HomeTechnology & InnovationInaugural Dubai Esports Festival 2022 kicks off at Expo City Dubai
By Economy Middle East
November 9, 2022 7:27 pm

Inaugural Dubai Esports Festival 2022 kicks off at Expo City Dubai

Event consolidates UAE's status as a champion of innovation
Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Image credit: DEF)

Under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, the inaugural Dubai Esports Festival (DEF 2022) was inaugurated today by Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications. The 12-day DEF 2022 is being hosted by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) in partnership with VSPN, a global leader in e-sports activities and solutions, and presenting partner du.

Al Olama said that the UAE had consolidated its status as a leading global destination for new concepts and a champion of innovation. The UAE continues attracting international talent to analyze technology trends and opportunities to accelerate change to design a better future.

Al Olama said that DEF 2022 would see the highest number of leading adult gamers convening in one place this year, underscoring the UAE and Dubai’s status as the most competitive gaming destination. The event will bring together the world’s greatest gamers, developers, creatives, and artists, allowing esports fans to meet and engage with global gaming celebrities and industry leaders. DEF 2022 is the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East, reinforcing the UAE’s position as a hub for innovation.

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The Initiate Summit highlights Dubai’s role in championing the creative industry, including esports, through various incentives for international talent and organizations in the emirate. In addition, industry trends will be discussed, including emerging technologies, mobile gaming, investment opportunities, consumer behavior, gamification, and tournament organization, among other current topics. Gaming developers and publishers, esports organization founders, solution providers, as well as marketers and members of the gaming media, will make up the Initiate Summit’s impressive line-up of speakers.

DEF 2022 is set to be the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East, in line with Dubai’s position as a hub for innovation. The Festival will bring together international gaming celebrities, industry leaders, developers, creatives and artists and feature an exciting line-up of live events and activations, concerts and competitions, including the highly anticipated PUBG Global Championship 2022, GameExpo, PopConME, Initiate Summit, Wegz live in concert, regional tournaments and Minecraft Esports Schools Clash, as well as retail promotions taking place across the city showcasing the latest games and merchandise.