Registrations open for the kickoff of the first regional edition of UNIVERSITY Esports MENA

  • In this first edition of UNIVERSITY Esports MENA, university teams from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Morocco will compete for the title, and the winners will share a prize pool of more than $25,000 in prizes.
  • UNIVERSITY Esports MENA will have the support of the two main publishers in the world: Riot Games and Epic Games who maintain their commitment to the competition and MENATech (MTE).
  • In addition SAFEIS (Saudi Esports Federation) and BME Global, in KSA and Egypt respectively become strategic partners of MENATech for this competition. 

Abu Dhabi: UNIVERSITY Esports, one of the most important university esports competitions in the world, has arrived in MENA through MenaTech (MTE), GGTech’s subsidiary in the region. The competition will offer university students from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Morocco, the chance to represent their universities and thus demonstrate their potential in esports not only nationally, but also internationally.

UNIVERSITY Esports, a global phenomenon

UNIVERSITY Esports was born out of GGTech’s commitment to bringing the world of esports closer to the educational environment. What began as a local tournament in Spain has quickly expanded to more than 1,200 universities in countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and Turkey, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, with more than 200,000 students participating.

With the start of its activity in MENA, the company now has a presence in three continents and more than 25 countries. Reinforcing its commitment to the MENA Region, Mario Perez Guerreira, CEO of MENATech, said the following: “It is clear to us that the MENA region has become an esports powerhouse globally, competing even with some of the most veteran regions worldwide. At MENATech, we’ve had the opportunity to closely follow the brilliant development of the regional competitive environment.”

Our partners in the journey ahead

In this first edition, UNIVERSITY Esports will count with the support of some of the pioneering institutions in the development of esports at a regional level. Specifically in KSA, UNIVERSITY Esports Saudi will count on the participation of the Saudi Esports Federation (SEF), one of the most powerful federations in the region. 

Saudi Esports Federation’s CEO, Turki Alfawzan, said, “We are thrilled to partner with MENATech on this competition that allows university students not only to represent their universities but also to showcase their hidden talents. It is our mission as the federation to find talents, nurture them, and encourage their communities to flourish. These tournaments are the means to enable the industry by catalyzing it and enabling talent to flourish

In Egypt, MTE’s local partner will be BME eSports, the fully integrated gaming and eSports solutions provider as well as an event planning and production giant that has shown a strong commitment to the promotion of Egyptian esports, also supporting some of the best regional teams.

In the words of BME Global CEO, Ahmed El Goheiry “As founders of Insomnia Egypt and leaders of the esports market in Egypt and the MENA region, we believe that the University Esports tour will add extensive value to the market and will help facilitate the discovery of new potential pro esports players! We are very delighted and excited to have been chosen to lead this project in Egypt!”

Throughout the competition, MENATech will count with the collaboration of Riot Games and Epic Game, who aside from being two of the most important publishers in the world, have long given their strong support to the league. Both companies maintain their commitment to UNIVERSITY Esports, offering the opportunity for participants to compete in some of the best games on the market such as League of Legends and VALORANT from Riot Games, as well as Fortnite from Epic Games. 

Participation and registration

Once students from the different universities have configured their teams and chosen the games they want to participate in, they will be able to make registrations at. They will also be able to follow the development of the competition at @universitymena (twitter/IG/Fb/YT) and @universityesportsmena on Twitch.

Esports in numbers

Over the past two years, the growth of esports has been unstoppable everywhere on the planet. According to data from the consulting firm NewZoo, the number of esports players in the world now exceeds 2.5 billion, while the audience for esports-related events now exceeds 550 million. Annual growth of more than 9.8% is expected over the next two years.  Regarding consumption, it is estimated that during the past year fans consumed approximately 104 minutes per day of esports-related content, through the use of mainly two platforms, Twitch and YouTube, but this growth is higher if we analyze the 15 most popular games, which during 2020 went from 500 million to 800 of hours viewed.

About GGTech Entertainment:

GGTech Entertainment is a company that aims to bring the world of video games and electronic sports closer to society. What better way than to start from education, creating the first University League and the first competition between educational centers in Spain, promoting values such as integration, sportsmanship, teamwork and the desire to improve, and using entertainment as motivation to The learning.

The future passes through technology and GGTech Entertainment is committed to interactive environments, creating for this a multidisciplinary development team, specialized in the development, production and commercialization of video games. Also investing in generating content with new technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.

About BME eSports:

BME eSports is a fully integrated, end-to-end gaming and eSports solutions provider and consultant that leverages extensive expertise and market awareness to organise and manage events globally. Headquartered in London, with a Middle East office in Cairo, Egypt, the team has organised over 100 events around the world including 20+ online esports and gaming activities featuring some of the MENA region’s top professional teams.

BME eSports delivered the ever popular Insomnia Gaming Festival in Egypt for the first time in 2018 and regularly work alongside some of the biggest game publishers. They have further developed a close relationship with the Egyptian government, supporting their vision to be more involved in the esports/gaming sector, and thus received their support for many of our endeavours.