RIYADH (Rahnuma): The best gamers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region began their battle for supremacy in the League of Legends as the inaugural Nexus Festival began in style on Thursday night in Riyadh.
Hosted by Riot Games for the first time in the region, hundreds of people gathered at Riyadh Boulevard to witness the opening of the three-day event that combines gaming, entertainment and attractions. It is part of an initiative of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA).
Among the teams in action were Levant’s Nasr eSports and Saudi Arabia’s EGZ, who are two of the eight sides vying for glory in the showpiece 5v5 Summoners Rift competition after coming through November’s qualifying stages.
It is one of six competitions taking place during the event with the teams aiming to claim a slice of the $2 million prize money.
In Match 1, Nasr eSports won 2-0 and captain Mohammed Al-Adham said that the team is relishing the opportunity of testing themselves against the region’s best sides.
He said: “A competition like this is really good and by far it’s the biggest event that we have taken part in. It is really competitive and with many good teams wanting to win, every match will be close.