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

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

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

Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova started the Ugra Open International E-sports Tournament Semifinals, powered by 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 E-sports 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 during the tournament. – Yekaterinburg vs Surgut District was the first matchup in a series of pre-final gaming battles, he said. – The Urga Open's round-robin stage saw 10 Dota2 teams and 16 individual E-sports soccer players, with as many as 66 international participants in total.

English version by Azat Garipov.

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