In October 2017, the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) was initiated and since then, it has already been able to hold two major Esports events. Now, the federation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation that will see to the development of the first Electronic Saudi Professional League (ESPL).
“Here in the Kingdom we have great talent, and our duty toward (it) is providing these platforms where the best come to shine. We are also on a mission to grow the eSports economy and industry,” Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, the SAFEIS president said. “This is a major step toward positioning the Kingdom as a major eSports hub in the Middle East and the world.”
“My message to all the gamers: Today you might be an amateur, but if you work hard and compete you can become an athlete,” he added. “Here in the Kingdom we have great talent, and our duty toward is providing these platforms where the best come to shine. We are also on a mission to grow the eSports economy and industry.”
According to Arab News, the partnership which was signed by the SAFEIS and the Football Federation presidents – Prince Faisal and Adel Ezzat respectively – came on the final day of the GSA FIFA 18 Tournament. The eight finalists in this tournament were competing for one of the seats of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier.
The partnership between the federations has been lauded by the vice president of the General Sports Authority, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal who went ahead to point out that it was certainly a major leap for country’s Esports industry. In addition to this, he promised to offer his sport to both federations as they move forward with their plans.