This is frustrating for Blizzard customers in Saudi Arabia. I’ve been a World of Warcraft subscriber for a few years and now I want to buy the Authenticator from the Blizzard store but I can’t because they do not ship to Saudi Arabia. Seriously Blizzard?? You can ship to India (and others listed on their site) but nothing for customers in the Middle East?
And don’t get me started on Starcraft 2, if I wanted to play at crap lag I need to play on EU servers and buy the EU game and if I want to play with people I know in the US (and crappier lag) I need to pay AGAIN. Seriously? What part of INTERNET do you not get Blizzard?
You need to hurry up, the offer will end in about 31 hours!
Steam is having a huge sale on their games! Torchlight is half priced at $9.99, GTA 4 for $7.50, Mirror’s Edge for $4.99 and many many more! Visit the official Steam promotion page here.
Steam Game Sales monitors sales on Steam as well.
This is a great time to buy original games instead of pirating them. Software piracy is high in Saudi Arabia so it’s a good opportunity to spend money on these games and support the developers.
You might need to change your billing address to an Aramex or myUS address.
The second Sony PlayStation Gamers Day in Saudi Arabia will be held between October 21st to 23rd in Riyadh. You can register to attend the event here. Via True Gaming.
You can find more info from the first PlayStation Gamers Day at this page.
Quick FYI: I have given the @saudigamer Twitter account to @dubayan who currently have SaudiGamer.com podcast.
Saudigamer.me will still take you to this section of my site.
It’s almost time for Blizzard’s BlizzCon 2009 and this year they actually offered a method for international customers to watch the events. It’ll cost about $39 though. Here’s what you get:
* Exclusive interviews and commentary
* Main stage presentations including opening ceremony
* Tournament coverage and team highlights
* BlizzCon 2009-exclusive World of Warcraft in-game pet, Grunty the Murloc Marine.
Hey, A little Murloc Marine never hurts! BlizzCon 2009 live stream will be aired August 21-22, 2009 and you can find more information about it from Blizzard’s site.
SaudiGamer: 2001-2005. You thought it’s over? But it’s not.
.com is back and one letter shorter!
If you care about the Nintendo Wii, here’s some GDC 2009 news:
As we said before, Nintendo is still ignoring the Saudi Arabia market with their DS and Wii. Most of the devices sold here are gray market and have no warranty.
Make sure to check WiiPod, one of the best Arabic blogs about the Nintendo Wii! Too bad Nintendo isn’t interested in the Middle East.
If you are playing World of Warcraft, a classic Blizzard game or planning on buying any of the new Blizzard games (Diablo 3, Starcraft 2). Then make sure you are registered on Battle.net.
You can “merge” your World of Warcraft accounts with it as well. Unfortunatly it is restricted to American World of Warcraft accounts. European are “Coming Soon! The World of Warcraft account merge process is not yet available in your region”.
Nintendo documents the worst countries in the world in terms of rampant Nintendo game piracy every year. And send the report the US trade representative. The countries include China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Paraguay.
Missing from the list in my opinion Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East. Let’s be honest, software/game/movie piracy is still high here, in fact, I found this report (pdf) by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA). Let’s see what they say under “Entertainment Software”:
Pirated copies are sold openly everywhere. Businesses engaged in the sale of legitimate video game product are severely undermined by the ready availability of pirated game product in the market. Licensees report that there is a marked contrast between sales of entertainment software for platforms that have been hacked and those platforms that, to date, remain impervious to
Hacked platforms include the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Xbox 360. Almost every Nintendo Wii sold in Saudi Arabia already includes a mod chip that allows you to play pirated Wii games. They are sold for usually 10-30SR ($3-8).
The Nintendo Wii systems sold in Saudi Arabia are either American or Japanese. There is no Nintendo “authorized dealer” in Saudi Arabia or the Middle East! Checking Nintendo’s list of distributors, Saudi Arabia links to Nintendo of Europe GmbH (a German only website!). I have tried to contact them, asking about their Wii distributor in Saudi Arabia. Their answer was:
Dear Mr. A.,
Thank you for your eMail which reached the German Communication Center.
First we have to inform you that the Nintendo distributors in the different countries are the responsible contact for the consumers of their country.
Unfortunately there is no special Nintendo distributor in your country at the moment. So we only can recommend you to inform you in the shops which sell video games.
We are sorry that we cannot give you any better information.
“So we only can recommend you to inform you in the shops which sell video games” That didn’t even make sense! The high amount of Nintendo Wii/DS piracy in Saudi Arabia is Nintendo’s fault! The lack of an official Nintendo distributor in Saudi Arabia is only supporting the gray market and is not good for Nintendo!
Go ahead to Nintendo’s Anti-Piracy site and contact them. Or just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them that their lack of official distributors in Saudi Arabia is not helping them.
Valve and Square Enix announced a partnership to bring Square Enix games to the PC using the Steam service. It will start with The Last Remnant on 9 April 2009.
Square Enix president and CEO, John Yamamoto, said of the deal, “We are excited to offer the millions of Steam customers online access to Square Enix titles beginning with our major action RPG, The Last Remnant,” adding that, “Square Enix is committed to delivering the best quality titles to PC gamers and distribution on Steam is one of the many steps we are taking to increase accessibility for fans in North America and PAL territories.”
Many gamers in Saudi Arabia are Square Enix fans so I thought I would share this piece of news.