If you are a true gamer, you will probably want to own at least two gaming devices. Sure, there are great reasons why sticking to a PC or smartphone is always the best, but for most of us, gaming on multiple devices is just the way we enjoy our hobby. Even if we are somewhat casual about our consoles, we definitely can appreciate them, and owning a console is often enough fun to justify the investment. Yet to be able to make the best call, you will need to find out a few things before you buy. The Middle East is a vibrant region where gamers thrive. For the most part, it is people from the United Arab Emirates who tend to enjoy gaming devices the most, but there are also a lot of players from KSA, Qatar, Tunisia, Egypt, and others. Interestingly, in the MENA region, mobile gamers tend to outnumber those who play from either a console or a computer, which may appear bizarre to some people but actually makes perfect sense. Smartphones proved very cheap at the time gaming was born in MENA and more people could afford them.
PC gaming was roaring in the west, but the Middle East was getting introduced to some excellent games for smartphones. With these games developing quite quickly, the need to own an expensive console or a PC platform was somewhat relegated. Today, though, people do have a bigger purchasing power, and – well, it’s good to know what you are buying. We are going to quickly work through some viable platform options and see why they make sense.
1. Mobile Gaming
Mobile gaming is the main driver of gaming opportunities in the Middle East region. Players who enjoy gaming will definitely have started on mobile not because they cannot afford a PC, but rather because of how many great games there are for smartphones. With Razer’s gaming smartphone sales booming in the Middle East, it’s easy to see why players turn to this platform. Popular mobile games here include:
- Call of Duty
- Free Fire
All of these games are extremely popular and if you are looking to play on mobile, they are probably the games you would be after. In terms of buying a device, Razer and ASUS tend to be the two absolute best producers of gaming smartphones. Of course, you can go much cheaper with a regular brand and smartphone, but the downside there is that you may burn through battery life very quickly and that is not something you want to do.
2. PC Gaming
In the past PCs were considered to be expensive, but today you can play all your favorite esports without spending too much for computing power. In fact, Arabic online casino games will run on even an office computer and so would most other games. Of course, you might need a mid-range computer to enjoy Dota 2, League of Legends or Call of Duty properly, but the good news is that because you are in the Middle East region, you can purchase from pretty much anywhere. You can have components delivered from China or the Philippines and regional shipping is often somewhat cheaper than in Western Europe or the United States, which means that you can get good hardware, right from the manufacturers, at somewhat cheaper prices because of the easier import. If you are looking to buy, it’s good to remember that you will always have gaming communities to join and be a part of and that will help you make the choice of a PC so much easier since you have many other players to spend time with.
3. Console Gaming in the Middle East
If you are looking to buy a console in the Middle East, it may be worth mentioning that consoles tend to be a little more expensive. For one, the games you usually purchase for consoles are worth at least $60 which makes it hard. You also have to account for the fact that PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox all have subscriptions to be able to access many of their services. Consoles are prevalent in North America, but they remain a bit of a niche entertainment in the Middle East and that is fine. If you must buy one, there are no bad choices. We generally hold PlayStation to be the best of the three in terms of design, look, and game variety. Xbox is equally matched more or less, and Nintendo offers some niche games that are available just for it.