More than 100 of the best gamers in the GCC competed in the first Middle East Gaming (MEG) tournament on Friday in Dubai, providing the local gaming community with a new professional eSports series, backed by hardware and technology providers Intigral and the Republic of Gamers.
The tournament played host to the region’s leading professional eSport teams, including YaLLa eSports, Valour eSports, Reflex eSports and Calamity eSports.
Gamers competed for a grand prize pool of 36,000 AED across both FIFA17 and Overwatch competitions.
Grand Final: @Vinnie__HD defeated M.Wahid
Rory Macfadyen, Founder of Middle East Gaming,said: “Gamers across the region have warmly embraced the Middle East Gaming series and the results from the first event have exceeded our expectations.We’ve used MEG1 as an opportunity to listen to the local gaming community and we’ll take that feedback and implement it into our future tournaments.”
MrMacfadyen added that the mission of MEG was to provide a professional eSports platform to support the local gaming community.
“The Middle East is home to a thriving and passionate gaming community, along with commercial partners who are keen to invest in this growing market. Unfortunately, this community has lacked a truly professional eSports platform and tournament series to provide the foundation for further development and investment. Middle East Gaming will fill this void and empower the local gaming community to flourish through collaborations between gamers and commercial partners.”
Ali ‘Pause’ Muthana, Captain of YaLLa eSports Overwatch Team –winner of the MEG1 Overwatch final – welcomed MEG’s investment in the local gaming community.
“The tournament was great with an impressive setup that made playing enjoyable. Our whole team played their hearts out and the final was an epic game that will be talked about for a long time in the UAE Overwatch eSports scene.”
Jason Mann, CEO of Valour eSports –Overwatch finalist in MEG1 – congratulated MEG for hosting the first tournament.
“The event was extremely well run and I have full respect for the team over at MEG for managing to put together a great tournament for the Overwatchand FIFA community in the UAE. They are helping build and expand the industry in the region and I look forward to seeing what happens at future events. Unfortunately we fell short in the finals but we will be back at MEG2 to take the title.”
Pavel Kostov, Marketing manager of Asus & Republic of Gamers, the official hardware sponsor of MEG – said: “eSports in the Middle East has enormous potential for growth and we’re proud to partner with organisations such as Middle East Gaming who share our vision to empower local gamers with world-class hardware and tournaments.”