Starting November 1st, players will be able to compete from home to make their mark on Strike Arabia, the first official Valorant esports tournament in the MENA region.
Are esports the next big thing in Egypt? While it's not QUITE in the mainstream at the moment, Riot Games seems determined to carry it there. After hosting a massive tournament for their flagship game League of Legends in Saudi Arabia with a prize pool of USD 2,000,000 in 2019 (and yeah, two million, in American dollars, that's not a typo, they REALLY want esports to catch on here), they've returned with one of their newer games, Valorant, a Counterstrike-style shooter boasting distinctive playable characters. This time, you won't need to fly to Riyadh to participate. Starting November 1st, registered teams will be able to compete from home to make their mark on Strike Arabia, the first official Valorant esports tournament in the MENA region.
There will be three sub-regions - North Africa, GCC, and the Levant & Egypt - each of which is eligible to win from a USD 10,000 prize pool (first place gets USD 7,000 - not a bad slice of the pie, honestly). After regional qualifiers start on November 1st, and after regional finals end on November 25th, the three finalists from each region will face each other for the championship title in the headlining First Strike tournament. Egyptian players - as members of the Levant & Egypt subregion - can look forward to participating in this final showdown on December 4th and December 6th. So if you plan on winning, make sure you clear your schedule a full month in advance.
If you want to prove you're a sharper shot than the rest, visit strikearabia.playvalorant.com to register. Registration is only open to players who are actually in the MENA region, and closes on October 31st.