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Farewell Istanbul 2022 – Hello Riyadh 2023

The Global Esports community looks to #GEG23 as the third edition heads to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


L-R: Paul J. Foster, GEF CEO; Í. Renay Onur, General Manager and Board Member of Spor Istanbul, Mustafa Özben, host of #GEG22; Alper Afşin Özdemir, TESFED President; Chris Chan, GEF President, and HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, GEF Vice President, President of the Saudi Esports Federation and Arab Esports Federation at the GEG Flag handover ceremony in Istanbul.

As the Istanbul 2022 Global Esports Games wrapped, eyes are turned to Saudi Arabia’s capital, the host of this year’s edition of the Global Esports Federation’s flagship event – Riyadh 2023 Global Esports Games. After a wonderful time in Türkiye, the organizers are rallying to stage a thrilling event in December 2023.


For HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, GEF Vice President, President of the Saudi Esports Federation and Arab Esports Federation, there is further responsibility in his new role as Chair of the Coordination Commission of the Global Esports Games 2023 in Saudi Arabia and 2024 in China.


“Following the epic success of the Istanbul 2022 Global Esports Games, our entire #worldconnected community is really looking forward to heading to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in December this year, for our third Global Esports Games.”
Chris Chan, President of the GEF

HRH Prince Faisal is excited to welcome the world to the Saudi capital and looks forward to showcasing the progress of the development of esports and gaming in the process.


“There is an outdated perception of gamers as people locked in basements. Gamers are athletes, they are sociable, and they are good people. They love to be part of a community."
HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud

The Saudi esports scene is helping to showcase that point. “Sixty-eight percent of our community consider themselves gamers, and it is well-balanced between men and women,” he added.

Chris Chan (L) hands over the Global Esports Federation flag to HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud at the Closing Ceremony of Istanbul 2022 Global Esports Games.

The Global Esports Games will be staged in Riyadh in December 2023, providing a prestigious platform for national teams to represent their flags and showcase to the world their talents and skills as athletes.

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