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The third Dubai Esports & Games Festival (DEF) 2024 took place from 19 April to 5 May 2024. DEF 2024 was the ultimate gaming experience, featuring an exciting set of live events and activities that gathered esports athletes, industry experts, developers, and pop-culture enthusiasts from across the globe for a celebration of all things gaming. The next Dubai Esports and Games Festival will take place across 17 days from 25 April - 11 May 2025.

DEF 2024 was the most phenomenal esports and gaming event in the Middle East, in line with Dubai’s position as a hub for innovation. The festival featured live events and activities including the Minecraft Education Challenge, Play Beyond Esports influencer tournament, GameExpo, the GameExpo Summit powered by PG Connects, regional and influencer tournaments as well as retail promotions taking place across the city showcasing the latest games and merchandise. It also allowed fans to engage with their favourite esports celebrities and gaming icons.
DEF 2024 was the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East that cemented Dubai's position as a hub for innovation. The Festival featured electrifying live events and activities for 17 action-packed days. Events like influencer and regional tournaments, Minecraft Education Challenge, GameExpo, Play Beyond influencer tournament, and GameExpo Summit powered by PG Connects were just the tip of the iceberg. There were also citywide tournaments including the Gaming Matters Conference that took place at Museum of the Future, and multiple regional tournaments during GamExpo, showcasing the latest games and merchandise as well as meet-and-greet sessions with famous gaming professionals.
DEF 2024 was held at Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Halls 4-6.
The next Dubai Esports and Games festival will be from 25 April-11 May 2025. 17 days of action-packed events and activities will take place including the GameExpo from 9-11 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre which will include a POD day on 8 May, the GameExpo Summit on 7 and 8 May 2025 as well as exciting Education initiatives kicking off in schools starting from January 2025, and special Education days at GameExpo on 7 and 8 May 2025. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of these incredible events in 2025, register your interest now!
You can register to receive marketing communication from DEF through our registration page where we will share more information on our upcoming festivals and events.

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