For gamers in the UAE, the festive season has come very early this year.
Thursday sees the start of the region’s largest gaming festival, the three-day Middle East Games Con. The three-day event will take place at The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), and will give visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the best that the gaming industry has to offer.
Fans and gamers at the the three-day experiential show will have access to the 12 Zones that will turn the exhibition centre into a virtual buzzing playground.
Here’s our Top 10 things to do at Middle East Games Con this weekend.
1. Meet Top Gaming Stars
Fans will get the chance to meet and greet some of the world’s most famous YouTube gaming celebrities such as The Game Theorists, Azzyland and Kwebbelkop, who can all be seen live on the Entertainment Stage. You can also meet Ceb, the Dota2 World Champion at Steel Series and national freestyle champion and Arab’s Got Talent finalist, Ammar Freez, will be showing off his football tricks on stage too.
2. Discover unreleased games
From an exclusive showcase of Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs: Legion, to the playable demo of Roller Champions, be the first to play unreleased games like, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the award-winning DOOM Eternal only at Middle East Games Con.
3. Delve into the world of VR
This year gamers will get to immerse themselves into the new virtual reality zone. RobocomVR's all new interactive simulator based on Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS™ and nine various VR experiences from KOCCA, will all be available to play at the show.
4. Take part in the Cosplay Competition and more
Time to get creative with your outfits. No gaming festival would be complete without a Cosplay Competition, the winners get a chance to walk away with a massive prize pool of $5,000. Participants can take part in either Anime or Gaming Categories. Watch out for the 501st Legion during the opening ceremony and get your selfie with classic Star Wars characters.
5. Get your game on
Get in the ring and play as your favourite wrestlers from the WWE universe in the all new WWE 2K20, as well as newly released Borderlands 3 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Discover the latest upgrades to various PC and Laptop hardware by playing League of Legends, Rocket League, CS:GO and much more on new screens and keyboards.
6. Participate in Live Tournaments
The Alienware Fortnite Ultimate Challenge and FIFA 20 Tournament headline a large roster of tournaments taking place at Games Con. Don’t miss out on the 3 fiery tournaments that will be taking place including Rainbow Six Siege, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V, with cash prizes and consoles up for grabs.
7. Family time at Retro Arcade
The Retro Arcade is back with a new look for an extremely exciting family activation, an energetic way of connecting generations of gamers. Family and friends can battle it out and get their rhythm and groove on to Just Dance 2020 on stage.
8. Sit back and Relax
Fancy a good old round of tabletop games? Games Con has got you covered with a huge collection of games for you and your friends to kick back and enjoy. Don’t forget to try the variety of food and beverage available at the show while watching the live entertainment stage.
9. Buy your Seasonal presents early
With Christmas and New Year around the corner, shoppers will have a unique opportunity to purchase the latest limited-edition merchandise and buy exclusive presents for family at friends. You can even pop into the Artist Alley and get something special personalised and support these regional artists.
10. Explore the city
Make it a weekend getaway by head down with family or friends to explore Abu Dhabi. Being the long half term holidays, this is the perfect opportunity to visit the capital of the UAE and discover the best of wht it has to offer from culture, food and entertainment.