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Saudi Arabia unveils plans for the world’s first gaming and esports district

The new district will include four arenas dedicated to esports, expecting 10 million annual visitors.

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for the world’s first gaming and esports district
[Source photo: Saudi Press Agency]

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Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya City has announced plans to launch the world’s first Gaming & Esports District, aligning with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s support towards boosting the sector. 

The upcoming district will incorporate four esports venues, providing a combined seating capacity of 73,000. These venues are designed to host events and are anticipated to draw approximately 10 million visitors each year, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Among the dedicated venues, one stands out with 5,300 seats, set to become one of the world’s three largest esports stadiums. Additionally, it will house the largest indoor LED screen among all esports arenas globally.

“The gaming and esports sector is experiencing rapid growth, and we observe the ambitious plans to propel it forward. Our responsibility will be to host major events and tournaments by enhancing the infrastructure, enabling Qiddiya City to invite the world to live, learn, and compete in gaming and esports,” said Abdullah bin Nasser Aldawood, the Managing Director of Qiddiya Investment Company.

“The gaming and esports district in Qiddiya City caters not only to esports professionals but also to gaming enthusiasts of all levels and ages. This district transforms the gaming world into a tangible reality, serving as a welcoming space for the gaming community,” he added.

Additionally, the district, stretching over 500,000 square meters, with 100,000 square meters allocated for retail, dining, and entertainment, will allow gamers to work and engage in gaming and live in the game-themes apartments and hotels.

It will also accommodate up to 25 esports clubs from around the world and allow regional headquarters to be set up inside its premises for over 30 companies in the sector. 

The esports district works to achieve the National Strategy for Gaming and Esports, striving to position the Kingdom as a global hub by 2030.

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