Foreign games share 95% of Iran’s digital gaming market

Business Materials 26 December 2016 16:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 26

By Fatih Karimov – Trend:

Foreign games dominating Iran’s digital gaming market with a huge share of 95 percent, Fars news agency reported Dec. 26 citing a recent poll.

The revenues through digital games in Iran’s market amounted to 4,600 billion rials ($142 million) in the last Iranian fiscal year (ended March 2016.

The mentioned figure also includes gaming hardware.

Almost 65 percent of the digital gaming revenues come through mobile platform games, meanwhile computer games share 20 percent of the revenues.

Over 94 percent of mobile games belong to Android-based phones and tablets, 5 percent to IOS and below 1 percent to Windows phone.

Of the gaming population, 67 percent are men and 33 are women, according to the report.

The Iranian Digital Games Research Center said in a report in Aug. 2016 that 23 million out of Iran’s population of 79 million play computer games, 53 percent of whom play on a regular basis.

According to the report, the gamers play on average 79 minutes per day. Sixty-nine percent of them have online access, but only 39 percent play online games.

The top five genres chosen by Iranians are driving, escapade, mystery, horror and sports.

Clash of Clans has been the most popular game in Iran so far, the report said.