Galaxy Racer, the esports organisation based in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia, is launching a new cross-regional esports tournament.
The Galaxy Racer Aubameyang Cup, starting August 1st 2021, will see Fortnite duos from across the Middle East and Europe collide online.
The tournament is named after Arsenal and Gabon football star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (pictured) and his half-brother William-Fils – both renowned fans of the popular battle royale game.
The competition will pit 150 teams from the Middle East and Europe against one another over four consecutive days, with one day of qualifying rounds for each region, and the top teams going through to the grand finals on August 3rd and 4th 2021.
In the grand finals, the top 24 teams from each region will battle it out over 12 games, hosted on ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ servers that aim to mitigate ping issues.
Results are based on total points over the 12 games in the grand finals, with the top ten teams sharing a €10,000 prize pool. The four-day competition will be streamed live on Galaxy Racer’s Twitch and YouTube channels, with in-stream competitions and giveaways throughout including the official Scuff Aubameyang Controller, with five controllers and five headsets up for grabs.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his half-brother William-Fils ‘Willy’ Aubameyang will make guest appearances throughout the esports tournament, including interviews and a 2v2 matchup with Galaxy Racer’s own Fortnite pros, Milan ‘milan’ Lopes and Maciej ‘Teeq’ Radzio.
Nyle ‘Nyle’ Hasan who is currently ranked the number one player in MENA will also make an appearance to offer players tips and tricks during the competition.
Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer, commented: “The Galaxy Racer Aubameyang Cup will unite professional, amateur players, gaming personalities and athletes, and will be the first event of its kind to bring players from the Middle East and Europe to clash in an online tournament that is highly competitive and fair.
“Our ambition is to offer up-and-coming professional players a chance to show off their skills, provide opportunities for players to test those skills against players from other regions, and to create an unforgettable event for fans to watch.”
The Middle East qualifiers will be managed by SAQR Scrims, while the European qualifiers and grand finals will be managed and produced by esports commentator MonsterDface and his production and tournament administration company Practice Server.
Launched in December 2019, Galaxy Racer says it has a growing global reach of over 160m followers and generates more than 1bn monthly views. It has more than 60 players from 22 nationalities and 20 top content creators in the MENA and Asia regions.
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