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Forest Interactive Welcomes Guests from the Prime Minister’s ICU and MDEC

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September 24, 2019, Kuala Lumpur— Forest Interactive was honored to welcome esteemed guests from the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Office to the corporate headquarters in Malaysia’s capital at Forest Interactive HQ, Kuala Lumpur.

The visit—which took place on the 22nd of September—was organized by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), under the government agency’s Global Acceleration and Innovation Network (GAIN) program. The GAIN program is an initiative started by MDEC to catalyze the growth of Malaysian and Malaysia-born tech businesses that have the potential to be industry leaders around the world. This visit allows the ICU to further understand the many companies chosen by MDEC to be fostered under this program, and help to create a better understanding of what local companies in Malaysia need to reach global heights and ultimately elevate the industry.

Members of the ICU of the Prime Minister’s Office meeting with Forest Interactive CEO Johary Mustapha to learn more about the company’s background

The ICU is the implementation arm of His Excellency, Tun Mahatir’s office that is in charge of promoting and raising awareness in terms of innovation with the country. They are also in charge of the desensitization and execution of best business practices within other agencies.

“We appreciate the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Office taking the time out of its busy schedule to visit our part of the tech world. We hope that more private entities engage with government agencies and vice versa. This way, the growth of the Malaysian digital sector will be supercharged,” says Forest Interactive CEO, Johary Mustapha.

Esteemed guests from the ICU and MDEC learn about Forest Interactive’s many awards from the CEO himself

The ICU and MDEC’s visit to Forest Interactive shows that not only do they want to learn about the latest innovations within the tech industry but also that they recognize Forest Interactive to be a major player within Malaysia’s ICT economy.

 

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About Forest Interactive

Forest Interactive is a global tech company that provides revenue generating content platforms for mobile operators. It is a trusted partner of 93 mobile operators and connected to 2.9B subscribers spread across 35 countries since 2006. The company operates highly-customizable platforms for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) which enables digital content distribution, including mobile games, esports, and video content services. Forest Interactive is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 12 regional offices in the United States, LATAM, the Middle East, and Asia.

Follow Forest Interactive on Instagram instagram.com/forestinteractive. Become a fan on Facebook facebook.com/forestinteractive. Or subscribe to our channel on YouTube, visit youtube.com/forestinteractiveglobal.

 

For more information, please contact:

Forest Interactive Corporate PR

Address: Unit C-7-2, Megan Avenue 2, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.

Phone: +60321622728 (Ext:236)

Email: corporatePR@forest-interactive.com

Website: forest-interactive.com

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Forest Interactive CEO Johary Mustapha Awarded as Young Entrepreneur of the Year at ACES Awards 2019   

ACES Awards 2019 – Young Entrepreneur of the year 2019 – 2

Bangkok, 20 September 2019 – Forest Interactive CEO Johary Mustapha continues to make waves in the corporate world by being recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Awards 2019. The awarding gala was held at Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand (20/9).

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year is bestowed to only one recipient each year from across Asia as a recognition for his/her exceptional business performance towards the status of a mega brand. The winner embodies fine values, strong beliefs and unwavering dedication in their entrepreneurial pursuit, thus serving as an inspiration for aspiring young leaders.

Johary Mustapha was selected among 300 nominations from across the region and was the only Malaysian in the Leadership – Individual Category. CEOs from Lufthansa, Empire East Land Holdings, Generali, Nestlé, Phoenix Petroleum, Pruksa Holding, and Sintesa Group also received awards of their leadership recognition.

(Left – Right) Luis Bueno Nieto, ACES Awards Jury Panel, Shanggari Balakrishnan, CEO MORS Group, Johary Mustapha, Forest Interactive CEO, Dr. Jayanthi Desan, ACES Awards Jury Panel, and Hemant K. Batra, ACES Awards Jury Panel. Johary Mustapha, Forest Interactive CEO, awarded as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at ACES Awards 2019 in Bangkok, Friday (20/9).

“We started the company with a staff of 3 and the firm belief that telecommunications is the wave of the future. Today, we deliver mobile messaging and content services to over 93 mobile operators across 35 different countries. This award reflects the level of excellence shown day in and day out by my Forest Interactive family. Thank you to our clients and especially our Telco partners. We would not be here without your trust and support; thank you for truly believing in us,” says Forest Interactive CEO Johary Mustapha.

Forest Interactive CEO Johary Mustapha started Forest Interactive with mobile content services in 2006. The company has developed several IP’s related to digital content distribution which enables to deploy a Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) such as Service Delivery Platforms (SDP), Mobile Games Publishing, and eVouchers.

Forest Interactive has been growing massively in 12 countries, and quite recently launched its Mobile eSports in partnership with Moonton (the developers behind Mobile Legends). The rapid growth of Forest Interactive makes it a member of the Global Acceleration Innovation Network (GAIN) a group of tech companies which has been recognized to scale globally by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

The ACES Awards is an award-giving body that recognizes outstanding companies and entrepreneurs that excel in their respective fields in terms of corporate social responsibility and leadership. This award means that both Johary Mustapha and Forest Interactive have made such a positive impact around Asia, inspiring other companies to do the same.

ACES Awards 2019 Winners from Malaysia (source: ACES Awards 2019, MORS Group)

 

About Forest Interactive
Forest Interactive is a global tech company that provides revenue-generating content platforms for mobile operators. It is a trusted partner of 93 mobile operators and connected to 2.9B subscribers spread across 36 countries since 2006. The company operates highly-customizable platforms for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) which enables digital content distribution, including mobile games, eSports, and video content services. Forest Interactive is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 11 regional offices in the United States, LATAM, the Middle East, and Asia.

Follow Forest Interactive on Instagram instagram.com/forestinteractive. Become a fan on Facebook facebook.com/forestinteractive. Or subscribe to our channel on YouTube, visit youtube.com/forestinteractive.

For more information, please contact:
Forest Interactive Corporate PR
Address : Unit C-7-1, Megan Avenue 2, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
Phone: +60321622728 (Ext:236)
Email: corporatePR@forest-interactive.com
Website: forest-interactive.com

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Huawei Launches New HarmonyOS As Google Alternative

Huawei Launches New HarmonyOS As Google Alternative
Source: businessinsider.my

With tensions running high between Google and Huawei, the latter has released news of their “Plan B” operating system, HarmonyOS. While China continues to negotiate with the US on a license to access Google’s Android operating system, should negotiations fall out, Huawei has a backup plan that’s been taking the Internet by storm with news of its release.

So, what is HarmonyOS? Huawei actually began developing the operating system way back in 2017 and based it on microkernel, which is similar to Google’s Fuchsia OS. So while the spotlight is on Android, Fuchsia is the real competitor for HarmonyOS. Huawei has claimed that their new OS is cleaner than Android, with far fewer lines of code; this enables faster communication between components, and thus facilitates the system’s ability to run on several other smart products.

HarmonyOS
Source: steemit.com

Currently, while Huawei insists that it has no plans to launch a smartphone with HarmonyOS, the system is allegedly able to be installed on the upcoming Mate 30 line. Huawei also revealed that should the occasion arise, the company can quickly switch the smartphones being manufactured from Android to HarmonyOS in a process that only requires a shocking 1 to 2 days.

Along with the new OS release, Huawei also announced its plans to roll out several upgrades along with its own compatible devices. Version 1.0 will be available on the newly launched Huawei Smart Screen TV, while the microkernel v2.0 will be launched in 2020. Plans for v3.0 will launch in 2021, supporting wearable devices like smart watches.

Huawei HarmonyOS

Source: infonews.news

One of the unique aspects about HarmonyOS is that Huawei will not be granting its consumers access to root the operating system. The company states that this policy is in order to avoid any security threats that may occur, based on their stance that rooting has been a security risk for Android and other Linux-based operating systems in the past.

However, Huawei does intend to make HarmonyOS 100% open source by 2020, for companies such as OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi to collaborate and develop the system for their own devices. Developers will also be able to port Android, HTML5, and Linux applications to HarmonyOS using Huawei’s ARK compiler, the company’s own open source toolkit.

What many consider to be a deal breaker for most consumers at this moment is that HarmonyOS will not support Android applications immediately upon delivery. The system requires several minor changes before existing applications can operate on it.

Moving forward, Huawei will be making major upgrades to the alternative app store they have built in place for Google Play Store. Huawei AppGallery is now inviting developers to release their apps on their flagship store.

 

 

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Forest Interactive Supports Erican College to Promote Blind Welfare

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Kuala Lumpur 13 August 2019 —Erican College, alongside major sponsor Forest Interactive, recently held a symposium for the blind. The event, entitled “Touch, Feel, and Hear: Seeing the World Beyond Sight,” was held on 13 August 2019, at Erican College in Kuala Lumpur.

The event—which hopes to shine a light on Malaysia’s visually impaired—was conducted in partnership with the Malaysian Association of the Blind (MAB).

The Malaysian Association of the Blind works hand-in-hand with other Malaysian associations for the visually impaired in order to provide training, education, and support for blind Malaysians across the states.

Present at the event were Vasanthakumaren Seri Ramaloo, Assistant Head of Academic for Erican College as well as students and faculty of Erican College. Other invited guests were George Thomas, General Manager for the Malaysian Association of the Blind and Sheena Pimentel, Head of Corporate PR for Forest Interactive.

(L-R) Saravanan Nallappan:
Lecturer, Erican College; Vasanthakumaren Seri Ramaloo: Assistant Head of Academics, Erican College; Sheena Pimentel: Head of Corporate PR, Forest Interactive

“We might still wonder what should we do if we see visually impaired people crossing the street? This campaign opened our eyes that impaired visual people are our friends and offer our hands to help. We are glad this program is initiated by 19-20-year-olds Erican College students. There is no reason not to support this movement,” said Sheena Pimentel, Head of Corporate PR for Forest Interactive.

“We believe that this event will empower the blind,” Vasanthakumaren said during his welcome speech. “We hope that after today they believe not in differentiability but different ability.” He goes onto say that this project goes hand in hand with Erican College’s goal to give students—both seeing and blind—a holistic education.

Apart from the speeches given by invited lecturers, a video produced by Erican College students was shown. Different handicrafts and products made by the Malaysian Association of the Blind’s were also showcased during the event.

Forest Interactive also supports education in tech programs by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) such as Level Up @ Schools and Kre8tif @ Schools initiatives. Those programs support talented, yet less fortunate and/or disabled students in the fields of digital creative industry.

About Forest Interactive
Forest Interactive is a global tech company that provides revenue-generating content platforms for mobile operators. It is a trusted partner of 93 mobile operators and connected to 2.9B subscribers spread across 36 countries since 2006. The company operates highly-customizable platforms for Mobile Network Operators (MNO) which enables digital content distribution, including mobile games, eSports, and video content services. Forest Interactive is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 11 regional offices in the United States, LATAM, the Middle East, and Asia.

Follow Forest Interactive on Instagram instagram.com/forestinteractive. Become a fan on Facebook facebook.com/forestinteractive. Or subscribe to our channel on YouTube, visit youtube.com/forestinteractive.

For more information, please contact:
Forest Interactive Corporate PR
Address : Unit C-7-1, Megan Avenue 2, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
Phone: +60321622728 (Ext:236)
Email: corporatePR@forest-interactive.com
Website: forest-interactive.com

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Forest Interactive Joins MWC again

Forest Interactive joins MWC 2019

MWC Barcelona 2019 is coming soon

Forest Interactive is excited to announce that we will be joining and exhibiting at the annual most-anticipated event in the mobile and telco industry; the MWC Barcelona 2019.

The MWC19 Barcelona is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies. The event will also feature extensive learning opportunities from dozens of partner-led programmes, GSMA seminars and more, including a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.

Taking place from the 25th until 28th February 2019, with events being staged at Fira Gran Via, Fira Montjuïc, and La Farga L’Hospitalet, MWC19 Barcelona is set to attract more than 107,000 professionals from over 200 countries and territories.

Come and visit us at our MWC booth 8.1 D72 and stand the chance to win the grand prize; iPhone XS!

Introducing Elfo, The 360 Performance-Driven Digital Marketing Service

“As a leading mobile tech company, we are happy to join this event for the second year in a row. This year, we will be introducing our new performance-driven digital marketing technology. We look forward to connecting with top key players in the industry and kick-starting new opportunities with affiliates, publishers, and advertisers as our potential partners.” – Said Norman Chen, Media Acquisition Manager at Forest Interactive.

We are also proud to bring and introduce Elfo, our new 360 digital marketing service that offers a new approach to integrated performance-based solutions for digital marketing. Elfo was founded on the idea that a client should be able to rely on one agency to handle all of its digital marketing. With Elfo, we deliver expertise in scaling your brand and business in the digital space so you could focus on whatever you want.

Click Here to set a meeting with our team at the MWC 2019

As an Associate Member of the GSMA (the organizer of MWC Barcelona), we can’t wait to be part of this big event once again. We predict that this year will for sure be grander as it has previously been. You can check out the video below on how it went down for us last year:

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Forest Interactive CEO, Johary Mustapha Named EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia

EOY Malaysia 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec.7, 2018 – Johary Mustapha, CEO Of tech Company, Forest Interactive was presented with the EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia Award at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia (EOY) Awards Gala last night.

The awards gala took place at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and was graced by the respected guest of honor, YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Minister of Entrepreneur Development Malaysia who shared his great insights on entrepreneurship and presented the awards to all the winners.

From left; Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof – Minister of Entrepeneur Development of Malaysia, Johary Mustapha – CEO of Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Rauf Rashid – Country Managing Partner of EY Malaysia.

EY unveiled its list of winners of the four category awards – Emerging, Technology, Woman and Master as well as the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia award. Johary was lauded for his outstanding contributions to the technology industry and was selected by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of judging criteria that is consistently applied globally by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme.

From left; Aaron Patel – EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018, Johary Mustapha – EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018, Phillip Rao – Programme director of EOY Malaysia, Song Hoi-see – EY Master Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 and Dr Lim Li Sze – EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018

On his achievement, Johary said, “It was really nice just to be nominated as one of the 15 Top Nominees a month ago, so to actually get the award was a bit surreal. I certainly have to pinch myself. Never have I dreamed of being on a list with such promising entrepreneurs. Truly pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected. Thank you so much to all who have kept their trust in me. This award goes out to all of you and especially to the MDEC GAIN program – I couldn’t have done it without their support. All the exposure, mentorships and networking events have eventually led to this.”

Forest Interactive is a mobile-focused tech company established in 2006. Throughout its inception, Johary has helmed the global operations of Forest Interactive and successfully expanded the company from its headquarters in Malaysia to 10 other offices across the globe. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents from 21 nationalities expanding market reach across 36 countries. Under Johary’s leadership, the company has entrenched itself to play an important part within the vibrant mobile industry, working closely with Mobile Network Operators, Industry Regulators, Government Agencies, Consumer Groups and related associations in enabling innovative solutions for the mobile ecosystem. To date, Forest Interactive has established a competitive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for telco, enterprise and content partners that reach out to more than 2.9B subscribers worldwide and has already partnered with over 100 corporate clients and 93 mobile operators across Asia, the Middle-East and the USA.

Johary Mustapha with Forest Interactive Management Team

Follow us on our social media to check out how it all went down at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia (EOY) Awards Gala: FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube

About Johary Mustapha

Johary Mustapha is an entrepreneur involved in the mobile and tech industry. A hands-on technical person, he founded Forest Interactive in 2006 from his earlier background of working with broadcasting and ICT companies. Johary has a long historical understanding of the mobile industry and its growth in Southeast Asia. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents expanding market reach across 36 countries and offices in 11 countries across the globe.

Over the years, Johary has received numerous accolades and awards. He is formerly the President of the Malaysian Mobile Content Provider Association (MMCP) which enabled him to work with industry stakeholders including telcos, regulators, government agencies and learning institutions. His involvement in the drafting of the Mandatory Content Standards (MCS) was crucial in defining the regulations for mobile content. Johary is currently a committee member of the Communications & Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) for their new term of 2017/18. Currently, Johary is also a part of the board of MDEC’s Digital Expert Panel, which advices on the education framework for colleges and universities.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business awards programme for entrepreneurs. The programme makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards programme of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programmes in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

For further inquiries, get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!

Email: corporatePR@forest-interactive.com

Website: www.forest-interactive.com

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Win two free MWC19 Visitor Passes for your company!

MWC Barcelona 19

Forest Interactive exhibits at MWC19

Exciting news from all of us at Forest Interactive to you! In February 2019, we will, once again, head to Barcelona and participate in the most anticipated event in the mobile and telco industry: the Mobile World Congress Barcelona.

MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress) is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies, with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.

The event also features extensive learning opportunities from dozens of partner-led programmes, GSMA seminars, summits and more. Everything you need to know about the industry, today and beyond, can be found here. With over 107,000 key decision-makers expected to attend, #MWC19 promises to expand your professional network and help you achieve your goals.

As a leading mobile tech company, we are excited to exhibit at the event and to take this opportunity to connect with new partners and clients, and to build new commercial relationships with them.

Introducing Elfo, the 360 performance-driven digital marketing service

MWC will take place in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from 25th to 28th February 2019. We are proud to bring and introduce Elfo, our new 360 digital marketing service that offers a new approach to integrated performance-based solutions for digital marketing. Elfo was founded on the idea that a client should be able to rely on one agency to handle all of its digital marketing. With Elfo, we deliver expertise in scaling your brand and business in the digital space so you could focus on whatever you want.

As an Associate Member of the GSMA (the organizer of MWC Barcelona), we can’t wait to be part of this big event once again. You can check out the video below on how it went down for us early this year or read about all the new technologies we saw at the past MWC Barcelona 2018.

There’s more! In celebration of December as the month of giving, we want to share our excitement and give out 2 free tickets each for 2 companies to join the MWC19!

Win 2×2 Visitor Passes for your company

We have 4 free tickets for MWC19 to give away ( 2 free tickets each for 2 companies).  How to win? Simply set up an online meeting with our team to know more about our products using this form HERE.

The meeting is to be set before December 12th and the winners will be announced on December 14th. Two winners from two companies will win the tickets to attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next February. Each winner is free to invite whoever he/she wants as long as the guest is working for the same company. Each ticket is worth 799(no cash substitutions) and includes access to:

  1. MY MWC NETWORKING POWERED BY LINKEDIN – Search for and network with fellow attendees before, during and after the event via the website or mobile app.
  2. MWC19 EXHIBITION – Explore over 2,400 exhibitors featuring the latest services, devices and technologies.
  3. 4 YEARS FROM NOW (4YFN) STARTUP EVENT – Visit the premier gathering of entrepreneurs, investors and innovators at Fira Montjuic.
  4. GSMA SEMINARS – Gain insights and developments on key GSMA and industry initiatives.
  5. PARTNER PROGRAMMES – Participate in thought-leadership events presented by our partners. Participation is included in pass prices, but attendees must apply to attend programmes.
  6. KEYNOTES & CONFERENCE SESSIONS – THURSDAY ONLY – Analyse the trends and topics shaping the industry, with CEOs, thought leaders and visionaries.
  7. TOPIC TOURS – Take guided tours led by experts through the venue to meet exhibitors focused on a specific topic. Additional fees apply.

Kindly note –

  • The tickets are non-transferrable, non-marketable and non-cancelable.
  • The prize is the Visitor/Exhibitor Pass only and does not include transportation, accommodations, expenses or any other cost associated with attending. T&C apply!

So what are you waiting for? Book the online meeting with us now!  It’ll only take 10 minutes and we’ll be doing most of the talking.  Don’t miss out the chance to win free tickets to the largest mobile event in the world, MWC Barcelona 2019 and we’ll see you there!

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Gaming Trends in the UAE | Introducing Wallet Codes!

gmaing trends in uae

Gaming has no language! Or rather we should say that gaming is a language in its own. With people belonging to different nations, speaking numerous languages, representing diversified cultures, and possessing various traits, one thing that brings them all together is the passion for gaming―a language in its own. In recent years, UAE’s economy has flourished remarkably. Along with tourism, gaming is contributing a great deal towards the overall economy of the country. With this significant development, Forest Interactive has recently partnered with Etisalat to launch its DCB solution, Wallet Codes, in the UAE.

Wallet Codes is now available in UAE for Etisalat mobile customer

Wallet Codes is an e-commerce platform that enables you to charge your gaming wallets via mobile credit. Partnering with Etisalat, a tech giant in the UAE, Etisalat subscribers can now top up their preferred gaming platforms, such as STEAM and PSN through Wallet Codes. The service is also currently available in eight other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Myanmar. Wallet Codes eliminates the headache of providing banking details and login credentials for charging your gaming wallets.

How to register for Wallet Codes?

Follow these steps to get registered on Wallet Codes and enjoy endless features.

  1. Visit Wallet Codes official website.
  2. Click the Register button in the top right corner.
  3. Enter your email ID and password and hit Register.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to your email ID. Click that link to complete the registration process.
  5. It’s done! Log in to your Wallet Codes account, start buying your favorite games, and enjoy gaming on your favorite platform.

With Wallet Codes, we believe there is now another reason for gaming to strive in the UAE. Let’s go through a brief review of the gaming trends in the UAE.

How gaming entered the UAE?

Although gaming was not a passion of the region in the early 90’s, it boosted rapidly around 10 years back. In 2008, the first ever game expo of UAE was held at the Great Hyatt that brought together hundreds of people. Probably, that was the first time when people realized the significance of professional gaming. That was just a beginning, but it revealed the region’s passion for gaming and the potential for its growing interest.

Source: Tobuz

No doubt, Game8 gave birth to the gaming industry in the UAE. In 2009, the first public event was held in Dubai, attracting around 10,000 visitors, doubling that to 20,000 in 2010. In 2011, Game11 was held that gathered around 40,000 gamers under one roof for nothing but gaming. That was the time when people admitted gaming as a profession. That was just a beginning; nowadays, professional gamers are hitting the arena, and people are passionate to adopt gaming as a profession, just like engineering, medical, or law.

People here are changing their perspective. Before, they thought their kids were wasting time, but it’s different if you come back and tell your family you can make $200,000 from playing games.

~ Nasheet, Bahraini founder of DvLZGaME.

UAE―4th Largest Gaming Economy of the Middle East

According to the stats shared by Statista in 2017, the revenue generated by the gaming industry in the UAE was 281.61 million USD. UAE is the 4th largest gaming economy of the Middle East. Some other stats shared by Newzoo in June this year reveal that of the total population of 10 million, 9 million people are internet users, and gaming has added 313 million USD to the total economy of the country. This makes UAE 36th largest gaming economy in the world.

Gaming has grown significantly within the UAE, becoming home to the world’s most active gaming community.

~ David Wang, Country Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group UAE.

Popular Games in the UAE

People of the UAE are fond of playing MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games. Fortnite Battle Royale is the most popular game in UAE that reminds you of ‘The Hunger Games.’ Each match features 100s of players fighting in the arena for survival. The individual or team that makes it till the end wins the battle. And how can one forget Counter-Strike while talking about MMO games? The UAE folks are keen on playing Counter-Strike just like the majority of gamers across the world, and it seems that their gaming zones often feature CS gaming tournaments.

FIFA never gets old too. Having a PlayStation with FIFA on it―welcome to a gamer’s paradise! FIFA is the top-rated multiplayer soccer game in the UAE. Wait! What about Dota 2? Of course, it’s one of the top-played MOBA games in the UAE along with League of Legends. Call of Duty is also breaking grounds among multiplayer assault games.

Source: PS Wallpapers

SEE POST: GAMING TRENDS IN MYANMAR

Mobile gaming is also taking the gaming industry like a storm. According to some stats, around 87% of the total male population and 84% of the total female population of UAE plays mobile games. Maximum mobile gamers are aged 35-44. On average, a person in UAE spends 20-40 minutes daily playing games. The most striking mobile games of UAE are PUBG Mobile, Helix Jump, Candy Crush Saga, Subway Surfers, Happy Glass, Ludo King, 8 Ball Pool, and Tomb of the Mask.

Game Developers of UAE

Bleeding Edge

Source: APKPure

Bleeding Edge is one of the leading game developers operating in the UAE. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Dubai, Bleeding Edge is developing some of the top-notch iOS and Android games. To date bleeding Edge has developed more than 50 2D and 3D games. After a successful launch in the UAE, the company has also stepped into Pakistan and formed its production office. Most popular games developed by the gaming studio include Impossible Stunt Car Simulator, Offroad Truck Oil Transporter, Demolition Derby Bus Racing 3D, and Anaconda Attack Simulator 3D.

Ubisoft

Source: DigitalMediaMe

Ubisoft opened its UAE office in October 2011 at Abu Dhabi. The team comprised of Ubisoft members from different parts of the world. Ubisoft is well-known for its numerous mind-blowing games, Assasin’s Creed being the topmost. The first game released by Ubisoft Abu Dhabi in 2014 was CSI: Hidden Crimes. This game provided an astonishing mobile gaming experience and was one of the pioneer games to give birth to professional mobile gaming. The second version of this games, NCIS: Hidden Crimes, rolled out in 2016 and is still breaking the gaming grounds.

Lamba

Source: YouTube

Lumba is a game development company based in San Francisco and Dubai. This company is setting new trends in the Middle East gaming industry. Until now, four games have been released by the company, including Desert Tycoon, Bedouin Rivals, Temsa7 Army, and Tribal Mania. Two of their games, Bedouin Rivals and Temsa7 Army, were declared the Best Apps of 2014 and 2015 by App Store.

The fast adaptation of digital content in the region, as well as the localization of games in Arabic is contributing to the fast growth in the region.

~ Yannick Theler, Managing Director Ubisoft, Abu Dhabi

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Johary Mustapha Wins Malaysia Young Entrepreneur Award at the ASEAN Business Awards 2018

Johary Mustapha won ABA

Johary Mustapha, Chief Executive Officer of A tech company from Malaysia, Forest Interactive was presented with the 2018 Malaysia Young Entrepreneur Award at the ASEAN Business Awards celebration held in Singapore on 12th November.

Congratulations to our CEO!

At 40, Johary was chosen among other top nominees and leading businesses in the region. The ASEAN Business Awards took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore last night and was graced by Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore as the Guest-of-Honor. Malaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was also in attendance and presented a selection of awards. Launched by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) in 2007 to mark ASEAN’s 40th anniversary, the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) recognize outstanding ASEAN businesses that have shown significant progress in establishing and reinforcing their positions in various sectors.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad with wife, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah and Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore at the ASEAN Business Awards ceremony

Johary impressed the judging committee (see Here for the list of judges) with the rapid growth of the company since its establishment in 2006. Forest Interactive is a multinational technology company that provides multifaceted Platform as a Service specializing in mobile Value-Added Services, programmatic marketing, and telco platforms, as well as a magnitude of game publishing and distribution.

Throughout its inception, Johary has helmed the global operations of Forest Interactive and successfully expanded the company from its headquarters in Malaysia to 10 other offices across the globe. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents from 21 nationalities expanding market reach across 36 countries. Under Johary’s leadership, the company has entrenched itself to play an important part within the vibrant mobile industry, working closely with Mobile Network Operators, Industry Regulators, Government Agencies, Consumer Groups and related associations in enabling innovative solutions for the mobile ecosystem. To date, Forest Interactive has established a competitive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for telco, enterprise and content partners that reach out to more than 2.9B subscribers worldwide and has already partnered with over 100 corporate clients and 93 mobile operators across Asia, the Middle-East and the USA.

In accepting the award, Johary commented,

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged for this award, especially representing Malaysia as a Tech company. The hard work and patience leading to this success could only be attributed to the team members that have been working long and hard for us to realize this recognition. We wouldn’t be here without them and all our committed partners, Thank you to everyone that has helped made this happen.”

From left to right; Professor Annie Koh – Organising Chairwoman of the ABA, Dr Robert Yap – Chairman of the ASEAN BAC, Johary Mustapha – CEO of Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd, Wilf Blackburn – CEO of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, also one of the sponsors for ABA 2018

Into its 12th edition, ABA was conceived to be the first of its kind in the region with the dual objectives of recognizing outstanding ASEAN enterprises and to serve as a platform to spread information on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and promote regional integration. In addition, the awards also shine the spotlight on promising ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the potential to become global economic players.

”As the biggest business awards exclusively for the ASEAN region, being recognized will provide valuable exposure and bring one’s business up to par with global standards. Many of the most recognized businesses and the up and coming ones in ASEAN today are among ABA’s past awardees. This validates the reputation ABA has attained over the years.” – Dr. Robert Yap, chairman ASEAN-BAC.

This year, ASEAN-BAC collaborated with knowledge partners Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and Singapore Management University (SMU) to organize the awards, which is chaired by Professor Annie Koh, SMU’s Vice-President for Business Development, and the Organizing Chairwoman of the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) Committee. Furthermore, Singapore’s super chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), secretariat to Singapore’s representatives to the ASEAN-BAC, coordinated the overall awards.

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Johary Mustapha, CEO of Forest Interactive Named as Top Nominee for EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 Malaysia

Johary Mustapha named one of the Top nominees for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Malaysia 2018

Raising the bar. Transforming our future

Entrepreneurs are believers who raise their game to turn today’s ideas into tomorrow’s reality. These individuals see things beyond the horizon and challenge tradition to transform our future. They positively disrupt the way we do business and help enhance our quality of life. – EY

For us at Forest Interactive, we believe that statement couldn’t be any truer on how it describes our CEO, Johary Mustapha. We are happy to announce that EY has named Johary Mustapha as one of the Top Nominees for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia (EOY). Johary is shortlisted under the Technology category along with other notable CEOs. Check out the top nominees’ list below:

List of Top Nominees Of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Malaysia

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the announcement that we were nominated as one of the top nominees, as this is our first time entering this award. However, I attribute this achievement to the constant hard work that my team and I have put into this company over the years. This has elevated us to another level alongside other giants and excellent entrepreneurs in the industry. – Johary Mustapha

As a top nominee, Johary Mustapha will be going through few judging processes. The winner for the EOY will be announced during the awards night which is expected to be sometime in December.

Top nominees for EOY 2018 Malaysia at the Top Nominees Announcement gathering

Find out more about the EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 Malaysia HERE

About Johary Mustapha:

Johary Mustapha is an entrepreneur involved in the mobile and tech industry. A hands-on technical person, he founded Forest Interactive in 2006 from his earlier background of working with broadcasting and ICT companies. Johary has a long historical understanding of the mobile industry and its growth in Southeast Asia. His vast experience in the business has enabled him to grow the company to a diverse workforce of over 130 talents expanding market reach across 36 countries and offices in 11 countries across the globe.

Over the years, Johary has received numerous accolades and awards. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Most Influential Sustainable Entrepreneur Award by the Asia Pacific CSR Council. He is formerly the President of the Malaysian Mobile Content Provider Association (MMCP) which enabled him to work with industry stakeholders including telcos, regulators, government agencies and learning institutions. His involvement in the drafting of the Mandatory Content Standards (MCS) was crucial in defining the regulations for mobile content.

Johary is currently a committee member of the Communications & Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) for their new term of 2017/18. He also sits in as one of the mentors for Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s Intellectual Property Creator Challenge (IPCC) program which aims to nurture game start-up companies since 2016. Currently, Johary is also a part of the board of MDEC’s Digital Expert Panel, which advices on the education framework for colleges and universities.

About the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 programme:

This year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM (EOY) programme is celebrating its 32ndanniversary since it was founded in Milwaukee in 1986. Today, the EOY Programme has expanded to more than 145 cities and 60 countries with awards presented annually to over 900 of the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. Each year, the overall country winner from each country gathers in Monte Carlo for the annual EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) award. View the list of countries that participate in the WEOY programme and their respective global EOY contacts.

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