Yugra State University student Artem Valeev has progressed to the Ugra Open International eSports Tournament knockout stage.

The eSports tournament players will claim the victory in DotA2 and FIFA-2018 gaming events. The former discipline will see competitor teams representing the Russian cities of St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhnevartovsk and the Surgut District, an administrative entity of Ugra. Artem Valeev together with his title-contending opponents from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the cities of St Petersburg, Surgut, Khanty-Mansiysk will battle to top the soccer simulator individual standing.

Rector Tatiana Karminskaya alongside the university leadership were present at the Ugra Open Semifinal Opening Ceremony. She did wish Artem to win the upcoming match and mention of university's intentions to incorporate professional video gaming as an educational module into the Sports Management major in YUSU. 

And Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova started the Ugra Open International eSports Tournament Semifinals, held under the X Anniversary IT Forum with BRICS and SCO participation. Ahead of the opening ceremony, Ms. Komarova inspected the university-based venue pitch, while the organizers told her of the tournament policies and pro gaming rules.

According to Surgut District eSports Federation President Artem Shchepotiev, despite these large and high-level team rosters representing China, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, yet Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Ugra players are still capable of showing high performance within the tournament. – Yekaterinburg vs Surgut District was the first matchup in a series of gaming battles to progress to the final, he said. – The Urga Open's round-robin stage saw 10 Dota2 teams and 16 individual eSports soccer players, with as many as 66 international participants in total.

English version by Azat Garipov.

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