The world’s largest esports festival is coming back this summer – with more than double the prize pool

  • The biggest esports and gaming festival worldwide, Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, returns for the 2023 season
  • Beginning July 6, the eyes of the esports world will be on Riyadh as the biggest esports competitions combine with big-name concerts, festivals, community gaming, and more

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 26th 2023: Gamers8, the world’s biggest esports and gaming festival, is returning this summer, bigger and better than ever – with a world record prize pool in excess of USD $30 million, more than double last year’s grand prize total. 

Titled ‘The Land of Heroes’ for the 2023 season, the eight-week entertainment extravaganza makes a triumphant return on Thursday, July 6th. The following 8 weeks will be jampacked with the biggest esports competitions, live music from star names, as well as festivals, shows, community gaming, education platforms, and fun-filled activities for all ages. 

Last year’s Gamers8 saw the world’s best esports teams and players battle it out across five top titles – Rocket League, Dota 2 Riyadh Masters, Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and PUBG Mobile – for a prize pool of USD $15 million. Full details of competitions and entertainment calendars will be released in due course, but Gamers8: The Land of Heroes will offer competitors the chance to win a record-breaking prize pool.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation, said:

“Gamers8: The Land of Heroes is going to be the destination this summer, and we are delighted to once again welcome the elite of the esports world to Riyadh. The Land of Heroes is the place for both esports champions competing for glory and gaming fans looking to write their own stories.”

“Showcasing the most popular titles on the planet will be amplified further this summer. To be frank, when we mean bigger and better this summer – we truly mean it. We cannot wait to reveal what we have in store for Gamers8: The Land of Heroes.”

Gamers8 in 2022 succeeded in bringing the virtual world of esports and gaming into the physical realm of Riyadh, the ideal setting for an ultra-modern festival with big ideas and big ambitions. 

Gamers8 2022 Highlights:

  • 1.4 million visitors representing 61 different nationalities
  • 132 million people watching the elite competitions
  • 392 professional players and 113 international professional teams – including Team Falcons, PSG LGD, FURIA Esports, and FaZe Clan
  • Eight nights of music at the NXTLVL Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City throughout the summer that brought in an incredible total of 74,670 ticketholders, who enjoyed performances from both global and local Arab artists

Gamers8: The Land of Heroes will conclude in a similar style to last year’s event with the Next World Forum, an esports and gaming forum that will bring together sector leaders and experts from around the world to host discussions that will shape the future of the booming industry.

About SEF:

The Saudi Esports Federation is the regulating body in charge of nurturing elite gaming athletes and developing the gaming community and industry in Saudi Arabia.

The federation’s activities are categorized into two complementary streams. The first stream works to develop all levels of competitive gamers, starting with the grassroots community level and moving up to professional esports athletes that can achieve global excellence. The second stream works to develop the entire gaming/esports value chain by catalyzing the industry and enabling talent. 

Since its establishment in late 2017, the federation has organized multiple world-class national and international tournaments and events, attracted investment from local private sector actors and worked with international developers on opportunities in the Saudi market. 

About Gamers8: The Land of Heroes:

Gamers8 is the world’s biggest gaming and esports festival. This year’s festival takes place across an 8-week period beginning July 6th 2023. Hosted at the NXTLVL Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City, Gamers8: The Land of Heroes will be jampacked with the biggest esports competitions, live music from star names, festivals, shows, community gaming, education platforms, and fun-filled activities for all ages.