The gaming community in Qatar continues to grow, with more and more community members stepping up to take the lead on projects and events.
Thamer Alabdulla is a gamer, content creator, and the founder of one of the leading e-sports organizations in Qatar, Msheireb Esports.
TA: I am Thamer Alabdulla, also known online as Supercharge. I am a radar head engineer at Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA). I graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK with a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering.
I am also a YouTube content creator, Twitch streamer and the founder of Msheireb Esports (MES),
TA: I have been fascinated by video games since I was young. I still remember my first game, Prince of Persia, on PC. The game’s first version was released in 1989, but I played it on Windows '98. That game had a very high level of complexity for its age.
As I started to play the game, I developed a passion for video games and other games on various platforms. I got addicted to gaming, which has become a part of my life.
TA: I never thought I would be streaming the games I play, as I have always loved to just play story mode games and not competitive games.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I had a lot of free time. My friends and I spent much of that time chatting over Discord, a social media platform mainly for gamers where they can exchange information, voice chat, and/or video chat.
I started streaming my gameplay to my friends over Discord, and my friends encouraged me to live stream the games on the Twitch streaming platform because they had fun watching my streams. They thought other people would love watching my streams too. Finally, I created a channel on Twitch and other social media platforms.
TA: As a content creator, I am often obligated to try new games. Games with nice stories will always be my favourites, such as God of War, Assassin's Creed, and Tomb Raider.
I also enjoy playing FPS games such as Apex Legends, Valorant, and Call of Duty.
TA: My favourite game ever would be Heavy Rain.
It’s a game that Sony Entertainment produced in 2010. It changed the concept of gaming because of the possibility of multiple endings. This means you can choose the way you want to play the story, and your decisions affect the ending you will get.
This game revolutionized the gaming world.
TA: Msheireb Esports is not just an e-sports team. It is a group of friends that become family.
We started the team with only a handful of people. It all began as a group of professional gamers and content creator friends that wanted to be recognized under one umbrella. Thus, we created Msheireb Esports, and I was elected by my friends to be the founder and leader of the team.
Our first sub-team was our Call of Duty League (CDL) Champions, representing Msheireb Esports in the worldwide tournament. Our team had the chance to participate in it in 2020/2021 and 2021/2022.
Aside from that, they also participated in Nafes League, which is a famous Saudi League in the Middle East.
After establishing our CDL team, we also established two other main teams: Fortnite and Rocket League. During that time, we were about 20 teammates in the club.
TA: Msheireb Esports has held many events in the past; some were featured across the Middle East. Our team hosted the first “Call of Duty: War Zone (Rebirth)” tournament online, which was a success.
Because of the World Cup in Qatar, we had to postpone our upcoming events, but we will keep our fans updated through the website that we are building: www.mesports.qa.
We also update our fans on our discord server about all our teammates’ activities.
We recently cooperated with a big company based in Qatar, “Kenali store”. And the global brand “Maze”, which sponsored our team jerseys. We will soon hold an event to introduce our new sponsor.
TA: I have a room in my house as the team headquarters and currently as my “Man Cave”. My setup consists of gaming PCs and a streaming PC.
My gaming PC has an AMD Ryzen 7 5800x processor attached to an MSI X 570 GAMING PLUS motherboard with 32GB RAM @3200MHZ and MSI RTX 3070 graphics card attached to 2 monitors. The main monitor is an LG 27” with a 240Hz refresh rate full HD, while the other is an AOC 24”.
My streaming PC is built out of an Intel 9 9900K chip attached to an MSI motherboard with a 64GB RAM @3600MHz and Zotec GTX 1060Ti graphic card. It also has a solo AOC 24” monitor.
Together, they make my streams so smooth and my gaming experience better. But this is not the only reason that I use this setup. I also edit videos and use them for productivity too.
TA: Gaining knowledge of electronics never stops. Every day human beings discover new technology to make their lives easier.
Thus, my degree gave me the fundamentals of electronics, and I developed a passion for it. Learning about electronics made it easier for me to troubleshoot the equipment I deal with daily.
TA: I highly recommend those who are passionate about gaming to try streaming. Nowadays, finding people to help you build your streaming channel is way easier than it used to be. A lot of communities open their doors to those willing to start streaming.
You’ll be able to enjoy interacting with a live audience, get good information to help you in the game you are playing and make many new friends interested in whatever game you are playing.
TA: I would say my most successful stream was when I broadcasted the tournament we held back in 2021 with MES. I had over five thousand views live on the stream.
I had the chance to meet with more than a hundred professional players and interviewed them too. This gave me the opportunity to establish great connections with major e-sports teams in the Middle East.
TA: The gaming community in Qatar is considered one of the smallest communities among the others in Qatar. It just started to be taken seriously as recently the government founded the Qatar Esports Federation. I can’t say much about it now, but we hope to see potential soon.
TA: I’m looking forward to seeing more e-sports tournaments here. There are gamers hungry for such events with really high potential. Also, I would love to see events where Qatari e-sports teams can put themselves out there to attract big companies to sponsor them.
TA: As the gaming community grows in Qatar, we should always support the people working hard, investing and taking the responsibility to nurture and help grow this community.
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