The world’s most powerful gamers

Just because you run a country doesn’t mean you can’t play videogames – as our list proves.
 
 
 

 

  • The Queen here, looking quite evil
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    Her Majesty made a bit of a splash a few years ago when it was revealed she was a fan of the Nintendo Wii.

    Already the console was hugely popular the world over, but to hear the Queen of the United Kingdom was a fan of the remote-waggling bowling game we were all playing badly over our Christmas breaks? Well that was a novelty.

    And Lizzie didn’t just dabble – by some accounts she was both desperate to join in the fun and a natural at Nintendo’s sporting simulations.

    Her love was such that at one point she was bequeathed a gold-plated Wii. Obviously.

    It was just a shame that, in the end, Nintendo had to go with the likes of the Redknapps for their advertising campaign.

    Elizabeth II trash-talking Prince Andrew after a fierce bout of Super Smash Bros Brawl is likely the greatest advert we will never see.

     
     

     

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  • Mr Obama here, enjoying a game of non-virtual golf
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    President Obama is quite vocal about videogames, bringing them up on a few separate occasions in very public speeches and so on.

    Unfortunately for the gamers of the world, it isn’t to say “hey guys, games are well cool and you should totally all get involved” before jumping on a skateboard and rocking out of there.

    Something like this, probably.

    No, Mr Obama brings them up to talk about (admittedly important) studies and other related issues.

    But then, he did also use his daughters’ Nintendo Wii at one point to practice bowling. Which, let’s be honest, was something he really needed to do.

    No word on if this real world/gaming training stretched to using Call Of Duty to help plan serious military operations, mind.

     
     

     

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  • King Oyo on his 18th birthday, probably thinking about Kuma Uta
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    Or, to give him his full title, Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the reigning Omukama of Toro – a part of Uganda.

    Let’s just stick with this, though: at 21, he’s the youngest king sitting on a throne today.

    And with youth comes a need to play videogames – it’s a generational thing, trust us – so it’s little surprise to hear that King Oyo is into his gaming.

    There isn’t much in the way of details, so we could only wildly speculate as to what this leader of a small African kingdom plays.

    So let’s do that. We bet he plaaaaays… hmm… Kuma Uta.

    But maybe his interest in gaming will mean more support for the fledgling studios across the African continent trying to get something going. We can but hope.

     
     

     

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  • The guy on the right looks like he's been told to lose
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    “Surely you mean Prince Harry, who was featured playing Fifa 13 with his Army chums and claiming to be the best in the organisation at the football game?”

    Well yes, little Harry is the biggest gamer in the Royal Family – that we know of – but Wills is the King-to-be, so we have to go for him as our choice here, just after his grandmother.

    While you won’t see William and Kate playing four-hour co-op sessions on Halo 4 together, this is a future monarch who was raised with videogames as a part of his life.

    Don’t take our word for it – take that of a snippet from an unverified biography we found online.

    Proof positive, no doubt, that the future King will be an expert at Bayonetta 2. Or something.

     
     

     

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  • If he looks surprised, it's because Activision just doorstepped him with a Virtual Boy
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    We’re not sure if the French President was a gamer in months and years past, but French games company Ubisoft and Nintendo are working together to get the socialist leader on board.

    Maybe he had experienced gaming in the past with his four children – it wouldn’t be outside the realms of possibility – but then Hollande was presented with a Wii U by Ubisoft.

    After being handed such a package – with a selection of games, of course – how could Hollande be anything other than a hardcore gamer?

    He’s already legalised same-sex marriage in France, he doesn’t have much else to do, to be fair – apart from play Just Dance 4 that is.

     
     

     

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  • Look at him clapping! Because he's thinking of Fruit Ninja, obviously
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    Our third Brit on the list and the country’s number one at the time of writing, David Cameron harbours a shocking secret that’s almost too difficult to type here.

    He did, at one point, have a crippling addiction to Angry Birds.

    Alright, maybe not crippling per se, but he has completed the first game. No mean feat.

    And then our leader-in-chief also – again at one point – spent “a crazy, scary amount of time playing Fruit Ninja on his iPad,” according to this piece.

    This is the point where we exercise our cutting satire gland in the name of a glorious joke about the PM being a secret ninja… umm… hmm.

    Nah, we’ve got nothing.

     
     

     

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  • This is the best photo we could find of Gnarr. Honestly
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 17 June 2014, 12:47 BST

    Of all those on this list, it’s hard to really, honestly, genuinely see many (if any) of them as being committed gamers.

    Then you get to Reykjavik’s mayor Jón Gnarr and things change.

    The comedian and leader of The Best Party (their words, not ours) took office in 2010 on the back of what was, essentially, a joke that got out of hand.

    Since then, Gnarr is unlikely to have found the time to put serious hours into his gaming habit – while it wasn’t a serious campaign, he is now doing his duty for the people of the Icelandic city.

    But the man has gaming history – the likes of Warcraft, Half-Life, Heroes Of Might And Magic and Elite are all name-checked by him as being past obsessions.

    All of which mean he should be really good at trading goods, managing the needs of many individuals and battling interdimensional invaders.

    Necessary mayoral qualities, no doubt.

     
     

     

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