A Cursory Look at Video Gaming in the Middle East

Video gaming statistics in the Middle East show that the most number of gamers come from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Nonetheless, while 86% and 81% of UAE and KSA nationals respectively, are into video gaming, about 53% in Qatar and 49% in Tunisia represent a notable number of nationals attracted to the world of video gaming.

Video games developed by Western gaming companies remain popular among Middle Eastern players, despite the typical racially-biased representations of Muslim and Arab nationals in combat-type video games. After the 9-11 incident, the negative depiction of Middle-Easterners as turban-clad, AK-47 toting extremists became even more pronounced in international video game realms.

Although some western developers tried to penetrate the Middle East video gaming market by introducing games that are more attuned with middle-eastern culture, such attempts failed. The release of massive multiplayer online (MMO) games described as “Arabized,” did not gain much support from ME players.

According to games publishing experts, the failed attempts were due to a number of technical issues such as lack of Unicode text, absence of right-to-left orientation, no-support websites and if there were any, used mostly Google-translated texts. It also became apparent to Western game developers that certain elements such as alcohol, gambling, sex and nudity are subjects avoided, when seeking for a successful establishment of an internationally recognized video gaming market in the Middle East.

Riot Games Still Actively Exploring Ways to Better Serve ME Players

Nonetheless, Riot Games, known for being the developer of “League of Legend (LoL0,” is still seeking ways to build a strong connection with ME players through its Dubai headquarters. The company is currently seeking ME locals to fill up positions like Software Engineering, Brand Marketing, Publishing, User-Experience Designer and Web-Content Associates in the Dubai office,

Moreover, Riot Games announced that in officially launching its new, first-person shooter game “Valorant,” which is tentatively set to launch in summer of this year, ME players are assured of getting full support from Middle East and North African servers.

However, “Valorant” is at the moment not available in those regions, because the game is still in closed beta stage. ME and NA players are advised not to attempt accessing the beta version via other regions. According to the LoL creator, doing so will likely result in high ping, while account transfers will not be available yet. Riot Games promises that pertinent advice will be given ahead of Valorant’s official launching date.

Closed-Beta Players Already Warn of Valorant’s High-Level of Difficulty

The most common feedback given by Valorant’s closed-beta players is the high level of difficulty that gamers face once they unlock Valorant’s Competitive Mode. Also, what makes the ascend to high rank levels difficult, is the presence of the Vanguard anti-cheat system.

This early, it would be wise for ME players to get in touch with their providers of reliable game boosting services. It is important for them to make sure that the professional player they will hire to render valorant elo boosting, can pass Vanguard’s strict scrutiny of legally-played matches.