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Are you ‘game' for it? Mideast's largest gaming festival to begin in Abu Dhabi
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 16 - 10 - 2019

Middle East Games Con, the region's largest gaming festival is just around the corner as the third edition of the action-packed festival is set to begin on Oct. 24 and will run through Oct. 26 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The 3-day experiential show has 12 zones and will give gamers and fans a virtual buzzing playground to immerse themselves in the world of gaming.
Gamers will have exclusive opportunities to preview demos, play unreleased games and purchase the latest limited-edition merchandise. Not only that, but the highly anticipated, Call of Duty Modern Warfare will be releasing globally on 25th October and will be available to experience first on 24th October, only at Middle East Games Con.
A new virtual reality zone has been introduced to the festival this year that will feature RobocomVR's interactive simulator where fans will get an exclusive firsthand opportunity to immerse themselves into this unique VR experience that has been officially licensed & developed based on Hasbro's TRANSFORMERSTM.
This is your chance to fast forward to 2077 and enter the world of Cyberpunk. CD Projekt RED and Geekay Distribution are bringing Cyberpunk 2077 to the festival with an official game play showcase featuring Arabic subtitles. This will be the first time the exclusive demo has been showcased to public in the Middle East.
If you are an avid wrestling fan, this is your golden opportunity to experience WWE2K20, which will be releasing on 22nd October 2019. Fans will be able to choose from a huge roster of WWE Superstars, Legends and Hall of Famers to celebrate the future of the franchise. Borderlands 3 will also be playable at the festival giving gamers a chance to experience Logitech's latest pro-gaming gear.
Lenovo Legion will have a huge presence on the show-floor, with a showcase of their latest laptops, as well as co-hosting a 1v1 Brawlhalla official esports tournament with Red Bull and Ubisoft, including a prize pool of USD 3000 and exclusive merchandise.
Besides the Brawlhalla tournament, Ubisoft are bringing Ghost Recon Breakpoint, an exclusive demo showcase of the yet to be released Watch Dogs: Legion and a brand new game called Roller Champions will be playable at their stand. Visitors will also have a chance to get involved in Just Dance 2020 on stage on all 3 days.
An award-winning game, DOOM EternalTM by Bethesda Softworks will make a debut in the Middle East. It is a direct sequel to DOOM that previously won awards for two categories, Best Action Game and PC Game at The Game Critics' Awards. Gaming enthusiasts will get the first opportunity to play with the First-Person Shooter (FPS) video game ahead of its release on Nov. 22, 2019.
If that's not exciting enough, watch out for Playtonia Esports as they are joining the festival for the first time this year, and are bringing 4 tournaments including Rainbow Six Siege, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V and Nintendo Switch with huge cash prizes and consoles up for grabs. Other than the tournaments, Playtonia will host a Cosplay Competition on Saturday (Oct. 26), with a prize pool of $5,000.
Over the jam packed three days, YouTube celebrities MatPat of "The Game Theorists", Azzyland and Kwebbelkop will all have live gaming shows on the Entertainment Stage sponsored by RAKBANK as well as meet & greets where fans can take a selfie and autograph at Lenovo Legion's "Meet the Stars" area. Kwebbelkop is a Dutch YouTuber, gamer and animator with 11.5 million subscribers, popularly known for his content on Minecraft and Call of Duty.
A Nitro fueled surprise awaits you at Middle East Games Con, play the games and win big with the Crash Bandicoot competition and try the all new cold brew from Coffee Planet. Following last year's intense Dell Gaming Fortnite Challenge, gamers can put their skills to the test with an exciting new Alienware Fornite tournament. And that's not all, there is a lot more to watch out for over the Middle East Games Con weekend, play the official PUBG Mobile Experience, FIFA 20, and Growtopia.
Tickets are available online on Platinumlist and Virgin Tickets, priced at Dhs115.50 for the day ticket, and Dhs315 for a weekend ticket. Family tickets are also available for Dhs347 for the day and Dhs945 for the weekend. You can also find them at Virgin Megastores, 7 Eleven and UAE Exchange outlets across the UAE. — SG

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