The gaming industry in the Middle East and North Africa is growing. More than 40 gaming startups from Europe, MENA and Turkey attended the MENA Games Conference on April 7 and 8 in Beirut to discuss a wealth of topics, from publishing games to monetizing them, as well as navigating different markets of gamers.
Here are eight things we learned.
Turkey is one of the biggest players in supporting the gaming industry
The total revenue of Turkey’s digital game industry hit $464 million in 2015. According to a report published by the Turkish Game Developers’ Association, that forms a substantial part of a $91 billion industry worldwide.
“Most successful gaming companies in Turkey started by focusing on their local market, and then expanding to MENA,” said Barış Özistek, CEO of Netmarble EMEA, during the publishers’ panel.
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