Dubai as a global center for eSports and digital innovation

The Dubai eSports Festival 2022 ends with a resounding success, in which Team Natus Vincere was crowned the winner and Team 17 as the runner-up, out of 32 teams from four regions in Dubai who competed for a share of more than 2 million dollars

Dubai eSports Festival 2022

The Dubai eSports Festival, held over the past 12 days at the Dubai Expo, concludes with the crowning of the PUBG World Championship winners and reinforces Dubai’s position as a global center for eSports and technological innovation!

The Ministry of Tourism’s most popular attractions included PUBG Global Championship 2022, GameExpo, PopConME, Initiate Summit, Wegz live and Minecraft Esports Schools Clash.

The organizers of DEF (Electronic Sports Festival) stated: “Yesterday, Dubai marked the end of the 2022 Dubai Electronic Sports Festival held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Communications Council. The concluding day of the 12-day festival featured the championship round of the 2022 PUBG World Championship Grand Finals, where Team Natus Vincere was crowned the winner and Team 17 the runner-up, out of 32 teams from four regions in Dubai competing for a share of more than $2 million. The festival strengthened Dubai’s position as a center for technology, innovation, events and tourism, and brought together leading gamers, eSports thought leaders and pop culture enthusiasts from around the world.”

The festival featured an exciting lineup of live events, concerts and cultural activities that welcomed eSports enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. Additionally, during the festival, the Initiate Summit was launched, a groundbreaking new B2B learning platform for eSports and gaming professionals, developers and creatives. The summit was held in partnership with Dubai World Trade Center and Dubai Media City, a member of the event’s knowledge sharing TECOM Group. The first edition of the summit welcomed over a thousand attendees and more than 60 industry and eSports thought leaders, demonstrating Dubai’s appetite for growth in the e-sector.

During the festival, some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood came to two of the main attractions: GameExpo and PopConME, such as: Kit Harington (Jon Snow, Game of Thrones), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Thor) and Steven Amell (Oliver Queen, Green Arrow) ). The events also hosted special meet-and-greet sessions, exclusive workshops, film screenings, international artists and creators, an artist alley, a cosplay competition offering a prize of AED 75,000 to the winner, gaming competitions and e-sports tournaments.

Moreover, the festival also held three folk e-sports tournaments, in partnership with global gaming brands, including Minecraft and Honor of Kings, – when regional competitors and youth players took the stage to show off their skills and win prizes worth up to $25,000. Over 600 students from 12 Dubai schools and gamers participated in the HUB ME tournament with nearly 1,800 players competing for a prize pool of AED 22,000 in a variety of popular game brands, such as Fortnite, Brawl Stars, FIFA23, Valorant and Rocket League and more.

At the conclusion of the inaugural festival, popular Egyptian artist Wegz performed live on November 19 in an electrifying musical showcase, alongside other well-known artists and musicians.

The festival aspired to unite and develop the gaming and eSports communities in Dubai and the region. Along with the festival, these communities encourage awareness and understanding of the value of video games and encourage the next generation to consider electronic sports and gaming as a profession.

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