Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 26 August 2019

Yas Gaming Festival returns and it's bigger and better for 2019

Live tournaments to take part in and mega-stars to meet at gaming event

Yas Gaming Festival returns for 11 Days of  entertainment festival. Courtesy Yas Island Abu Dhabi
Yas Gaming Festival returns for 11 Days of  entertainment festival. Courtesy Yas Island Abu Dhabi

The region’s best gaming wizards will take part at Yas Gaming Festival, the annual event which will run from June 5 to June 15 at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall.

After the success of last year’s event, which had over 35,000 people attending, the festival has returned with a bigger line up, which includes appearances by social media stars and technical experts from the gaming brand IGN Middle East.

So who’s coming?

When it comes to gaming knowledge, you will be hard pressed to beat Hemo King, the popular UAE based gamer whose YouTube account in which he provides tips on how to conquer vexing games, has amassed over 1.1 million subscribers.

Zubair Sarookh is also appearing. The 23-year-old YouTuber from Sharjah has nearly 210,000 people subscribed to his channel to watch his witty takes on Gulf life, ranging from the struggles of finding a job to a "bank hacker calling an Arab dad."

Something for the parents

Like everything in life, gaming should be done in moderation. Particularly when it comes to children and teenagers. Parents are invited to the festival where they can attend informational sessions and discussions on the latest kid-friendly and educational games.

Play with heart

Anyone who has been to a gaming festival in the past will know that when it comes to big competitions, the event takes on the excited atmosphere of a sporting venue. The Yas Gaming Festival will hold a ProAm Tournament where invited influencers and gamers battle it out on certain titles to win the grand prize of Dh20,000. The money will be donated to Gaming 4 Good. The initiative invites the public to donate games and consoles in support people with autism. This comes off the back of a growing body of research suggesting that certain games can ease the signs of autism.

The Yas Gaming Festival runs from June 5 to 15. For details and to register click here

Updated: April 2, 2019 07:15 PM