Gaming Istanbul 2018 is almost sold out, and set for the third successful edition of the fastest growing B2B and B2C gaming event in Turkey from February 1st through 4th, for which GL Events revealed more highlights and details today. These include free space for over 30 indie developers from around the world, Iranian, Chinese, French and Taiwan country booths as well as further expanding the B2B and eSports areas.
Since the foundation of GIST, the event it has succeeded in creating the gaming bridge of EuroAsia. The pooling of all important MENA markets, which offer huge potential, is a unique opportunity for networking and business development. Following the success B2B area in 2017, GL Events has increased space for the 2018 event, offering more participants the chance to network, build relationships and expand their connections more efficiently than ever before.
While the B2B program of GIST grows, the consumer has been a runaway success, as the consumer area is also sold out. The rising demand confirms GL Event’s confidence in the event, expecting up to 35% more visitors this year. Consumers can look forward to storming the booths of the numerous AAA publishers on site like Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft and more, including Pearl Abyss, presenting its popular online MMORPG Black Desert Online to coincide with its launch in the MENA region.
The fun doesn’t stop with the big hitters, as gamers discover new gems in the Indie area, where over 30 indie developers from around the world have been awarded complimentary space to showcase some of the most original and revolutionary independent content from across the globe. Gaming Istanbul takes place at ICC International Congress Centre from February 1st through 4th and includes GIST DC, the most successful B2B event of the MENA region, which is open from February 1st through 3rd.
The 43rd Edition of GITEX GLOBAL to Take Place From 16th to 20th October 2023
The surge in international demand has rallied the world’s largest tech and start-up event to scale even higher and bigger in 2023, spearheading a global tech takeover across two Dubai mega venues next month. The 43rd edition of GITEX GLOBAL will take place from 16-20 October 2023, the blockbuster tech showpiece once again reaching full capacity at the Dubai World Trade Centre as it prepares to host more than 6,000 exhibitors, while Expand North Star, the world’s largest start-up event hosted by Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, will kick-off its largest ever edition from 15-18 October 2023 at the new Dubai Harbour venue, featuring 1,800 start-ups from 100-plus countries at the Middle East’s biggest iconic superyacht hub.
GITEX GLOBAL and Expand North Star will comprise a combined 41 halls spanning 2.7 million sq. ft of exhibition space – a 35 per cent increase over the previous year – converging the best minds and most visionary companies to scrutinise, challenge, define, and empower the digital agendas of the world. GITEX GLOBAL will present the year’s largest AI showcase and summit, its record growth fuelled by the AI innovation wave currently gripping the globe’s imagination, as 3,500 AI-infused exhibitors reveal how this next big technology shift is transforming lives, governments, businesses, and society.
The AI boom has also added another layer of complexity to protecting digital assets and critical IP infrastructure, with the elevated GITEX Cyber Valley taking the fight directly to the dark cyber-criminal underworld, gathering leading info-sec brands and global experts at the year’s biggest cyber security showcase. Amplifying this growth, the launch shows GITEX Impact and Future Urbanism Expo promise to be the epicentre of ground-shaking shifts in climate technology while advancing sustainable cities, and co-creating a net zero future ahead of the UN climate change summit, COP28.
“The intense demand for involvement in GITEX from the global tech and start-up community is an acknowledgement of the strong impetus to learn, exchange, debate and challenge the recent developments in the tech sphere,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Events Management at DWTC, the organiser of GITEX GLOBAL and Expand North Star. “From AI, and cyber to the mounting interest in clean tech, GITEX converges public and private sector leaders from more than 170 countries to explore the new unknown paradigms of the future digital economy.”
Expand North Star hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy will scale to a record size in 2023, featuring 1,800 start-ups start-up exhibitors this year to connect, inspire, and extend engagements in one of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystems. More than 1,000 investors from 70 countries with $1 trillion under management will also converge at the new Dubai Harbour venue, as they look to ramp up the momentum in start-up investment after a year of tepid achievements.
Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, said, “Expand North Star is set to drive the next era of digital entrepreneurship and inspire the next generation of innovators and thinkers. This landmark event will serve as a strategic catalyst to expand the future of Dubai’s digital economy, creating an unrivalled platform to gather key stakeholders from the global start-up community here in the emirate.”
GITEX GLOBAL 2023 welcomes the biggest tech names delving into the latest trends, risks, challenges, and opportunities that are redefining entire industries, spearheaded by returning titans including Dell Technologies, e&, Google, Huawei, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Tonomus. Among the debut exhibitors supercharging their international growth strategies and forging new connections are Salesforce, Broadcom, Beyon, and Deloitte.
Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Central Asia said: “At Huawei, GITEX GLOBAL continues to hold great importance to our business year after year. This year, our theme, ‘Accelerate Intelligence,’ demonstrates our commitment to delve into the transformative power of AI, networks, and cloud technologies. Together, we will explore how these converging forces are reshaping our world and how we can unleash the full capabilities of AI-powered solutions to reshape industries worldwide with cyber security, privacy protection and safeguarding our customer’s digital transformation journey remaining our top priorities.”
Here’s How to Watch HONOR’s IFA 2023 Keynote
HONOR is all set to kick off the IFA keynote event through its “Unfold Tomorrow” event on the convention stage at IFA 2023 on 1 September 2023. The keynote live stream is set to start at 10 am CEST (12 pm, UAE time) live from Berlin, Germany.
You will be able to watch the HONOR IFA 2023 Keynote live at the following links:
At IFA 2023, HONOR will also showcase a concept phone that will break boundaries across tech and fashion. The device will be unveiled exclusively at the event in Berlin. The company will also launch the new HONOR Magic V2 at the event.
HONOR to Empower Gamers8: The Land of Heroes as the Official Smartphone Partner
Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the world’s biggest gaming and esports festival, today partnered with HONOR, a leading global provider of smart devices, to provide all mobile phones for the festival and its esports competitions. A Main Partner for Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, HONOR’s smartphone partnership agreement will also see the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI), which takes place from 11th to 16th July, played exclusively on the brand’s smartphones.
The world’s top teams of PUBG Mobile will gather to compete for the title, and they will all be using the HONOR Magic5 Pro as their official device. The HONOR Magic5 Pro is a revolutionary device and with its powerful processing capabilities, stunning display, and advanced features, the HONOR Magic5 Pro promises to enhance the gaming experience for players, ensuring that every movement and decision made by players is executed with precision and speed. With the fusion of talent and innovation, this year’s PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) is set to be an unforgettable display of gaming excellence powered by the HONOR Magic5 Pro.
Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, the festival runs for eight weeks from July 6 at Boulevard Riyadh City and features top gaming titles complemented by live music from star acts and a multitude of activities and attractions.
There will also be an HONOR booth in the festival venue to promote the brand and its latest product, where attendees can visit the booth at the festival venue to experience firsthand the brand’s cutting-edge innovations and latest products, as well as social media activations and raffles for gaming fans to win sought-after tickets to Gamers8: The Land of Heroes
Turki Alfawzan, CEO, Saudi Esports Federation, said, “Connectivity is essential in the modern world, and we are delighted to welcome HONOR to the Gamers8: The Land of Heroes roster as a Main and Official Smartphone Partner. The partnership agreement will see a series of summer activities and activations take place that both parties are looking forward to immensely. Gaming fans in particular will enjoy watching the PUBG MOBILE World Invitational tournament taking place on HONOR phones – the reaction to this news from the competition’s professional players has been unanimously positive.”
“HONOR is privileged to partner with Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the highly anticipated competition that has captured the attention and excitement of the gaming community worldwide and we are proud to play a significant role in this festival.” Said Daniel Wang, President, HONOR Middle East & Africa. “HONOR understands the needs of tech-savvy users in the Saudi Market, particularly in the realm of gaming. By providing them with cutting-edge devices like the HONOR Magic5 Pro, we aim to elevate their gaming experiences to new levels and cater to their ever-changing requirements.”
Gamers8: The Land of Heroes has a prize pool of $45 million – triple that of Gamers8 last year. The festival concludes with the Next World Forum, a gaming and esports forum held at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center on August 30-31, which brings together sector leaders and experts from around the world.
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