An Overview of Iran's Games Market

Iran is part of the fastest growing region globally - MEA, or MENA (Middle East & North Africa) - currently sees 25% year-over-year growth (compared to Latin America at 13.9% growth, the Asia Pacific at 9.2% growth, North America at just 4% growth) and Western Europe at 4.8% growth).


MENA's 3rd largest games market!


  • Iran has the 3rd largest games market in the Middle East.
  • It brings in $431 million in total games revenue (as of 2017), which is larger than many of Europe's game markets, including Denmark ($396 million in software sales), Norway ($361 million), Finland ($336 million), Portugal ($153 million), Greece ($112 million).


Total games revenue is larger than

many of Europe's game markets.


Which Gaming Platforms Drive Iran's Market?


A PC & console market of $170 million.


  • Iran's PC & console game market make up nearly $170 million.
  • There are 23 million Iranian PC gamers (out of a population of over 81 million). This is on par with Europe's biggest gaming markets - the UK has 29 million PC gamers and Spain has 23 million.
  • While Saudi Arabian gamers spend 3X more than American & European gamers on average, gamers in Iran are more likely to pay for game downloads (34%, versus Saudi Arabia's 13%).
  • 30% of Iranian mobile gamers pay to download games each month, with 84% playing on Android.
  • Roughly 20% of Iranian game players do pay for in-app purchases (IAP), but this has a low return, due to the country's lower disposable income than other countries in the MENA region. 
    • 60% of Iran's gamers pay under $5 per month, whereas in Saudi Arabia, 29% of women and 41% of men spend $10-$99 per month on IAP.


As many PC gamers as Spain,

nearly as many as the UK. 



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Latest page update: 1Q2018.

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