Europe, North America and Asia have long been established as the central hub for innovation within the gaming industry and the associated iGaming sector.
However, their status as world leaders in this area may well be challenged over the coming years as the Middle East strives to muscle in on the action.
Numerous gaming brands have recognised the potential for growth across the Gulf, while several nations have indicated they want to grab a piece of the action.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries eager to boost their global standing, so forging links with a hugely successful sector makes perfect sense.
With that in mind, we take a look at some of the top gaming events taking place in the Middle East over the coming months.
The MENA Gaming and eSports Summit
It is estimated that there are more than 375 million gamers in the Middle East, highlighting just how popular the genre has become in the region.
On that basis, it comes as no surprise to find that the MENA Gaming and eSports Summit in May will attract a massive in-person audience.
The event is organised by Verve Management in collaboration with the UAE’s Emirates eSports Federation and features some of the sector’s biggest names.
The two-day gaming extravaganza covers numerous topics including programming trends, innovations in AI-powered technologies and the future of eSports in the region.
Another hugely important event in the upcoming calendar is Gamers8, which is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia from July to September.
Described as ‘the world’s largest gaming and eSports event’, it offers the top exponents of eSports the opportunity to showcase their talents.
The festival features a range of prestigious gaming events held over an eight-week period, with gamers battling to grab a share of the $15 million prize fund.
With concerts staged each weekend featuring some of the world’s biggest artists, Gamers8 is an event you simply cannot afford to miss.
Tourism, Hospitality & Entertainment (T.H.E) Dubai Expo
The T.H.E. Dubai Expo in November will focus on the development opportunities available in the Middle East for the gaming and sports sectors.
The event will place a heavy emphasis on blockchain and crypto innovations which have been tipped to influence future growth, particularly in the hugely lucrative iGaming sector.
For operators of an online casino in Kuwait or other Middle East regions, T.H.E. Dubai Expo will be extremely useful in learning more about the latest cutting-edge technological developments.
The event will also offer gaming businesses in the region the opportunity to form potentially lucrative partnerships with international investors.
SiGMA Eurasia has established itself as one of the most influential annual iGaming events in the Middle East and the 2024 edition promises to be one of the best yet.
Staged during the early part of the year, the conference offers companies the chance to network with businesses who can help them make their mark in the Middle East.
Ten start-up firms also have the opportunity to pitch for a prize pool that includes investment, mentorship and media opportunities.
With a prestigious industry awards events also taking place during the four days, SiGMA Eurasia is a great place to celebrate the growth of the iGaming sector.
Gaming Arena: Middle East Film & Comic Con
This big pop culture event welcomes both casual and hardcore gamers in its Gaming Arena. The MEFCC gaming section features gaming tournaments, game shows, demos, unreleased games, and exclusive merchandise.
As a gaming enthusiast, this is a chance for you to discover hidden gems in the gaming industry. Local game developers showcase their work through the platform. You can enjoy watching professional players in action, even join tournaments, and compete against fellow gamers.
Taking part in the next games con event ? The 12th edition of the MEFCC is scheduled to take place from February 9-11, 2024 in Abu Dhabi. See and experience it for yourself.