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Dubai is Game On for eSports Festival 2022

Dubai is ready to set gamers battle ready as they are hosting the first-ever Esport Summit starting from November 9 to 20. This year’s Dubai Esport Festival 2022 (DEF for short) will be the most exciting eSports and gaming event in the Middle East, reflecting Dubai’s position as a global hub of innovation.

As part of the upcoming Dubai eSports Festival, this timely B2B event will feature the regional gaming ecosystem as a hub for global talent and the latest trends shaping the eSports industry. Over 200 high-level attendees and more than 50 prominent speakers will be present at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, including Maxime Durand, Rocco Scandizzo, Matthew Pickering, Sam Mathews, and John Lacey.

PUBG Global Championship 2022 will be one of the main highlights of the event along with GameExpo, PopconME, Initiate Summit, a live concert, regional tournaments, school tournaments, as well as retail promotions showcasing the latest games and merchandise are some of the other attractions of the festival.

Gamers. Assemble!

Global gamers, investors, businesspeople, and international competitors will have a platform provided by the Dubai Esports Festival to interact in a buzzing setting throughout the Festival. Key dates and event details for gamers and fans to remember include:

Global Championship of PUBG

The PUBG Global Championship (PGC), which runs from November 1 through November 20, will match 32 teams from four different areas against one another for a chance to win a share of over $2 million and the coveted PGC Champions title. From November 17 through November 20, DEC’s North Hall’s doors to the Grand Finals stage will be open to the public, and the entire raucous competition will be

live streamed for fans worldwide on:

Initiate Summit

The Initiate Summit is an essential B2B platform taking place from 9 – 11 November 2022 with a two-day agenda of talks with over 40 industry leaders, high-level networking opportunities, and interesting deep-dive workshops on the third day. It is targeted at gaming industry professionals, developers, and creatives with the goal of improving the esports ecosystem in Dubai and the MENA region.

The showcase will provide more than 200 attendees with insights into the most recent esports trends throughout the world, highlight important investment prospects, and act as a hub for the local gaming community, international talent, and industry innovation. Rocco Scandizzo, the head of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine EMEA, Matthew Durand, the world-design director at Ubisoft Montreal, and Rocco Scandizzo, Head of Unreal Engine EMEA at Epic Games; Matthew Pickering, CEO of Power League Gaming (PLG); Sam Mathews, CEO and Founder of Fnatic; John Lacey, MENA Director at Tencent and Infinite Level Country Manager; and more.


With four immersive zones hosting brands, publishers, and gaming experts, GameExpo is a platform for fans to interact with all things gaming and esports taking place on 10 – 13 November. Fans will be able to enjoy the latest quirky indie games as well as get a first look at the latest BETA games from independent gaming developers at The Discovery Zone.

With a series of live events and activities taking place over the course of two weeks, DEF 2022 caters to gamers, families, friends, art & music lovers, industry professionals, and esports experts as part of its first edition, in order to unite and develop the gaming and esports communities in Dubai and the surrounding areas.

Aside from the festival, these communities contribute to raising awareness and understanding of video games, as well as encouraging the next generation to consider a career in video games.

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