Posted on March 03, 2015

Over 7,000 people gathered at QNCC to participate in the first ever IGN Convention in Qatar. The event brought together Qatar’s vibrant gaming and pop culture community to take part in a variety of tournaments and activities on 26 – 27 February 2015.

Local gaming developers Girnaas Studios had a big presence throughout the convention with their Game Jam competition, where participants had 24 hours to develop a mobile game. The winners got the opportunity to continue working with Girnaas on publishing their game in the market. Online retail website G2A.com sponsored the gaming tournaments hosted by The Gaming Lounge and Falcon Arena. The cosplay contest attracted talented costume designers in the region as they put on performances relevant to their characters on stage.

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Local collector Ramsey Morris displayed his vintage collection of games and consoles at the Gaming Museum, offering people an enjoyable experience with retro consoles. Tabletop gaming also had a part to play as Jason Dean and his crew held board game tournaments to satisfy all types of gamers. The New York Film Academy hosted an array of workshops about filmmaking that attracted film enthusiasts who learned about framing, directing, story writing, and more.

Attending IGN Convention Qatar was a lineup of local and international celebrities including Dave Fennoy from The Walking Dead, Adam Harrington from The Wolf Among Us, Halfthor Julius Bjornsson from Game of Thrones, professional cosplayer NadiaSK, Guinness World Record e-Sport athlete Ryan Hart, serial entrepreneur Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, and talented comedian and philanthropist Hamad Al Amari. “IGN Convention Qatar has managed to showcase the strength of the pop culture community in Qatar. We’re thrilled to see so many video games, movies and comics fans here and hope to bring bigger and better editions of this event to Qatar in the future”, said Hitesh Uchil, Events Director at IGN Middle East.

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IGN Convention Qatar was supported by Virgin Megastore, Ticketmaster, Q-Tickets, and featured Melia Doha as the official hospitality partner.

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