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GamerFest, Ireland’s biggest gaming and esports festival, is returning to the RDS, Dublin this May 27th and 28th after the hugely successful event last year which saw 5,000+ gamers gather in person for the first time since before the pandemic.

The weekend is aiming to be a celebration of all things gaming and will feature the latest gaming releases, VR gaming, esports, gaming challenges and a host of special guests including popular Twitch and YouTube creators and a variety of live stage content.

Among those confirmed to attend are Ryan Mar, Mr Gibbon, Antitinkerbell and The Gara Show, with more special guest announcements said to be coming soon. Club Loaded Energy and Energise Energy have been confirmed as Official Drinks Partners for the event with multiple giveaways and competitions planned over the course of the weekend.

GamerFest 2023 | TheEffect.NetFor 2023, GamerFest has teamed up with Nativz Collegiate to launch their first ever Collegiate Challenge which will see Ireland’s top colleges face off on the GamerFest Esports Stage. Teams from University College Dublin and Technological University Dublin will go head to head on stage in both Valorant and Rocket League matches.

GamerFest is also running online open tournaments in Valorant and FIFA for competitive gamers. The finalists of these online tournaments will then go forward to compete on the Esports Stage in May in front of a live audience.

GamerFest 2023 | TheEffect.NetThe organisers have also confirmed a new partnership with Williams Esports which will see five cutting edge Williams Esports sim racing rigs available at GamerFest for fans to put their racing skills to the test. In addition to a Fastest Lap Challenge taking place across the weekend, Williams Esports Irish driver Daire McCormack will also be in attendance, meeting the crowd and chatting about his sim racing career to date.

Zero Latency VR will be returning to GamerFest with an immersive VR gaming experience and there will also be a partnership with SEGA that will see Sonic Frontiers featured at the event along with a host of other titles.

Visitors will also be able to attend the event’s Retro Zone which hosts a range of old school games and consoles including SEGA Mega Drive and Atari, along with a host of classic retro arcade machines.

GamerFest 2023 | TheEffect.NetThe newly launched Industry Zone will also provide visitors a chance to explore education and career opportunities within gaming. Pulse College and Black Shamrock Studio will be in attendance to provide advice and guidance for professionals.

GamerFest CEO Stuart Dempsey says: “We can’t wait to see everyone at GamerFest Summer for an absolutely packed weekend of gaming! Whether you’re a dedicated esports player, or a young casual gamer, we have something for everyone at the event.”

GamerFest takes place at The RDS, Dublin this May 27th and 28th with tickets on sale now at

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John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal.