With the industry continuing to ebb and flow, there has long been a desire to better understand what the state of the industry is across all countries in the continent. Access to inscrutable information is limited for a multitude of reasons.
There has never really been a conceited effort to gather and maintain a living database of this kind until now. So, whilst every effort has been made to ensure the validity of the information collated and shared, expect this to be an evolving process until a more effective method can be established.
So what is the current state of the industry?
A lot comes down to perspective. Every country on the continent has developers active, but the level of commitment (as in a formal entity) dedicated to game development, or its ilk isn’t consistent.
Based on recent (and ongoing) research the continent currently features a total of 250 registered and active game developers / studios (teams of more than two) with Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt accounting for the largest clusters.
The continent currently has a few established publishers with all focusing on mobile gaming, but it does feature an impressive number of entities with a global fanbase and sustained growth. Hint: One such publisher doesn’t feature from one of the big three, but has its business operations split between a Western and African based headquarters.
As we’ve seen over the past few years, the industry is in a constant state of flux, but this register hopes to shine the spotlight on each country and the many creators working tirelessly to make their mark on the games industry.