Get ready, gamers! The Dubai Esports & Games Festival (DEF 2024) is gearing up for its third edition, promising an unforgettable experience for gaming enthusiasts and families alike.

Under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, DEF 2024 aims to solidify Dubai’s position as a global gaming hub.

What To Expect At The GameExpo

The highlight of DEF 2024 is undoubtedly the GameExpo, scheduled from May 3 to 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Za’abeel Halls 5 & 6. This gaming extravaganza promises an array of cutting-edge gaming products, gaming zones, newly released titles, regional and global gaming stars, and thrilling esports competitions.

The GameExpo will allow all gaming enthusiasts to explore the exciting districts, zones, and competitions where they can learn more about their favorite games, meet their favorite gaming influencers, and join exciting competitions.

Here are some of the exhibits and stations you can expect at The GameExpo.

  • Gaming District: Dive into the latest game releases, play the latest releases on PC, console, and mobile, and get exclusive previews. Experience the thrill of gaming with hands-on sessions for everyone.
  • Future Zone: Explore the latest tech trends that will shape the future of gaming. Get a sneak peek into upcoming innovations and advancements.
  • Retro Zone: Take a trip down memory lane with nostalgic games from the past. Relive classic gaming moments and share the joy with fellow enthusiasts.
  • The Narrows: A bustling shopping alley with talented artists showcasing their craft. Discover unique gaming-related art and merchandise.
  • Family Zone: Bond with your family over exciting gaming battles and other exciting gaming activations. Enjoy family-friendly games and activities suitable for all ages.
  • Electric Avenue: Discover a selection of specialized electronic retailers. Explore the latest gadgets and accessories to enhance your gaming experience.
  • Play Beyond: Witness your favorite gaming pros compete live on May 4 and 5 and immerse yourself in the excitement of professional esports competitions.
  • Cosplay Competitions: Don your favorite character costumes, join the cosplay competitions, and stand a chance to win prizes!

The GameExpo 2024 will not only feature gaming showcases but also host e-sports tournaments, coding workshops, and The Minecraft Family Challenge, ensuring there’s something for everyone.


DEF Educational Initiatives

DEF 2024 is not just about gaming; it’s about education and skill development. Schools will give students an immersive experience at Game Expo on May 1st and May 2nd. Additionally, the DEF Education Programme offers free sessions to all schools and universities, including the GameExpo Summit – a ticketed two-day networking and knowledge-sharing conference happening on May 1 & 2nd. Click here to book your tickets now. 

GameExpo Summit

The Dubai GameExpo Summit 2024 powered by PG Connects is another integral part of the GameExpo. It is a new annual business-to-business event for the international games industry. It’s a two-day conference on May 1st & 2nd, bringing together the brightest minds and best companies from across the global games industry, including MENA and beyond. This summit is a unique opportunity for professionals – developers, publishers, distributors, tool providers, and investors – to share ideas, discuss the future potential, and get business done.

The conference features keynote speeches, panel discussions, fringe events, and networking sessions, providing attendees with valuable insights into the latest developments in the gaming industry. It’s an ideal platform for businesses to connect with potential partners and clients, showcasing products and services while identifying new market opportunities.

In addition to the formal conference program, there are opportunities for attendees to socialize and network during the event, including an evening reception for informal networking.

Student Coding Competitions and Industry Insights

Students can also put their skills to the test with the Microsoft MakeCode Competition and the Minecraft Education Challenge. Industry expert talks in schools and universities will provide insider insights into the gaming world and hold Career Talks for budding gamers. In-school tournaments featuring popular titles like Rocket League and Fortnite, along with university battles on EAFC 24 and Valorant, are also on the horizon.

DEF Gamers Day

On DEF Gamers Day, students from participating schools can dress up as their favorite game characters, adding a touch of fun to the festival. The DEF Education Programme is offered for free to all schools and universities.

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Ramadan Gaming Action

DEF 2024 has also lined up a series of online tournaments and gaming café events across Dubai. It’s time to combine gaming passion with the spirit of Ramadan! Visit the DEF socials for more information. 

For more details and the full schedule, make sure to check

Tickets for GameExpo are now available on Platinumlist. Make sure you get yours soon!