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Updated January 2023

The Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia is a global gaming and Esports festival from the creators of Gamers Without Borders. This mega gaming event is being held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, on 6 July 2023.

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Keep reading to know more about this mega, global gaming and Esports festival taking place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

What is the Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia?

The Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia is a global gaming and Esports festival from the creators of Gamers Without Borders. This mega-gaming event is being held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, on 6 July 2023.

With an aim to offer a number of elite and competitive tournaments, entertainment, activities and attractions, astonishing music concerts, shows, and more, the Gamers8 event will also reportedly conclude with a gaming and Esports summit that brings together sector leaders and experts from around the world.

Moreover, the high-grade gaming competitions, between local teams as well as international teams, will host the biggest Esports teams in the world across five different titles with a total prize pool of $30 million (SAR 112,615,980).

Gamers8 Saudi Arabia location

The Gamers8 event is being held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. The exact venue will be announced soon.

Gamers8 Saudi Arabia date & schedule

It is confirmed that the event will start on 6 July 2023.

The biggest global gaming and Esports festival, the Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia, is a unique package of gaming and entertainment that blends both gamers and non-gamers alike.

Ranging from elite and competitive tournaments, entertainment, activities and attractions to outstanding music concerts, shows, and more, here is everything you might be able to expect from the Gamers8 event in the KSA based on last year’s event:

Tournaments

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The Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia would be bringing together the world’s most popular and renowned Esports teams to compete for five different titles with a total prize pool of $15 million. The tournaments ranged from PUBG Mobile After Party Showdown, Rocket League, Riyadh Masters 2022, PUBG Mobile, Rainbow Six, and Fortnite. The tournaments were held from 14 July 2022 to 20 August 2022.

Please note that more details regarding the Esports tournaments were updated accordingly as and when released by the officials.

Music concerts

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Keeping up to its promise of being a unique blend of gaming and entertainment, the Gamers8 event brought out eight popular and renowned international music artists, ensuring to quench the thirst of music lovers. The artists performed across the eight weeks of Gamers8 alongside numerous other local and regional talents.

The concerts for the following week 6 and week 7 of the Gamers8 event were scheduled to be held at the NXT LVL – Mohammed Abdo Arena, Riyadh, from 8 PM to 1 AM. The following lineups of international artists that were announced:

The week 6 concert

The first lineup for the week 6 concert on 18 August 2022 of the Gamers8 event showcased renowned international artists, including Amr Emad and Mostafa El Sherif, the Disco Misr duo, Middle Eastern rapper JEED, regional star Ntitled, Russ, and Alan Walker.

The ticket prices for the first line-up range from SAR 1500 (USD 399.54) to SAR 1900 (USD 506.08).

The week 7 concert

The second lineup for the week 7 concert on 25 August 2022 of the Gamers8 event showcased renowned international artists, including, The Engineers, Black Eyed Peas, one of the best-selling groups of all time, the Lebanese Superstar Myriam Fares, followed by DJ Snake, ensuring a memorable night for the audience.

The ticket prices for the second line-up ranged from SAR 150 (USD 39.95) to SAR 1900 (USD 506.08).

Festivals, activities & attractions

The biggest global gaming and Esports festival, the Gamers8 event, did not only showcase elite and competitive Esports tournaments but also displayed a variety of festivals, attractions and fun activities for the non-gamers planning to visit this mega event.

Home to 1,000 activities and attractions, fun-packed events, shows and futuristic experiences, the Gamers8 mega-global event brought the virtual world of gaming out into the physical domain.

The Day Pass

Before stepping into the vast events and attractions offered by the mega gaming event, the visitors could purchase a Day Pass entry ticket to the Gamers8 venue. The Day Pass gave ticket holders access to multiple Event Activations for a day, and the variety of venues that allows visitors to have a full day of gaming fun!

At Gamers World, visitors could take part in some of the daily activities, including the Kids Activation of Space Jam and Tom & Jerry or visit the PlayStation Zone, where they could enjoy their favourite video games.

The visitors could also visit the Gamers8 Corridor and try their hand at some of the events showcased in the venue. On weekends, however, the visitors had limited access to the Elite Esports venue to view competitions.

The Day Pass entry ticket allowed entry to the Gamers8 venue for a day from 6 PM to 1 AM.

Some of the attractions and activity zones featured in the Gamers8 event are as follows:

Japamura by Saudi Airlines

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The Japamura by Saudi Airlines was a Japanese corner featuring a variety of creative and delightful attractions from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. The visitors could choose from a variety of activities, including blasting their favourite tunes at the Japanese Karaoke venue, cosplaying wearing a traditional Japanese dress at the Yukata experience, or getting a taste of the Japanese tea at the Matcha testing.

Most importantly, Anime fans must not miss out on visiting the Anime Street venue, which was a dream place for every Anime fan on Earth!

The venue allowed entry to all ages from 6 PM to 9 PM and from 10 PM to 1 AM.

The VOV Zone

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Several unique attractions and activities were found in the VOV zone. The VOV zone not only featured live shows, show matches, trivia, fun challenges and esports competitions at the VOV Main Stage but also offered weekly-changing entertainment activities at the Entertainment Zone.

Moreover, the VOV had a Tournament area dedicated to community tournaments and could be accessed free of cost. The Gamers Lounge offered a space for gamers to bond and provided opportunities for the local teams to connect with their community.  You don’t want to miss the HADO AR experience, where you can turn real life into a video game!

The venue allowed entry to all ages from 6 PM to 1 AM and can be accessed absolutely free of cost. Please note that the teams participating in the Community Tournaments need to register for free with STCPlay.

Falcons Arena

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Want to meet your favourite content creators? The Gamers8 mega event had that sorted out for you too. The Team Falcons from the Falcons Arena zone not only made its visitor’s wishes of meeting their favourite content creators come true but also hosted exciting show matches and live cooking shows for the visitors to experience a stimulating time in the event.

The venue allowed entry from 6 PM to 12 AM, and the ticket prices ranged from SAR 45 (USD 11.99) on weekdays and SAR 60 (USD 15.98) on weekends.

POWR Villa by STCPlay

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The POWR Villa by STCPlay featured one of Saudi’s most famous esports teams having their own villa in the Gamers8 season featuring 16 content creators. The villa further included an academy, and workshops, providing an opportunity for fans to meet and greet their favourite content creators.

The venue allowed entry from 5:30 PM to 12:30 AM, and the ticket prices ranged from SAR 45 (USD 11.99) on weekdays and SAR 60 (USD 15.98) on weekends.

Gamers World

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The Gamers World allows visitors can take part in some of the daily activities, including the Kids Activation of Space Jam and Tom & Jerry or visit the PlayStation Zone, featuring 17 different games, where they can enjoy their favourite video games, including FIFA, God of War, PUBG, Gran Turismo and more.

The Gamers World also featured the Cosplay Legends Competition zone, which could be accessed absolutely free of cost.

The PlayStation Zone will allow entry from 6 PM to 9 PM and from 10 PM to 1 AM.

Sim Arena by Aramco

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For all the Formula 1 fan, the Gamers8 event offered the Sim Arena zone by Aramco featuring SIM racing, enabling visitors to feel the thrill of an actual F1 car, an account of a motorsport section with some of the most charming and vintage cars from over the decades, a VR component, and a gaming area with Gran Turismo.

The venue allowed free entry for visitors above 15 years of age from 6 PM to 1 AM.

The Tunnel

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Want to experience a switch between dimensions? You cannot miss out on taking a stroll through the Tunnel that allows its visitors to jump between different worlds by taking it from the Cave to the Gamers World zone, followed by Aramco Sim Arena zone.

The Tunnel allows free entry to all its visitors from 6 PM to 1 AM every day.

Some of the other activities and attractions include Sonic, Batman zones and more. Find out more details about the Gamers8 festivals from here.

Gamedev zone

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The Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia featured some of the most unexpected offers in the world. The event not only made sure to host some of the elite and competitive Esports tournaments, festivals, and a variety of entertainment opportunities for all its visitors but also offered interactive workshops, webinars, and exhibitions to activities and hackathons, providing free training on the design, development, and delivery of today’s games for all the aspiring gamers.

Therefore, gaming enthusiasts who wish to enhance their knowledge and improve their gaming skills could choose from the variety of informative, interactive, and influential GameDev programs offered by the Gamers8 event. Moreover, the GameDev Zone section also featured boot camps and debates designed to develop technical skills and stimulate thought and action across all parts of the Esports and gaming sector.

To make sure you do not miss out on this memorable opportunity where learning is made fun and enjoyable, register for your preferred GameDev programme here.

Gamers8 Saudi Arabia entry rules

Even though the booking of tickets for the Gamers8 event in Saudi Arabia is quite easy and can be purchased online from the Gamers8 official website, there are certain ticketing rules or terms and conditions that need to be followed before making the purchase:

  • Please ensure that you comply with all terms and conditions when purchasing tickets.
  • The ticket holder is responsible for verifying the date, time, and place of the event.
  • The ticket holder must recognize and abide by the General Taste Preservation Regulations.
  • The resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • Tickets are non-cancellable, refundable, or exchangeable.
  • By purchasing this ticket, you agree to comply with all terms and conditions and restrictions of the organizer before and during the event.
  • All prices include VAT.
  • Ticket holders should arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before showtime.
  • Any inappropriate substances will be confiscated prior to entry to the arena being granted.
  • No food or beverages brought from outside the arena will be allowed into the premises.
  • The organiser will not bear liability for the loss or damage of any electronic devices, nor will it bear liability for the injuries of any attendees.
  • Smoking is not allowed, unless in specified areas.
  • No professional cameras and video recorders are permitted at the venue.
  • For Event Activations: Children under 3 years old are free and need to be accompanied by a guardian over the age of 18.
  • The ticketholder consents to photographs, video, and sound recordings being captured and used in print and electronic media, including the internet, as an attendee at the venue.
  • In the event of cancellation, postponement, or a change of the event date by the organization:
    • The ticket is refunded as a credit to the customer’s electronic wallet with the service provider.
    • The customer is entitled to use the balance to purchase a new ticket for the same or any other event organized by the service provider.
    • The balance must be utilized during the season period.

More detailed rules for this year’s Gamers8 event will be announced later as we get closer to the date of the event.

 

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