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RIYADH: The Next World Forum, an esports and gaming forum that will bring together industry leaders and experts from around the world, will be held September 7-8 in Riyadh.

Hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh in the At Kingdom Center, the inaugural Next World Forum is where the global gaming and esports community will come together to discuss the development of this dynamic, economically thriving and collaborative ecosystem.

Showcasing new ideas, investment and talent development, the forum is also an ideal setting to highlight Saudi Arabia’s thriving role in the gaming and esports industry.

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, the Next World Forum brings to an end the summer season of Gamers8, the world’s largest esports and gaming event, which is currently being held at Boulevard Riyadh City.

With a very impressive list of speakers, Next World Forum attendees include sports ministers from various countries, investors, gamers, developers, technology providers, start-ups, public sector representatives, brands and advertisers, publishers, broadcasters and federations and leagues.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of SEF, said: “The Next World Forum is an opportunity to shape the future agenda for esports and gaming, including fully capturing the total growth of the sector through the investment and collaboration.

“All of us involved in gaming – an industry larger than Hollywood and the music industry combined – are acutely aware that there is still so much room for development and advancement. But even though we know that the game is growing exponentially, the key aspect is how we work together to make it even better.

“It is imperative that we propel a gaming and esports sector that offers rich opportunities for industry and governments while meeting and exceeding new gamer expectations around business models.

“In pursuit of this quest, Saudi Arabia, which aims to become not only one of the world’s esports and gaming leaders, but the global leader, is the perfect host for the Next World Forum. We look forward to welcoming the world of esports and gaming to Riyadh on September 7-8, as we come together for productive, helpful, progressive and prosperous discussions.

More than 1,200 delegates from around the world will gather in Riyadh to discuss the most relevant esports and gaming issues at the in-person forum.

Chester King, CEO of British Esports and Vice President of the Global Esports Federation, will join Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan as forum speakers; Mario Perez Guerreira, CEO of the MENA region and partner of GGTech; Sayo Olowabi, Secretary General of the Africa Esports Development Federation, and Grant Johnson, President and CEO of Esports Entertainment Group.

Specific topics for the Sept. 7 panel at the forum include the industry keynote “Gaming and Esports as the Next Frontier of Media,” “Gaming as an Untapped Economic Power,” and “VR/ AR and the Metaverse in the Spotlight”.

The following day, panel topics will include “Governments as Ecosystem Enablers,” “Improving Esports and Gamer Health,” and “Build It and They Will Come – The Third Place Experience.” “and the rise of gambling venues”.

The forum will also feature a series of activations, gaming masterclasses and bilateral meetings.