U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of NEA/AC: Promoting the eSports Industry in the MENA Region

Deadline: 1 August 2018

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) is seeking applications to advance U.S. economic interests in the MENA region while bolstering the nascent eSports industry.

This initiative will advance and promote the industry to become a part of the mainstream private sector, encouraging formalization of business development and economic growth. Through partnerships, technical assistance, and joint ventures with the private sector from the U.S. and other regions, this initiative will develop and implement business strategies and models to monetize the industry. Further, it will create a viable career option for youth in the region by participating on teams or by producing innovative regional and local gaming and eSports content.

A successful project will result in:

  • Promotion and formation of partnerships between the U.S. private sector and local gaming and eSports industry practitioners, businesses, backers, local and regional governments, and teams for increased collaboration in an emerging media market in the MENA.
  • Improve the potential of the nascent eSports industry by increasing business and investments in the eSports industry and by leveraging the United States’ status as a leader in the eSports industry.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $300,000
  • Estimated Award Ceiling: $300,000
  • Estimated Award Floor: $150,000
  • Estimated Length of Project Period: 12-24 months

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • U.S. or foreign
    • non-profit organizations;
    • For-profit organizations; or
    • Small businesses with function and regional experience in the areas of technology, eSports, and/or social-media or digitally-based gaming.
  • NEA/AC is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its programs and activities. NEA/AC welcomes applications irrespective of an applicants’ race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. NEA/AC encourages applications from organizations working with underserved communities, including women, people with disabilities, and youth.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application electronically via given website.

Eligible Countries:  Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United States.

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