Gaming phenomenon PUBG MOBILE hosts $3,000,000 World Invitational in Riyadh in Partnership with Gamers8

Riyadh: The second annual PUBG MOBILE World Invitational (PMWI) is due to kick off in Riyadh this week, where some of the best mobile video gaming teams from around the globe will compete for a $3,000,000 USD prize pool. The PMWI is being held in partnership with Gamers8, the Saudi global gaming and esports festival, and ESL, one of the largest global esports organization and production companies. The event kicks off on August 11th in front of a live crowd in Riyadh. PUBG MOBILE is the most watched mobile esports game in the world and the event comes at a time when the popularity of gaming and esports have ballooned in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to a 2021 study, about 50% of the Saudi population consider themselves regular gamers, who play more than once a month,2 with the sector predicted to reach $6.8 billion by 2030.1

The PMWI will be held at Boulevard Riyadh City with doors opening at 2PM from August 11th-August 20th. Tickets sales are for available at gamers8.gg. Local Saudi esports team, Team Falcon, will go head to head against 17 international teams in the Main tournament competing for $2,000,000 USD from the overall prize pool during week one from August 11th-13th. Then, in week two from August 18th – 20th, 12 teams will take part in the Afterparty Showdown, competing for the remaining $1,000,000 USD. The teams taking part in the Afterparty Showdown will be made up of the top 5 teams from week one, alongside 6 teams chosen from regions, and 1 special invite!

With some of the world’s best esports teams set to compete in front of a live crowd at the PMWI, fans around the world are excited for the event kick-off. Fans in Saudi will be able to enjoy the thrilling gameplay and electric atmosphere in-person at Boulevard Riyadh City. The event is being live streamed in Arabic too, so those at home can watch the action on Facebook and YouTube. Fans should keep an eye on PUBG MOBILE’s social media channels, as well as in-game, for more information on how to vote for their favourite teams taking part in the event.

James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE, Global Esports commented; “This year’s PUBG MOBILE World Invitational is set to be the biggest and best yet. This is our second annual World Invitational and we are excited to bring a new format of the event to the region which showcases the unique community spirit that PUBG MOBILE Esports and its talented teams have created.”

You can watch the PMWI on PUBG MOBILE Esports’ YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels, with the Main Tournament live between August 11th and 13th at 2PM Riyadh local time, and the Afterparty Showdown live between August 18th and 20th at 2PM Riyadh local time. 

For more PUBG MOBILE esports news, stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

About PUBG MOBILE:

PUBG MOBILE is based on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone. 

For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube 

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play Store

About Gamers8  

Gamers8, from the creators of Gamers Without Borders, is a global gaming and Esports festival with a mission to blur the lines between what’s physical and what’s virtual. Established to bring the virtual world of gaming and Esports out into the physical realm of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Gamers8 will be held for eight weeks this summer from July 14 – September 8.

Offering elite and competitive tournaments, entertainment, activities and attractions, incredible music concerts and shows, plus more, Gamers8 concludes with a gaming and Esports summit that brings together sector leaders and experts from around the world.

The elite gaming competitions will host the biggest Esports teams in the world across six different titles with a total prize pool of $15 million, all hosted in a state of the art, purpose-built venue at Boulevard Riyadh City.

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, the event is being brought by a series of partners including Mastercard, SAVVY Gaming Group, ESL FACEIT Group, Spotify, and Aramco, each collaborating to provide gamers around the world an experience like no other.

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