Dota 2 Open saw a supremely talented Kazakhstan side emerge victorious, while Malaysia claimed the Dota 2 Women’s title, topping the overall Medal Table.
The eFootball 2024 event concluded with a nail-biting match, with Jordan securing the championship against Iran.
The Street Fighter 6 Finals in Riyadh delivered an exhilarating showdown, featuring Bryan Diesel ‘BryanD’ Tineo from the Dominican Republic commanding a 3-1 victory over Wess of Saudi Arabia in the first semi-final.
In the other semi-final, Great Britain’s FlawlessDeku seemed poised for a conclusive win with an early lead, but a remarkable comeback from Malaysia’s Ban ‘IamChuan’ Chuan secured a tense 3-2 triumph. Ultimately, ‘BryanD’ emerged triumphant, clinching Gold by defeating ‘IamChuan’ in the final. – GEF