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Intel and Riot Games Launch New Edition of Intel Arabian Cup Esports Tournament

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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.

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Inaugural Edition of EMG 2022 to Bring Gaming Culture and Entertainment to Dubai

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Esports Management Group, the leading esports, and entertainment management company, has announced EMG 2022 – the biggest gaming and entertainment festival to hit Dubai. EMG 2022, will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center and will feature a vast range of gamer culture activities, including esports tournaments, celebrity guests, friendly competitions, anime music shows, cosplay shows, and more.

The festival will take place from 10-11th June, and features the official Global Esports Tour (GET) CS:GO LAN tournament with a grand prize pool of $250,000. “We are delighted to bring the GET CS:GO Tournament to Dubai as part of the EMG 2022 Festival. It is a milestone in Dubai’s journey to becoming a global esports destination, and we are very excited to be hosting such an outstanding lineup of professional esports talents and outstanding gamer entertainment,” said Abdulla Al Gurg, founder of EMG and Vice President of the Emirates Esports Federation. “This is the first edition of EMG, and we look forward to celebrating and bringing together esports, gaming, and anime fans in the UAE annually for years to come.”

The esports action will kick off virtually on the 9th of June, with eight professional esport teams from around the world competing in the quarter-finals of GET Dubai CS:GO Tournament. Teams including Ninjas in Pajamas, Mouz, NASR ESPORTS, Falcons, Complexity, OG, Tyloo, and Movistar Ride will battle for the prize pool of US$250,000. Esports fans will be able to follow the tournament via EMG’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.

EMG 2022 officially opens on the 10th of June and will host thousands of audiences till the 11th of June at the Dubai World Trade Centre, welcoming everyone to witness the high octane semifinals and the grand finals of the GET CS:GO Tournament, along with a massive lineup of gaming entertainment, including friendly video game competitions across several venues dedicated to different games, including League of Legends, Valorant, Call of Duty, Fortnite, FIFA, Tekken 7 and multiple VR games.

Cosplayers will be able to participate in EMG’s cosplay contest, with a chance to win a share of the US$10,000 prize pool, and even better – attendance to EMG 2022 is free for all pre-registered cosplayers. Attendees will also be able to enjoy the performances by famous Japanese pianist Animez and Japanese singer Akeboshi. The two-day festival will include meet-n-greets with Animenz, Akeboshi, and the esports teams, as well as some of the most popular influencers, including but not limited to MSDossary, Ahmed Ben Chaibah, TM Faisal, Bo3omar, SirSAN, Mark Tube, Kakashi Gaming, Hope Rima, and more.

Completing the EMG 2022 lineup will be a wide selection of official merchandise stores from top gaming teams and players.

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INTEL & ROG Masters East EMEA 2022 CS:GO Tournament Announced in UAE with a Prize Pool of $50,000

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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.

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Google I/O 2022 Virtual Event to Go Live on May 11

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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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