• Middle East Gaming Market Report 2021: Adoption of e-Sports Betting and Fantasy Sites Drives the Market – Forecasts to 2026
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    Middle East Gaming Market Report 2021: Adoption of e-Sports Betting and Fantasy Sites Drives the Market – Forecasts to 2026

    DUBLIN, August 11, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Middle East Gaming Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 – 2026)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

    The Middle East Gaming Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1% during the forecast period 2021-2026.

    With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the gaming market in the region is expected to witness significant growth, owing to an increased usage of online gaming services. Various gaming vendors in the market studied are expected to focus on increasing their user base during this period and surging returns post COVID-19 scenarios, owing to which vendors are offering benefits, offers, and waiving off their fees on the use of their services.

    The gaming industry is proliferating in the United Arab Emirates, with rising interest and investment in locally developing homegrown talent and games. In terms of spending, it is a very diverse region. It is expected that the average gamer in the country spends USD 115 per year.

    Additionally, the growing penetration of smartphones and online gaming is a key factor driving the growth of the market. The growing development of AR-based apps and games is expected t create market opportunities over the forecast period.

    The government of the country is also heavily investing billions of dollars in theme parks and the amusement space. So, as a Saudi entertainment industry stakeholder, trade visitors can attend dedicated conferences to gain knowledge and wealth of experience and get a hands-on technology experience at its innovative best.

    Saudi Arabia set up a new charity e-sports event to raise money to fight the COVID-19 outbreak with a USD 10 million prize fund. The competition comes as the COVID-19 outbreak keeps people at home, shuts down businesses, and restricts travel to a minimum. This may unite and connect the global gaming community in response to COVID-19. With around 70% of the country’s population under 30 years and approximately 20 million gamers or gaming enthusiasts, the market is expected to witness growth over the forecast period.

    Key Market Trends

    Smartphones is Expected to Hold the Significant Market Share

    • Smartphone gaming has increased in the past couple of years. In UAE, mobile gamers play an average of 20 to 40 minutes of video games a day (source: AdColony). This increasing demand for mobile games is a direct result of various technological advancements such as AR, VR, cloud gaming, 5G. This trend is not surprising considering the mobile game industry primarily relies on new technology. Another trend in the market includes the rise of the hyper-casual game genre.

    • AR is becoming perfect for mobile gaming, owing to its immersive and interactive nature of technology. Moreover, mobile games are the most popular AR category in app stores. Apart from previously released AR mobile games that are still popular, such as Pokemon Go and Ingress, multiple new additions to the genre are being made by players in the market such as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Minecraft Earth.

    • In August 2020, OPPO, a global smartphone brand, partnered with Dubai Summer Surprises to create a gaming extravaganza for the youth. The challenge was developed to engage gamers in the country with a uniquely designed, socially distant gaming arena at Mall of the Emirates.

    • Dubai Media City also announced that it will launch a new Instagram Live series called GAME_ON, in collaboration with ON.DXB, which will feature regular video game development workshops. Al-Natsheh’s workshop will comprise 3D modeling, rigging, animation, sound engineering, VR, and tips for developers in the United Arab Emirates to further their careers.

    Adoption of E-Sports Betting and Fantasy Sites Drives the Market

    • E-sports are witnessing substantial market demand in the current market scenario, and they are, thus, driving the overall gaming industry across the middle east. The entire e-sports market is expected to grow over the coming years.

    • Working with the Saudi Telecom Company, Activision introduced dedicated servers – hosted in Riyadh and Jeddah – for Call of Duty in the region. Moreover, Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, followed suit with Middle East servers for the game Valorant, in October 2020.

    • More recently, Kuwaiti telecoms provider Zain Group – which has 50 million customers across MENA – launched a new eSports brand, Zain Esports, with the aim of building a calendar of regional online eSports tournaments.

    • As part of this growth, Dubai plans to build a dedicated eSports stadium, and the South Korean-based International Esports Federation (IESF) signed an MoU with the UAE’s Motivate Media Group, as part of their plans to expand eSports in the Middle East.

    Competitive Landscape

    The Middle East Gaming market is moderately competitive and consists of a significant number of global and regional players. These players account for a considerable share in the market and focus on expanding their client base across the globe. These players focus on the research and development activities, strategic alliances, and other organic & inorganic growth strategies to stay in the market landscape over the forecast period.

    Key Topics Covered:





    4.1 Market Overview

    4.2 Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on the Gaming Industry

    4.3 Market Drivers

    4.3.1 Presence of young & millennial consumers

    4.3.2 Adoption of Gaming Platforms, such as E-sports Betting and Fantasy Sites

    4.4 Market Challenges

    4.4.1 Issues, like Piracy, Laws and Regulations, and Concerns Relating to Fraud During Gaming Transactions

    4.5 Porters Five Force Analysis

    4.6 Industry Ecosystem Analysis – Game Publishers, Technology & Network enablers, Customers & Stakeholders


    5.1 Current market scenario

    5.2 Analysis of Addressable Market for Cloud Gaming in Middle East

    5.3 Major Cloud Gaming stakeholders in Middle East

    5.3.1 Etisalat

    5.3.2 PlayPod

    5.3.3 PlayKey

    5.3.4 Nvidia (GeForce)

    5.3.5 Google Stadia

    5.4 Assessment of the major factors expected to influence the adoption of Cloud Gaming Market in Turkey

    5.5 Market Outlook


    6.1 By Platform

    6.1.1 Browser PC

    6.1.2 Smartphone

    6.1.3 Tablets

    6.1.4 Gaming Console

    6.1.5 Downloaded/Box PC

    6.2 By Country

    6.2.1 United Arab Emirates

    6.2.2 Saudi Arabia

    6.2.3 Turkey

    6.2.4 Iran

    6.2.5 Kuwait

    6.2.6 Rest of the Middle East


    7.1 Company Profiles

    7.1.1 Sony Corporation

    7.1.2 Microsoft Corporation

    7.1.3 Apple Inc.

    7.1.4 Google LLC (Alphabet Inc.)

    7.1.5 Electronic Arts Inc.

    7.1.6 NetEase Inc.



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  • Report: There Are More Teaching Jobs In Southeast Wisconsin Than Grads To Fill Them

    Report: There Are More Teaching Jobs In Southeast Wisconsin Than Grads To Fill Them

    Southeastern Wisconsin colleges and universities aren’t on track to graduate enough education majors to fill the projected openings for teachers in the region, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

    The 18 institutions in the Higher Education Regional Alliance issued about 2,062 education degrees and certificates a year from 2011 to 2019. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development estimates 2,565 openings for preschool and K-12 teachers per year from 2018 to 2028 in the seven counties those colleges cover.

    Sara Shaw, the lead researcher on the report, noted the gap between graduates and openings is likely even larger, since some people getting education degrees and certificates may be going into other fields, or they’re already teaching and just got a new certification.

    “We are already facing a gap straight off the bat,” she said. “Even if every single one of those education grads was going straight into teaching, which we know they are not, we would still be down.”

    Wisconsin, like the country as a whole, has been grappling with a teacher shortage well beyond just its southwest region.

    “We get calls from school districts all the time looking for people to fill teaching positions, and we honestly don’t have enough graduates to fill those positions, and I think it’s not just teachers, it’s school counselors and school psychologists,” said Deanna Schultz, associate dean at the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s school of education. “I think any dean at any UW campus would have a similar story.”

    The shortage is even more pronounced among teachers of color, who face barriers at every level of the teacher pipeline.

    Some school districts have set up programs to “grow their own” teachers — especially teachers of color — by identifying people within their communities and offering scholarships, mentorship and other support to get their teaching degrees.

    Daniel Jackson is an assistant principal at Marshall Middle School in Janesville. He received an early round of the Janesville Multicultural Teacher Scholarships, which uses donations and fundraising to provide a stipend to selected students earning a teaching certification in exchange for three years working for the School District of Janesville. He applied after getting his undergraduate degree in African American studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and was able to use the scholarship for the additional schooling he needed for his teacher certification.

    Since it started in 2008, the program has produced 10 teachers, seven of which, Jackson said, are still with the district. He’s now on the board for the scholarship and helps select recipients.

    “When we do the interviews and we sit in front of them, they tell us their stories and it’s incredible just to see where they’re coming from and where they want to go,” he said. “It’s like, man, I want my kid to have you as a teacher.”

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    The scholarship was established in 2008 to address the disparity between the student population and the district’s teachers — 16 percent of students were nonwhite, while teachers of color made up only 2 percent of the staff. Since then, the disparity has widened to 30 percent students of color and still about 2 percent teachers of color. Still, Jackson sees it as part of a long game to help students and other community members of color see a role for themselves in the district.

    “If we’re promoting diversity, promoting culturally responsive practices, I think that’s a hook not only for students to get into the profession, but efforts to diversify our staff currently,” he said.

    The Wisconsin Policy Forum report shows some improvement in attracting students of color.

    White students still earn the vast majority of education degrees in the 18 institutions included — 81.7 percent, compared to 74.9 percent of graduates across all degree programs — but that’s an improvement since 2011, when 87.8 percent of teaching graduates were white. About 70 percent of K-12 students were white in 2019, which means teaching graduates are still more white than the student population.

    In addition to the shortage of potential new teachers, a year and a half of pandemic learning has made some experts worry about teacher burnout sparking early retirements or teachers switching careers.

    Shaw noted it’s possible there will be other pressures on teacher demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I suspect that we would actually see it more on the side of school districts wanting to bring more staff in to be able to do things like lower class sizes so they can have more social distancing, or offer additional supports for students that often involve more staff,” she said. “If we were going to see a greater gap between supply and demand, I would actually expect it to be on the side of districts demanding more staff.”

    While the demand for new teachers may be increasingly outpacing the supply, Schultz said, it takes years to develop new teachers, whether they’re coming straight from high school or an entirely different career path.

    “We recognize that there is a need,” she said. “But to have qualified, well-prepared educators takes time, just like it takes time to prepare a doctor, or a lawyer, or an accountant.”