Dubai is building a massive E-sports stadium in a bid to enter the competitive gaming arena.
X-Stadium will be the region’s first dedicated venue for the virtual pursuit, with plans to host world-class video gaming events such as Overwatch League, which has seen a huge audience through its Twitch live stream, Call of Duty World League and Battle.net World Championship Series.
It comes as no surprise that Dubai wants to get in on E-sports, with the industry worth a whopping US$99.6 billion (Dhs365.8 billion) People certainly enjoy their games.
Details on when the project is expected to finish have not yet been confirmed, but we’ll keep you updated here at Time Out Dubai.
The city already has a large fan base for the digital sport, with tournaments previously across the UAE including the Fortnite competition at MEFCC 2018.
Dubai is hoping to bring that fan base to 60 million people with its new stadium by 2020.
Gaming tournaments in the UAE already have prize pools that are usually more than US$10,000 (Dhs36,729). We’re in the wrong job.
The joint initiative of Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group was endorsed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the board of trustees of Dubai Future Foundation under the Dubai 10X initiative.
Dubai Media Office director Mona Ghanem Al Marri said: "We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports.
“This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai's status as a key digital economy hub."
Dubai’s gaming scene is growing each day, and we can already see a huge growth in popularity with the recently launched VR Park in Dubai Mall. Check it out – it’s an amazing experience.