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Dubai Esports Festival Returns in June

  • Publish date: Friday، 05 May 2023
Dubai Esports Festival Returns in June

The annual Dubai Esports & Games Festival (DEF 2023) will be held at the South Halls of the Dubai Exhibition Centre in Expo City from June 21 through June 25. 

If you're not familiar with it, the festival's objectives are to raise awareness of Dubai as a major global esports and gaming hub while also celebrating the video game industry and other interactive tech-driven entertainment. 

More than 100 speakers across two streams of content will participate this year, with a powerful line-up of discussions, talks, and workshops taking place.

The summit will feature ten tracks, including Global Trends, Show Me the Money, The Growth Track, Esports Innovation, Developer Toolkit, Incredible Indies, Live Ops Landscape, Monetiser, Education & Ecosystem which is new for 2023 and Games Industry 101. 


The event this year will include a variety of activities, such as an interactive consumer exhibition, local and influencer esports competitions, and daily challenges for attendees. 

The festival will also host the GameExpo Summit, a venue for discussing how to continue to fuel the robust growth in the gaming sector. 

DEF 2023 has a new event called Play Beyond! that will bring international influencers into the mix.

There will also be a MakeCode competition, showcasing their coding and gaming skills, concluding in live grand finals at Expo City.

In school influencer visits, a cosplay theme dress up day and career talks from industry professionals will also make for an exciting educational offering for pupils and parents alike. 

Last year's summit was a huge success, with over 600 attendees from over 70 nationalities and 66 companies. The finest minds in the industry spoke at the event, including His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Saeed Kharbash, Dubai Culture, Ahmed Tehemar, Binance, and many others.