Sharjah, UAE: Shams Media Services, one of Sharjah Media City’s subsidiaries, has announced plans to organise the FIFA22 tournament with 200 players taking part in several rounds between May 13 and 15, 2022. The Competition is in line with Shams’ role as a leading supporter of creative sectors in Sharjah and the UAE.

The tournament is set to launch its preliminary stages via the online platform “Discord” on May 13, with the remaining rounds to follow on May 14 and 15 at Shams Business Center in Sharjah under the supervision of the Emirates Electronic Sports Federation. Three winners will be selected by the end of the competition to win a AED10,000 cash prize, in addition to special prizes for 4th to 10th places. 

The FIFA22 tournament will be attended by H.E. Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams), and H.E. Shihab Alhammadi, Managing Director of Shams, along with several officials and directors from the free zone and e-sports enthusiasts across the UAE.

“Shams plays a vital role in promoting creative sectors as a means to achieve one of its most notable strategic objectives: to establish Sharjah Media City as a global hub for media and creativity in the region,” H.E. Dr. Al Midfa said. “As part of our commitment to expanding media’s range and enhancing its presence in the UAE market, we believe that e-sports will be among the most important and promising sectors we can count on to play a greater role in creating more opportunities for the growth of the national economy in the future.”

“We are delighted to be launching the FIFA22 tournament – a unique sporting event that brings 200 players and e-sports enthusiasts together at Shams Business Centre,” H.E. Dr. Al Midfa. “We are confident that the upcoming event will be only the first in a series of tournaments that we will organise in an effort to enable Shams to lead an integrated ecosystem and promote a creative sector that enjoys tremendous popularity and has a positive and sustainable impact on the national economy.”

Sharjah Media City (Shams) has organised several online E-Sports Competitions. The FIFA22 tournament stands out because it marks the first time that players will be present in person from all around the UAE. This serves to raise awareness about the importance of video games, as well as to establish a new community around those games within Shams. The next step will be to drive further expansion in this vital sector and transform Shams into a leading centre for video games in the UAE and the region.

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