Team Nigma and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, have announced a landmark partnership that will ensure the TI7-winning squad and its support staff arrives relaxed, refreshed, and on time for their packed global schedule.

The partnership makes Team Nigma the first esports team to be sponsored by a major airline.

“As a kid I dreamt of becoming a pilot so partnering up with my favorite airline is special on both a personal and a professional level,” said Mohamed Morad, Co-Founder of Team Nigma. “Our team and staff constantly need to travel around the world to face the top Dota 2 teams and the immense resources and expertise Etihad Airways will provide us, are going to help our players and staff reach new levels.”

Christoph Timm, Co-Founder of Team Nigma, added “We are grateful that Etihad Airways committed to a long-term partnership, especially during these testing times. Like us, Etihad believes in supporting and developing new upcoming talents from the region and sees esports as a major industry for the region.”

Amina Taher, Vice President Brand, Marketing and Sponsorships at Etihad Airways, said, “The gaming industry is rapidly gaining prominence, and in line with Abu Dhabi’s investment in the industry, Etihad is proud to lead the way and be the first major global airline to partner with an esports team.”

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