Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has announced that the city will host the inaugural Dubai Esports Festival (DEF2022) from9 – 20 November 2022 at Dubai Exhibition Centre at Expo City Dubai.
DEF 2022, which will be hosted in partnership with VSPN, a global leader in esports total solutions, will be the first international leisure event to be held at the Dubai Exhibition Centre following Expo 2020, and is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position Dubai as a global city at the forefront of innovation and a leading events destination.
Starting with DEF2022, DET and VSPN will rollout a series of events and activities, as part of the strategy to further elevate Dubai’s standing as a global hub for esports and interactive tech-driven entertainment. The festival will have a diverse offering, including a top-tier international esports tournament featuring world renowned professional esports players, the launch of a school tournament, a concert featuring high-profile artists, an immersive GameExpo, as well as an industry networking event for domestic, regional and international stakeholders and partners.
The Initiate Summit will bring together the whole esports and gaming business ecosystem, including esports stars, experts, and industry establishments, providing them with a unique opportunity to exchange best practices, develop a strong network for accelerating momentum and growth, benchmark technologies and invest, both in the world’s fastest growth market, MENA, and in a safe and inclusive esports culture. At the GameExpo, visitors can experience a variety of activities, whether they’re enjoying classic games at the Retro section, getting their hands on the latest game drops, shopping for creative one-offs of their favourite fan fiction, to participating in competitions at a Cosplay stage, where they could win fabulous prizes. Both the Initiate Summit and GameExpo will be organised by DET in collaboration with Dubai World Trade Centre.
Apart from engaging the growing community of esports enthusiasts and showcasing Dubai as a year-round destination for gamers, DEF2022 with its exciting slogan, ‘Play Beyond’ is also designed to attract esports companies and game studios to establish a base in the city. VSPN recently launched its new regional headquarters in Dubai, further highlighting the city’s position as the preferred destination for entrepreneurs, multinationals and investors.