It’s not often most gamers would think about a Middle Eastern country as a game development hub, but Andrew Groen has explored the area: The prognosis is bleak.
“The entertainment industry was the first to be affected by the revolution,” said Kasmiya, who left Syria to start Falafel Games from the relative safety of his current home in China. “During the previous 11 months, most IT companies either closed or are facing hardships. A large wave of talent is migrating towards neighboring countries.”
Syria’s games industry now looks like just another collateral casualty of dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s struggle to hold power.
Groen, Andrew. “Game over—how sanctions and violence doomed Syria’s gaming industry” (Ars Technica: May 6, 2012) <http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/05/game-overhow-sanctions-and-violence-doomed-syrias-gaming-industry.ars>.