about def



The Dubai Esports and Games Festival (DEF) in 2024 was a remarkable gathering of both gaming and innovation communities. It went beyond being a mere series of events, bringing people together who shared a passion for gaming. The third edition of the Dubai Esports and Games Festival took place across Dubai, offering a range of thrilling activities and tournaments for 17 days. Participants had the opportunity to explore the future of gaming, forge meaningful connections, and celebrate the vibrant esports culture.

The event featured numerous citywide tournaments and activities, including Education Challenges, Career Talks, Workshops, and more. These engaging experiences allowed attendees to immerse themselves in various aspects of gaming and learning.

One of the highlights was the GameExpo Summit, powered by PG Connects, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Industry experts took the stage to share insights into the future of gaming, and participants had valuable networking opportunities.

Following the summit, the GameExpo itself captivated gaming enthusiasts at the Dubai World Trade Centre, offering the latest game releases, opportunities to upgrade gaming gear, play the latest game drops, and participate in thrilling Cosplay competitions. Attendees also had the chance to witness their favourite gaming professionals compete live at Play Beyond.

DEF 2024 provided an excellent platform for gamers to come together, make history, and embrace the excitement of the gaming world alongside their squads.

our def story

Founded in 2022, the Dubai Esports and Games Festival celebrates all things gaming. By combining the best in competitive video games with electrifying experiences and next-gen talent, the annual festival aims to become a regular fixture in the international circuit.

As a future-first, innovative city, Dubai is perfectly poised to be the Middle East and North Africa’s leading esports and gaming hub. After all, the city pioneered the region’s first large-scale gaming competition back in 2018, and regularly invests in technology and infrastructure to spur a thriving, connected community where everyone is welcome.

Following the phenomenal success of DEF 2023, which attracted over 26,000 visitors and 75,000 gaming enthusiasts, this year's festival is poised to deliver an even more unforgettable adventure over 17 days with events happening across the city.