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Saudi Arabia Grants 90-Day E Visas to Esports World Cup 2024 Ticket Holders
Saudi Arabia Grants 90 Day E Visas to Esports World Cup 2024 Ticket Holders

Saudi Arabia has announced it will be offering 90-day E visas to Esports World Cup 2024 ticket holders as it looks to promote E gaming and tourism in the Kingdom.

The Esports World Cup will take place in Riyadh’s Boulevard City for the first time from July 3rd to August 25th, 2024, featuring over 1,500 players from 500 international clubs and over $60 million in prizes. 

This initiative aligns with the National Gaming and Esports Strategy under Vision 2030 to boost Saudi Arabia’s status as a premier esports destination.

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Introducing 90-Day E Visas

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The Introduction of e-visas by the Esports World Cup Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, will ensure a seamless and hassle-free experience for international visitors.

This innovative measure aims to simplify entry procedures, enabling ticket holders to secure their visas conveniently through the Saudi Visa national platform.

By applying through the dedicated platform, visitors can secure a 90-day single-entry visa, granting them ample time to immerse themselves in the captivating world of esports and explore the rich cultural tapestry of Saudi Arabia.

The Esports World Cup 2024

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The Esports World Cup 2024 is set to captivate audiences worldwide, with Riyadh’s iconic Boulevard City serving as the epicenter of this electrifying event. 

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Spanning an impressive eight-week period from July 3 to August 25, the tournament will showcase the prowess of over 1,500 elite players representing 500 international clubs. 

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These skilled competitors will battle it out across 22 exhilarating tournaments, competing for a staggering prize pool exceeding $60 million – an unprecedented figure in esports history.

Blending Sports and Cultural Enrichment

Beyond the thrilling competitions, the Esports World Cup 2024 promises to be a multifaceted spectacle, seamlessly blending sports, entertainment, education, culture, and creativity. 

Visitors can anticipate many engaging activities that cater to diverse interests and are suitable for all family members. The event’s illustrious venue, Boulevard Riyadh City, will serve as a vibrant hub, offering attendees an immersive and unforgettable experience. 

Boulevard Riyadh City

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Initially introduced in 2019 during the Riyadh Season entertainment festival, Boulevard Riyadh City has attracted visitors worldwide. Spanning 220 acres in Riyadh’s Hittin area, this expansive venue is now open year-round with free entry.

Boulevard City is a tourist hotspot and cutting-edge entertainment hub, essentially functioning as a city within a city. 

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Divided into nine unique sub-zones, each section offers a distinct experience for visitors, such as the vibrant lights of the Square, reminiscent of New York’s Times Square, and the Trocadero Area, drawing inspiration from London’s Coventry Street.

Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

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The Esports World Cup 2024 is a pivotal component of Saudi Arabia’s National Gaming and Esports Strategy, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. 

By hosting this prestigious event, Saudi Arabia showcases its commitment to the expanding esports industry and underscores its dedication to promoting tourism, diversifying its economic landscape, and developing promising sectors per the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 objectives.

Global Connectivity through E Visas

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Beyond its economic and strategic implications, the Esports World Cup 2024 holds the potential to transcend boundaries and foster global connectivity through the universal language of gaming. 

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As players from diverse backgrounds converge in Riyadh, the event serves as a platform for cultural exchange, promoting understanding and fostering cross-cultural dialogue.

Embracing Technological Advancements

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The Esports World Cup 2024 also presents an opportunity to showcase the Kingdom’s commitment to embracing cutting-edge technologies and fostering innovation. 

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From advanced gaming hardware and software to cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality solutions, the event will serve as a platform to showcase the latest advancements in esports.

Inspiring Future Generations

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Beyond the excitement of the competitions, the Esports World Cup 2024 holds the potential to inspire and nurture the next generation of gaming talent in Saudi Arabia and beyond. 

By providing a platform for aspiring gamers to witness the skills and dedication of elite players, the event can ignite a passion for esports and encourage young enthusiasts to pursue their dreams.

Strengthening International Partnerships

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The Esports World Cup 2024 also supports fostering international partnerships and collaborations within the gaming industry. 

Saudi Arabia can facilitate knowledge-sharing, explore joint ventures, and foster cross-border collaborations by bringing together stakeholders, developers, publishers, and industry leaders worldwide.

Paving the Way for the Future

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As Saudi Arabia prepares to welcome the world to the Esports World Cup 2024, the stage is set for an extraordinary celebration of gaming, innovation, and cultural exchange. 

With its unwavering dedication to innovation, sustainability, and global connectivity, the Kingdom is poised to leave a lasting mark on the esports industry and pave the way for a future where gaming transcends boundaries and unites cultures.

More Gaming Developments in Saudi Arabia

The First Esports World Cup 2024

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Saudi Arabia is set to host the first E-Sports World Cup in 2024, a milestone event that promises the largest prize pool in esports history. This strategic move reflects the kingdom’s ambitious vision to establish itself as a key player in the global gaming industry, currently valued at $13.3 billion.

In addition to its commitment to elevating the esports sector, Saudi Arabia aims to substantially impact the job market by generating 39,000 new opportunities, showcasing its dedication to fostering growth and innovation in this rapidly expanding field.

Investment in Monopoly Go

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Saudi Arabia’s Savvy Games Group, owned by the Public Investment Fund, intends to increase its investment in mobile gaming following the $2 billion success of Monopoly Go.

Last April, Savvy Games Group acquired top game developer Scopely for $4.9 billion and spent $500 million marketing Monopoly Go. 

Through continued investments, Saudi Arabia aims to become a major player in the video game industry.

Dragon Balls Theme Park

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Saudi Arabia revealed plans for a groundbreaking Dragon Balls Themed Park, set to be built in the Qiddiya Entertainment City. 

Covering an area of 500,000 square meters, the park will have seven unique zones and offer 30 themed attractions, including a 70-meter-tall dragon roller coaster as its main centerpiece.

Visitors can also expect to find hotels and restaurants with a Dragon Ball theme inspired by the popular Japanese anime franchise.

This project, located just 40 km from Riyadh, is part of the larger development at Qiddiya City, aimed at establishing Saudi Arabia as a top global destination for entertainment.

Saudi’s $8 Billion Gaming Industry Investment 

Saudi Arabia has allocated $8 billion towards developing the gaming industry to reduce its reliance on oil and boost its economy. 

This move aims to position the kingdom as a major international esports gaming market player. This investment is part of a larger budget of $38 billion allocated by the Savvy Games Group, which aims to generate 40,000 job opportunities. 

The group has already invested in major gaming companies such as Nintendo and Activation Blizzard. 

This marks a significant shift from the country’s traditional dependence on oil, as Saudi Arabia is now focused on diversifying its economy by injecting substantial funds into the rapidly growing global esports gaming sector.

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