Riot Games MENA to bring major Esport tournament Intel Arabian Cup to UAE

With a whopping prize pool $130,000

Riot Games MENA to bring major Esport tournament Intel Arabian Cup to UAE

Avid gamers of Runeterra across the UAE, this one’s for you.

Riot Games MENA is bringing the massive Intel Arabian Cup (IAC) to the UAE, where 13 countries across the region compete in a tournament, playing the famed League of Legends, for a big cash prize.

IAC will bring a year-long tournament to thirteen countries in the MENA region, divided into two seasons culminating with an event to crown one regional champion.

A prize pool of $130,000 (around Dhs477,000) will be awarded for Season One, to be divided amongst the 13 participating countries. Each country will reward their top three teams.

Oh, and you can sign up to be in with a chance to win.

IAC registration will open this week, and players will have time to register and form their teams until the Thu May 28. The first game will be broadcasted on the 29th of May at 9pm KSA time.

The gaming tournament will have Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the UAE competing.

Season One of IAC will see the 13 countries compete in their own four-month independent leagues, crowning national champions who will then compete for the regional championship during Season Two.

All 13 leagues will be held and broadcasted every weekend on the League of Legends Arabia Twitch channel (right here).

“We want to establish our presence in the region and deliver the best possible player experience we can,” said newly appointed MENA General Manager at Riot Games Ali Muslumanoglu.

“Our decision to partner with Intel and Lenovo is linked to the fact that we all share the same core values.

We want to engage with the community and help grow the region. The MENA region has a pool of talent and it is about time we shine the light on them.”

Regional Consumer Director at Intel (partner of IAC) Ali Riza Kucuk added: “The partnership with Riot Games and Lenovo to develop this multinational tournament across 13 Arab nations creates an opportunity to unlock talent, connect the community and develop a new level of professional gaming in MENA.

“This is the start of a journey and we will be working with our partners to continue growing Esports and gaming the region over the coming years.”

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From Fri May 29, 9pm. Registration closes Thu May 28.

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