Gaming isn’t just a casual pastime in the Middle East anymore, as Dubai is set to host the region’s first-ever ‘Interschool Esports Tournament’ this year.
School around the Middle East will compete in head-to-head matches of FIFA 20, all for a grand prize of scholarships worth Dhs255,000.
As for the tournament, students will face off in 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.
Students will need to show their A-game, as the winner of the senior tournament will claim Dhs100,000, while the winner of the junior tournament walks away with Dhs70,000. Runners-up will still get a grand prize of Dhs50,000 and Dhs35,000.
That’s not all, as a career and education fair will be set up for students and parents looking to sign up aspiring young gamers.
Even better, the fair will also feature recruitment booths and stalls from gaming companies for visitors interested in exploring careers in gaming.
“We have seen a huge shift towards esports, both globally and in the Middle East,” added CEO of Galaxy Racer Esports Paul Roy.
“By introducing these tournaments to the youth of Dubai, we are opening doors that could set up exciting futures, [as] the gaming industry is the future of sports and entertainment.”
Roy also mentioned that the industry made $140 billion in revenue last year, one of the highest revenue-generating industries. Clearly, it’s a surge worth investing in for little ones.
“Implementing future technology has been one of Dubai government’s strategic objectives and we at Dubai Sports Council, under the leadership of our Chairman HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, align our goals with the strategic objectives of the government,” said Director of Sports Events Department at Dubai Sports Council Khalid Al Awar.
“The Esports movement is an area that we are seeking to pioneer and develop. So we are happy to support this first ever Interschool Esports Tournament, which reinforces Dubai’s reputation for being at the cutting edge of hosting sporting events and forging history.”
Schools can sign up a maximum of two students, who will then battle it out in a knock-out tournament over the two days.
Reckon your little one or students have what it takes? Get them signed up now by heading to www.girlgamer.gg/dubai/schools.