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event overview

Esports is a rapidly growing global phenomenon, with prize money reaching up to $30 million per year. The Middle East has a large and rapidly growing gaming demographic of over 377 million, thanks to high internet and smartphone penetration rates, a young population, and a strong affinity for digital technologies and gaming. This exponential growth rate of 25% year-on-year makes the MENA region the fastest-growing gaming demographic in the world.

The gaming industry as a whole is experiencing significant growth and is expected to become one of the most lucrative industries globally. The industry’s total revenues are predicted to surpass those of worldwide box offices, music streaming and album sales, and major sports leagues combined. This demonstrates the scale and impact of the gaming industry and the opportunities it presents for businesses in the region.

Mobile gaming is the fastest-growing segment of the gaming industry, with a projected CAGR of 11.3% by 2025. In-game advertising is becoming an increasingly important revenue stream for the gaming industry, with a projected global market size of $10.7 billion by 2027. This presents an excellent opportunity for businesses to reach a captive audience and generate revenue through this rapidly growing sector.

By 2026, the number of gamers in the MENA region is predicted to increase by 30.6 million, with the game’s revenue reaching $2.8 billion U.S. dollars. This underscores the tremendous potential for growth and investment in the region, making it vital for businesses to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments.

Join us at our gaming B2B summit to unlock the newest gaming industry trends and innovations, and discover how we can leverage this booming market to drive growth and success for our businesses.

2022 speakers

ARIF ABED

Mobile Apps & Gaming Business Portfolio Manager (MBC Group)

LOKESH SUJI

Director (Electronic Sports Federation of India)

ANNA TOOKEY

Game Development Lecturer (SAE Dubai)

NOAMAN KHALIL

Product Developer (Jabble)

UMER ABBAS

Co-Founder (Cloud City Metaverse, Narsun)

AHMAD AL-NATSHEH

Founder (Khosouf Studio)

MATTHEW PICKERING

CEO (Power League Gaming)

SAEED SHARAF

CEO (Esports Middle East)

MADIHA NAZ

Esports Athlete

LEON FERNANDES

Game & UX Designer (Abu Dhabi)

LALIT VASE

Club Director (Nasr Esports)

ANDREY KALUGIN

MENA Regional Director (Xsolla)

DR. ENG. ANI ATANASOVA

CEO (Pixel Hunter)

HAYA ALQADI

GALAXY RACER

ELIO POLIZZI

CEO and Founder (Meelfoy Games)

VINCENT PORQUET

Founder (AstroMust Games)

TALAL ALAFGHANI

Chief Operating Officer (Niftysouq)

NGOZI MEGWA

Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships (Mastercard Middle East and Africa)

MOHAMED ZAHER

Data Analyst (Niko Partners)

MAGS BYRNE

Founder (EStars)

IRFAN ALI

Director Consumer Digital Services (Etisalat By E8)

FAISAL ESAM ABUL

Secretary General of the Board of Directors (Kuwait Esport Federation)

ERIK TOLSTOY

Chief Business Development Officer (LandRocker)

ANDREA PRAZAKOVA

Senior Vice President (Mastercard Foundry & ESG & Gaming EEMEA, Mastercard)

WHY ATTEND

GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHTS FROM TOP INDUSTRY LEADERS AND EXPERTS

DISCUSS SIGNIFICANT PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY PEERS AND PRE-QUALIFIED INVESTORS

DEEP DIVE INTO INSIGHTS ON GAMING INDUSTRY

BUILD BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS AND ECOSYSTEM COLLABORATION

CONNECT WITH THE MENA REGION GAMING INDUSTRY

LISTEN TO PUBLISHERS, GAMING FIRMS AND EMERGING GAMERS IN THE REGION

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Testimonials

The summit allowed me to meet people from different field in the industry which gave me a great experince and deepest game and esport insight

Bahaa Hamzeh Data Analyst - Niko Partners

The region needs more forums of this kind to help accelerate the growth of the ecosystem

Arif Aabed Mobile Apps & Gaming Manager - MBC Group

It was so nice to meet others and I would love to see more summits like this.

Deena Stevens Filmmaker - Deenapie

It was a great and successful event I would like to see more of this

Jamie McClenaghan Founder & CEO - Classy Games Studios

A variety of speakers and topics, helps me have more of an understanding of gaming in the UAE

Chloe Lockiey Middletow Streamer - Chloelock

Great summit! In particular, I enjoyed listening to the inspiring panel discussions about women in gaming & Metaverse. Hope to attend again next time!

Marjaana Pasila Revenue Operations - Star Atlas

Thanks to give us the chance we are so happy

Abdulrahman Al Ali UAE Anime Store - CEO & Founder

    WHO YOU MEET AT GAMING & E-SPORTS SUMMIT?

    • DIGITAL GAMES INDUSTRY EXPERTS & LEADERS

    • INVESTORS IN GAMING & E-SPORTS

    • LEADING GAME DEVELOPERS AND PLATFORMS

    • TOP ATTRIBUTION AND ANALYTICS FIRMS

    • AFFILIATES AND AD NETWORKS

    • VAS SERVICE PROVIDERS

    • INFLUENCERS

    • AGENCIES, INVESTORS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    • REGIONAL TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL GAMERS

    Conference Schedule

    30th & 31st May 2023
    DAY 1 | 30th May 2023
    DAY 2 | 31st May 2023

    09:00 – 10:00

    REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

    10:00 – 10:10

    WELCOME REMARK BY THE GUEST OF HONOUR

    10:10 – 10:30

    MENA REGION - IS THIS THE NEW BEACON FOR GAMING AND ESPORTS?

    • – Will social acceptance lead to the rise of gaming and Esports in the region
    • – Developing a self-sustained gaming economy boosts the demand in the emirates
    • – How different brands are leveraging the rise of ESports?

    10:30 – 10:50

    CLOUD GAMING - THE NEW WAVE OF GAMING

    • – How will the meteoric rise of cloud gaming define the next decade of gaming?
    • – How will traditional console makers, compete with cloud gaming platforms?
    • – Impact of Cloud-based and AI-powered solutions on the Gaming industry

    09:00 – 10:00

    REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

    10:00 – 10:10

    WELCOME ADDRESS BY CHAIRPERSON

    10:00 – 10:30

    ESPORTS IN MENA - A BILLION-DOLLAR PIE

    • – What does this mean for regional investors?
    • – Opportunities for growth for Esports in MENA
    • – Development of a propitious ecosystem in Esports

    10:30 – 10:50

    MORE THAN JUST A GAME - EDUCATION, AN INTEGRAL PART OF ESPORTS

    • – The need of the hour, as Esports is now a thriving economy
    • – Identifying and sharpening student skills to be industry ready
    • – Development of a propitious ecosystem in Esports

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