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Minister Al-Swaha: We’ve prepared a huge package of programs to empower digital entertainment future

13 Oct 2019
Minister Al-Swaha: We’ve prepared a huge package of programs to empower digital entertainment future
Minister Al-Swaha: We’ve prepared a huge package of programs to empower digital entertainment future

The largest specialized package of programs in the Middle East and North Africa is set to be launched by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to stimulate the digital entertainment industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to establish entrepreneurial businesses in electronic gaming through a business accelerator, including quality-training programs. Minister of Communications and Information Technology His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Sawah made this announcement in a speech at the opening of the entertainment industry event ‘Joy Forum 2019’ held in Riyadh recently.

Minister Al-Sawah said, "These programs are part of a participatory and complementary effort between the Ministry and both General Entertainment Authority and Saudi Federation for Mental and Electronic Sports, with a view to seizing the opportunities of this growing sector." “The entertainment industry has witnessed significant shifts in the world over the last few years, amounting to more than SR 8 trillion, where digital and technical transformation contributes 55% of its revenues,” Al-Swaha added.

Al-Sawah stated that the Kingdom ranks first among the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the size of the electronic games market and among the top 20 markets worldwide, with 4.6 million active players and revenues of about SR 2.8 billion in 2018, which calls for capturing the opportunities in the market through coordination between all stakeholders in the digital entertainment industry.

He also pointed out that the Kingdom has an integrated ecosystem of digital capabilities that help to promote the digital entertainment industry, from the digital structure through to the innovation centers for emerging technologies and academies for qualification and training of national cadres, in addition to programs for supporting and financing entrepreneurial projects.

Minister of ICT MCIT Ministry of ICT electronic gaming GEA digital entertainment Joy Forum 2019

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