The annual Gamers8 festival in Riyadh continues to grow
This summer, Riyadh will host the second edition of the largest esports and gaming festival in the world, which will have a $30 million prize pool.
The eight-week event, dubbed “Gamers8: The Land of Heroes,” will begin on July 6 and include a variety of esports competitions, live performances by well-known artists, shows, community gaming and education platforms, and extracurricular activities.
According to Prince Faisal bin Bandar, chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation, the event, which will be held at a specially constructed location in Riyadh Boulevard City, aims to become the summer’s top destination for gamers and other entertainment seekers.
World-class esports champions and fans of the gaming industry can be found in The Land of Heroes, according to Prince Faisal. It is the ultimate opportunity to compete for glory and turn into a hero who roams the settings of your selected store. This summer, the emphasis on showcasing the world’s most well-known titles will be increased even more. To be completely honest, we do mean bigger and better this summer. We are eager to share our plans for “Gamers8: The Land of Heroes.”
The second festival doubles the grand prize pool to $15 million after the success of the first festival, which attracted 1.4 million visitors.
In 2022, the top five video games—Rocket League, Fortnite, Dota 2 Riyadh Masters, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and PUBG Mobile—saw competition between gaming leagues from all around the world. 391 elite athletes from 61 nations and 113 international teams took part in it.
Even though the 2023 entertainment schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, it promises bigger and better elite competitions that will lead to new challenges and experiences every week.
Similar to last year’s schedule, Gamers8 will end with the inaugural esports and gaming platform, the Next World Forum. In order to participate in a series of panel discussions, workshops, and activations, this will bring together business leaders, international players, and investors from all over the world. The future of the industry is the focus of the forum.
Gamers8 is a Saudi Esports Federation initiative that aims to develop a gaming industry infrastructure, esports communities and ecosystems, provide sustainable employment for regional creatives, and establish the Kingdom as a major esports hub.
Prince Faisal said that with more than 23.5 million Saudis identifying as gamers, the esports festival aims to create a space where people can not only enjoy the games but also forge a career path through their passion.