Israel to Host World Electronic Sports Championships

Major event will expose resort city of Eilat to billions of fans around the world

By Yossi Aloni |
Photo: Michael Shustin

The International Federation for Electronic Sports announced that the State of Israel will be the official host of the World Sports Championship to be held in November 2020 in Eilat. This is the world’s largest and most prestigious gaming event.

The competition is expected to draw more than 500 of the world’s best players from 60 countries, and will be broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world.

Eilat was selected as the host city in cooperation with the government’s decision in August to develop the desert resort and promote winter tourism in the city on the shores of the Red Sea.

Requests to host the competition came the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israeli Gaming Association, the Maccabi World Movement and the Municipality of Eilat. It should be noted that the Federation includes members of several Arab countries, such as the UAE, who will be invited to participate in the championship in Eilat.

The Ace Mall Complex in Eilat was chosen as the venue for the competition, as it has already hosted the World Cup in artistic gymnastics, international competitions in free-style skating, an annual jazz festival and more. The gaming competition is expected to expose the city of Eilat to millions of competitors, viewers and fans around the world. According to the International Federation of Electronic Sports, its events are watched by over 190 million people all over the world, not to mention the players and audiences who come to participate in the various tournaments.

Ido Brosh, chairman of the Association of Competitive Gaming in Israel, said: “This is a groundbreaking opportunity that will raise Israel’s place in the world’s gaming arena. I am convinced that this is yet another step for Israel to be recognized as a major player in the electronic sports industry.”

Eli Lanay, deputy mayor of Eilat, added, “We are happy and proud to entertain the prestigious World Gaming Championships in Eilat. I am sure this will strengthen Eilat’s position as a leading tourist and leisure city, and as an international sport city exposing millions of people around the world to its rare beauty. Hundreds of international participants will be treated to our unforgettable hospitality.”

And if that weren’t enough, Brosh has been elected to be a member of the World Leadership Committee for electronic sports.

According to recent estimates, there are now more than 2.5 billion gamers across the world. Combined, they will spent $152.1 billion on games in 2019, representing an increase of +9.6% from 2018.


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