Dec 14-17, 2023

The Games for Change Middle East Summit - to be held in partnership with AD Gaming and the U.S. Mission to the UAE - will promote cross-cultural collaboration by connecting talent in the UAE's thriving games sector with U.S. expertise and the global Games for Change movement. Through inspirational talks, meaningful discussions, and hands-on workshops, the Summit will highlight the transformative power of games and immersive media.

The G4C Middle East Summit will be followed by esports-focused workshops at the BLAST Premier World Final.



Recent research tells us that 90% of adults in UAE play video games and the per capita industry spend is amongst the highest in the world.  23% of adults in UAE are frequent gamers – playing at least 11 hours per week. In recent years, Abu Dhabi has become the capital of the region’s video gaming industry with over 70 gaming companies creating gaming content in the Emirate, it is fast becoming a global gaming hub. The UAE is full of players, rich in talent and steeped in stories - primed for revolutionizing the ever-expanding industry.

Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, the 2023 G4C Middle East Summit will feature world renowned video games experts from both the US and MENA region, as well as new programming that underscores the growing popularity of esports across the Middle East. Check-out the 2022 sizzle video below!

G4C Middle East Summit (Dec 14-15)

At the G4C Middle East Summit (Dec 14-15), experts from the U.S. and MENA games industry will come together for 2-days of panels, workshops, networking and discussions around the ever-growing global video game industry. Attendees will be able to connect with developers and key players in the space from across the world.

BLAST Premier World Final (Dec 16-17)

The World Final Abu Dhabi is BLAST Premier's biggest event of the year, where eight of the world’s best Counter-Strike teams will tussle for the prestigious World Final trophy, a slice of the $1 million prize pool and a chance to claim bragging rights as the champions of Counter-Strike in 2023. At the event, Games for Change will host a variety of workshops that highlight the value of esports in education and community engagement.


W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island

A luxury playground spread over two buildings, revealing the best of Abu Dhabi’s history, heritage and culture. Set half on land and half on water, it’s your connection to an exhilarating island getaway in the UAE.

Etihad Arena

Set on the vibrant waterfront of Yas Bay, Etihad Arena is the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue.

Provisional Schedule

Thursday, Dec 14 | G4C Summit
Friday, Dec 15 | G4C Summit
Saturday, Dec 16 | Blast Premier World Final
Sunday, Dec 17 | Blast Premier World Final



Apella Games

Head of Minecraft Education

Minecraft / Microsoft

Chief Operating and Programs Officer

Games For Change

Chief Business Officer at Tilting Point

Tilting Point


Nigma Galaxy


University of California, Irvine

Lead Writer for GamesBeat


Senior Foreign Service Officer

U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Director of Gaming and Digital Development

Department of Culture and Tourism– Abu Dhabi


Execution Labs

Founder & CEO

Complexity Gaming

Founder & CEO


Founder & CEO


Acting CEO 42 Abu Dhabi


Global Advisor, Video Games




Holodeck Ventures

Chairman / CEO

Tilting Point



Section Head of Gaming &eSports

AD Gaming


Games For Change


Shorooq Partners

Chief Operating Officer

BLAST Esports