Between the August 30 and 31 was being held on Next World Forum in RiyadhThe event featured some very interesting topics for discussion. In this case, the great Welsh footballer Gareth Bale, was present at the eventand stated that the e-sports are catching up with real soccer.
Bale, a five-time UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid, was one of the speakers. The player, who announced his retirement from soccer in January, is. co-owner of Ellevens Esportsa team that participates in FIFA and Rocket League tournaments. He was joined on the panel by the director and American film producer Michael Bay and by Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of Vaynermedia.
The reach is very big. Esports is definitely catching up with real soccer, and that’s not a bad thing, it gives kids a lot more opportunity to do what they want to do. Even my kids grow up enjoying their consoles and have the opportunity to interact with friends from another country. It’s a good way to keep in touch, we’ve been to Spain, America and of course Wales and England, and they play online and keep in touch. From when I started playing until now, video gaming has evolved in an incredible way. It’s been good to invest in esports and give opportunities to others.
Gareth Bale, footballer and co-owner of Ellevens Esports.
The Next World Forum attracted more than 2,500 people from various sectors.including sports, technology and entertainment. Among the topics discussed were “Video gaming is the economy of the future.” y “From pixels to podiums: The relationship between esports and the Olympic Games”.
Saudi Arabia has carved out an ever-increasing influence in e-sports and aims to become a world leader in the industry. The crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, last year launched a national video games and esports strategy. in an attempt to create 39,000 jobs and boost the country’s gross domestic product by $13,300M by 2030.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, president of the Saudi Esports Federation.also spoke at the event and commented that the Saudi Arabia’s goal is to become the world center of video gaming and e-sports, and that the organization of events such as the Next World Forum is a key piece in the path towards that goal.