The Esports World Cup 2024: A Groundbreaking Event in Saudi Arabia

The Esports World Cup 2024: A Groundbreaking Event in Saudi Arabia

23. April 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

This year marks the debut of the Esports World Cup (EWC) in Saudi Arabia, set to be a revolutionary event in the industry with the largest prize pool in esports history, surpassing $60 million.

Unprecedented Prize Pool

Organized by the Esports World Cup Foundation and officially announced this past Tuesday, the EWC will bring together players, game developers, and fans from around the globe for an eight-week event in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Key Details:

  • The tournament will feature top global clubs competing in 19 esports titles, including Apex Legends, CounterStrike 2, Dota 2, and League of Legends.
  • Teams will choose which games to participate in, with the best-performing team across all titles crowned as the champion of the inaugural Esports World Cup.

EWC Arabia saudi

Financial Support and Structure

In contrast to other esports tournaments facing financial challenges, the EWC stands out not only for its impressive prize pool but also for its prize distribution structure. Individual rewards include $50,000 for each competition’s MVP, with over $33 million allocated for overall performance rewards.

Financial Highlights:

  • Removal of pending entry fees for teams, with any previously collected fees fully refunded.
  • Increased revenues for teams from in-game merchandise sales, including team packages and the Champions Pack.

Strategic Significance

Ralf Reichert, CEO of the Esports World Cup Foundation, believes that this new tournament in Saudi Arabia can be a game-changer for the industry.

CEO’s Perspective:

  • Reichert emphasizes the positive message sent to the esports community and gamers worldwide by establishing the record for the largest prize pool in esports history.

Gaming EsportsWorldCup2024 Riyadh Arena Model

Spectacular Event Details

The inauguration of the event later this year is expected to attract 2.9 million fans to a space spanning over 60,000 square meters. The venue will include four esports arenas, two musical concerts, and six drone and fireworks shows.

Saudi Arabia’s Investment in Esports

Arabia Saudi continues its significant investment in esports, following last year’s Gamers8 event with a $45 million prize pool. The kingdom has also invested heavily in traditional sports like tennis, golf, and football, aiming to become the global hub for competitive gaming by 2030.

Participating Teams and Featured Esports

The Esports World Cup will showcase some of the world’s top esports organizations and players across a wide range of games. Here are some of the featured teams and esports titles:

Featured Esports Titles:

  1. PUBG Mobile
  2. Fortnite
  3. Street Fighter II
  4. Tekken 8
  5. Dota 2
  6. Starcraft 2
  7. Overwatch
  8. FC24
  9. PUBG
  11. CS2
  12. Rocket League
  13. Rainbow Six: Siege
  14. Apex Legends
  15. Mobile Legends (male and female)
  16. League of Legends
  17. Teamfight Tactics
  18. Honor of Kings
  19. Free Fire

Participating Teams:

  • OG Esports
  • Tundra Esports
  • NRG
  • Fnatic
  • Vitality
  • Tainted Minds
  • G2 Esports
  • PSG Talon
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Entropiq
  • Karmine Corp
  • Natus Vincere
  • Guild Esports
  • TSM
  • Team Secret
  • LGD Gaming
  • Falcons
  • Loud Esports
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • Spacestation Gaming
  • T1
  • Cloud9
  • Gen.G
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Liquid
  • 100 Thieves
  • Weibo Gaming


These are just a few of the teams participating in Riyadh, with more to be confirmed. While Movistar KOI has been officially announced by the tournament, other clubs are expected to join the competition as well.


The Esports World Cup not only aims to be a cornerstone in the world of esports but also to enhance Saudi Arabia’s international image.

By steering away from public funding and relying on a combination of national financing and sponsorship agreements, the tournament seeks to elevate Saudi Arabia’s profile and establish itself as a leading force in the esports landscape.

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