Saudi Arabia, a rising powerhouse in esports, is set to host the 2024 International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championship, promising a memorable
In a groundbreaking development for the global esports community, Saudi Arabia has been chosen as the host country for the prestigious 2024 International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championship. Following the recent conclusion of the 2023 championship in Romania, the IESF announced this exciting news, marking a significant milestone in the Kingdom's endeavor to become a prominent player in the esports arena.
Saudi Arabia's Esports Ascent
The Middle Easterner country's rapid ascent in the world of esports has not gone unnoticed. The nation's remarkable journey began with a strategic vision by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who initiated a national gaming and esports strategy aimed at creating 39,000 jobs and boosting the country's GDP by $13.3 billion by 2030. This commitment to the industry, often referred to as “sportswashing” by critics, has borne fruit with SA's successful bid to organize the 2024 IESF World Championship.
A Grand Stage for 2024 IESF World Championship
The decision to entrust the rich and powerful nation with this prestigious event reflects the nation's dedication to fostering the global esports community. HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Sultan Al Saud, President of the Saudi Esports Federation, expressed their unwavering commitment to delivering a world-class championship experience that not only showcases their passion for esports but also underscores their dedication to its expansion.
Saudi Arabia will be the epicenter of esports in 2024, hosting the 16th World Esports Championship! 🇸🇦
— IESF (@iesf_official) September 5, 2023
The esports world eagerly anticipates the championship's arrival in Riyadh, the heart of SA. This decision signifies a growing recognition of the Kingdom's potential to become a major hub for esports, drawing players and enthusiasts from around the globe.
Esports Diversity and Gaming Excellence
The IESF World Championship is renowned for its diverse range of esports titles, and the 2023 edition in Romania was no exception. The Philippines claimed the overall championship, with titles like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile, eFootball™ 2023, Tekken 7, and Dota 2 being won by different nations. Sweden and The Netherlands shone in the men's and women's CS:GO competitions, respectively. With more than 601 players from 111 countries participating, the IESF World Championship remains a testament to the global reach and unity of esports.
As the esports community eagerly awaits the unveiling of specific dates and details for the 2024 IESF World Championship, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands ready to offer a platform for excellence, innovation, and camaraderie. This decision to organize the championship is a testament to SA's commitment to the esports industry's growth and its potential to unite players and fans from all corners of the world.
In the heart of Riyadh, the 2024 IESF World Championship promises to be an unforgettable event, showcasing the Kingdom's passion for esports and its role in shaping the industry's future. SA's journey from an emerging player to a host of a global championship underscores the remarkable evolution of esports as a truly international phenomenon. Stay tuned as Saudi Arabia takes center stage in the world of esports, ushering in a new era of competition and camaraderie.