By Sam Bridge
All-female tournament is brought to the Middle East for the first time by Meydan One in association with the Government of Dubai Media Office
The Girlgamer Esports Festival World Finals will run from February 19-22 at the Meydan Grandstand in Dubai, it has been announced.
Organised by Galaxy Racer Esports in partnership with Evoloop and presented by Grow uP eSports, the tournament is brought to the Middle East for the first time by Meydan One in association with the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO).
GDMO is supporting the event as part of its strategy to drive the development of the region’s esports industry and establish Dubai as a regional and global hub for competitive esports events under the umbrella of its Dubai 10X Media Project.
Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim, vice president of Meydan Malls said: “Hosting the Girlgamer Esports Festival, a tournament that captures the energy and creativity of the world’s youth, reflects Meydan One’s progressive ethos and our commitment to supporting Dubai’s future vision.”
Following the qualifying stages in Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Spain and Brazil, the competition at the Meydan Grandstand will bring together nine of the world’s best all-female gaming teams to compete for the prize pool of $100,000.
Team Dignitas, the undefeated back-to-back champions of the last two Girlgamer Esports Festival World Finals in CounterStrike Go, will enter the competition as the North American representative. They will be joined by teams Carnage (Australia), Copenhagen Flames (Europe) and INTZ (Brazil) that will compete in Counterstrike Go, while Charon (South Korea), OOB (Europe), Besiktas, Innova (Brazil) and local representatives Galaxy Racer (UAE) will go head to head in League of Legends.
Abdulla Mansouri, team leader at 10X Media, said: “Bringing major events like the Girlgamer Esports Festival World Finals to Dubai is a key focus of the 10X Media project, which aims to transform the emirate’s media industry with future-oriented projects.
"This event will further help position Dubai as a hub for the global eSports industry. Through this event, we seek to offer a platform for the youth of the region to contribute and enrich the development of this dynamic industry.”
Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer Esports added: “We are proud to join hands with GDMO and Meydan One to organise the world’s largest event dedicated to girl gamers. Galaxy Racer Esports is keen to contribute to the esports revolution that is gathering momentum in Dubai and the broader region. Hosting this event will add new value to Dubai’s emergence as an innovation-driven city.”