DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 22 June 2023: Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) is thrilled to announce details of the exciting line-up of events at GameExpo, part of Dubai Esports & Games Festival 2023 (DEF 2023), with over 20 gaming brands present. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, GameExpo will have the gaming world in one place and is set to take place from 23 to 25 June at Hall 1 South of the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo City Dubai.

Held during DEF 2023, the region’s biggest ever and most exciting esports and games festival, GameExpo features an unforgettable series of events held over three action-packed days. Eager gaming fans, families and the public are encouraged to come and explore a whole world full of games, from retro arcade and 1980s and 2000 era, to experiencing new tech including the latest Virtual Reality games and simulators. 

GameExpo showcases cutting-edge gaming products and experiences at the du Gamers District, from industry giants such as Xbox, Ubisoft, Capcom, Playstation, Teleios, Moonton and RedBull, with family fun activations and esports tournaments with KitKat, Vox and more. Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of virtual reality and the new web 3.0 games hitting the market in the Emirates NBD Future Zone, try their hand at the new and latest releases, and connect with fellow gaming enthusiasts with a new influencer tournament, Play Beyond, seeing a contest between some of the world’s biggest gamers.

GameExpo will cater to every gaming passion and will feature many exciting activities at the Retro Zone, Discovery Zone, Tabletop Zone, Geekay Zone and the Narrows. Bringing players together to enjoy some of the latest and biggest games in the world, GameExpo will showcase the best local talent from Dubai and the wider region with fun and engaging games like the Dominos Proeducation area. In addition, the Narrows is where you can shop from Dubai’s best homegrown retail and local talented artists.

Key details of the event include:

Gamers Theatre in association with VOX Cinemas

The gaming epicenter, Gamers Theatre in association with VOX Cinemas, is where the magic happens. Get front-row seats and witness amazing clashes, featuring the high-octane Play Beyond and DCL: The Game – Desert Thrills and Chills tournaments, along with the esports finals of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Dominos Pro and more. Watch talented players fight head-to-head in heart-pounding battles bound to leave you on the edge of your seat with must-see finals happening at the stage. Catch Dubai’s best Cosplayers battle it out in the gaming, anime and kids categories to win from a 25,000 dirham prize pot and be awarded the Dubai Esports and Games Festival Cosplay Trophy.

Retro Zone

Travel back in time to enjoy the all-time classics and greatest hits of video game history at GameExpo’s Retro Zone. Featuring old-school arcade machines from the golden age of the gaming industry, the Retro Zone offers a deep dive into the nostalgia of video games. Revisit iconic titles that sparked the joy of gaming in the hearts of young gamers around the world. From the pixelated 8-bit charm to the hardcore difficulty of retro games, immerse yourself in the bygone era of vintage gaming.

Tabletop Zone

Take a step away from the virtual world of entertainment to engage in thrilling board game adventures. The ultimate companion to parties and social gatherings, this zone offers a wide variety of unique board games that will leave you and your friends laughing for days with initiatives including remote car racing and robot making by Otaku. In addition, unmissable fun, games and prizes at the SuperHeated Neurons Board Games Zone include giant games, Shaped Puzzles Assembly and an escape room riddle game. 

The Narrows

The Narrows is a haven for art enthusiasts and gamers alike, offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that celebrates the fusion of gaming and creativity. Discover a treasure trove of gaming accessories, exclusive merch, captivating print and digital arts, stylish apparel, mesmerizing 3D prints, and a variety of anime-related products. From iconic game characters to breathtaking landscapes, you’ll find an array of artwork that captures the essence of your favorite games. 


Geekay Retail Stores will be your ultimate destination for an extraordinary selection of gaming and pop culture merchandise, while Geekay Distribution invites gamers to experience an epic showcase of the year’s hottest games and exclusive early hands-on opportunities. 

F&B Zone

Take a break from the non-stop action to sit down and relax in the F&B Zone. Brent Black from Virgin Radio will be live broadcasting on the 23rd and 24th June from 2-6pm from the Virgin Stand in the F&B Zone. The perfect place to chill out and unwind or indulge your cravings and grab some delicious snacks to go. Then jump right back in to resume your gaming adventures at GameExpo.

The countdown is on, so purchase tickets and do not miss your chance to be part of the action! Tickets are needed to attend GameExpo and can be purchased through the following link https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/87445/gameexpo. For more information on Dubai Esports & Games Festival 2023, please visit: https://www.dubaiesportsfestival.com/en/home.html and https://www.instagram.com/dxbesportsfest/?hl=en.