There is a new esport tournament coming and it has lofty ambitions. The brainchild of Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), a government-backed sporting excellence centre and a major player in Qatari sport. They will be working in partnership with WEGA, a leading e-payment platform to bring to Doha a premier esport competition. With aspirations to become an “Esport World Cup” the idea, like so many when it comes to Qatar, is grand in nature.
The first tournament – dubbed the “Aspire WEGA World Cup” will kick off on November 2019. The event will run for 40 days with a number of titles already being confirmed including FIFA, Fortnite, League of Legends and DOTA 2. Online qualifiers are being held in the months prior and in pure numbers this has potential to be one of the biggest esport events we have ever seen.
The tournament has been confirmed to run for the next 4 years, highlighting the ambition and considerable financial backing of the event. The 4th event, to be
The partnership hopes to capitalise on the growing audience and participation in esports and the global attention of the worlds biggest sporting event to create the largest esport tournament in the world and showcase Qatar’s ability to host world-class events.
“We are always looking for new concepts and supporting innovative events, and we believe that this partnership will be an additional platform through which we can highlight Qatar’s ability to organize international events,” Aspire Zone’s Chief Marketing Officer Mohammed Mubarak Al Kuwari said, adding “We are excited to connect with more than 2.3 billion players from all over the world to participate in a tournament expected to be the largest in the world at the level of sports.”
The links between traditional sports and esports are growing, the last two editions of the Asian Games have introduced esports as test events and the Olympics has long toyed with the idea. A number of football clubs also have esport teams including PSG who are owned by the Qatari Sports Investment, an arm of the State of Qatar.
The Aspire Zone complex is the home of Qatar’s state of the art sporting facilities, including the Khalifa International Stadium a centrepiece of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and has previously hosted the Asian Games and a number of international sporting tournaments.
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