One of the largest, if not the largest, video game companies has just signed a cooperation deal with the Emirate of Dubai to expand its services in the Arab region, thus enhancing the role of UAE as the destination for Arab players and their hub for esports
Dubai Internet City (DIC) announced today that it has been selected by Chinese company Tencent, the owner of the largest stake in Epic Games, the owner of Fortnite, as well as PUBG Mobile as a regional HQ in the Middle East and North Africa, which promises more Arab support in the company’s online games.
Ammar Al Malik, CEO of Dubai Internet City (DIC), said that the launch of Tencent’s regional operations from Dubai demonstrates the confidence of the company and the technology sector as a whole in Dubai’s innovation and knowledge-based economy. He also expressed confidence that the company’s entry into Dubai Internet City Sector in Dubai and the Arab region.
Vincent Wang, general manager of Tencent’s global publishing division, said that the spread of the Internet and mobile phones in the UAE is an encouraging indicator for technology companies around the world and this is strongly related to the global gaming industry.
“Through our partnership with Dubai Internet City and the launch of our headquarters in Dubai, which already houses the world’s leading companies and the world’s most talented talent, we are looking to create a platform that will invest in the regional gaming market and contribute to its development while encouraging local gamers and developers to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. To the maximum extent, “adds Vincent
Tencent Games was founded in 2003 in China and has launched many interactive services and games that have brought it to the world-wide reputation with the most notable being PUBG Mobile recently. More than 55,000 employees across the company work on a wide range of products and services, including interactive promotion and digital payments Artificial intelligence technology and more.
The new deal will further enhance the role of the UAE and more specifically Dubai as the future esports capital in the region, especially with the construction of some of the world’s largest video game arena and more attention to the gaming industry as a whole.