Jordan-based mobile game developer and publisher Tamatem Games has emerged as the top player in the Arabic language mobile game market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, CEO and Founder of Tamatem Games, Hussam Hammo told the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
Tamatem Games has published over 50 games since its inception in 2013, with a combined download count of over 150 million across its portfolio.
Hammo stated that the company has over 1 million active users per month. Tamatem Games currently employs around 150 people, including 85 in Jordan, with offices in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and a new one soon to open in Cairo.
The company aims to provide engaging games to the Arab market.
Hammo highlighted the lack of qualified and skilled labor as one of the key challenges faced by the gaming industry in Jordan.
There are no electronic gaming courses in Jordanian universities, so most people working in this profession have to learn on their own, he said.
Attracting foreign labor is also a challenge, while weak marketing of the gaming industry is another hurdle. Hammo noted that most successful gaming companies in the Arab world are based in Jordan.
According to Hammo, the salaries of game makers are lucrative, and internet courses are available for beginners.
He urged the government to adopt new technology and ease regulations for entrepreneurs to attract investments, as in other countries.
Tamatem Games is currently focused on developing and launching more games, expanding its business in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Arab Gulf countries, he said.
The company is also interested in entering the esports and metaverse worlds. Esports involves mobility and playing at the same time, while the metaverse is the future of gaming, he said.