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  Istanbul welcomes the world as GIST Gaming Istanbul 2018 opens to visitors
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

Istanbul, Turkey - February 1st 2018 – GIST 2018, Europe’s fastest growing video games trade and consumer show opens today. Four days packed with some of the biggest developers, publishers and games this year, the consumer show embodies the spirit of the videogames industry, while GIST Developer Conference (GIST|DC) welcomes hundreds of industry representatives speaking, networking and learning more about the industry across MENA, Europe, China and beyond.

As the largest trade event for the MENA development community, GIST|DC, in association with Appodeal begins in earnest on Thursday February 1st, running until Saturday February 3rd, supported by a swathe of partners and trade bodies from around the world, showcases its largest programme of talks, panel sessions and networking events to-date; the largest ever for the MENA region.

Offering a comprehensive programme for both developers, analysts and business development, the three-day event offers the insight developers in the MENA region crave, but also allows international business to learn and network with MENA based companies.

Videogame fans from Turkey and beyond will be delighted with all the games and events throughout the consumer show, with PlayStation, Microsoft, Pearl Abyss, Blizzard, Ubisoft, Nvidia, Epin, Aral, IGG, Redbull, Monster Energy, Papara, Proud Dinosaurs and more, all in attendance, as well as a dedicated pavilion of Chinese companies organised by Beluga Global.  If games are your passion, Gaming Istanbul provides everything you’ll need to have a great time.

From February 1nd - 4th, GIST Gaming Istanbul 2017, Turkey's premiere B2B and B2C gaming expo, at Istanbul's ICC International Congress Center, covering over 10,000 m² of expo grounds directly in Istanbul's city Center.

GIST Gaming Istanbul and GIST|DC debuted in February 2016, attracted approx.  50,000 visitors, while GIST 2017 attracted 50% more visitors than its first year. GIST 2018 continues that trajectory, firmly placing GIST as a central global event in the videogames industry.

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About Gaming Istanbul

Gaming Istanbul is designed to be “the gaming bridge of EuroAsia” inside a 14.400 m² space at Istanbul Congress Centre, attracting tens of thousands of national visitors and thousands of international visitors in 2017. Gaming Istanbul provides worldwide advertising & PR campaign support, as well as showcase & OTC sale opportunities for game studios, game producers, hardware manufacturers, game & game related products retailers and hardware retailers.

GIST 2018 takes place from February 1st– 4th, 2018. GIST Developers Conference begins on February 1st, 2018.

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About GL Events

GL Events has over 90 offices around the world, and specialises in providing events from exhibitions to fairs. GL Events has 40 event & exhibition centres in 24 countries with 300 registered fairs and 4000 events worldwide. With over 11 million visitors, GL Events fills an exhibition area of over 1 million m², and managing these large numbers is a dedicated international team of up to 4,107 professionals. GL Events made an annual income of 939.4 M €.

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