A few weeks ago, I wrote a short article about Five PC Games That Guys Enjoy. Today, I’m going to tell you where to find games in Riyadh! Gamers moving to Riyadh, have no fear! You can still buy the latest video games while working in Saudi Arabia. Yep, there’s a treasure trove of titles and game consoles available here that you’ll never get bored. You’ll even find that it’s cheaper compared to buying them in the Philippines (because we don’t have taxes here in Saudi). How do I know where to find games? Well, I just happen to have a “PlayStation-fan” brother (he literally has ALL the PS consoles and handheld devices ever dished out by SONY), a “PC gamer” husband who has more than 1000 games on STEAM and a gamer friend who writes and reviews games for That Riyadh Gamer. That’s how. Hahaha.
Kidding aside, after years of watching my brother hoard video game titles, watching my husband’s ever growing list of PC games and interviewing my friend, I’ve compiled a list of the 5 MOST POPULAR places to buy games in Riyadh.
Top on the list is Jarir Bookstore. There’s a section of the store completely devoted to games, devices and accessories to keep every gamer happy. They have the latest games for popular devices like PlayStation, XBOX, Wii, Nintendo and PC Games. On some occasion they even sell limited edition/collector’s editions. They also have an extensive collection of Razer products. However, you should know that prices in Jarir are usually a bit heftier compared to other stores.
The next shop to try is Computer House in Olaya. Established in 1984, Computer House is known as the first video game store in Riyadh. There’s a reason why they’ve managed to stay strong and that’s loyal customers who enjoy their services and products. You can pre-order games and also buy Steam cards here. . They have 3 branches here in Riyadh and 7 other branches across Jeddah, Al Khobar, Dammam and Dubai.
Highly recommended by Mookie Mookie from That Riyadh Gamer: “I recommend Computer House because they have good imported games and peripherals which are a bit better than the shops i know. They also have friendly personnel and listen to customer’s feedback. They also have one of the best gaming headset brands in the world called Astro Gaming in which i have the 2010 A40 edition till this day.”
P.O. Box 51151 Riyadh 11543
Tel: (Olaya Branch) 464-4125
(Sahara Branch) 452-0287
(Granada Branch) 253-4920
Third on our list is Tokyo Games. Another popular game retailer, they boast of extensive list of titles and you can even sign up for a mailing list and you’ll get regular updates for game availability. You can also pre-order games from this retailer. They have five branches here in Riyadh, eight in Jeddah, one in Makkah, Madinah, Al Khobar and Jubail.
Tel: (Olaya Branch) 293-3940
(Sulaimaniya Branch) 463-3274
(Rawda Branch) 248-1446
(Takhasusi Street) 217-1510
(Rabwa Center) 473-6946
Of course, there’s also one solely dedicated for Nintendo lovers. Located at the Faisaliah Center, the retailer is aptly named Nintendo 3DS. The store offers almost all the Nintendo consoles, games and accessories a bonafide fan would want.
Plaza Level, Faisaliah Center, Olaya
There are also small retailers that sell Modded video games in Riyadh. They sell original games, second hand games and “modded” copies of games for those with modified game consoles and handheld devices. These are usually nameless stores tucked away in discreet stalls in Batha. While we don’t promote their unlicensed product, their original products, both new and secondhand are sometimes cheaper (because they have cheaper stall rents) and they’re very popular among gamers in the city so they’re also worth noting. You’ll find these retailers at the Electro Building and at the Five Building Area next to Al Rajhi Center. You’ll just have to ask the vendors to show you their merchandise. You can also ask to them to add you to their mailing list and they will call you once they have a copy of the games you requested.
Those are the five popular video game (physical) stores in Riyadh. But as you may already know, you can also purchase video games online and it’s not restricted here. You can either buy a PSN card and Xbox Prepaid cards from most of the retailers we featured or purchase them online. Using a credit card or Paypal, you can also purchase PC games keys from STEAM and Amazon, then download the games from the internet.
You can also try game trading at STEAM by joining groups like Trader’s Guild, where members post deals and trade offers for other games. It’s actually fun , and in some cases even profitable, once you get the hang of it. Just be sure to stick to the rules and netiquette. One member shared that he was able to collect over 1600 games with just less than $300 taken out of his pocket, bulk of the games he obtained was from trading.
That about sums it up! If you have other recommendations, don’t forget to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page!