Gamers, assemble! The first ever esports “World Cup” will take place in November this year in the capital city of Doha.

The brainchild of the Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), a state-of-the-art sports centre and organization in Doha and WEGA, a global payment solution from Truxtun Capital, the World Tip is set to offer 2.3 billion gamers across the globe a chance to compete for a yet undisclosed prize pool, reported Qatari new site The Peninsula.

The news comes even as the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games is excluding esports as a medaled event despite earlier reports stating otherwise, with officials blaming the lack of a global federation as a main reason for the exclusion. The good news, however, is that the 2019 SEA Games will feature, for the first time, esport events and medals.

A view of AZF’s sporting grounds
Credit: Aspire Zone Facebook

AZF and WEGA are planning to start an Olympic-style legacy with the world cup, officially named the The Aspire WEGA World Cup (AWWC). Every four years, both organizations will be host a 40-day esports festival on the premises of the Aspire Zone.

Abdullah Nassar Al-Naemi, Aspire Logistics director, said that its championship in AFC Asian Cup was a definitive launching pad into the “exciting new sports entertainment field” of esports.

He added that he was “thrilled” with the Aspire-WEGA alliance, stating that he was confident that the event would showcase “Qatar’s ability to host exceptional international events”.

“As a fintech company providing an innovative digital financial platform, it was a strategic decision to invest in a market expecting 6 billion players in the next 10 years,” said Patrick Moynier, Truxtun Capital’s President, in a press statement.

Currently going through its online qualifying rounds worldwide, the AWWC is set to take place in November later this year.