RIYADH, October 12, 2017 – Thousands of video- and computer-game enthusiasts gathered at King Abdullah Park in Riyadh for the 10th edition of Gamers’ Day. The four-day event is the largest gaming exhibition in Saudi Arabia and one of the biggest in the GCC.
The event, which kicked off officially on Thursday, includes fun activities for individuals and families, while offering gaming enthusiasts the chance to check out unreleased games and new releases, as well as interact with some of the greatest names in the industry, such as Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Worldwide Studios; Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Polyphony Digital and producer of the Gran Turismo video game series; and David Cage, founder of the game development studio Quantic Dream.
Others include Nolan North, an American actor and voice actor; Angie Smets, executive producer at Guerrilla Games in Amsterdam; Katsuhiro Harada, director from Bandai Namco Entertainment, best known as the producer of the Tekken series; and Michiel van der Leeuw, a renowned games developer.
Participants also have an opportunity to attend seminars and interactive sessions on relevant topics, to be hosted by the industry celebrities.
The exhibition comes on the heels of two major gaming events, GAMESARABIA and Gamerscon, held in the port city of Jeddah last month. Many of these events are supported by Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), which has also backed other entertainment events in the Kingdom recently such as Comic Con, held in Jeddah in February.
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, mandates the building of a vibrant society and Saudi youth are a key driver of the change. GEA is the government entity established to organize, develop and lead the entertainment sector to provide exciting entertainment options and to contribute to enriching people’s lifestyles and the nation’s social cohesion. The authority believes that events such as these will create a vibrant and dynamic “young culture”.