Saudi launches group to develop eSports


eSport gaming is growing in popularity in many places around the world. — AFP Relaxnews

Saudi Arabia has launched a group to develop its video gaming industry, state media reported on Jan 26, as the Gulf country seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy.

Video gaming and esports have grown in popularity in the kingdom of some 35 million people, the majority of whom are under the age of 25. Saudi Arabia’s games market reached US$1bil (RM4.19bil) in 2021, the highest value among the Arab countries of the Gulf, according to market researcher Niko Partners.

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