Calyx, a subsidiary of Hockwood Games, has successfully concluded the finals of the inaugural VALORANT MENA League tournament in Riyadh, in partnership with Saudi Esports Federation and Riot Games, with a total prize pool of $80,000 (SAR 337,850).
Held at the Saudi eLeagues arena, one of Riyadh’s largest arenas, the league featured 152 teams from across the region and culminated in the grand finals featuring Team Falcons, Yalla Esports, Geekay Esports, and XPLDZ competing for the coveted spot. The grand final saw Team Falcons take on Geekay Esports, resulting in the Falcons lifting the trophy in front of an arena full of fans.
Team Falcons had a dominant streak throughout the league; winning the first split and representing MENA in the VCT EMEA Qualifiers as well as winning the second split, before winning the MENA Finals held in Riyadh. With their victory, Team Falcons will now represent the MENA region in the VRL EMEA Finals later this month where they will compete against the other winners of every VRL from across the entire EMEA region.
With 27 hours of air time, the VALORANT Regional League MENA esports tournament reached almost 3,000,000 viewers. This is a testament to the growth of esports and Calyx’s ability to engage the gaming audience at the right level.
The tournament was held between the 4th and 7th of July 2022, streamed on Twitch and YouTube, and saw the teams battle it out in front of a live audience in hopes of being crowned champions of the VALORANT Regional League MENA for the very first time.
Operational since 2016 and incorporated in 2019, Calyx is MENA’s #1 esports organizer and production company, based in Dubai and is committed to building the presence of esports in the MENA region. With tournaments like the VALORANT Regional League MENA Finals, Calyx and its partners are helping to build and expand the regional esports industry by providing local gamers with a state-of-the-art platform, play.calyx.gg, where they can have fun while showcasing their skills in various games. Calyx has successfully conducted large and small tournaments in 15 countries in the region, including Wizzo esports PUBG Mobile Cup, Regional VRL MENA League, and BLAST Premier Dune Cup.