Stars and geeks collide at IGN Convention Qatar

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Calling all gamers, cosplayers, superheroes, sidekicks, villains, citizens, movie buffs, and more. Come together and join the biggest film, video games, technology and comic community at IGN Convention Qatar.

Following the success of IGN Conventions in Bahrain and Dubai, IGN Middle East is expanding into Qatar for the first time, opening doors for Qatar’s vibrant pop-culture community to join in the fun and take part in this spectacular event.

“The idea is to create an enthralling world for pop culture followers and video games, film and comic book buffs. IGN Convention’s Dubai stop has always attracted local and international celebrities to go with great content and amazing attractions. It’s not just for geeks, either – we’ve got some brilliant stuff for the entire family,” said Abbas Jaffar Ali, Director, IGN Middle East.

During these two days fans will get to be a part of several activities such as:

·      Concerts with live video game music


·      Arcade, card and table top games


·      Free workshops,


·      eSports


·      Regional artist showcase


·      Video game exhibitions


·      Kid’s zone and comics zone

An Artist Alley will promote independent regional artists, game developers and film makers while commercial entities will showcase their products on the exhibition floor.

“Fans can look forward to celebrities, entertainment and fun. Cosplay addicts will mingle with geeks discussing movies while gamers exercise their thumbs and reflexes. Quite simply, it’s an event not to be missed for anyone interested in movies, TV, video games, comics or role playing,” Jaffar Ali concluded.

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Event Details

Event Name: IGN Convention Qatar

Venue: Qatar National Convention Centre
Dates: Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 2015
Timings: 4 PM – 10 PM on Thursday and 12 PM – 10 PM on Friday.

Ticket Prices: Regular – QAR75 if purchased in advance and QAR100 at the door; VIP: QAR500
Tickets are available at Virgin Megastore outlets and

What to expect at IGN Convention Qatar

Games, movies, and comic books

IGN Convention is the melting pot for pop culture. It’s where you check out your favorite comics, play the biggest games, watch the most inspiring movies, and get to talk about them with likeminded people! Expect the latest and greatest from the world of movies, comics and video games with a couple of games being showcased in Qatar for the very first time.

Cosplay and Cosplay Competition

Cosplay or Costume Play is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea. It has fast become a worldwide phenomenon.

Whether you’re competing or just dressing up for fun, this is the event you get to come dressed to as your favorite character. Registration for the competition is free and you get to show off your costume on stage for a chance to win amazing prizes.

Girnaas Game Jam

Celebrating and recognizing local developers, Girnaas Studios is holding a Game Jam at IGN Convention Qatar to give them a chance to develop a mini video game for mobile devices in under 24 hours. The winners will receive amazing prizes including getting their game published with Girnaas!

Gaming TournamentsGet your teams together and start practicing as IGN Convention will feature a number of gaming tournaments with fantastic prizes for the winners.

Celebrities and PanelsIGN Middle East is bringing some of the biggest celebrity names locally, regionally, and internationally. They will be holding discussion panels to talk about the video game and film industries as well as answer questions that the audience might have. And of course, there will be autograph signing and photo-op sessions.  

Workshops For those of you who love to learn, IGN Convention will bring you workshops in all aspects of the film industry, from acting, to directing, to animation, to editing, and more. The workshops will be conducted by the New York Film Academy.

ArtistsLocal and regional artists will be displaying and promoting their work at Artist Alley. Pass by to check them out and see if anything catches your attention.

Fun Aside from all of the above, there will be several contests, games, and stage activities going on during the event being held by exhibitors and the IGN staff. Considering all of this, we really don’t think you should miss out on the experience!

Celebrities Attending

Adam Harrington

Adam Harrington (born June 17, 1970) is an American voice actor, who has appeared in various high-profile video games, often working with developers Telltale Games and Riot Games. Recently, he was the voice for the main character Bigby Wolf in the episodic story driven action-adventure The Wolf Among Us developed by Telltale Games.

Adam will be available for autographs and photo-op sessions during both days of the event. He will also participate in panels and Q&A sessions with the crowd.


Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain)

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was born on November 26, 1988. Standing at about 2.06 m long and weighing in an astonishing 190 kg, he was Iceland's Strongest Man in 2011 and 2012. He was also a top three finalist in the World's Strongest Man in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Mountain will be available for autographs and photo-op sessions during both days of the event. He will also participate in panels and Q&A sessions with the crowd.

Ryan Hart

Ryan Joseph Hart or 'Prodigal Son' is a professional E-sports athlete who travels the globe for E-sports competitions. He holds 3 current Guinness World Records and has hundreds of tournament victories worldwide.

Born in London, England Ryan has been competing in fighting game tournaments for 20 years. He won his first UK title in 1996 then his first world title in 1998 in Tokyo, Japan, and since then has been sponsored by big companies such as Namco and Logitech.





Nadia Baiardi aka NadiaSK is one of the most famous Italian cosplayers. Winner of the Italian selection of WCS 2008, ECG 2012(third place) and WCS 2014 (second place and best performance award) is often invited as guest star in foreign conventions.

In everyday life she is a fashion stylist and image consultant. Currently, she is studying costume design for movie and theater in Milan. She works for fashion magazines, advertising and movies. And of course, she’s an avid anime watcher and gamer.

Nadia will be available at both days of the convention to mingle with the crowd for photo ops and give tips and advice to all cosplayers.

Hamad Al-Amari

Hamad is a Qatari-Irish comedian, a rare commodity in this region or anywhere else. Having grown up in Qatar, Southern Ireland and the US he’s had unusual exposure to experience and diversity, which no doubt helped form his identity and approach to comedy.

With a broad repertoire for someone his age, his experience ranges from stand-up comedy (his life’s passion and deepest love!), to being a keen ambassador for charities and children, MCing at film festivals, VIP corporate events and conferences, and creating his own online shows (such as Q-Tips and Kilmatraas), Hamad is a force in his own right and people love to love him! Yep, that Southern Irish accent coupled with the thobe are an instant attraction, as are the cheeky eyes and smile that immediately let you know you’re about to have fun.

Despite the humour, Hamad is quite an intense character with a very serious side, and has a strong desire to teach, help, assist and educate. Obviously not a run of the mill kid, he believes in freedom of speech, saying it as it is, and spreading ones wings. Known in the region for hitting a Burger King drive-through on a camel no less, Hamad likes to break down barriers and boundaries. Where’s the humour in staying confined?!

Hamad’s future is bright – there’s no doubting that, his personal goals include appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, writing a movie or two and writing a book about society and the development through his eyes.

Khalifa Saleh Al-Haroon

Khalifa is the visionary and leader behind the ILoveQatar network –  a network of websites, social media channels and youtube shows, a social media management company, and Haroon United Group.

With beginnings back in 2008, Khalifa started ILQ as a way to bridge the gap between ex-pats and locals, and the business has grown from strength to strength ever since.

Using ILQ as a platform, Khalifa has successfully become a household name in Qatar, known both for his exceptional dedication to business, and also for his online personality “Mr Q – your friendly neighbourhood Qatari”.

Deeply entrenched in the Start-up community in Qatar, and sitting on the board of both the Entrepreneurs Organization and Internet Society, Khalifa is considered a pioneer – winning both Entrepreneur of the Year and Start-Up of the Year in 2011. He is now also Arabian Business Young Achiever of the Year 2014, and ranked 34 on the Arabian Business Qatar Power List.

In his spare time, Khalifa is also a huge fan of gaming, especially Street Fighter and Final Fantasy.

Ticketing Information

Tickets are available online through Virgin and Ticketmaster and retail at Virgin Megastores. The pricing is as follows:

Day 1 Pass: QAR75 if purchased in advance, QAR100 if purchased at the door

Day 2 Pass: QAR75 if purchased in advance, QAR100 if purchased at the door

VIP (two day pass): QAR500

The special VIP ticket comes with the following benefits and perks:

·      A unique VIP wristband


·      Separate queue at the Celebrity Village


·      2 complimentary celebrity autograph tokens


·      VIP front row to the Q&A session and the Cosplay Competition


·      A goodie bag with celebrity posters and exclusive IGN Loot

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