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Middle East's first female eSports team to be formed

The team will compete at the first Dubai-hosted Girlgamer World Finals tournament in December

Middle East's first female eSports team to be formed

Women’s participation in the global eSports industry has seen a huge leap in recent years.

10X Media, an initiative of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Dubai Ladies Club, Grow uP eSports and Galaxy Racer have announced that they will join forces to form the first-ever all-women eSports team in the Middle East.

The team, comprised of five girls from across the Middle East, will compete at the first Dubai-hosted Girlgamer World Finals tournament in December, before going on to compete at regional and international events in League of Legends tournaments throughout the year.

Aspiring eSports pros, aged 16 or over, can apply to be part of the seminal all-girls team. The deadline for registrations is 12 November.

Abdulla Mansouri, team leader at 10X Media, said: “With the creation of the Middle East’s first-ever female eSports team, Dubai is once again taking the lead in empowering the region’s women to participate in new emerging sectors.

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"This announcement reinforces Dubai’s role as a leader in creating exciting new opportunities for youth in the region. We seek to engage talented youth in the growth and development of this industry.”

Women’s participation in the global eSports industry has seen a huge leap in recent years. In 2018, the number of women eSports enthusiasts grew to 46 million from 38 million the previous year, a growth of 21 percent.

Women’s viewership of eSports grew from 23.9 percent of all watchers in 2016 to 30.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a recent report.

For the first time in the Middle East, Dubai will host the World Finals of the third annual Girlgamer Esports Festival on December 12-14 at Meydan Grandstand.

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