GAMES 15 set to launch the largest eSports tournament in the region with ESL


GAMES 15 attracts the world’s best teams for USD$250,000 ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational Dubai

GAMES 15, the premier and biggest gaming event in the Middle East, and ESL, the world’s largest

eSports company, are set to host the most anticipated eSports tournament in the region, featuring

top first person shooter (FPS) action in the form of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The ESL ESEA Pro

League Invitational tournament will see six of the best professional teams from around the globe

compete for US$250,000 in prize money as part of the GAMES 15 festival. Hosted in the Dubai

International Marina Club from September 10th to 12th, GAMES 15 will be a celebration of all things


Known internationally as the most premier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament series, the

ESL ESEA Pro League will showcase its talented competitors in a pre-season invitational tournament

prior to its kick-off of season two. The six world-class teams that will fight for quarter of a million

dollars in prize money are Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, Virtus.Pro, Team ENVYUS and

Cloud9. Patrik Sättermon, COO of Fnatic, the winners of ESL ESEA Pro League’s season one

competition, said, “we are with excitement looking forward to the next season of ESL ESEA Pro

League and we sincerely welcome Dubai as the host city of the kick-off event considering its historical

significance for Fnatic and Counter-Strike.”

Guiding the viewing public through top eSports action will be an all-star commentary crew including

the likes of Joe Miller, Lauren “Pansy” Scott and Leigh “Deman” Smith. “We’ve got some of the best

on-air talent in the world, we’ve definitely got the best teams, and on top of that we’ve got an

amazing city to host our competition. Dubai has hosted incredible Counter-Strike events in the past,

and we are excited to go back and bring eSports to a stage unlike any other,” said Ulrich Schulze, Vice

President of Pro Gaming at ESL.

CS:GO expands upon the team-based action gameplay that the Counterstrike franchise pioneered when it was

launched 12 years ago. CS:GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of

the classic CS content. In addition, it introduces new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

Featured teams will have to fight through a quarter and semi-final before pitting their skills against another

talented group in the grand final

Aside from the eSport Tournament, GAMES 15 will also feature two other pillars, the Expo and

Festival. The Expo will focus on early access to the latest games and demos from publishers like Sony

PlayStation, XBOX, and many leading games publishers, giving fans a chance to experience games well

ahead of their release dates. Forums and workshops on the gaming business and education will also

be conducted by the geniuses of the industry. Celebrity guests, fun activations, cosplay and a great

F&B selection can also be expected at the Festival.

GAMES 15 celebrates the culture of gaming in the Middle East region and aims to solidify Dubai as

one of the most relevant gaming hubs in the world. It caters to all gaming enthusiasts from an avid

gamer, console/PC gamer, casual gamer, elite gamer, tabletop gamer or someone who just knows

how to have a good time. The event is organized by the team behind Middle East Film and Comic Con

(MEFCC), Extra Cake, and The Middle East Gaming Alliance; and supported by Dubai’s Department of

Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) who are all thrilled to announce more confirmed activities

and guests in the coming weeks.

“Dubai’s year-round calendar of events continues to grow in both its size as well as its diversity thanks

to events such as GAMES 15,” said Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Events

and Conventions Bureau at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. “As a young

vibrant city, we continuously seek to reflect the very best of both local and international culture,

entertainment and innovation through all Dubai events and GAMES 15 is no exception.”

Tickets on Sale Soon

Tickets will be on sale soon at Virgin Megastores in-store and online. For more information and the

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