First special children’s esports championship held at Yota Arena
On June 24, Moscow’s Yota Arena, the largest esports entertainment complex in Europe, hosted the first electronic sports championship for children and teenagers with disabilities. The event was held by the World of Unique Gamers foundation with organizational support from the Russian Esports Federation and Yota Arena itself.
Over the course of the day, participants in the championship competed in five games: FIFA, Need for Speed, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and World of Tanks. The organizers had placed no limitations on eligibility for the tournament; absolutely any child with disabilities could register and participate in the event for free. The electronic gaming competition was accompanied throughout the day by an entertainment show for the participants and attendees of Yota Arena. The tournament concluded with an awarding ceremony for the winners and a concert featuring Russian popular music stars.
The championship has been part of World of Unique Gamers, a large international project involving an entire series of specialized esports tournaments due to be held this year. The project’s main objective is to demonstrate to children with special needs that in the digital era, everyone can enjoy life and fully participate in all areas of modern society. ESforce Holding provided Yota Arena as the venue for the June 24 event as a token of solidarity with the project’s important social mission.