The International Esports Federation (IESF) has partnered with Gamers8 and the Saudi Esports Federation (SEF) to launch the first-ever Gamers8 IESF Asian Championship.
According to a release, the partnership aims to deliver a ‘groundbreaking experience for Asian athletes’. Moreover, the championship will be a part of the larger Gamers8 ‘festival’ which will feature a live event held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later this year.
As part of its Asian Championship, the international federation will host esports professionals from Asia and Oceania each across six titles including PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, CS:GO and Dota 2 for an entire week of live, LAN competition.
Self-identified as the world’s ‘largest esports and gaming festival’ Gamers8, posted that this year’s event will feature a whopping total prize pool of $45m (~£36.3m).
Gamers8, which is governed by the SEF, the regulating body of the gaming community and industry in Saudi Arabia, is partnered with leading names in the esports world, including the likes of hardware manufacturer and lifestyle brand Razer, Gaming hardware brand ASUS Republic of Gamers, and DreamHack, a subsidiary of esports and gaming tournament organiser ESL Gaming.
Boban Totovski, Secretary General at IESF, commented on the partnership: “Thank you to the city of Riyadh for welcoming us and hosting the Gamers8 IESF Asian Championship.
“We are confident that the World Esports Family will have an unforgettable experience in one of the world’s top esports destinations. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Gamers8 and the Saudi Esports Federation and are looking forward to seeing the region’s best gamers go head-to-head in Riyadh.”