Yas Mall to host Abu Dhabi's first interactive gaming bonanza

Mega 11-day festival begins on Eid weekend

Yas Mall is gearing up to host Abu Dhabi’s first ever interactive video games festival next month.

The mall and Yas Island bosses have partnered with global gaming titan IGN to create a gamers’ paradise starting Eid weekend.

Whether you’re into old school games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, or into the latest blockbuster games, there’s something for everyone.

From August 22 to September 1, the festival will combine cosplay, fun multi-player tournaments, retro arcades, esports and virtual reality, inviting players of all ages to game together.

Parents will also be able to enjoy learning about kid-friendly games and educational gaming, as well as tips for controlling play time for each age group.

Director of Marketing at Yas Mall, Shatha Al Romaithy, said: “We are excited to host Abu Dhabi’s first-ever interactive Gaming Festival.

“This event will offer gamers of all ages and parents an opportunity to share and learn about all the latest and most popular new trends in the tech and gaming world.

“The show will cater to all age groups and will also have educational gaming components integrated through-out.

“We are proud to be working with IGN, the biggest gaming media in the world, to deliver a world-class gaming event for our residents and tourists of Abu Dhabi.”

Executive Director – Destination Management, Yas Island, Gerardo Llanes, said: “With over 40 exciting events taking place on Yas Island from now until the end of the year, we wanted to be sure that our spectacular line-up offers something for visitors with a diverse range of interests to enjoy.

“We are thrilled to be hosting one of the capital’s premier gaming events, and I have no doubt that the Yas Gaming Festival at Yas Mall will be an unmissable event for video game enthusiasts from far and wide.”

Visitors will also have the chance to go on a Minecraft adventure, compete on-stage to win a round of Just Dance 2018, Mario Kart or the Buzz quiz game, or experience the newest technology at the futuristic Virtual Reality zone.

Cosplayers will need to be at the top of their game for the Cosplay competition, taking part on August 31 from 6pm.

With a prize of a Dhs5,000 Yas Mall shopping voucher up for grabs, visitors can marvel at the artistry and detailing of these costumes, as well as a chance to pose alongside some of their favorite characters from movies and gaming.

One of the highlights will be the Fortnite Pro AM Tournament, being held on August 31 at 8pm.

Five teams, each led by a special local celebrity guest, will battle each other for the ultimate bragging rights.

At the end of the tournament, Dhs20,000 will be donated to charity on behalf of the winning team.

Yas Gaming Festival will also include Gaming4Good, a CSR initiative where visitors can donate or buy pre-owned games and consoles, with all proceeds going to the Emirates Autism Center.

It sounds like a fun-packed festival.

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