October 11 & 12, 2022
The Games for Change Summit in Abu Dhabi - to be held in partnership with AD Gaming, twofour54, and the U.S. Mission to the UAE - is a 2-day event that will promote cross-cultural collaboration by connecting talent in the UAE’s growing video game industry with U.S. expertise and the global Games for Change movement.
In 2021, gaming contributed $288 million to the UAE economy; this figure continues to grow, making the UAE a top player in the video game industry in the Middle East. In recent years, Abu Dhabi has become the capital of the region’s video gaming industry and 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.
At the Games for Change Summit, experts from the gaming industry will come together for 2-days of talks, workshops, 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.
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Chief Wellness Officer
Iron Galaxy Studios
Founder and MD
the mini fund
Director Of Strategic Partnerships
Jason Della Rocca
Wicked Saints Studio
Head of Global Developer Community
Managing Director, Play Partnerships, Games
Knight Chair, Interactive Media
University of Miami
Chief Executive Officer
P. M. Kato Consulting LLC
Founder + President
Chief Global Officer
CEO & Founder
The U.S. Mission to the UAE
Sultan Al Riyami
Head of Gaming and esports
Games for Change
Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Gulf and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in the UAE
The U.S. Mission to the UAE
Since 2004, Games For Change (G4C) has empowered game creators and innovators to drive real-world change using games and immersive media that help people learn, improve their communities, and contribute to making the world a better place. G4C partners with technology and gaming companies, nonprofits, and government agencies, to run world-class events, public arcades, design challenges, and youth programs. G4C supports a global community of game developers using games to tackle real-world challenges, from humanitarian conflicts to climate change and education. For more information, visit www.gamesforchange.org.
Abu Dhabi Gaming is a collaborative initiative that aggregates the broad efforts throughout Abu Dhabi to drive and build a self-sustaining gaming and esports ecosystem. Its role is to facilitate, empower and create an industry that is essential for the future of Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment industry. Fostering an environment of growth and knowledge, AD Gaming will provide a support system for the next generation of game developers and players, consumers, and businesses alike. Abu Dhabi Gaming is powered by the collaboration of multiple Abu Dhabi-based governmental and commercial organizations, as well as content creators and gamers, with the collective focus to build this creative sector. For more information, visit www.adgaming.ae.
The U.S. Mission to the UAE, which consists of the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General in Dubai, is the official representation of the U.S. Government in the United Arab Emirates, with the goal of advancing the important U.S.-UAE partnership to advance shared regional and global priorities and deepen the historic ties between the two nations.
twofour54 was launched in 2008 to accelerate Abu Dhabi’s media industry, with a goal to put Abu Dhabi on the map as the capital of content creators. This dynamic media zone provides the infrastructure and services to attract international, regional, and local media businesses. It offers everything from customizable office space, world-class production facilities and services, talent development initiatives, and training to business support services. www.twofour54.com/en