Malta’s first ever in­ter­na­tional e-sports tour­na­ment

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Malta’s first ever pro­fes­sional gam­ing tour­na­ment was launched at the Quick­fireesports cen­tre, which is part of In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Malta. This event, which is spon­sored by the MTA, is the first ever Counter-Strike: Global Of­fen­sive to be held in Malta. It will be tak­ing place be­tween to­day and 2 De­cem­ber, and will bring eight teams from all around the world, in­clud­ing China, Rus­sia, Europe and the USA to com­pete for a prize pool of $150,000.

A to­tal of 4,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend this four-day event, which will in­clude some of the top pro­fes­sional gamers in the world. In fact, the eight com­pet­ing teams can all be found in the top 30 world­wide. One of the com­pet­ing teams, the Amer­i­can one, is cur­rently ranked as num­ber three in the world for Counter-Strike.

The event is go­ing to be livestreamed through var­i­ous so­cial me­dia chan­nels and will be broad­cast in eight dif­fer­ent lan­guages in­clud­ing English, Rus­sian, Ger­man, Hun­gar­ian, Pol­ish, Chi­nese, Por­tuguese and Span­ish. It is ex­pected that this tour­na­ment will at­tract over five mil­lion unique view­ers world­wide and also a great lo­cal au­di­ence.

The par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and In­no­va­tion, Sil­vio Schem­bri noted that just a few months ago he was ad­dress­ing the first ever Malta e-Sports Fo­rum and spoke about the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion to make Malta into the “Home of Gam­ing Ex­cel­lence” and now, through this in­ter­na­tional scale event, they can say that their vi­sion has be­come a re­al­ity. Events such as these are the fu­ture and ev­ery­one in­volved be­lieves that the Mal­tese Is­lands has all the cri­te­ria to be a high qual­ity e-sports des­ti­na­tion.

The Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Gavin Gu­lia, com­mented that the Mal­tese Is­lands are now fully equipped to host tra­di­tional events as well as events which make use of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. This event pro­motes our coun­try as a des­ti­na­tion where the best gamers can meet as well as com­pete against one an­other. This is one of the rea­sons why Malta is be­ing pro­moted as an ideal al­lyear-round des­ti­na­tion and not just as a tra­di­tional hol­i­day venue.

Ivan Fil­letti, head of Op­er­a­tions & Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment for Gam­ing Malta, said that the es­ports mar­ket is very large and in­cor­po­rates many dif­fer­ent games and there­fore there is a lot of room to grow.

Si­mon Dece­sare, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Eden Leisure Group, said that this event is a first in Malta and will open Eden up to be­com­ing a leader in the e-sports events or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Tick­ets for the event, as well as more in­for­ma­tion, can be viewed on­per­nova­

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