Qatar's 'majlis' gamers target eSports big leagues

World Cup host Qatar doesn’t just have its sights set on football — it also hopes to harness its people’s gaming skills as it launches into the burgeoning eSports sector.

A digital army is at the ready in the gas-rich emirate, where many “majlis” rooms — communal gathering places attached to homes — have long doubled as video game hubs for groups of friends, mostly young men.