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GameDevZone at Gamers8: Unravelling Educational Opportunities for Saudi Arabia’s Gaming and Esports Enthusiasts

GameDevZone at Gamers8: Unravelling Educational Opportunities for Saudi Arabia’s Gaming and Esports Enthusiasts

On July 9th, 2023, Gamers8: The Land of the Heroes, the largest gaming and Esports festival worldwide, is making waves in Saudi Arabia’s gaming and Esports sector with the introduction of “GameDevZone.” This groundbreaking educational platform is set to provide unparalleled opportunities for aspiring gamers to enhance their skills and explore new horizons. With an array of programs, esteemed partners, and a commitment to fostering talent, GameDevZone is revolutionizing gaming education in Saudi Arabia. 

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Under the umbrella of the Saudi Esports Federation (SEF)-organized Gamers8: The Land of Heroes festival, GameDevZone promises an enthralling experience for participants. With over 20 captivating programs on offer, including masterclasses and workshops, GameDevZone caters to a wide range of gaming enthusiasts. From mastering game design and mechanics with Fortnite Creative & Unreal Engine to exploring the metaverse, the educational opportunities are diverse and enticing.

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Nine66, a key player in the Saudi Arabian gaming industry, takes center stage as the presenting partner for GameDevZone. Joining forces with Nine66 are ten renowned providers, including DigiPen, Unity, Gen.G, Digital Media Academy Silicon Valley, Robothink, MISK, Google, Veryality, and Gosu Academy. These partners bring their expertise to GameDevZone, ensuring participants have access to top-tier educational resources and industry knowledge.

GameDevZone at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes
GameDevZone at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes

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Ahmed Albishri, Deputy CEO at the Saudi Esports Federation, emphasizes the vital role of education in nurturing talent and developing the gaming community in Saudi Arabia. He states that GameDevZone’s objectives are to increase knowledge, raise awareness, up-skill participants, expose them to new resources, generate innovative and creative ideas, and provide networking opportunities. These objectives align with the broader vision of positioning Saudi Arabia as a global hub for Gaming and Esports, emphasizing the significance of GameDevZone within Gamers8: The Land of Heroes. 

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GameDevZone’s impact is poised to soar this summer. The platform aims to provide over 3,000 training hours to approximately 3,500 participants, marking a significant increase from last year’s figures. This surge in training hours reflects the growing interest and demand for gaming education. Moreover, GameDevZone has set its sights on developing more than 400 games this year, doubling the accomplishments of 2022. The festival anticipates attracting over 50,000 visitors, with a specific focus on achieving a 30% female participation rate, promoting inclusivity and diversity within the gaming community.

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The GameDevZone program boasts a rich tapestry of courses designed to cater to a diverse range of gaming interests. Participants can explore 2D Game Development, delve into the intricacies of game sound design and music, earn a Unity Certification, and learn the art of storytelling in video games. Additionally, GameDevZone offers programs that delve into Artificial Intelligence in gaming, game engine mechanics, and the foundations of games UX. Whether one’s passion lies in music composition, coding, or animation, GameDevZone provides a comprehensive educational experience.

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Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the central focus of the festival, has a staggering prize pool of $45 million—triple the amount from the previous year. This grand event showcases elite gaming titles alongside live concerts by top global, regional, and local artists. In addition, the festival offers numerous family-friendly activities and attractions, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees. The culmination of the festival, the Next World Forum, held at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center on August 30-31, brings together gaming and esports leaders and experts from around the world.

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GameDevZone at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes presents an unparalleled opportunity for Saudi Arabia’s gaming and esports enthusiasts to enhance their skills, expand their knowledge, and unlock their creative potential. With its comprehensive program, esteemed partners, and commitment to inclusivity, GameDevZone is poised to solidify Saudi Arabia’s position as a global gaming powerhouse. Embrace the journey into the world of gaming education and be a part of this extraordinary event. For detailed information, please visit GameDevZone | Gamers8.

GameDevZone at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes
GameDevZone at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes








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