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Corporate | April 4, 2021

Telco Leader Announced as Official Sponsor of Qatar’s National eSports Team


Doha, Qatar

Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator was the Official Sponsor of Qatar’s national eSports team as its football squad headed into its first regional tournament, the West Asian eSoccer Tournament.

Underlining the importance of eSports as a whole to Ooredoo and the Qatar Football Association (QFA), both organisations firmly supported the first official national eSports team as they faced powerful local rivals in the first ever West Asian e-soccer tournament, which ran from 2-4 April 2021.

Teams from Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – who are members of the International Federation of Electronic Games – took part in the event. Youssef Darwish, Rashid Ahmed, Youssef Hani and Jasim Rashid represented Qatar.

All e-matches were broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF). They could also be seen across various other social media accounts, with Ooredoo’s high-speed 5G network allowing for the sharpest quality viewing.

Sabah Rabiah Al-Kuwari, Director PR at Ooredoo, said: “Worldwide, the importance of eSports is increasing – as both a recreational activity and a business opportunity – so we were delighted to be the official sponsor of the first Qatar eNational team. We are committed to supporting sporting events as part of our corporate social responsibility strategy, and supporting digital ones such as this tournament is a great example of how we can continue our commitment to sport as we move further into the digital age.”

The West Asian event was a preparatory tournament for member associations and players. Success here was a prerequisite to participating in the Asian Nations Championship, to be organised by FIFA later this year.