Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance appeals to region’s growing number of gaming enthusiasts to not use pirated games


{jcomments on}At least 73 per cent of actual global revenue from video gaming lost annually due to piracy




May 25, 2011

The Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance has urged the Middle East ’s internet users and gaming enthusiasts to fully understand the adverse consequences of illegally downloading video games. AAA pointed to a recent report published by AM Mindpower Solutions which shows that at least 73 per cent of actual global revenue from video gaming is lost every year due to piracy.

“The gaming industry is really big, both globally and in the Middle East , which is fuelled by a young, tech savvy demographic. However, piracy severely threatens the growth of this industry. In a bid to save some money, gaming enthusiasts often illegally download pirated versions of popular video games, without realizing the damage it is causing, both to their PCs and gaming consoles, but at a broader level, to the gaming industry and the economy as well. Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance is closely cooperating with governments across the region which is taking definite steps to tackle all forms of piracy, including illegal downloading of video games,” said Scott Butler, CEO, Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance.

“In the UAE in particular, law enforcement actions are being conducted against subjects across the country deploying pirated PS3 software, in addition to raids on shops and outlets that possess PS3 Modships,” he added.

Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance revealed that in 2010 a total of 165 gaming-related raids were conducted across the region, resulting in 135,531 seizures.

According to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global gaming market is expected to grow from USD52.5 billion (AED 192.82bn) from 2009 to USD 86.8 billion in 2014. The Middle East ‘s video games industry is also expected to witness similar growth buoyed by factors such as the rising penetration of broadband combined with consoles with online capabilities, wireless phones capable of downloading games, and technologically advanced consoles.


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