The PIF also owns sizable stakes in companies like Capcom, Nexon, Koei Tecmo, Activision, EA, and others. The investment fund is putting money into video game companies looking for a return on investment thanks to the forecasted growth in the video game space.
The PIF is making these investments through its Savvy Gaming Group (SGG) division. The Saudi government’s investments in the video game space have not been without controversy, due in part to Saudi Arabia’s position on human rights. In 2018, US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who criticized Saudi Arabia’s government, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never left. The CIA later concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi to be killed.