Anuj Gupta
Anuj Gupta
Anuj Gupta is a freelance journalist who loves the concept of esports. He has played multiple titles and has vast experience in Dota 2 and CS:GO. A passionate fan of Dota 2, Anuj loves to analyze games and coach new players.

Team Nigma Enters Into Long Term Partnership With Etihad

The members of the Dota 2 team, Team Nigma, stand infront of the Etihad statement with their team logo displayed on the stadium's LCD screen
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Team Nigma has pulled one of the best plays in their books.


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced their long-term partnership with Dota 2 team Nigma.

Team Nigma are the first esports team to partner with a major airline company. Etihad will be of great help in travelling across the globe for the LAN events. The partnership is a wise decision considering Team Nigma’s recent relocation to Abu Dhabi, which is also the base for Etihad Airlines.

Etihad to help Nigma reach new heights

“When competing on the highest level, our team and staff constantly need to travel around the world to face the top Dota 2 teams and the immense resources and expertise". Said Mohamed Morad, Co-Founder of Team Nigma. "Etihad Airways will provide us, are going to help our players and staff reach new levels.”

Christoph Timm, Co-Founder of Team Nigma, was grateful that Etihad committed to a long-term partnership with the esports organization. He also explained how the airlines company aims to develop and nurture the upcoming talent in the region. Etihad believes to develop Abu Dhabi’s esports culture and infrastructure.

Amina Taher, Vice President Brand, Marketing and Sponsorships at Etihad Airways, said: “The gaming industry is rapidly gaining prominence, and in line with Abu Dhabi’s investment in the industry, Etihad is proud to lead the way and be the first major global airline to partner with an esports team. This is another proof point of our industry-leading approach to sports sponsorships.”

Team Nigma are presently competing in the Dota Pro Circuit EU Upper Division; and it restricted most of their traveling to the European regions. However, the team has made efforts to expand its presence in other parts of the world, especially the Middle East. The inclination of Nigma towards supporting the Middle East regions is not a surprise as both Amer “Miracle-“Al-Barkawi and Maroun “GH” Merhej are from Jordan and Lebanon, respectively. It is a great opportunity for both Team Nigma and Etihad to explore new ventures and achieve their goals.

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