United Arab Emirates-based esports organizations Galaxy Racer and European esports organization Team Nigma announced a merger, as part of which, Team Nigma will head up the esports division of Galaxy Racer, Nigma Galaxy. The organizations did not reveal the financial terms of the business combination.
Based in Abu Dhabi, Nigma Galaxy operates as a standalone entity led by Team Nigma’s co-founders, Mohamed Morad, Christoph Timm, and Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi with its own budget, brand, direction, and identity, retaining the current Team Nigma colors. Based in Dubai, Galaxy Racer also retains its brand identity and is set to focus on further developing its content creator structure and additional branches to the business.
The two organizations, which both were founded in 2019, also shared plans to use existing resources from Galaxy Racer to expand further within Europe, South and North America, Southeast Asia, and China and create and develop the Nigma Galaxy Academy, to improve the esports infrastructure for young talents in the region.
Team Nigma is known for being a professional organization in Dota 2, founded in 2019 by former Team Liquid members Mohamed Morad and Christoph Timm and four out of the five Team Liquid players that won The International 2017, Amer “Miracle-” al-Barkawi, Maroun “GH” Merhej, Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov, and Salehi “KuroKy” Takhasomi. Team Nigma is currently in partnership with Abu Dhabi-based telecommunications provider “Etisalat”, and “Etihad Airways”, the second flag carrier of the UAE.
Mohammed Morad, Co-Founder of Team Nigma told Sports Business Journal: “Nigma Galaxy headquarter is going to be in Abu Dhabi, but we will have other facilities all over the globe because at the end of the day it’s really hard to play on European and Asian servers from the United Arab Emirates.”