Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national
airline of the UAE, today announced a landmark partnership with World
Champion Esports team, Team Nigma, the organisation founded by The
International 7 champions.
Nigma will be the first esports team ever to be sponsored by a major
airline and the Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways will make sure the team
and its support staff will arrive, relaxed, refreshed and on time for
their packed global schedule. This unique partnership further cements
the team’s position as one of the leading esports organisations in the
world and provides them the chance to grow within the billion-dollar
The announcement follows the news that the team will be relocating to
Abu Dhabi, under their partnership with AD Gaming. The collaborative
initiative pioneered by twofour54 Abu Dhabi, aggregates the emirate’s
drive to build a thriving gaming and esports ecosystem in the region.
Mohamed Morad, Co-Founder of Team Nigma, said: “As a kid I dreamt of
becoming a pilot so partnering up with my favourite airline is special
on both a personal and a professional level.
“When competing on the highest level, 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, said: “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 see esports as a
major industry for the region.
“The amount of support they have already shown us is admirable. This
is just the beginning of our journey together, and we look forward to
more unique activations in the future.”
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. This is another proof point of our
industry leading approach to sports sponsorships.
“Etihad is renowned for partnering with world-class sports teams and
events, from Manchester City Football Club to the Formula 1 Etihad
Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. We see the value in sports-based
sponsorships which unite and engage with communities, and we look
forward to what the future holds with Team Nigma.”
Etihad has been recognised for its industry-leading response to Covid
over the past year. Through the Etihad Wellness programme, the airline
has committed to ensuring the highest wellbeing standards for its
guests. Wellness Ambassadors are available throughout all stages of the
customer journey to provide wellness guidance and greater peace of mind
for both Team Nigma and all guests travelling with Etihad Airways.