Iran does have a couple of half decent devs but the industry just can't get a decent foothold because of how you get rekt at every turn by situations out of your control
If you backed an indie roguelite called Children of Morta on Kickstarter a few years ago you may have noticed that it took the devs a whole week after the Switch release to give out the backer keys. That was because the devs are based in Iran and the whole country literally didn't have internet access for a week. They got lucky and sent the finished build to their publisher hours before the shutdown otherwise they would have had to send a guy to Turkey with a laptop to send the release build.
As far as I know that whole situation got no attention whatsoever in the mainstream games media