Mobile Gaming Stats in the Middle East Revealed
Mobile Gaming Stats in the Middle East Revealed

AdColony EMEA partnered with OnDevice to conduct a survey of mobile gamers and mobile gaming habits, and the results reaffirm the global trends where mobile gaming is a demographically diverse audience that continues to expand and grow in the region.

The global gaming market is on track to reach over $115 billion in 2018. At over $50 billion, the mobile gaming industry accounts for nearly half of all the global gaming revenue.

In 2017, 42% of all gaming revenue went towards mobile games with a predicted growth to 52% in 2022.

With over 800,000 mobile games in the app store, these apps accounted for more than 80% of all app revenue from Apple’s iOS App and Google Play Stores.

The survey revealed that this growing market for mobile gaming shows no signs of stopping, and has become a mass marketing channel for brands with high attention potential and huge opportunity for developers, publishers, and advertisers alike.

United Arab Emirates tops the region for smartphone penetration in 2017

Michael Ward – COO at On Device Research commented saying, “Research indicates the United Arab Emirates was crowned the top region for smartphone penetration in 2017, with an amazing 80.6% penetration rate and a grand total of 7.5 million people with smartphones. Ramadan is a big income maker for mobile game developers. During a period where work hours are cut in half, the internet is the only main source of entertainment, people naturally turn to games to pass the time.”

Highlights for United Arab Emirates Residents

• 86% of Centennials and 79% of Gen Xers identify as people who play games on their mobile device
• UAE Mobile Gamers play on an average 20 to 40 minutes a day playing.
• The majority of those who play mobile games every day play games 5 times or more.
• 77% of UAE Mobile Gamers selected home as the place while they play games.
• 85% or the UAE Mobile Gamers prefer watching video ads for extra lives and/or in-game content in general.
• 84% of females and 87% of males said they play games on their mobile devices

Highlights for KSA

• 88% of centennials and 50% of Gen Xers identify as people who play games on their mobile device
• Saudi mobile gamers average 10 to 20 minutes a day playing.
• The majority of those who play mobile games every day play games 5 times or more.
• 77% of Saudi mobile gamers selected home as the place while they play games.
• 80% or the Saudi users prefer watching video ads for extra lives and/or in-game content in general.
• 89% of females and 93% of males play say they play games on their mobile devices

Highlights for Egypt

• More than 90% of centennials and 88% of Gen Xers identify as people who play games on their mobile device
• Egyptian mobile gamers average 20 to 40 minutes a day playing.
• The majority of those who play mobile games every day play games 5 times or more.
• 79% of Egyptian mobile gamers selected home as the place while they play games.
• 87% or the Egyptian users prefer watching video ads for extra lives and/or in-game content in general.
• 90% of females and 83% of males play say they play games on their mobile devices

[Read also: Global Gaming Market 2017-2021 Report]