Saudi-Japanese program launched for video-game developers

Saudi video-game developers. (Supplied photo)
Updated 08 April 2019
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Saudi-Japanese program launched for video-game developers

RIYADH: Aspiring Saudi video-game developers are being given the chance to travel to Japan to attend a newly launched training program.
It has been organized by the Kingdom’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East, and Manga Productions, a digital animation and video-game company affiliated with Misk Foundation.
The two-week program follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the GCAM and the JCC, in which they agreed to exchange advanced technologies and artistic knowledge, along with the training and development of human resources, in line with the aims of Saudi Vision 2030, to broaden the relationship between the countries.
GCAM said the training program will teach Saudi innovators how to develop the skills needed to plan and create video games, as they learn how to define a concept, then design and develop the game. They will work with Japanese students to create games using software engines.
The program will be presented by game developers and other experts, including lecturers from Nippon University. Trainees will also visit a number of games companies to gain an insight into the practical application of the skills they are learning, and the ways in which Japanese games are developed.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.