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UAE: India and Pakistan to renew rivalry with esports battle this weekend in Abu Dhabi – News

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Published: Wednesday 13 Dec 2023, 17:33

A global phenomenon, esports is truly transcending traditional boundaries. As Abu Dhabi hosts the prestigious Blast Premier World Final this Sunday, the iconic Etihad Arena will also witness a high-voltage clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

Yes, the India-Pakistan rivalry, one of the biggest and most intense clashes in any sport, be it cricket, hockey or kabaddi, will now see a rare clash in esports as players from the respective countries fight for supremacy of Counter-Strike. .

India’s True Rippers Esports and Pakistan’s Team WahWah will team up for a special match with a chance to show off in the tier one tournament. India and Pakistan will add to their ranks two of the world’s elite Blast Premier esports players, who have been selected by fans on They will have the opportunity to play in front of thousands of fans at the Etihad Arena and a global audience spanning over 150 territories.

The exhibition match is part of a partnership between Blast, an esports entertainment company, and Nodwin, South Asia’s leading esports and gaming media company, which launched ‘The Draft’, a Counter- Strike that will begin next year and will give the Indian and Pakistani teams the opportunity to play with top players on the world stage.

Faye Marlborough, Brand Director at Blast, said: “We are delighted to announce the special Showmatch between True Rippers Esports and Team WahWah at the Blast Premier World Finals.”

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A recent report by esports market research firm Niko Partners revealed that the Asia and Mena regions accounted for more than 56 percent of global esports revenue in 2022. India and Pakistan were the countries with the highest number of active esports players in the South Asia region. in the same period.

“Both countries have a strong following when it comes to esports and gaming, especially Counter-Strike, and we are looking forward to seeing them play in front of a vibrant atmosphere at the Etihad Arena. As the world final to decide the title will also take place on the same day, we encourage everyone to book their tickets now for this incredible spectacle,” Marlborough added.

Tickets for the final can be purchased at Ticketmaster and Etihad Arena with prices starting at Dh160, and there are discounts of up to 20 per cent for those who book four or more tickets. Hospitality tickets are also available.

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