Dubai set to host video game convention

Dubai is set to host the IGN Convention - the biggest video game, gadget and comic book event in the Middle East - at the start of next month.Held at the Meydan Imax, organisers of the gathering are expecting up to 7,000 gamers to show up, Gulf News reports.The event will be heaven for anybody who has a passion for games consoles, with Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 tournaments being staged across the two days. Those who reach the finals will be able to show off their skills on the venue's incredible Imax screen.Abbas Jaffar Ali - director of the convention - told the news provider that being able to play on this monstrous screen is a real incentive for gamers to perform well."Imagine playing Fifa or your favourite combat game on the biggest screen in Asia," he was quoted as saying.Mr Ali also confirmed that a number of new titles would be launched for the first time at the event, although he was unwilling to go into too much detail."Sony Playstation are going to be there, and I don't want to steal their thunder in making that announcement," he added.A number of people dressed as popular video game characters will be roaming around the exhibition, including Wolverine, Lara Croft, Batman and Darth Vader. Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Kevin Nash will also make a guest appearance.Visitors will be able to get some unique insight into the video game industry, as a number of designers and developers will be on hand to answer questions.This is one of many high-profile conventions set to take place in Dubai this year.The city is renowned for staging international exhibitions and conferences and the government hopes this vital experience will stand the city in good stead when organisers of the World Expo 2020 decide on a host venue.Events of this nature give the UAE's hospitality sector a real boost, with people flying into the country from all over the world.

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