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Phygital sports: UAE wins bid to host Games of the Future 2025

Phygital sports: UAE wins bid to host Games of the Future 2025

The Games of the Future 2025 is a key event in phygital sports, showcasing a fusion of physical and digital competition among talented athletes worldwide

Manel Sort, Co-Founder, games for a living, on how AI and blockchain are bridging the gap between web2 and web3 gaming

How blockchain, AI are bridging Web2-Web3 gaming in the region

With the traditional Web2 GaaS model witnessing decreasing margins, blockchain technology will enable gaming studios to create new, more profitable business models in video games

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Transforming the gaming landscape with Web3.0

Dubai’s push to build a global esports and gaming ecosystem is encouraging home grown brands such as GameCentric to offer innovative platforms that bring a diverse audience under one umbrella

How the mena region is evolving into a global mobile gaming oasis, says Sandsoft's CTO SAudi-Arabia-to-host-esports-and-gaming-conference-Image-GettyImages-1385176759

Insights: The MENA region is poised to be the next big mobile gaming oasis

According to the International Trade Administration, there are around 23.5 million gamers in Saudi Arabia, which accounts for almost 70 per cent of its population

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Abu-Dhabi based VADR Media inks alliance to combat cheating in online chess

This collaboration follows VADR Media’s recent acquisition of Szuperchess, a company known for its disruptive computer vision anti-cheat technology used by Checkmate.live

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Google’s court loss to Epic Games may cost billions

Epic Games will now have a chance to submit a court filing on how it wants Google’s Play Store to be fixed

Etisalat by e&, DCT Abu Dhabi partner to redefine esports sector

Boost for MENA esports with new Abu Dhabi-backed tie-up

The partnership seeks to nurture emerging gaming talent and elevate local esports events to international gaming benchmarks

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Saudi Arabia launches Esports World Cup 2024

This ambitious undertaking underscores Saudi Arabia’s commitment to becoming a global leader in the esports arena

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Saudi Arabia to host major gaming and esports conference

The specialised gaming and esports event will be co-hosted by the Saudi Esports Federation and Saudi Arabia Ministry of Sport in Riyadh on October 23

Dubai universities

Dubai universities roll out programmes in AI, drones, genetics, gaming

Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park aim to equip students with future-proof skills during the 2023-24 academic year

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Beyond games: How GCC’s esports, gaming sector is on target for growth

We explore how the region is embracing esports and gaming as a significant cultural and economic force

Fnatic

Sony, Fnatic partner to develop next-gen gaming gear

As part of the collaboration, Sony’s gaming gear brand, Inzone, will engage in co-creation activities with Fnatic

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Microsoft executive vows to keep ‘Call of Duty’ on Sony PlayStations

Microsoft claims its incentive in buying Activision is to gain a foothold in the lucrative mobile gaming market

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Dubai esports and games festival 2023 to start on June 21

The second edition of the festival will feature five days of action-packed events and activities

Wemade

Saudi Arabia partners with South Korea’s Wemade to enhance gaming and blockchain sector

The partnership will focus on various initiatives such as training programmes, educational content, game localisation and sponsorship of regional events

Sandsoft

A look at how Sandsoft explores novel technology to engage consumers

Video games is a unique industry which blends art and science, humanities and technology, intuition and data

NFT-based games

The future of NFT-based games

These games have the potential to boost the economy and affect the gaming industry in significant ways

VADR Media

VADR Media acquires Szuperchess for Checkmate.live platform

The acquisition comes in tandem with Checkmate.live’s recent partnership with Tencent Cloud, paving the way for a new era of fair play in the online gaming world

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Saudi Arabia’s Savvy Games acquires Scopely for $4.9bn

The company will benefit from Savvy’s long-term financial backing to deliver on its strategy to grow and deepen existing franchises

Netflix

Netflix tests idea of expanding gaming service to televisions

Code hidden within Netflix’s app includes references to games played on TVs, signalling that such a plan is in motion

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This K-12 school in Abu Dhabi launches first esports hub

The facility, located in Aldar Education’s West Yas Academy, will provide students access to gaming equipment, innovative software and immersive experiences

Tencent Cloud

Checkmate.live joins forces with Tencent Cloud

Tencent Cloud has expertise in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, anti-cheat protection, gaming and XR

Nintendo

Saudi Arabia becomes largest outside shareholder of Nintendo

The Public Investment Fund owns 8.3 per cent of the Kyoto-based company, according to its latest filing

Gaming

Gaming: How much is too much for children?

With many children spending a little too much time playing video games, learn to spot the signs things may be spinning out of control

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Saudi National Bank partners with Mastercard, SEF to transform esports

The three entities will explore and develop innovative financial products and offerings that create added value and enhance gamers’ experience

Gamers

Division’s co-founders’ on how brands are engaging with gamers in a structured way

Rather than working with one content creator or gamer over a period of time, Division allows any brand to deploy a campaign at scale

Saudi wealth fund joins $930m pre-IPO bet on Korean anime giant

Saudi Arabia has been beefing up investment and business ties with Korean companies, becoming a major shareholder of NCSoft Corp as well as Tokyo-listed Nexon Co

DMCC announces launch of its gaming centre

DMCC is currently home to over 50 gaming companies, from game developers and producers to esports teams and tournament organisers

Quest esports

Quest Esports opens gaming district in Doha

Last year, the Doha-headquartered company managed five large LAN tournaments and online league matches for games such as Fortnite, CS: GO, PUBG Mobile, Dota 2 and FIFA

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The Arab Esports Federation moves into Web3 and launches online chess platform

The federation is headquartered in Riyadh and is led by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan