Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia has announced E-sports charity tournament aims to raise $10m for the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19 relief.
Media reports said that Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) said the $10 million charity E-sports event Gamers Without Borders (GWB) has underlined the Saudi Arabia’s role as a leader in humanitarian endeavors.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan spoke on the sidelines of the SAFEIS-organized seven-week e-sports Charity tournament. Prince Faisal said: “Even in the times of global crisis, hosting such an event shows the Kingdom’s role in being a leader in humanitarian assistance. Bringing the global gaming community together for GWB is essential to instill a sense of unity and provide relief in such unprecedented and confusing times.”
“With the world more distant than ever, we are hosting this initiative from Saudi Arabia to bring together the passionate community of gamers to unite and compete in a spirited manner in fighting COVID-19.” He added: “Electronic and intellectual sports have long been an important part of the social fabric in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi youth have always been technologically savvy and as a result they have established themselves as some of the most talented gamers globally.
Prince Faisal added: “70 percent of the Kingdom’s population is under 30 and we have 20 million people who are either gamers or gaming enthusiasts. With electronic and intellectual sports witnessing a dramatic rise, we are eager to provide all the necessary support for investors looking to be part of this exciting and economically rewarding industry.”