Riot Games MENA’s first-of-its-kind hybrid event series has made its move from Cairo to the UAE with a weekend long assembly that sees the best in regional gaming unite this coming Friday (December 17) and Saturday (December 18) at the Media One Hotel, Dubai.
Following huge success in Cairo last weekend, the Dubai event is the second in a series which sees players at the in-person event be in Earth 1, the physical realm, with a mission to defuse the objective otherwise known as the spike in the game. Players from Earth 2 (online virtual realm) will be attempting to sabotage their missions and will be able to interact with the events in the physical venue aided by a commander and an undercover agent.
The commander is the online host of the event, who guides the show by live broadcasting from a remote studio while interacting with the audience and their undercover agent. The undercover agent, whose part is being kept under wraps until the event takes place, receives orders to aid the agents from Earth 2 in their sabotage. By handing the power to the community, RIOT Games aims to engage fans from across MENA through a single otherworldly mission experience.
“Our event series aims to bridge the gap between online gaming and face-to-face socialising. While gaming in its nature is typically confined to digital platforms, this weekend will see Dubai’s best and most keen gamers gather together to converse, demonstrate ability as well as share their insight into the game,” said Luciano Rahal, PR & Communications Manager at Riot Games MENA
“We’ve also invited the who’s who of the UAE’s gaming talent to help our Earth 1 players succeed in navigating the really cool activations we have going on. In attendance we will have the likes of YJY online, I6rba5, Basharkk, Jellyfish and RuDex under one roof. This is also a really good chance for fans to meet their favourite pros and content creators live and in person,” added Rahal.
Adrenaline inducing activations that fans can take part in over the weekend include:
Phoenix Flames: Unleash the Phoenix in you and superheat Radi-Core cubes as they fly across the air. Can you handle the heat?
Cypher’s Corridor: Stay alert and remain hidden from the watchful eyes of Cypher. Avoid his surveillance lasers or risk revealing your location.
Omen’s Labyrinth: Enter the maze and try to stay clear-headed in a room filled with smog, stroboscopic lights, misdirection, and confusing sounds and voices. You have 1 minute to make it through – do you have what it takes?
Spike Defusion: Upon Spike activation, you and your fellow agents have 45 seconds to come together and defuse it. Each Earth-1 defender will receive a mobile defuser add-on at the entrance of the venue.
Renowned Egyptian DJ, Zeina will be setting the ambience with her beats throughout the two-day event. Following the events in Cairo and Dubai, the third and final event will take place in KSA in January.
To learn more about the event series, please visit https://saitara.playvalorant.com/en