This weekend, Yas Marina Circuit will play host to yet another world-class eSports event, the Fanta Masters Championship Finals and Ultimate Team Qualifier. For the third consecutive year, 32 of the best gamers from across the region, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates the Levant, Jordan, Egypt and more will go head-to-head at Yas Events Centre and compete in games such as EA Sports’ FIFA 17 in the two-day eSports tournament, with $25,000 in prize money up for grabs.
After competing in more than nine regional qualifiers, all 32 competitors will take part in the group stages on Friday 9 December. From there, only 16 teams will make it to the playoffs held on on Saturday 10 December. The Fanta Masters Championship Finals on Saturday will also be livestreamed, live from the Power League Gaming (PLG) Studio at Yas Marina Circuit, on multiple channels for fans to enjoy.
For the first time, the Fanta Masters Championship Finals will also act as an official “Ultimate Team Championship Regional Qualifier”, which will open the door for the finalist to reach the “Ultimate Team Championship Regional Final” in Sydney in February 2017. The finalists will compete for a $50,000 Prize Pool for Season 1 of the Ultimate Team Championship Series.
The winners from Sydney will then continue onto the Ultimate Team Championship Final, then on to the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) Grand Final in London in 2017 that will see teams compete for $300,000 prize pool and a trip for the winner and their guest to FIFA’s annual football award ceremony.
INTEL & ROG Masters East EMEA 2022 CS:GO Tournament Announced in UAE with a Prize Pool of $50,000
Developing the world’s most powerful and versatile gaming laptops, ROG continues to excite gamers around the world. ASUS is bringing ROG Masters 2022 CS: GO tournament to life in May. Hundreds of teams from 27 countries will compete against each other. The country finals of the tournament, all stages of which will be live-streamed, on May 27-28, and the grand finale is scheduled in June.
In the tournament, which offers a prize pool of $50,000, the 1st team will have the chance to win $20,000, the 2nd team $10,000, the 3rd team $5000, and the 4th team $2500. In addition, $1000 will be awarded for each local team that makes it to the finals.
Participants will have the best competition as they challenge each other to become the ROG Masters champions. The tournament is covering Eastern Europe and Middle East regions. Applications ends on May 16. Find more details from the link below: https://rogmasters2022.com/en.
Intel and Riot Games Launch New Edition of Intel Arabian Cup Esports Tournament
Riot Games and Intel have announced this year’s Intel Arabian Cup (IAC) competition will be the biggest in its history with a prize fund of $130,000 as part of their ongoing efforts to develop the best talent in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Following the success of the previous two editions, the IAC returns this month and will be better than before with the event now split into three new competition categories that will be played across three of the most popular Riot Games’ titles for the first time. These are League of Legends, VALORANT, and League of Legends: WildRift with registration now open for teams to enter.
The restructured and expanded IAC will create a pathway for more than 2,000 professional and amateur teams to become overall champions with the increased competition enhancing the gaming experience. It will also provide an opportunity to qualify automatically, secure playoff berths, and showcase their skills in front of thousands of online viewers from around the world.
The tournament, which will be held over the next 8 months, has attracted the best teams and players from across MENA including last season’s reigning champions Geekay Esports. The Saudi Arabian team will be among the 10 professional sides including eight of last year’s finalists that will be in action in the top-tier IAC Prestige. It will have two separate regular seasons followed by the Grand Finals as the teams aim to claim a share of the $100,000 prize pool.
To celebrate the launch of the third edition, Riot Games and Intel held a virtual press conference that was attended by key senior officials. Karim Hachani, Head of Publishing MENA at Riot Games was joined by Marcus Kennedy – Intel’s General Manager of Client Computing Group, Gaming and Esports Segment, and Ali Riza Kucuk – Intel’s Regional Consumer Director, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.
Karim Hachani explained their strategy to improve every stage of the IAC and why the competition can help bridge the gap with other regions. He said: “Since the launch of the Arabian Cup in 2020, we have seen the competition grow immensely through strong participation and audience numbers. For example, there were over 6.1 million views throughout last year’s entire tournament which was incredible and is further proof that there is high demand for gaming across this region.
“As a leading gaming developer, we are fully aware that this industry is going from strength to strength and we are always exploring how to take things to the next level when it comes to gaming experiences in the MENA region. We listened to feedback from previous participating teams and with the ongoing support of Intel we have reworked the format of this year’s Intel Arabian Cup that will not only significantly enhance the experience but also launch new tournaments based on our gaming titles which will help attract more experienced and aspiring players so they can be part of what has become one of the most popular gaming tournaments in the region.”
Marcus Kennedy also revealed more details about Intel’s new ARC graphic processor units and its 12th Generation processor. He explained how these products and technology tools will help deliver more immersive and incredible experiences that will make gaming enjoyable.
With Intel on board since its inaugural edition, Ali Riza Kucuk said supporting the IAC is part of their ongoing efforts to develop the gaming landscape and their partnership with Riot Games is crucial to nurturing local talent and providing platforms.
The IAC will also consist of the IAC Playground amateur tournament which has a total prize fund of USD $30,000. Held separately in three different sub-regions: the GCC and Iraq, Levant and Egypt, and North Africa, the top two teams from each region will advance to the second qualifier which can then lead to the IAC Prestige tournament.
Qualification to the IAC Prestige can also be secured through the IAC Qualifiers which takes place 4-9 May followed by Qualifier 2 from 3-7 July.
Hachani added: “This is another important step to nurture the incredible talent that we have in this region and we look forward to seeing some enthralling matches over the next few months.” Fans can follow the action live with the competitions broadcasted on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
Google I/O 2022 Virtual Event to Go Live on May 11
Google has announced that it will be hosting I/O 2022 on May 11–12. This time around as well, the event will be in a virtual avatar and will be free for all to participate in. You can log onto io.google through YouTube, while the interactive I/O Adventure world will be back for another year.
Chat with Googlers, ask product questions, engage with the developer community, and broaden your technical knowledge. Earn Google Developer profile badges and virtual swag. Create an avatar and look for easter eggs. Try Google’s new products and features through a sandbox experience.
Unlike other tech companies, the main Sundar Pichai and developer keynotes on May 11 will broadcast live at the usual Shoreline Amphitheatre stage. Last year, it streamed from Googleplex with a small audience of Googlers.
Various pre-recorded sessions covering Android, Chrome/web, and more will be made available after the livestream. Besides I/O Adventure, there will be the 2022 Learning Lab (workshops, tutorials, codelabs, etc.) and community groups. Registration is required to access these interactive features, including the My I/O custom panel to see earned badges and saved content, while the official event hashtag is #GoogleIO.
Google will make the agenda/program available closer to I/O 2022.
This event is one day shorter than usual and starts on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. It is Google’s opportunity to make its biggest software announcements of the year. Android 12 and Material You, along with Wear OS 3, were the clear highlights of 2021.
On the mobile OS front, Android 13 will have been in beta for a month when I/O kicks off in a departure due to this year’s accelerated preview period. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if Made by Google will use the livestream to announce new products like it did in 2019. The Pixel 6a and Pixel Watch are heavily rumored.
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