There are more than 20 million computer gamers in Iran and each one plays 2 hours a day in average.
“Its more than 20 years that video games have entered Iran and influence on our young generation. Researches show that there are more than 20 million computer gamers in Iran and they play 2 hours a day in average. Statistics prove that most of these young gamers prefer to play Western games which are in contrary of Iran’s cultural values.” Executive-Manager of Iran’s National Foundation of Computer Games Behrooz Minaei said.
“According to a direct decree by Iran’s supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, we formed Iran’s National Foundation of Computer Games in order to filter and control the foreign computer games in Iran. Our mission is to support the local game makers and teach experts. Also we survey the content of foreign games and we rank and place them in different categories which help parents to decide whether their children are eligible to play these games or not.” Behrooz Minaei added.
Minaei also referred to the huge investments of Western companies on video game industry and asked private sector to invest in this field too.
As of now, none of the home made games have claimed a notable market share in Iran.