The Automobile Club de L’Ouest (ACO) has announced that the Saudi Arabian Federation For Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) will be the title sponsor for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual which takes place over the weekend of June 13 – 14.
SAFEIS is the regulating body in charge of nurturing elite gaming athletes and developing the gaming community in Saudi Arabia. Its goal is for Saudis to be the most accomplished gamers around the world and for Saudi Arabia to be a global gaming hub.
Established in 2017, SAFEIS has organised multiple world-class national and international tournaments and has worked with international developers on opportunities within the Saudi market.
President of SAFEIS, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Al Saud, is looking forward to his organisation’s relationship with the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Saudi Arabia has a longstanding association witn motorsport and Le Mans and our connection with the sport has been strengthened recently by hosting global events like Formula E and Dakar in the Kingdom. But we are emerging as a global force in gaming, especially though ‘Gamers Without Borders’ which has gone on to become the biggest charity epsorts event ever.
“We’re so pleased to support an event that can unite the world and continue the Le Mans legacy while entertaining and engaging new audiences through esports.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans Esports Series, has welcomed the new partnership.
“Sport speaks a universal language which, for years, has brought people together around the world. We are delighted and honoured to welcome SAFEIS as the title partner to this unique event which is bringing together elite motorsport drivers and elite sim racers to compete on a world stage.”
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual takes place on the rFactor gaming platform and will see 50 cars split between the LMP2 class and the GTE category.