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MENA Games Job Fair Showcases the Region to International Talent

On December 5th 2023 we wrapped up the first ever MENA Games Job Fair. Powered by Games Factory Talents and presented by Nine66 studio, the event was organized to support companies from the MENA region in growing their thriving, modern games ecosystem. It was an educational, wholesome meeting of local studios and talents from all over the world.
Categorization of the attending talents
Split of talents based on location
Gamedev professionals from across 88 countries joined the event. Majority of the talents were from Saudi Arabia.
Much like our familiar Games Job Fair, the MENA Games Job Fair was focused on career-boosting, informative talks, and providing the companies and industry professionals with a chance to hold one-to-one meetings through the PINE platform. Participating alongside Nine66 were Steer Studios, Naphora, Sandsoft, Narsun Studios, and Starvania.

The talks were mostly aimed at helping attendees enter, or make the switch to the games industry. Ali Farha from Star Stable Entertainment AB talked about "Starting Your Journey in the Gaming Industry," while Mafalda Duarte from Telescope Game Studios, and Bengin Bayrak from Fast Travel Games covered the shift from other industries into gaming. Deema Almutairi from Gcon covered breaking into the industry in Saudi Arabia specifically as well.
Starting Your Journey in the Gaming Industry
Crafting Your Own Path into Game Development
Successfully Making the Switch to the Games Industry from Another Industry
Other topics included the use of AI in game development, the role of QA in the industry, as well as optimizing one's LinkedIn profile for their job search, a talk provided by Ala' Abu Gharbieh, Senior Account Director at LinkedIn. The event concluded with Ricardo Flores's take on how to grow Saudi Arabia's gaming ecosystem.
The Role of AI in Game Development
LinkedIn Best Practices
How to Grow KSA's Gaming Ecosystem - A Personal Perspective
We want to thank all attending studios and talents for their contribution and interest in the region's efforts to promote a welcoming, inclusive, sustainable gaming sector. We also want to thank our partner, Nine66 games, for the initiative, and we would love to collaborate with them again soon. As for the next Games Job Fair in Europe, keep your eyes on us for more news coming soon.
Participating Studios
The next hybrid Games Job Fair!

Our next hybrid Games Job Fair will be held in the Spring of 2024! So we urge you to connect with us on our social networks and we look forward to seeing you again in a few months. Until then, we wish you success in finding your dream job and stay safe!