What you need to know about Games 15 in Dubai

Find out the dates of Games 15 festival in Dubai, plus which teams and star commentators will be in attendance

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Dubai is known for hosting some of the biggest and best events in the region and now we’re doing again – this time for gaming enthusiasts.

The largest eSport tournament in the Middle East is coming to the city next month and six top teams from across the planet will be in town to compete for the grand prize of $250,000, that’s Dhs918,287.

Games 15 festival will see all the action at Dubai International Marina Club September 10-12 and the professionals involved go by the collective names of Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, Virtus.Pro, Team ENVYUS and Cloud9.

Sounds like a fun bunch to us.

Attendees will also get the chance to experience the expo as well as a festival when they are not following the action of the tournament. Expect to get access to new games before anyone else, plus the likes of Sony PlayStation and XBOX will be giving demonstrations.

As if that’s not enough to excited gaming fans, there will also be celebrity guests, cosplay and of course good food and drinks on offer.

Cosplay? Yes, the event is organised by the team behind Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC), Extra Cake, and The Middle East Gaming Alliance. Games 15 has support by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

It’s not just for console and PC gamers either, apparently the occasion will be special for avid and casual gamers alike, whether you enjoy playing on tabletop or class yourself as an elite player.

‘Dubai’s year-round calendar of events continues to grow in both its size as well as its diversity thanks to events such as GAMES 15,’ said Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Events and Conventions Bureau at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. ‘As a young vibrant city, we continuously seek to reflect the very best of both local and international culture, entertainment and innovation through all Dubai events and GAMES 15 is no exception.’

If it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, why not go along to the ESL gathering with a gaming obsessed pal instead?

Making the proceeding more exciting, they’ll have an all-star commentary crew including Joe Miller, Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott and Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith.

‘We’ve got some of the best on-air talent in the world, we’ve definitely got the best teams, and on top of that we’ve got an amazing city to host our competition. Dubai has hosted incredible Counter-Strike events in the past, and we are excited to go back and bring eSports to a stage unlike any other,’ said Ulrich Schulze, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL.

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