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Dubai Silicon Oasis will host its first E-Sports event in October


The Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) has announced that Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) – Dubai Free Zone’s integrated technology park – will host its first E-Sports event in October 2022.

The E-Sports event is a collaboration between DIEZ and Seed, a consulting firm specializing in building ecosystems with extensive experience in esports, blockchain and payments.

DIEZ and Seed will also partner with SiGMA, a leading esports, AI and blockchain event organizer, to host an annual DSO esports exhibition in Dubai. Together, they will also assess the viability of building an E-Sports Campus Arena, which will serve as an educational academy for all stakeholders, including parents, gamers and businesses. It will also serve as a training center for local, regional and international players, and anyone interested in pursuing a career as a referee or commentator. In addition to hosting E-Sports tournaments, the Arena will provide young people with a place to develop their technical skills and share their knowledge and passion in a supervised social environment.

A central role in the future economy

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Executive Chairman of the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), said: “DIEZ strategically aims to enable the growth of future industries, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub for various sectors, including high technology. The gaming and esports industry is experiencing remarkable growth globally. The global gaming industry was valued at US$198.4 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach US$339.95 billion by 2027. In the Middle East, the gaming industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 13.88% between 2022 and 2027. This growth presents a golden opportunity for stakeholders in gaming and esports, including developers, entrepreneurs and investors. »

His Excellency added, “DIEZ, through DSO, is taking a proactive step to develop Dubai’s esports ecosystem and transform the emirate into a global hub for esports by proposing a vision, strategy and regulations for the industry to contribute to This venture is part of Dubai Silicon Oasis’ focus on developing modern technology industries at a time when technology is taking center stage in all sectors.Today, once again, we witness Dubai’s enduring character and its ambitions to lead the world in a nascent yet growing industry.

His Excellency added: “In 2021, Dubai Silicon Oasis has been mandated to become a hub of knowledge and innovation, one of the top five urban hubs under the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. In line with this mandate, DSO set out to support the development of the local E-Sports ecosystem with the aim of attracting entrepreneurs and investors to the field.

Nicholas Gouder, Founder of Seed Consultancy, said, “Seed aims to create new economic realities through the development of esports ecosystems, and as DSO recognizes the future of gaming and esports and is committed to developing a holistic infrastructure for the industry, we are delighted to offer our expertise and support in their business. We are confident in DSO’s status as a dynamic hub for the technology-focused companies, startups and investors who are the mainstays of this industry. Seed is committed to helping lay the foundations and bridge the gap between entrepreneurs, startups and VCs, to drive industry growth in the UAE, the wider region and the rest of the world. world.

The E-Sports event, due to take place at the DSO in October 2022, is expected to attract major international companies involved in esports, including professional teams, game developers, virtual reality platforms, sponsors, media , regulators, experts and investors.