Season 2021 Of the Pinnacle of Saudi Esports is Back!
For the second year in a row, the Saudi eLeagues is back with two editions for the 2021 season, with a strategic partnership between the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual sports (SAFEIS) and stc. The first edition will start on the 30th of March for five straight weeks. The second edition will start in October of the same year and will run for the same duration. The top teams in every edition will then qualify for the coveted KSA Playoffs in December 2021.
As the pinnacle of Saudi Esports, the league boasts a massive SAR 4 Million prize for its two editions. Each edition will include five tournaments running consecutively, each with a different game title. This year the five titles in the Saudi eLeagues are Dota 2, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Each tournament will see Saudi’s biggest and best teams battle it out to win their share of the whopping prize pool.
SAFEIS Chairman, HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar bin Sultan commented on the new season, “I am proud of the point that we have reached this year. We moved from organizing single events to reoccurring events, and today we have an entire framework and funnel to rival that of any traditional sport. Our priority is to develop an entire ecosystem worthy of our talented athletes.”
Starting this year SAFEIS, the leagues’ organizer, has allocated seats to be awarded through an open online qualifier where anyone can compete. Esports teams from all over Saudi can register for the qualifier starting on the 20th of March through the www.saudieleagues.sa website and earn their seat as a professional competitive esports team in the Saudi eLeagues.
SAFEIS joined with stc in a strategic partnership that will reshape the Saudi competitive scene. As part of a partnership with stc, the 2021 season of the eLeagues are in their entirety powered by stc.
stc will be the official partner for the tournament which launches esports to even greater heights in the Middle East.
Othman Aldahash, stc’s Corporate Development VP stated: “The partnership aligns with stc’s strategy as the national digital enabler, as the Saudi eLeagues is considered among the best esports competitions in the region. Additionally, stc aims to support the leagues by leveraging its innovation and digital experience and capabilities by becoming the official tournament sponsor.”
All the action can be watched on SAFEIS channels on both Twitch and YouTube where the league is broadcasted using multiple high quality 60fps camera systems and you can follow the competition updates by the minute on all Saudi eLeagues Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook channels.
In 2020, the Saudi eLeagues hosted four tournaments in four major titles that saw the participation of 169 professional athletes and 172 matchups across all completions. In the eMBS cup FIFA titan MSDossary took first place representing Ittihad FC’s esports club, while Osh-Tekk Warriors picked up the Rainbow Six Siege cup. 01 Esports had the best season when they picked both CS:GO and Dota 2 titles.
The fans are excited to see last season’s big names come back and compete in this bigger and more competitive version of the Saudi eLeagues. The 2020 season had 3 tournament MVPs that rocked the stage. Heyman picked up the MVP award for his amazing performance in Dota 2, while Hashom and VarK both picked up MVP awards in Rainbow Six Siege and CS:GO respectively.
Tune in right now to follow all the Saudi eLeagues action for the 2021 season.
The eMBS’s Top 8 Battle for 4 Seats
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 16th, 2021: The quarterfinals of the eMBS Cup kickoff tonight with a world-class line up of the strongest teams that will fight for a spot in the final 4 and play in the semi-finals tomorrow. The four quarterfinal matches will be broadcasted tonight on the SAFEIS channels back to back starting at 6 pm to determine who will qualify for the semi-finals on Sunday the 17th.
During last week’s group stage matches, 7 exciting rounds saw 8 teams qualified from two groups. The FIFA 2018 eWorld Cup champion, Al-Ittihad’s Mosaad Aldossary, placed first in group A, solidifying his position as the favorite to win it all. Trailing behind him are Al-Qadisiyah, Abha, and Al-Hilal. As for group B, rising star Majed Alrashid playing for Al-Raed dominated his group by winning 6 out of 7 matches losing only to 4th place’s Al-Wehda. The other qualified teams from group B are Al-Nassr and Al-Ettifaq.
The broadcast of the competition includes a top-quality studio with very well known football pundits, Abdulaziz Albaker and Khaled Alshenaif, that will introduce, analyze, and comment on the events of the day. Additionally, the league has brought in Hammad Alanzi and Issa AlHarbi as commentators to give each match the flavor it deserves.
SAFEIS CEO Turki Al Fawzan asserted his belief in the event saying: “The level of professionalism we have seen in this edition of the eMBS Cup from the players, the coaches, and the managers, and the high-level of skill during the matches proves that the local industry is maturing rapidly as events like these are becoming the norm which the fans have become accustomed to.”
One of the stories to watch is the incredible comeback Al-Hilal’s player Yaser Alharithi made to reach the quarter-finals. A strong player, one who was almost guaranteed to win most of his games to say the least. Yet, to the everyone’s surprise, he lost all three matches on the first day. Then with four matches remaining, Yasir came out swinging and was able to pull off an amazing run by getting a tie then three consecutive wins to secure his spot among the best in the quarter-finals by goal difference.
Organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports, SAFEIS, the eMBS cup brings all 16 football clubs in the Saudi Professional League together to compete in EA SPORTS FIFA 21 to see who the strongest player in the country is. With famous names such as Abdulaziz Albaker and Khaled Alshenaif on the analysis desk, the fans and viewers witnessed exciting matches, insightful analysis, and great post-match interviews with the players.
The eMBS is under the Saudi eLeagues umbrella established by SAFEIS in October of 2020 to grow and elevate the Saudi esports industry to new heights and to create an ecosystem that can create internationally acclaimed stars who can compete at the highest level.
The competition is a part of the Ministry of Sports’ club funding strategy, in which participating sports clubs earn points for participating and placing in official esports tournaments. These points account towards their overall support funding at the end of each year. The funding has increased the clubs’ excitement in esports and only proves the bright future ahead for esports.
eMBS Is Back and With Live Broadcast on January 9th
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 2nd, 2021: The biggest names in Saudi Esports are back again in the 2nd edition of the eMBS Cup played on EA SPORTS FIFA 21. The competition brings together the Esports teams of all 16 football clubs in the Saudi Professional League in a major battle for Saudi’s most precious Esports cup.
The competition runs as part of the Saudi eLeagues series, organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation of Electronic and Intellectual Sports, SAFEIS. It’s known to bring the biggest names in Saudi gaming together in a heated vie to produce a nail-biting experience for fans and viewers.
The competition that will be broadcasted live on SAFEIS channels will stretch over a period of two weeks, starting with group stages, that kick off on the 9th of January and continue through the 10th to see the top teams qualify for the quarter fine stage the week after. The quarterfinals will start on the 16th of January and will see the winners go through to the next day where the semi-finals and finals will be played with only one team being crowned champion. The 16 clubs will be divided into two groups, A & B, which were announced on the 5th of January with the player roster following on the 6th and 7th for both groups.
The chairman SAFEIS Chairman, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan expressed his excitement and anticipation of the upcoming event as it promises to show the amazing level of Saudi talent. “I am very excited for the tournament. Saudi Esports athletes are at the top of the global list when it comes to EA FIFA. These gems have always existed, all that they needed were opportunities to showcase their talent and skill. Our goal is to provide them with that and support them on their journey.”
SAFEIS CEO Turki Al Fawzan also commended on the event, “It is amazing to see how our professional leagues have matured in such a short time. This is the eMBS Cup’s 2nd edition now and the tournament has always had all 16 clubs of the Saudi Professional League participate. In that, we are further ahead than most other countries globally. The competition now also sits under the Saudi eLeagues umbrella which groups together a number of national leagues and shows the level of maturity and structure in Saudi competitive gaming.”
In the 1st edition of the eMBS Cup, the FIFA 2018 eWorld Cup champ and two-time Xbox world champ MSDossary won the tournament alongside his teammate Rakan Al Mutairi representing Jeddah titans Ittihad FC. The eMBS Cup is also an official qualifier within the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series, on the road to the FIFAe World Cup
Its also worth noting that as part of the Saudi overall club funding strategy, participating sports clubs earn points for establishing Esports teams, participating, and winning official Esports tournaments. These points account towards their overall support funding at the end of each year. This is a reminder of how serious Saudi is about developing the Esports scene.
Saudi Federation of Electronic Sports separates from mentality
Saudi Federation of Electronic Sports separates from mentality
The Saudi Federation of Esports announces the separation of mental sports from the work of the Federation after the general assembly of the Saudi Olympic Committee headed by His Highness the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Committee Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal.
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Federation of Electronic Sports, said: "I extend the highest thanks and gratitude to The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their continued support to us as well as His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Saud, as he has enabled us to specialize in the field of e-sports and has been supportive of us since the founding of the Federation."
"We were pleased with the decision to specialize in e-sports in order to give everyone their right as our society always deserves the best and we always strive and look forward to what benefits him and is in his interest," he said.
At the heart of the gaming and e-sports system, the Saudi Federation of E-Sports is opening up opportunities and enabling the development of the sector.
This comes as Saudi Arabia is a country with a youth majority, a vibrant electronic gaming and sports community, integrated infrastructure, an ambitious people and a rich history located in the heart of the world.
The Federation stresses that it is time to seize the opportunity by embracing talent and youth, opening doors to the whole world; and reviving the sector's movement locally.
The Saudi Federation of Esports is an expert specializing in games and e-sports, the organizer of government efforts and the mentor of investors in this field, and the host of players by creating a competitive environment in which the best emerge.
Today, the Federation appeals to the community to come together, compete, invest and empower.
"The Saudi ESports Federation is the regulator responsible for developing the e-gaming sector and community in the Kingdom, and sponsoring the elite Saudi e-sports players," said Mr. Turki Al Fawzan, CEO of the Saudi Esports Federation.
"The federation's activities are divided into two integrated sections, with the first aimed at developing all levels of competing players from the community level to professional athletes who can achieve global excellence, while the second of the works is aimed at developing the gaming and e-sports system by stimulating the sector and empowering talent."
Since the founding of the Saudi Electronic Sports Federation in late 2017, it has organized many local and international tournaments and events to the highest standards, including the Players Without Borders Initiative, the world's largest charitable electronic sports championship, and the Saudi-American League, in which the best players compete nationally.
The Federation has attracted valuable private sector investment in the Kingdom, as well as working with international developers to develop local content in Saudi Arabia.