Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group have jointly announced X-Stadium, the region’s first dedicated esports stadium. The joint initiative will establish Dubai as a regional and global hub for hosting video gaming events.
Dubai already has a large fan base for esports, with tournaments previously held across the UAE including the Fortnite competition at MEFCC 2018.
Dubai is hoping to bring that fan base to 60 million people with the stadium by 2020.
Dubai X-Stadium will tap into the $99.6 billion video gaming industry. Esports is taking off with Drake and Jake Paul recently joining esports site, Twitch.
Global revenues are estimated to reach $1.5 billion by 2020 and Dubai X-Stadium will be in a position to play a central role by hosting world-class esports events.
“We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports. This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai’s status as a key digital economy hub,” said Mona Ghanem Al Marri, director general of the Dubai Media Office.
“The idea aims at attracting millions of esports gamers, spectators and enthusiasts from around the world and offering them unique on-line and in-person experiences.”