RIYADH: The first Gamers8 champions were crowned on Sunday night as FURIA Esports emerged victorious after an exhilarating Rocket League final in Riyadh.
In front of a sold-out crowd at the spectacular Esports Arena in Boulevard Riyadh City, the South American team beat Guild Esports 4-0 in a best-of-seven match to claim the $500,000 top prize and close the curtain on an unforgettable competition.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Electronic Sports Federation, said: “As the first international elite tournament series to headline our professional esports calendar, all parties involved in Gamers8 had high expectations before Rocket League, from our partners and us as organizers, to the participants and the players themselves. And tonight, reflecting on four incredible days, Rocket League has unquestionably exceeded those expectations, setting an envious standard for the competitions that follow.
“Through the talent and teams on display, and the passion and enthusiasm displayed by the public, Rocket League has shown the world the true value of esports: embracing competition with goodwill, promoting international camaraderie , to explore the limitless potential that this industry presents.As such, I would like to express my gratitude to those who have made this possible.
“A big congratulations also to our champions, FURIA Esports, as well as our finalists, semi-finalists and all the teams who honored us with their participation this week. Thanks to their individual and collective involvement, the profile and popularity esports and games have been further enhanced locally, regionally and globally.
With non-stop drama and world-class gameplay from start to finish, Rocket League’s fourth and final day began with two tantalizing semi-finals. The newly crowned champions sealed their final berth with a 4-3 victory over local Saudi side Falcons, while Guild Esports secured their passage to the main event with a 4-0 victory over the North American side. , FaZe Clan.
FURIA Esports then claimed glory in front of hundreds of viewers and countless other listeners on official Gamers8 channels around the world, with caard and yanxnz playing starring roles to force Guild Esports to settle for finalists and $300,000. of a second. place the prize at the biggest esports and gaming event in the world.
Following their stunning final victory, FURIA Esports Coach Wesley William Silva said, “We are proud to be the first South American team to win a tournament of this magnitude, especially in this unique format. The game against Team Falcons was incredibly difficult as we had to adapt to their style of play, but we managed to maintain our composure and confidence to claim victory.
“It was such a pleasure to participate in this tournament, we didn’t know what to expect in Saudi Arabia, but the fans were amazing and the venue was amazing with very impressive screen walls,” he said. added.
With shares of a $2 million prize pool up for grabs and the chance to shine on the global stage, 24 teams traveled to Riyadh for Rocket League, which kicked off Thursday with the group stages. The format of the contest would see the top two teams from each group secure their place in the playoffs, with matches played in a best-of-five, “crew battle” fashion, involving singles, doubles and 3-on-1 encounters. 3.
In Group A, Guild Esports and Complexity held off DeToNator, Twisted Minds, G2 Esports and Luminosity to reach the playoffs. Group B saw Spacestation and HEET follow suit as Rogue, ANKAA, Team Secret and Endpoint CeX couldn’t find their absolute best form. In Group C, FURIA Esports – widely considered the pre-tournament favorites – and FaZe Clan qualified at the expense of SMPR Esports, F16 Esports, Pirates Exdee and OWL Esports, while Team Falcons and 01 Esports completed the roster of playoffs as an AllMid. , Renegades, Gladiators and Dignitas could not avoid multiple defeats.
After two action-packed days of group stage matches, the Rocket League Best of Seven Qualifiers began on Saturday with four semi-final berths on the line. Guild Esports beat 01 Esports 4-0, FaZe Clan took defeated Spacestation 4-1, and FURIA Esports and Team Falcons both picked up 4-2 victories over Complexity and HEET, respectively, to set up Sunday’s remarkable final day.
The breakdown of the Rocket League prize pool is as follows: 1st $500,000; 2nd $300,000; 3rd and 4th $200,000; 5th and 6th $115,000; 7th and 8th $75,000; 9th to 12th $50,000; 13th to 16th $25,000; 17th to 24th $15,000.