Summary

Four in ten people in the MENA region play video games. That is fewer than the number who consume films, television or music, but those who do play video games do so frequently. Games are more popular among men, younger individuals, non-Arab expatriates and those who have achieved a higher level of education and income. Those who play video games do so an average of five hours per week, and a quarter of gamers play more than ten hours a week. Gamers are more likely to say they play alone than with others, and those who do play with others are equally likely to do so online as offline.

Video games are the only entertainment medium in the region that is more likely to be consumed (played) in English than in Arabic. Driving/racing games are the most popular, followed by sports-themed games, war games and MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing games) such as World of Warcraft.