With a SAR2 million prize pool, Gamers8 hosts the biggest Gameathon in the world

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·       Dazzling opening ceremony gets proceedings underway

·       Click here to register for the competitionwhich runs until August 24

RIYADH-: Gamers8, the biggest esports and gaming event worldwide, today launched the dazzling opening ceremony of the SAR2 million prize pool Gameathon.

In partnership with AlFaisal University in Riyadh, where it will be hosted, Gameathon is a week-long rapid, innovative time-bound competition, similar to a hackathon, in which competitors try their hand at developing a game prototype from scratch.

Gameathon, which runs until August 24, is founded on the premise that, in today’s digitally connected world, individuals can come together, be creative, exchange experiences, and express themselves by utilizing video games as a common language.

Offering more than 600 participants the opportunity to be part of this thrilling week, Gameathon welcomes everyone and anyone from all walks of life to explore new technology tools in 10 different educational zones. Registration is now available by clicking here.

Turki Al Fawzan, Chief Executive Officer at the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “At the Saudi Esports Federation, we aim to develop an industry ecosystem in which different disciplines collaborate for the advancement of the gaming community, and in this case focusing on the educational aspect of esports.

“Gameathon is a bridge to greatly enhance gamers’ ability to professionalize their passion into the world of esports. Developers, designers, and artists will enjoy this experience where they can learn many new – and unexpected – skills while supporting their team by contributing ideas, and playtesting.”

Dr Yousef AlYousef, Vice President of Graduate School, Research and Innovation at AlFaisal University, said: “One of the university’s goals is to partner with industries that positively impact the local economy and the society we live in. The gaming industry – bigger than the movie and music industries combined – is well known and acknowledged as a sector in Saudi Arabia that is immensely capable of achieving those impacts. Gameathon is a big part of that.

“One of the major ambitions of Gameathon is to bring the community together at the junction of art and technology, as well as to offer a space and platform for gaming studios to present their work.”

Gamers 8 recap

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, Gamers8 features elite esports teams competing across: Rocket League, Dota 2, Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and PUBG MOBILE. A staggering $15 million prize pool is on offer. Gamers8 tournaments are broadcast live on the event channels in more than eight different languages.

In addition, big-name international artists, each of whom is guaranteed to captivate music lovers, are appearing at Gamers8 concerts alongside numerous local and regional talents each weekend throughout the event. Over 1,000 activities and attractions, such as comedy, cosplay, magic shows, and much more, are also on the Gamers8 entertainment agenda. Further details, including ticket sales, are available on the event website

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