A Thriving Industry with Exciting Opportunities
It’s no secret that the MENA region is emerging as a hub for game development, led by a tech-savvy and young population. The region has started challenging preconceived notions of a primary consumer electronics market thanks to increased investment in technology and disposable income. As a result, the region is attracting global attention, and developers are creating culturally relevant games that cater to the unique needs of the MENA population.
Bahraini Game Studio
As a game studio based in Bahrain, we create our own in-house games and offer game development and interactive solutions as a service. We have worked on numerous projects and are a part of the thriving game development industry in the MENA region. We wanted to take a moment to share our unique perspective on the opportunities, challenges, and promising future of this dynamic industry.
Opportunities for Game Developers in the MENA Region
As developers and a game studio, we understand the jokes about mobile gaming, but it is, in fact, the name of the game in the MENA region. It is expected to account for the majority of gaming revenue in the coming years. The growing interest in Arabic-language games and culturally relevant content puts game developers face-to-face with an opportunity to create unique and engaging content that appeals to the region’s population. In short, creating an Arabic mobile game with a Middle Eastern theme is not a bad idea at all!
Challenges and Solutions for Game Developers in the MENA Region
Despite the rapid growth of the game development industry in the MENA region, not all challenges have disappeared. One of the main hurdles is the lack of funding and support from government agencies, which hinders developers’ ability to access the latest technology and equipment needed to create high-quality games or take on large, long-term projects. However, organizations like the Arab Game Awards are stepping up to promote the industry and provide resources for developers.
TLDR Conclusion (Too Long Didn’t Read)
In conclusion, the MENA region is emerging as a thriving hub for game development due to increased investment in technology and disposable income. Moreover, culturally relevant Arabic mobile games strike a successful cord in the region despite all the challenges. Let us know what you think the future of game development in the MENA region is.