The Next World Forum, an esports and gaming summit that will bring together industry leaders from around the world, will be held in Riyadh in September. It will be organized by the SEF (Saudi Esports Federation), and here’s everything you need to know about the event and its exclusive round tables.
To wrap up the recent Gamers8 festival, a summit on the future of esports will be held. More than 1,200 delegates from around the world will gather in Riyadh to discuss esports and the most relevant gaming issues during the forum in person. These include sports ministers from various leading countries, investors, players, developers, technology providers, start-ups, public sector representatives, brands and publishers. The next Global Forum will be launched by the “Saudi Spotlight: What Now, What Next?” panel, which will be followed by sessions with insights and conversations from some of the smartest and most respected people in the world of games and entertainment and esports and in business. Roundtables include games and esports as the next media frontier; Gambling as an untapped economic power; VR / AR and the metaverse in the spotlight; Play forever: the light side and the dark side of the game; and improve esports and player health.
Here are all the key details of the forum.
Next Global Forum: Key Details
- When: Wednesday 7 September and Thursday 8 September
- Where is it: The Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at the Kingdom Center
- Notable speakers:
- His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, President of the Saudi Federation of Esports
- Chester King, CEO, eSports in the UK
- Mario Perez Guerreira CEO, MENA
- Grant Johnson, President and CEO, Esports Entertainment Group
Next Global Forum: Topics for Discussion
For two days, the Next World Forum will highlight:
- Main technological development challenges impacting the evolving landscape of the gaming and esports ecosystem
- Trends including cloud gaming, development of distribution platforms and an appetite for new content
- The rise of impact-based gaming thinking, real-world impact, and gaming for innovation across multiple industries
- Solution focused discussion on government attitudes towards gaming, ecosystem talent development and infrastructure development
- The emerging landscape of the Saudi market and the opportunities to be part of its history
- Gender innovations, regulation and legislation
7 September Specific panel topics
The first day will be launched by the Saudi spotlight. This will be followed by the Gaming and Esports as the Next Frontier of Media session, at 11am on 7 September. This session will be moderated by Dr. Alex Schudey, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group. He will be joined by speakers Chester King, CEO of British Esports and Vice President of the Global Esports Federation; Stephan Fox, President, United Through Sports and Vice President, GAISF; and Vlad Marinescu, president of the International Electronic Sports Federation. The session will focus on how play shapes entertainment.
At 11:40 am, gambling as an untapped economic power will discuss why major brands are investing in the gaming and esports ecosystem at unprecedented levels.
To follow VR / AR and the Metaverse in the spotlight at 1pm on 7 Septemberwhich will address the intriguing perspective of whether VR / AR is the natural progression in the gaming ecosystem or simply an addition to gaming consumption.
September 8 Panel specific topics
The second day starts at 9:40 am with a fascinating look at Gaming for Good: The Light Side and the Dark Side of Gaming, with Joana Pérez Martorell, Head of UNICEF Partnerships; Houssam Chahine, Head of Private Sector Partnership and Philanthropy for the MENA Region at UNHCR; Désiré Koussawo, the international esports consultant; and Vlad Marinescu, president of the International Electronic Sports Federation. The panel will explore the power of play to stimulate strategic thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership and application across a wide range of careers, including medicine, engineering and more.
This will be followed by Esports and player health improvement at 11:00. This panel will focus on the fundamental topic of health and wellness management models for both amateur and professional players. The panel at this event includes Dr. Melita N. Moore, CEO of Levels Unlocked Enterprises and President of Health and Wellness at the Global Esports Federation, as well as a speaker from the renowned Saudi Arabia-based organization, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib. Medical group.
What is Gamers8?
Gamers8, the creators of Gamers Without Borders, is a global festival of games and esports with the mission of blurring the boundaries between what is physical and what is virtual. Created to bring the virtual world of games and esports to the physical realm of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Gamers8 will be held this summer for eight weeks from July 14 – September 8.
With elite and competitive tournaments, entertainment, activities and attractions, incredible concerts and musical performances, and more, Gamers8 culminates in a gaming and esports summit that brings together industry leaders and experts from around the world.
The elite gaming competitions will host the biggest esports teams in the world in five different titles with a total prize pool of $ 15 million, all hosted in a state-of-the-art environment, purpose built venue on Riyadh City Boulevard.
Hosted by the Saudi Esports Federation, the event is hosted by a number of partners including Mastercard, SAVVY Gaming Group, ESL FACEIT Group, Spotify and Aramco, all of whom work together to offer players around the world an unrivaled experience. .
What is SEF?
The Saudi Electronic Sports Federation is the regulatory body responsible for training elite gaming athletes and developing the gaming community and industry in Saudi Arabia.
The activities of the federation are classified into two complementary sections. The first stream aims to develop all levels of competitive players, starting at the grassroots community level and working up to professional esports athletes capable of achieving global excellence. The second stream aims to develop the entire gaming / export value chain by catalyzing the industry and enabling talent.
Since its inception in late 2017, the federation has hosted numerous world-class national and international tournaments and events, attracted investment from local private sector players, and worked with international developers on Saudi market opportunities.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, was your preview of the next global forum.