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Emirates Esports Federation and ITW Global Launch Multi-Title eSports League

Emirates Esports Federation and ITW Global Launch Multi-Title eSports League

The eSports industry is about to witness a game-changing development as the Emirates Esports Federation (EEF) and ITW Global announce the creation of a new, pioneering multi-title eSports league. Dubbed the [Emirates Gaming League (EGL)], the league will feature six franchises that will compete across various popular game titles such as DOTA, PUBG, and others.

The Emirates Esports Federation, in partnership with consulting and management company ITW Global, has announced the launch of a new global franchised esports league called the E-Gaming League (EGL). Scheduled to kick off in April 2024, the league will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and feature a draft format with players from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America. The inaugural EGL boasts a lucrative prize pool and introduces six franchises as team owners.

“The Emirates E-sports Federation under the National Sports Council was set up to ensure the consistent development of E-sports in the UAE in a fair and regulated manner. The EGL will revolutionize the E-sports industry and go a long way in achieving our goal of creating a space where publishers, players, organizers & brands can come together and co-exist harmoniously to further bolster the future of E-sports in the region.” Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakbout Al Nahyan, President of the Emirates Esports Federation

Although the identities of the franchises have not been revealed yet, the first EGL season promises a diverse range of gaming titles, including the popular Dota 2 and PUBG. Qualifiers for the league are scheduled to take place throughout February and March 2024, with top players gaining eligibility for the draft selection—a method traditionally used in some sports models.

To build excitement and anticipation, EGL plans to host various pre-event activities in the UAE starting in February 2024. Details about these activities are yet to be announced.

The franchise model has experienced varying levels of success within the esports industry. In April 2023, tournament organizer Skyesports launched India’s first franchised esports league, while teams like Evil Geniuses and Golden Guardians exited the LCS in North America, leaving just eight teams in the competition.

Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakbout Al Nahyan, President of the Emirates Esports Federation, expressed enthusiasm about the league’s potential to elevate esports in the region: “Asia is one of the fastest-growing Esports markets currently, and with Indian gamers participating in this league, EGL will provide the country’s talented esports athletes with a platform to showcase their abilities.”

He added, “We are excited about the potential of this league and look forward to creating an event that will truly change the trajectory and contribute to the growth of Esports.”

Following the qualifying rounds, top-ranked amateurs and emerging players will be drafted by individual franchises, ensuring a diverse and competitive playing field.

This groundbreaking partnership between the Emirates Esports Federation and ITW Global is poised to set a new standard in the eSports industry, providing new opportunities for professional and aspiring gamers alike. The EGL’s unique format, blended roster, and international stage will undoubtedly shape the future of eSports in the region and beyond.

Keep an eye out for more information on the EGL and the exciting road ahead for this groundbreaking, global esports initiative.

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