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Israel to Host the First-Ever Abraham Accords Esports Peace Games

Tel Aviv will host the inaugural Abraham Accords Esports Peace Games in January 2023, The US Embassy in Israel announced on Wednesday, December 14.

The event, organized in partnership with Israel's Foreign Ministry, philanthropist Sylvan Adams, New York-based investment banking firm LionTree and the Israeli Esports Association, will see competitors from Israel, the US, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and "special guests and leading gamers" compete against one another, with a prize of $82,000 to be distributed among the winners.

Adams, who co-chairs the games' organizing committee alongside US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides, said Israel will "witness the power of sports to bring people together in friendship in this new Middle East. "The Abraham Accords are a game changer for our region, with our new diplomatic relations fostering business, educational and scientific exchanges".

Esports is growing globally, with the US estimating an international industrial value of $1.8 billion by 2025.The event's organizers announced plans to add up to 10 nations to the peace games, which will be held at a production cost of $1.5 million.

The event, which will be held in Tel Aviv's Shlomo Group Arena, is expected to draw "thousands of people from across the country," the embassy wrote. (JPost / VFI News)

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