Nazarbayev University Hosted a Cybersport Tournament for the first time

On September 29, 2018, a major community outreach event of this autumn – the cybersport tournament Astana Atrium Games and Open House Day took place at Nazarbayev University. The event was supported by Astana city akimat.

Kadisha Dairova, Vice-president of Student Affairs and International cooperation, representatives from Astana city akimat, Kazakhstan’s cybersport organizations and more than 5000 guests participated in the opening ceremony.

“For our university, it is a new direction in the development of cybersport. We organize such kind of event for the first time, and we believe that it will become an annual tournament among all cyber-sportsmen of Kazakhstan”, – stated Kadisha Dairova, Nazarbayev University Vice-president of Student Affairs and International Cooperation.

Astana Atrium Games, a cybersport event, was presented as a large game zone, where everyone had a chance to play computer and console games. In addition, there were tournaments on Dota2, CS: GO, Hearthstone, FIFA and Mortal Combat. The choice of the mentioned games was obvious as youth are deeply interested in virtual battles. All the participants had a great opportunity to take part in competitions and get precious prizes from event partners.

“I did not expect that my interest in ESport will bring me back as an expert to my alma mater – Nazarbayev University. It is good that ESport is developing rapidly, and Nazarbayev University decided to contribute to this development,” the Executive Director of ESport Federation of Kazakhstan – Rustem Kushtayev pointed out.

Astana Atrium Games – a city-wide event, where geek-culture and ESport meet and overlap. For the first time, with the support from the akimat of Astana, the event was conducted at Nazarbayev University. It was sponsored by Technodom – a leading national network of shops, offering electrical appliances and computer equipment. Cyberroom Astana, Geekmarket, AG, HyperX, ESport Federation of Kazakhstan also became partners of the event. Additionally, it was supported by Hardee’s, ButerBro, HealthProject and Evrikum.