Pocket Gamer Connects International Gaming Conference kicks off at the Dead Sea

AMMAN — Pocket Gamer Connects, an international gaming conference hosted by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), part of the 11th round of the Jordan Gaming Summit, kicked off Saturday at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center .

The two-day gaming conference held on the shores of the Dead Sea saw the participation of 700 people interested in the gaming industry, including developers, workers and international companies, in partnership with British Steel Media Ltd., according to a KAFD statement.

This year’s event will bring together more than 100 speakers from around the world, to harness the knowledge and expertise of experts in mobile technologies, Android and iOS, computers, Blockchain, Metaverse and XR development tools.

During the opening ceremony, Noor Khrais, technical partner of the Jordanian Games Lab, highlighted KAFD’s efforts in favor of the gaming industry sector since 2011 through the App Challenge Competition, targeting young people aged 14 to 16 years, in addition to training, development and logistical support (Jordan Games Lab) as well as financial support for individuals and companies, and networking with leading developers and experts.

Reviewing the achievements of the Jordanian Games Lab, Khrais said that more than 10,000 members of different ages have joined the lab, adding that seven labs equipped with the latest technological trends have been established in Amman, Irbid, Aqaba, Maan, Zarqa and Karak in addition to the mobile laboratory.

He also pointed out that Pocket Gamer Connects is hosted by the annual gaming summit, which launched in 2011.

On the sidelines of the event, KAFD named Rasha Abu Shakhdam as the winner of the sixth edition of the King Abdullah II Prize for Youth Innovation and Achievement.

Former Minister of Education Wajih Owais has paid tribute to Shakhdam, whose “Martha for Education” project is helping deaf children access education.

The winning project will receive 50,000 JD for its development.

The King Abdullah II Prize for Youth Innovation and Achievement has been awarded to 41 entrepreneurs from eight Arab countries, during its five editions, providing some 85,088 direct and indirect opportunities.

Owais also honored the winners of the Challenge 2022 competition, titled “Space”, with Al Qadisiyah Secondary School for Boys in Madaba snatching first place in the Central Region for developing the game Astro verses, while the School of Excellence Abdullah II in Mafraq won first place. in the Northern region for developing the Pestro mission game, and Basira Girls’ Secondary School in Tafileh won first place in the Southern region for developing the Stare vehicle game.

The names of those who received support during the game developer support funding window have been announced, and include: Wood Reaper, Mars Adventures, Canada Kids and Manzel.

The gaming conference aims to keep attendees up to date with new trends in the gaming industry, as well as to build their abilities in the areas of investment, product promotion, use of various technologies and user attraction.

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