Middle East headlines

Middle Eastern games industry “growing like crazy,” due to strong mobile and social uptake

The Middle Eastern games industry is on the rise thanks to the increasing popularity of mobile and social games in the region, according to booming publisher Peak Games.

  • Tomb Raider is first Square-Enix title to be localised in Arabic, Lara actor revealed

    Tomb Raider is the first Square-Enix title to be localised in Arabic, and with it, a new Lara voice actor has been revealed. Nadine Njeim takes the lead role. Find out more about the localisation and Njeim after the break.

  • Ubisoft opens Middle Eastern studio, will focus on online products

    Ubisoft Abu Dhabi is the latest addition to the company’s growing family of studios. The business has confirmed that the studio’s key function will be to create online titles “for everyone” and more. Get the details after the break.

  • WoW and Battle.net service pulled from Iran due to US sanctions - Blizzard

    Blizzard issued a response regarding the inability to access Battle.net or World of Warcraft servers from Iran. According to the post, the issue stems from applied US sanctions instead of government bans on specific content – although the latter is still true as well.

  • World of Warcraft, Guild Wars among MMOs inaccessible from Iran - report

    A number of MMOs have become inaccessible from inside Iran, apparently due to government bans on specific content.

  • SWTOR expands into Middle East and more European countries

    BioWare has announced Star Wars: The Old Republic has officially launched in more European countries and the Middle East. Hit up the list here. Thanks, Talkar.

  • Battlefield 3 ban stings Iranian pirates

    The Daily Star reports Iran has instituted a ban on the sale of Battlefield 3 over controversial content set in capital city Iran. EA is actually quite pleased by this turn of events. “In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies […]

  • Ubisoft to open new Abu Dhabi studio in December

    Ubisoft and twofour54, the Media Zone Authority in Abu Dhabi, have announced the upcoming opening of a new Ubisoft development studio in Abu Dhabi, which is the first time a major games publisher has established a direct presence in the GCC.

  • PS Vita given western Feb 22 launch, UK pricing confirmed

    Sony has announced western date and price details for its new handheld, Vita – but given no indication of launch line-ups or 3G data pricing.

  • Lewis: No, really - 360 leads PS3 in EMEA

    And round and round we go. Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis has told GI that 360 is well ahead of PS3 in EMEA. “If you look right across my area of responsibility, every data point that I’ve got, which I trust – and data points we’ve always used – put us approximately 1 million units […]

  • LittleBigPlanet confirmed for week commencing November 3 in UK and Europe

    Sony has just announced that LittleBigPlanet will be released “no later than the week commencing Monday November 3 in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.” “We appreciate all the enthusiasm surrounding this much anticipated title and we would like to thank PlayStation fans for their support and understanding,” says the statement. The […]

  • Middle East is emerging games market, says Livingstone

    Speaking at what is supposedly the Middle East’s first gaming conference, GAMES08, in Dubai this week, Eidos boss Ian Livingstone said the region is becoming important to the industry because of the obvious thing: money. “The Middle East is definitely an emerging market for the gaming industry,” he said. “People here have a large amount […]

  • Sega to create 76,000 square foot theme park in Dubai

    According to this Intergameonline report, Sega to create a 76,000 square foot indoor theme park in Dubai. From the piece. Sega Republic will be a two-level, 76,000sq.ft indoor theme park, featuring a diverse line up of rides and amusements, all in a controlled environment designed from the concept stage to entertain all age groups, at […]

  • Live announcement rumoured for Mid East next week

    According to this, Microsoft may be readying to make an announcement in the Middle East next week, which the piece speculating it could be the launch of Live in the region. The announcement will be made in Dubai, apparently.