Middle East Gaming Industry

Spannender Artikel auf Ars Technica über die syrische Spiele-Industrie und Games im Mittleren Osten:

"Life for Syrian game developers has never been better," joked Falafel Games founder Radwan Kasmiya in an e-mail to Ars Technica. "You can test the action on the streets and get back to your desktop to script it on your keyboard."

Kasmiya's icy humor hides a sobering truth about the troubles faced by Syria's once-promising game development industry. The country once looked like a future technology hub, with its centralized location among the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries allowing it to easily draw programming and engineering talent from Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. But that promise has been effectively squashed, first by global economic sanctions and then by more than a year of bloody civil conflict.

Now, amid the chaos in the streets, the majority of Syria's young techies have fled for better jobs and heightened security in the neighboring countries of Jordan and Lebanon. Others have gone even further.

Game over—how sanctions and violence doomed Syria's gaming industry