Mindsports World Championships start 19 August 2017


This article first appeared on I love Qatar.net 

Mindsports Academy (MSA) have announced that eSports and Arabic Scrabble will make their way to the 4th Mindsports World Championships, marking significant firsts for the upcoming edition of the international competition.

These exciting additions to the championships are expected to make for a unique edition of the tournament being hosted by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and due to be held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) between 19and 27 August.

eSports are a form of competition that is facilitated by electronic systems, in particular video games, and in which players participate as individuals or as part of a team. Over the course of four days at the championships, eSports gamers will battle it out for FIFA and Call of Duty titles and a total prize pool of $20,000 USD.

And, later on during the 9-day championships, word game enthusiasts of all levels are invited to take part in the Arabic Scrabble events and a chance to become the first MSA Arabic Scrabble Champion and MSA Arabic Junior Scrabble Champion. Participants will play in seven rounds; those who make it to the top eight will return on the second day to play in knockout rounds and ultimately be crowned Champion and win a share of the dedicated prize pools.

Mindsports Academy said, “Mindsports such as Scrabble supports the teaching of teamwork, improves confidence and attention span and helps to sharpen and strengthen skills.” They added, “Esports is an extremely popular mindsport amongst younger players and we are pleased to be running these tournaments.”

Chess will also be part of the Mindsports World Championships. The following games will be featured at the championships: Go, Chess, Scrabble, ESports and Backgammon.

Full tournament details, a list of all the events and schedules and accommodation information are available at www.msawc2017.com

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

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