Geekay has announced the signing of the MENA’s first League of Legends team, now under the new label of Team Geekay Esports. Geekay Group will use its resources to talent identify, construct, train, support, and fund teams as part of its commitment to the development of the gaming industry and the competitive level of regional Esports players to reach a worldwide arena.
In the past year, Team Geekay Esports has won six regional events, including the IAC 2021 Champions Season 1 and 2, the Arab Esports League, and the Intel Arabian Cup, earning the title of top League of Legends team in the region.
“The gaming industry is growing exponentially, both globally and across the Middle East, with international tournament viewership now rivalling some of the largest legendary sporting events like the Super Bowl. Gamers in this region are highly skilled, hard-working, and talented, and the potential for their international success is assured if they receive the right support and development. We are delighted to have signed our first League of Legends Esports team, and will be working with them on an ambitious plan to be competing at the Worlds Championship by next year. Not only will this be a first for the region, but will also offer an opportunity for the team to show their mettle against the world,” said Kishan Palija, Managing Director at Geekay Group.
According to Newzoo, the worldwide gaming industry was valued at $175.8 billion in 2021, up 30.1 percent from 2018, and is expected to remain at this level or higher in the medium future. Major celebrities’ interest and engagement in the sector, such as Travis Scott, Drake, and Ariana Grande, raises awareness of its importance. Despite the fact that the GCC gaming business is still in its early stages, it is predicted to reach $821 million this year, up from $693 million in 2017. (PwC).
Six gamers from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Egypt make up Team Geekay Esports, which has been playing together for several years.
- Wufo (Nawaf Abdulaziz Alkhowaiter / Top Lane): Saudi National, 20 years old, Rank Challenger
- Cipher (Walid Osman / Mid Lane): Lebanese living in KSA, 23 years old, voted Intel Arabian Cup’s Season 1 MVP
- Mishal (Meshal Albarrak / Support): Saudi National, Captain and decision maker of the Team
- Ajwad (Ajwad Wazzan / Jungle): Saudi National, 21 years old, Rank Challenger
- Mimic (Nawaf Al-Salem/ Bottom Lane): Saudi National, 23 years old, voted Intel Arabian Cup’s Season 1 MVP runner up
- Fr0m02her0 (Ramy Al Qasabi / Jungle substitute): Egyptian National, known as one of the most surprising junglers in the MENA region.
The Geekay Esports League of Legends squad, which is presently undefeated, has already won the Razer Invitational 2021 ME. and are now competing in the Intel Arabia Cup, which started on May 25th and will end on October 9th, 2021.
“Geekay’s Esports division was established just four months ago, and we have already hosted two scouting tournaments, signed and started training Esports teams for Valorant, Wild Rift, PUBG, and now League of Legends. We’re already seeing results with our Wild Rift team scoring in the top three in the Origin Series MEA worldwide qualifiers, and we’re looking forward to an extremely active year on all fronts.” – Meena George, Head of Esports at Geekay Group.
“We are committed to developing the sector across the MENA region, and are delighted by the representation we already have, with players from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco and Tunisia.”