Game On, Dubai! 17 Days of Family Fun and Esports Thrills at DEF 2024

The Dubai Esports & Games Festival (DEF 2024) is poised to captivate gaming enthusiasts worldwide, solidifying Dubai’s status as a premier gaming destination in the MENA region.

Under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Esports & Games Festival (DEF 2024) is poised to captivate gaming enthusiasts worldwide, solidifying Dubai’s status as a premier gaming destination in the MENA region.

Scheduled from April 19 to May 5, DEF 2024 promises 17 days of unparalleled gaming experiences, esports showdowns, and family-friendly entertainment, beckoning gamers, industry experts, and fans alike to the vibrant city.

With a dynamic program catering to all ages and interests, DEF 2024 sets the stage for an electrifying celebration of gaming culture. From exclusive meet-and-greets with top stars to unreleased titles and world-first showings, the festival aims to surpass previous editions in scale and excitement. One of the highlights includes the three-day GameExpo, returning to the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 3 to 5, featuring an expanded lineup of gaming tournaments and world exclusives.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, expressed his anticipation for DEF 2024, emphasizing its role in advancing Dubai’s digital economy and positioning the city as a global gaming powerhouse. He remarked, “This year’s festival is set to be the leader of the region’s gaming industry, solidifying Dubai’s position as a year-round global hub for esports and gaming.”

GameExpo: Where Gaming Dreams Come Alive

At the heart of DEF 2024 lies the GameExpo, a bustling showcase of cutting-edge gaming products, newly released titles, and esports competitions. Spanning Zabeel Halls 5 and 6 at DWTC, the Expo invites attendees to explore diverse gaming zones, from the futuristic Gaming District to the nostalgic Retro Zone. Families can bond over gaming battles in the new Family Zone, while tech enthusiasts can browse the Electric Avenue for the latest gaming gear.

Moreover, GameExpo 2024 features diverse activations including cosplay, coding workshops, and Minecraft challenges, ensuring an immersive experience for all visitors. Students have the opportunity to enhance their digital skills through competitions like the Microsoft MakeCode Competition and the Minecraft Education Challenge, while industry professionals can network and gain insights at the GameExpo Summit powered by Pocket Gamer Connects.

Ultimate Gaming Showdown at Play Beyond

Gaming enthusiasts can witness epic showdowns at Play Beyond, where top regional and global stars go head-to-head in thrilling contests. Exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities await, promising an unparalleled esports experience for fans.

Ramadan Tournaments and Educational Initiatives

DEF 2024 isn’t slowing down during Ramadan, with a lineup of online and offline tournaments set to ignite excitement among the gaming community. Educational initiatives like the DEF Education Programme and Industry Expert Talks aim to inspire the next generation of gaming enthusiasts, fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.

Connecting Industry Professionals

Industry professionals can stay ahead of the curve at the GameExpo Summit, a two-day networking and knowledge-sharing conference featuring expert speakers, expo areas, and matchmaking platforms.

For more information and ticket updates, visit Dubai Esports & Games Festival 2024.

As DEF 2024 prepares to unfold, Dubai reaffirms its commitment to fostering a vibrant gaming ecosystem, setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration of gaming culture and innovation.