Games of the Future heading to UAE

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The 2025 edition of the Games of the Future, an event showcasing ‘phygital’ sports, will take place in the United Arab Emirates.

The event, which fuses physical and digital sports, is organised by Phygital International and debuted in the Russian city of Kazan earlier this year.

The UAE was announced as the host of next year’s Games during the inaugural World Phygital Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

The event will feature over 300 international teams competing in a wide range of disciplines, including phygital football, hockey, skateboarding, MMA and more.

The Games of the Future are open for anyone to compete in, regardless of their age, gender or nationality. The host nation bid process is already underway for the 2026 and 2027 events.

Nis Hatt, chief executive of Phygital International, said: “We are delighted to announce the UAE as the host of the Games of the Future 2025. The global popularity of phygital sports grows by the day, and we’re expecting a sell-out tournament again next year.

“We’re thrilled to pass the phygital flame over to UAE whose top-notch winning bid, and clear long-term commitment to developing a healthy, active population, has me in no doubt that the event will be a huge success.”

HE Ghanim Al Hajeri, director general of the UAE’s General Authority of Sport, added: “Bringing the Games of the Future 2025 to the United Arab Emirates represents an exciting moment in redefining international sports for the modern world. We are proud to be hosting this innovative and unique tournament that merges cutting-edge technology, popular video gaming, and traditional sport.

“We’re confident that hosting the 2025 Games will not only cement us as leaders in the sporting world, but also incentivise our national digital community towards an active lifestyle and help us reach our national sporting goal of 75% active population by 2031.”