Sony launches Uncharted: Treasure Hunter competition

By on September 12, 2011

Trek the Arabian desert, uncover treasure, win €10,000 worth of prizes. Oh yes.

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Sony Computer Entertainment announced the Uncharted: Treasure Hunter competition, an amazing opportunity for would-be adventurers to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Inspired by the upcoming PlayStation®3 game, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the Uncharted: Treasure Hunter competition will offer one lucky winner the opportunity to become real life treasure hunter.

Contestants will be competing against adventurers from across Europe, the Middle East, and the USA to win the title of Uncharted: Treasure Hunter, with €10,000 worth of prizes to be won along the way. The action-packed quest will take place in the Arabian Desert, following in the footsteps of Nathan Drake, the hero of the Uncharted series, as he picks up the trail of Sir Francis Drake and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).

Starting from base camp, a traditional Bedouin settlement in Wadi Rum, competitors will trek across the sand dunes of Aqaba on a quest to uncover hidden treasure. Travelling by jeep, by camel and on foot, the fortune hunters will follow a series of clues to uncover hidden artefacts, picking up treasure along the way that they can later exchange for prizes. The adventure will take them through the stunning landscape of the Arabian Desert, set against the majestic backdrop of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. They will climb up to the Al Shallaleh waterfall, pass the Khazali Canyon and stop off at T.E. Lawrence’s house, facing a different challenge at every turn.

The puzzles and challenges have been created by adventurer and survival expert, John Sullivan, whose experience has made him an invaluable adviser on many expeditions worldwide in some of the most inaccessible corners of the globe. The activity will reflect the type of challenges that charismatic fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, experiences in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, solving clues and deciphering puzzles in search of the grand prize. With €10,000 worth of prizes at stake, John will be an independent adjudicator, ensuring that the competition is judged fairly, and guaranteeing the most skilled adventurer walks away with the gold!

For your chance to win a place on this amazing adventure, PlayStation Middle East is asking gamers and non-gamers in KSA, Kuwait and UAE to compete in the UAE Uncharted Challenge. How? Our challenge is split into two phases Twitter competition at where we ask our followers to nominate tweeps who have what it takes from stamina, fitness and courage to survive a 1 day survival style challenge in the UAE. 3 tweeps will be selected from UAE, KSA and Kuwait to compete in Dubai Uncharted Challenge on the 21st of September. For those who don’t make it to the challenge follow the winners on and our twitter above. The Dubai challenge is supported by “Adventure HQ”, the ultimate outdoor adventure superstore in the Middle East, for more details please visit

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the latest instalment in the multi-million selling Uncharted series. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 by critically acclaimed developer Naughty Dog, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will take players to spectacular locations around the world, as fortune hunter Nathan Drake embarks on a perilous, high-stakes adventure, from the streets of London to the heart of the Arabian Desert.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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