Abu Dhabi is getting its first gaming and pop culture festival.
IGN Convention is coming to the city on October 17th and will run for two days. The Yas Island gathering will host artists and celebrity guests, plus feature gaming tournaments and plenty of other entertainment - perfect if games, superheroes and movies are your bag.
Attendees will also have the chance to win some of the $10,000 (Dhs36,731) that the festival has to give away in its cosplay competition.
Hosted by du Forum, tickets went on sale on Monday and can be purchased online as well as at Virgin Megastore, or by calling 800 TM UAE (86 823).
Despite this being the IGN Convention's Abu Dhabi debut, it’s not the first time folks in the Middle East have joined in the fun as previous editions of the event have taken place in Bahrain, Doha, and Dubai.
Abbas Jaffar Ali, director, IGN Middle East, says: "The idea is to create an enthralling world for followers of video games, films and pop culture. IGN Conventions have been a perfect mix of local talent and international celebrities with great content and amazing attractions. It’s not just for geeks – we’ve got brilliant entertainment for the entire family."
He adds: "Fans will get a chance to meet their favourite celebrities in a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Cosplay enthusiasts will mingle with geeks discussing movies while gamers exercise their thumbs and reflexes. Quite simply, it’s an event not to be missed by anyone interested in movies, TV, video games, comics or role-playing."
On top of that there will also be free workshops, regional artist showcases, concerts with live video game music and more.
IGN Convention will take place from 2pm to 10pm each day, and tickets cost Dhs100 to access the event for one day. Alternatively for Dhs500 you can attend both days, including two celebrity autograph tokens, priority queuing at 'Celebrity Village', a gift bag with a limited edition T-shirt and posters, plus access to a closed discussion panel for media and VIPs.