Addis Ababa based studio – Qene Technologies have launched their second title Gebeta. The renowned game outfit garnered acclaim with the release of their first mobile game – Kukulu in 2018 and look to follow it up with a game based on the traditional African board game Mancala.
Mancala or Gebeta (as it’s known in Ethiopia and Eritrea) is one of the oldest board games in history. The similarity of some aspects of the game to agricultural activity and the absence of a need for specialized equipment present the intriguing possibility that it could date to the beginnings of civilization itself.
Qene Technologies which is fronted by Dawit Abraham has always been driven by a desire to develop games with a strong African narrative. Gebeta is currently available on Android with an iOS version in the works.