The Largest Gaming Event in the Region Concluded in Abu Dhabi

Middle East Games Con. welcomed more than 80 local, regional and international exhibitors, eSports tournaments, interactive experiences and appearances by top-of-the-league pros and YouTube stars

Abu Dhabi, 26 November 2017: The largest gaming event in the region, Middle East Games Con. came to an end yesterday, after being held for three exciting days from 23 – 25 November 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event featured exhibitors from around the globe and gave gamers the opportunity to take a look at new product launches, participate in gaming tournaments and experience new games in their world premieres.

The event was inaugurated by HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, in the presence of HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department. Middle East Games Con is one of the first strategic partnerships between the Department’s events incentive fund, Advantage Events Abu Dhabi, and the private sector. Already home to more than 800 events including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, the Abu Dhabi Food Festival, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the Abu Dhabi Classics concert season, the tourism body is now incentivising international, regional and local companies to build on this success and further enhance the events programme.

“Since launching Advantage Events Abu Dhabi we have been delighted to see private sector partners such as INFORMA Middle East bringing engaging, dynamic and innovative events to Abu Dhabi,” commented HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

“Middle East Games Con is in-line with our mission to support new and emerging creative sectors and allows us to provide our local game developers with a platform from which they can grow and develop their international standing.”

Visitors to the event were treated to the premieres of eight games, with exclusive first plays in the MENA region of Dissidia, Monster Hunter World, Dynasty Warriors 9, Dragon Ball Fighters X, Ni Ni Kuni 2, Attach on Titan 2, Gravel and Ace Combat 7.

Key local, regional and international industry leaders exhibited at the event including Sony Playstation, HP Omen, Alienware and Virgin Megastore. Celebrity appearances included voice actors Chloe Hollings (Overwatch, Widowmaker), and D.C Douglas (Star Trek Enterprise, Resident Evil) as well as YouTube stars Ali A and Vikkstar.

Over the course of the weekend, visitors to Middle East Games Con participated in a diverse array of workshops, hackathon meetings, e-tournaments, interactive experiences and gaming industry-related products and experiences.

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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.