The Middle East’s gaming battle lines are being drawn and combat will commence next week at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) when GITEX Shopper – the region’s favorite and longest-running consumer electronic bonanza – debuts a five-day blitz of video gaming tournaments, experiences and promotional offers, expected to attract hundreds of gaming enthusiasts from across the UAE and beyond.
The gaming industry, which amasses to more than 2.3 billion active gamers, continues to register significant growth year-on-year, according to the latest research from Newzoo. The Global Games Market Report revealed that the entire games market will reach $137.9 billion this year, an increase of 13.35. Revenues from console gaming are expected to increase by 4.1% to $34.6 bn in 2018, with a 1.6% growth predicted in PC gaming to $32.9 bn.
Best gaming deals and competitions
Featuring the best available deals and promotions across online and console platforms, the dedicated Shopper Games Zone will features mini-tournaments daily from 2-6 October, where the region’s leading gamers will wage battle in games such as Fortnite, CS:GO, FIFA19 and Overwatch. Competitors can register for the tournaments on-site on battle days.
“With the Middle East having one of the world’s youngest populations where 25% of the demographic profile is aged between 15-29, the gaming potential in the Emirates is huge,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, DWTC, which organizes GITEX Shopper. “This age group represents a considerable chunk of the gaming consumer base, so the dedicated gaming zone that brings together the leading games and supporting technologies under one roof at unbeatable prices will attract considerable interest from across the region.”
A fully-fledged open tournament arena is being set up at GITEX Shopper with the games being fought out on PCs and, in the case of FIFA19 on PlayStations, with the action streamed onto big screens. Once the tournaments are over, spectators can also try their hands at the new Mario Kart and Just Dana 2018 games from dedicated PlayStation and X-Box console areas, in addition to discovering, and buying, the latest gaming devices and accessories from multiple vendors at the show.
Leading retailers will be providing various bundles and dedicated offerings that will appeal to the wider gaming community, whether interested in online and console games, or specifically crafted computers enhanced for gaming purposes.
GITEX Shopper Trade-in
In line with GITEX Shopper’s goal of showcasing the latest technology advancements and developments in the region, the show’s organizers, DWTC, will be initiating a ‘Trade-in’ concept that encourages visitors to recycle their unused electronics during an amnesty, which will reward them with vouchers to spend during the exhibition.