Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, left, with his daughter Munira and Bahrain Esports Federation President Hussain AlKoohej ©BOC

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa was in attendance as a major esports event for women opened in the country.

The Girl Gamer World Finals has attracted teams from all over the world who have come through regional qualifiers, and is open only to female players.

It is hoped the event here will help promote women in esports as it is traditionally a male-dominated industry.

Sheikh Khalid's daughter Munira was also in attendance at the launch with the event being held under her patronage.

Two games are being contested - League of Legends and CS:GO.

Teams taking part include ATK from South Africa, King from South Korea and Black Dragons from Brazil.

Multi-nationality teams G2 Esports, Rise Gaming, Nigma Galaxy and Galaxy Racer are also involved.

Girl Gamer had previously signed a deal with the International Esports Federation which saw an inaugural women's CS:GO tournament played at last year's World Championships in Indonesia.

The event is designed to promote women in gaming ©ITG
The event is designed to promote women in gaming ©ITG

"I have no doubt that the Championship will be a resounding success and we will witness some of the most intense and exhilarating esports battles throughout these three days," said Bahrain Esports Federation President Hussain AlKoohej.

Bahrain has recently produced star female esports athletes such as Marwa Ashoor, who came out on top in Tekken 7 at the Arab eSports League Championship held in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia in September.

"This symbolises our hope for a more inclusive future for women in gaming all around the world," said Fernando Pereira, the President of Grow Up Esports and a co-founder of Girl Gamer. 

The event offers a prize pool of $30,000 (£25,000/€28,000).

As well as the action, discussions on women in esports are taking place.