The eSports tournament players will claim victory in DotA2 and FIFA-2018 gaming events, as Yugra State University student Artem Valeev has progressed to the Ugra Open International eSports Tournament knockout stage. The former discipline will see opponent 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 counterparts from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and other states around the globe will battle to top a soccer simulator individual standing.

Rector Tatiana Karminskaya alongside the university leadership were present at the Semifinal Opening Ceremony. She did wish Artem to win the upcoming match and mentioned 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 eSports Tournament Semifinals, powered by the X Anniversary IT Forum with BRICS and SCO participation, being held in Khanty-Mansiysk. Ahead of the opening ceremony, Ms Komarova inspected the university-based venue pitch, while the organizers told her of pro gaming rules and tournament policies.

According to Surgut District eSports Federation President Artem Shchepotiev, despite these large and high-profile team rosters representing China, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, yet players of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Ugra 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 FIFA 2018 players, with as many as 66 international participants in total."

English version by Azat Garipov.

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