QF to host Education City’s first open esports tournament

Competitors during an esports tournament.

Doha: Education City’s first open esports tournament, to be held September 9-10, aims to capitalize on the growing popularity of esports competition through video games and gain exposure in Qatar while supporting the growth of an esports community in the country and potentially opening up new career opportunities for young people.

Taking place at Multaqa (Education City Student Center), the free tournament – which will see participants compete in two popular competitive games, FIFA 22 and Super Smash Brothers, for a chance to win cash prizes of QR 20,000 – will be hosted on the new social gaming platform Showdown. The platform was developed by Project Infinite, a Qatar-based company, which was supported by funding through the Qatar Foundation (QF) Innovation Voucher.

Showdown allows professional and amateur esports athletes and players to build and grow their profiles as they progress through their careers, and provides a safe and responsible space for gaming, as well as participating in tournaments. The Education City Open follows two online esports events hosted by QF and Project Infinite in July and August.

Esports is already a multi-billion dollar global industry and the MENA region is seen as one of its key growth markets. and turn their skills and hobbies into possible future careers.

“We believe there are many career paths for e-gamers in Qatar, including game designers, engineers and influencers. At QF, we set standards for every student’s excellence in physical sports and digital by encouraging them to participate so they can improve their critical thinking, teamwork, strategy and leadership skills.

Founded in 2018 by a group of gamers and tech entrepreneurs, Project Infinite empowers esports in the region by providing advanced technology solutions, advocating for responsible gaming, and promoting Arab culture, art, and music across the country. within the video game industry. The company also aims to create financial opportunities for local communities as part of its ongoing engagement with local and regional strategic partners and entities.

“We realized that the esports market couldn’t really grow without finding solutions to some of the challenges it faced, and we set out to address them,” said Deeb Mahmoud, co-founder and company chief technology officer.

“The scale of the esports boom in recent years is enormous, and in this field there are many potential players and pioneers in the MENA region. If esports athletes in Qatar and the region can be connected between them and with sponsors, and that the local and regional market is systemically promoted, we believe that Qatar can really earn a place on the esports map.

“Esports athletes from almost all parts of the world are making a name for themselves, so it’s only natural that Qatar has a presence in the esports scene.”

As Rabah Qunnaby, co-founder and CEO of Project Infinite explains, “Showdown is a flagship product that will be launched publicly at the Education City Open. It will give players the ability to have personalized profiles and show off their skills, achievements and rankings, while providing esports tournament organizers with the tools and technology to create, manage and broadcast their tournaments while establishing and maintaining exposure for their brand. . It will also offer social features that will allow people to follow other esports athletes and be followed themselves.

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