I’m increasingly asked these days for a nitty-gritty sum on this whale basement we call Saudi Arabia.

As we proceed a speak in Dubai this month on a subject, we motionless to run a consult that eschews all freeloaders and minnow low-paying players, targeting customarily dolphins and whales. Or in other words, it’s a consult that shares insights about mobile players who compensate a smallest of 50 Saudi Riyals (USD $13) per month on in-game purchases, that we will conclude here as dolphins and whales. These are a gems that compensate us behind and compensate us good in terms of lifetime value if they hang around. During a march of dual weeks (September 12 to Sep 26), 747 of these Saudis responded to a consult . Here’s what they had to say.

First off, we’re articulate about a flattering hardcore bunch: 25 percent play mobile games 3 or some-more hours per day.

Saudi how prolonged they play

Saudi how prolonged they play

The consult found an above-average thoroughness of bona fide whales, too — during slightest 13 percent, depending on your clarification of these high spenders. (SAR 500 is $133 USD during an sell rate of 3.76.)

How many they spend

How many they spend

As we customarily screened players formed on freemium or free-to-play diversion spending, it’s engaging to see that customarily 56 percent of these folks compensate to download games. Seventy-four percent state they compensate to download possibly once per month or customarily on occasion.

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Adventure (55 percent), movement (42 percent), infrequent (27 percent), plan (26 percent) and nonplus (24 percent) are their tip genre categories. Sports (20 percent), hardcore (19 percent) and racing (18 percent) route closely behind. The consult found no sold surprises here, as it some-more or reduction follows tellurian trends — i.e., Saudis are only as receptive to Supercell pretension and Candy Crush addictions as any other gamer, no matter their locale.

themes and genres

themes and genres

What’s startling to us preachers of localization is a denunciation environment they state they customarily play games on.

language settings

language settings

It’s dubious of us to contend that it is essential to focus games to Arabic, quite when it comes to infrequent titles that have minimal calm to wade through. Even if Saudis cite a diversion to be in their internal tongue, they clearly won’t find denunciation to be an comprehensive separator from them removing their hands on what they understand to be a coolest and many renouned games.

What we diversion localizers do know that is in preference of localization is that it roughly always improves acclimatisation rates opposite a house — by during slightest single-digit shifts. And this is generally critical for medium-performing games or those that are plateauing. It is naturally also flattering imperative for narrative-heavy games or for those where “server worlds” need to be distant in sequence to encourage a right internal village dynamics.

What influences

What influences

So who are these profitable players who make us a lot of income if we acquire and torment them in a right way? Sixty-one percent are between 25-44 years of age, and 30 percent are 24 and younger. Twenty-three percent are women. But as is customarily a box in Saudi, a infancy of a “prefer not to say” difficulty (11 percent in this survey) are customarily women, so keep that in mind when reflecting on a gender disparity.

Age of Saudi downloaders

Age of Saudi downloaders

Gender of Saudi downloaders

Gender of Saudi downloaders

Fifty-one percent of a payers are on iOS while 45 percent are on Android. Usually a latter has a top palm in terms of user base, though it creates clarity in this box given I’ve never tailored a consult particularly to payers before. We all know a lion’s share of app store income continues to upsurge into Apple’s pocket, and this proves loyal in Saudi all a same, so it’s receptive that a dolphin ratio leans iOS.

For some additional context, here is my stream marketplace relapse of Saudi games income formed on Newzoo’s latest news (October 19).

Saudi marketplace estimates

Saudi marketplace estimates

Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh is a cofounder during Gameguise, a Dubai-based publisher of online games in a Middle East and a consultancy to tellurian diversion developers and publishers that need internal assistance in bargain and handling in a market.

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