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Gamers gather for top anime convention...

May 17, 2014


THOUSANDS of gamers and animation fans from across the GCC are set to take part in one of the region's biggest anime conventions this afternoon.

Animania, now in its fourth year, is being held at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir and promises to feature scores of 'cosplayers' dressed as their favourite fictional characters.

Gamers will compete in a special gaming hall designed to host League of Legends and Call of Duty tournaments, where a top prize of BD1,000 is on offer.

Animania co-founder and avowed anime lover Samar Al Meer told the GDN that the convention had come on leaps and bounds since it was first held in the Prestige Hall at Adhari Park in 2010.

"The venue was really small but a good number of people turned up, which encouraged me to continue organising it year after year," she said.


"Animania has grown in size and popularity and now people from countries around the Gulf are on tenterhooks to attend this fun event.

"This year's highlights are the cash prizes, as well as the partnership with Alaa Ibrahim who is known for his YouTube channel Devil Station."

The action starts at 1pm with classic retro game displays, local game developers' projects, manga outlets and booths for games distributors including Red Stallion Gaming, Vortex and Geekay Games.

Visitors will also have the chance to experience the hyper-realistic 3D virtual reality Oculus Rift headset and a Razer Hydra motion controller provided by Cyberstore, which will also be offering exclusive PC merchandise at the event.

Tickets are available from Geekay Games in Bahrain City Centre and at Stick House outlets in Riffa, Busaiteen and Seef Mall priced at BD5 and BD15 for VIP.

At the BIC, tickets cost BD6 with VIP tickets, which include free entry to all the competitions, access to the VIP area, giveaways and unlimited food and drinks, priced at BD20.

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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)