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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

What to expect from Middle East Games Con in Abu Dhabi this weekend 

There will be cosplay, celebrities and more at the weekend-long event

The Riddler and Princess Peach strike a pose during the Games Con Middle East 2017 at ADNEC. Victor Besa for The National 
The Riddler and Princess Peach strike a pose during the Games Con Middle East 2017 at ADNEC. Victor Besa for The National 

The Middle East Games convention is back in Abu Dhabi this weekend, and it’s bigger than ever. From October 25-27, gamers will be able to indulge in their passion at ADNEC.

This has been a great year for games so far, with spectacular titles like God of War, Spider-man, and the much awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out soon.

Those who head down to the convention will get the chance to meet some of the medium’s most famous and beloved figures, with names like: Syndicate and Miniminter (of YouTube fame), as well as Overwatch’s voice actress Lucie Pohl. These three will be in attendance on all three days of the event.

November 24, 2017. Games Con Middle East at ADNEC. Victor Besa for The National AC Requested by: Clare Dight
Gamers at last year's Games Con Middle East. Victor Besa for The National

Live ‘let’s play’ sessions are set to take centre stage at the event, with games like Soulcaliber VI and Jump Force from Bandai Namco. Seasoned players might also be interested in the workshops on offer at the convention, where you could learn “how to be a vlogger and build your brand around gaming”.

Music fans will be spoiled for choice with the amount of on-stage performances, with everything from Beatboxing to a Samurai band performance. Cinema and TV lovers are not forgotten, as Japanese classics Naruto and Gintama are being screened. Check the website here for timings for the entertainment stage.

November 24, 2017. Charachters from Overwatch, (L-R) Reaper and Soldier during the Games Con Middle East at ADNEC. Victor Besa for The National AC Requested by: Clare Dight
There will be an award for those with the best cosplay. Victor Besa for The National

Cosplayers will be given the chance to don their capes and cowls and embody their favourite characters. The best costumes will be taking part in a cosplay competition with registration from 2pm on Friday. The cosplay catwalk begins at 6.30pm, and this is an event worth checking out to see the level of detail people put into their costumes. Plus, there will be a whole-new anime zone at the event all weekend.

The convention is held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and tickets range from Dh115 for one day all the way to Dh1200 for the Super VIP experience. You can buy your tickets here.