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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


Has gaming pipped banking as a more lucrative profession? Blast World Premier Final features $1m purse

The CS:GO Blast World Premier Final 2023 brings together top gaming teams from around the world

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Insights: Abu Dhabi strengthens its status as a global gaming and esports powerhouse

More than 70 game developers and esports teams are now based in the UAE capital, and this is set to grow rapidly over the coming years

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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

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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

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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


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

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The future of NFT-based games

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

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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

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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

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Checkmate.live joins forces with Tencent Cloud

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

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AD Gaming, SAWA Group to develop Abu Dhabi’s gaming ecosystem

AD Gaming and SAWA group will help facilitate the international expansion of Chinese gaming and esports companies via Abu Dhabi


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

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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


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

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

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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


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

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First MENA Games for Change summit to be held in Abu Dhabi

The two-day summit will be held on October 11-12, 2022 and will connect 300 leaders across Abu Dhabi’s gaming industry

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LaLiga football league partners with Dubai-based Galaxy Racer to spur growth

The joint venture aims to transform the sports league’s brand presence in the Middle East and North Africa region and the Indian subcontinent

Asian Chess Federation

The Asian Chess Federation, Checkmate partner to scale up online competitive chess

Checkmate is a Web3 initiative focused on producing and broadcasting linear and online tournaments for a new generation of players

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Interview: How Flash Entertainment is showcasing Abu Dhabi as a global sporting and entertainment hub

John Lickrish, CEO of flash entertainment, tells us how the company continues to play a big role in Abu Dhabi’s recent foray into the fast-paced world of esports

Gaming and generation next in the advent of Industry 4.0

Blockchain companies have doubled down on esports to reach gamers, signing multi-year, multi-million-dollar sponsorship contracts

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First Bahrain-based female esports gamer joins G2 Esports team

Making her Tier 1 debut at just 16, Maryam has been showcasing her skills in online video games such as Fortnite since 2017

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Yas Island’s calendar of events include sports, music and family activities

The line-up features everything from global sports championships and family-friendly excitement to top-artist concerts and exhilarating adventures

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Abu Dhabi to host global esports tournament Blast Premier World Final

The Blast Premier World Final will be held in the Etihad Arena on Yas Island from December 14-18, 2022

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Power League Gaming, Logitech G partner to launch ‘stream school’

Stream School aims to assist those who aspire to enter esports and gaming sector by delivering the tools needed to get started