Enhance your games industry knowledge with these top tracks at the GameExpo Summit

Dubai is at the cutting edge of gaming technology and trends such as Web3 and the Metaverse, as well as being a crucial connecting hub between the super fast-growing MENA market and the more mature games industries in APAC, Europe and US.

We’ll be covering all these topics along with the fundamentals of raising investment, launching and growing successful games and showcasing the tools and services that support them. Indeed, with over 20 hours of content from 80+ speakers across 17 tracks, there will be something to inspire and inform all comers to the conference.

Our format is deliberately quick-fire to squeeze as much content as we can. Typically a single session will be around 20 minutes long, with 40-50 minutes allotted for the expert panels.


AI Advances

From art to scriptwriting and programming: machine learning and artificial intelligence will change the way we create and communicate – it’s already having far-reaching impacts on game development.

Includes sessions from:

Taewon Yun
Super Evil Megacorp

Peter Fedor


Web3 Wonders

This track aims to explore the profound advances in Web3 gaming, their potential to revolutionise the industry and also the challenges that need to be overcome.

It will delve into the fundamental principles of Web3 gaming, including blockchain technology, play to earn, DeFi, NFTs, and DAOs, exploring how these elements empower players with true ownership and control over in-game assets.

Includes sessions from:

Warren Lincoln

Taewon Yun
Super Evil Megacorp


State of Play – MENA Trends

This track will explore the latest trends and expectations for the gaming market in the fast-growing MENA region. Experts in the industry will share insights into the current state of the market, emerging opportunities, and challenges facing game developers and publishers in Dubai and beyond.

Includes sessions from:

John Lacey

Hanting Zhu
Publicis Groupe


Esports Innovations

The MENA region is making waves in the world of Esports, on this track you’ll hear from industry leaders and experts about the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead in this space and how new tech and trends are reshaping the future.

Includes sessions from:

Tarek Hakim
Active DMC

Christoph Ortlepp


Game Dev Stories

This track turns the spotlight onto experienced game developers and game educators, sharing their war stories from the front-lines of development as well as considering how we’ll shape the next generation of game-makers through education.

Includes sessions from:

Joseph Saade

Lara Noujaim
Game Cooks


Games 101: Education & Ecosystem

A growing games industry needs fresh talent and this track explores the evolution of ecosystem and the role played by educational institutes in encouraging the next generation of games businesses.

Includes sessions from:

Abdellah Alaoui Mdarhri
Shinko Games

Sean Taylor
InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise


Global Trends

From East to West and mobile to the metaverse, the key facts, figures and insight into the latest industry projections and key trends from all over the globe.

Includes sessions from:

Jacki Vause

Michael Hudson


Incredible Indies

This track celebrates the creative heart of the game making industry, with a particular emphasis on game developers from emerging markets. Get insights on overcoming self-doubt, building resilience, and finding support, resources and inspiration.

Includes sessions from:

George Elhabr
Gamebop/FunDream Studios


Mapping The Metaverse

The exciting and mystical world of the metaverse is the setting for this segment, exploring the latest trends and innovations in building immersive virtual worlds.

The speakers will share their insights into the potential of the metaverse for gaming, socializing, and commerce, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing developers in this rapidly evolving space.

Includes sessions from:

Alexander Jorias
Club Cooee

Vincent Ghossoub
Nifty Craft OÜ


NFT Know-How

These discussions will explore the ways in which NFTs are transforming the gaming industry, from enabling player ownership and monetization to unlocking new gameplay experiences.

Includes sessions from:

Warren Lincoln

Jonty Cowan
Wiggin LLP


Show Me The Money

The global investment markets may have cooled in the last year, but there’s still capital out there to be deployed and no shortage of people looking for funds.
This track offers an overview of the latest developments in the M&A scene, identifying what investors are looking for now and advising those seeking finance on the different funding options available and how to prepare for investor meetings.

Includes sessions from:

Pieter Van der Pijl
Triple Dragon Limited

Arnold Nesis
Capricia Productions


Publisher Power

This track explores the challenges and opportunities of game publishing in emerging markets, with a particular focus on the MENA region, India, SEA and beyond.

It will include insights into the unique cultural and regulatory considerations of the MENA market, India, SEA and beyond, as well as strategies for navigating these challenges and maximizing revenue potential.

Includes sessions from:

Simon Davis
Mighty Bear Games


Destination Dubai

The MENA market is growing and Dubai is at its heart. We discuss the latest business plans for the region and why companies should set up here.


The Developer Toolkit

Experts in game development will share their insights into the essential tools, software, and processes that are crucial for creating high-quality games, as well as tips for optimizing workflows and collaborating effectively as a team.

Includes sessions from:

Suat Sahin


The Growth Track

This track will provide insights into how to grow your business in adverse and new environments. Industry experts will share their experiences and strategies for expanding into new territories and adapting to changing market conditions.

Includes sessions from:

Abraham Lieberman
Clicks Talent

Hanting Zhu
Publicis Groupe


Building On Blockchain

This track will discuss the potential of blockchain technology to break down barriers in gaming and promote inclusivity. This discussion will explore the ways in which blockchain can enhance player ownership and control, facilitate cross-platform gameplay, and create new revenue streams.

Includes sessions from:

Kyu Lee

Vincent Ghoussoub
Nifty Craft