Dubai to get the Middle East’s first purpose-built eSports stadium

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You’ll be able to watch the world’s top video gamers battle it out…

Plans have been revealed for a brand new sports stadium in Dubai – but you won’t be able to watch football or basketball here. This stadium will be dedicated solely to eSports.

What does “eSports” mean? It’s shorthand for competitive video gaming, and it’s a billion dollar industry that packs out arenas all over the world. Fans flock to see their favourite “athletes” (professional video gamers) battle it out, with all the action beamed onto big screens. There’s even been talk of making it an official Olympic sport.

And now it’s coming to Dubai, with Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group announcing Dubai X-Stadium – which will be the region’s first dedicated eSports stadium, and is set to establish Dubai as a regional and global hub for hosting video game events.

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As the popularity of eSports continues to grow worldwide, it is hoped the stadium will play a part in boosting tourism, too.

“We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports,” said H.E. Mona Ghanem Al Marri, director general of Dubai Media Office.

“This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai’s status as a key digital economy hub. The idea aims at attracting millions of eSsports gamers, spectators and enthusiasts from around the world and offering them unique online and in-person experiences.”

While details of the stadium – including where it will be located and when it will open – are yet to be released, this is definitely a project we’ll be keeping an eye on.

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