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Eight UAE Universities Will Battle to be League of Legends and Valorant Champions

by Eddie Rayner

Eight UAE universities are ready to participate in the first edition of the Amazon University Esports Masters MENA Series (Amazon UE Masters), which is taking place in Abu Dhabi from 14-17 July. They will compete against teams from KSA, Morocco and Egypt to win the title of champions, as well as part of the shared prize pool of $10,000 ($5,000 for the winner of each competition) at stake in this phase.

The students from the Higher Colleges of Technology, the University of Wollongong in Dubai, United Arab Emirates University, American University of Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi University will face their rivals in the League of Legends within the team Mystic, while students from the University of Birmingham, Curtin University Dubai, United Arab Emirates University, Abu Dhabi University, and Heriot-Watt University will aim for victory in Valorant, under the name Zoomers.

In the finals, hosted in Abu Dhabi from July 14-17, the UAE teams will face students from KSA, Egypt and Morocco

In League of Legends, Mystic will compete in the Summoner’s Rift against the following opponents: ‘Goonunisquad’ (Jubail University College, Taif University, University of Jeddah, King Abdulaziz University, University of Business and Technology), from KSA; ‘We Can Do Anything’ (Suez University, Port Said University), from Egypt; and ‘Olympus Gaming’ (Al Akhawayn University, Mohammed V University, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Institut Supérieur du Génie Appliqué) from Morocco.

Likewise, Zoomers will have to demonstrate their warfare skills in Valorant against ‘UQU Valorant’ (Umm Al-Qura University, King Saud University), from KSA; ‘Team 2G’(Ibn Tofail University, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, EMSI: Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur, OFPPT: L’Office de la formation professionnelle et de la Promotion du Travail), from Morocco; and ‘Qlash’ (Alexandria University, Helwan University, Zagazig University, October 6 University, and New Cairo Academy), from Egypt.

168 universities, 1,700 teams and more than 8,600 players

These countries have shown rapid growth and high demand for modern games, and are steadily becoming some of the best markets to support and enhance the gaming industry. Thus, and thanks to MENATech Entertainment, Amazon UE Masters, which is one of the top esports tournaments within the academic ecosystem worldwide, is now a reality in the MENA region.

These finals will be streamed live on www.twitch.tv/universityesportsuae (English) and  www.twitch.tv/universityesportsksa (Arabic), and will also include other activities, such as viewing parties with local streamers and influencers. Also, after a collaboration with Abu Dhabi Gaming, they will co-stream the live competition on their channels (www.twitch.tv/abudhabi_gaming).