Funding aside, self taught developers across the African continent and those backed by hefty financial coffers stand to benefit from being surrounded by peers aware of the challenges of being a creator in an increasingly unpredictable and ever evolving industry. The developer friendly spaces below provide the level of support an indie from an emerging country needs to learn and launch their games.
ID@Xbox Developer Acceleration Program – The Developer Acceleration Program is piloting a prototype initiative with the goal of partnering with a small number of promising developers with great ideas and offering the funding and support needed for the teams to create a prototype that accurately communicates their vision.
GameUp Africa – is an online training program for entry-level game developers. The program which is a partnership between Google and Maliyo Games (Nigeria) is designed to take developers from zero to building games such as endless runners, match 3 and platformers. They will learn how to develop, refine, and package popular games for Android and the Google Play Store.
African Games Co-production Market (AGCM) – This is a yearly mentoring program for African studios. The goal is to support African video games studios in improving their business skills, refining their video games prototypes, accessing an international network of experts and game devs, finding a co-producer in Europe for their games.
Indie Games Accelerator – is a program for top indie game startups from select emerging markets who are looking to supercharge their growth on Android. This is a special edition of the Launchpad Accelerator program, designed in close collaboration with Google Play, featuring a comprehensive gaming curriculum and mentorship from top mobile gaming experts. The program is open to developers from select countries* in Asia, Middle East & Africa and Latin America.
CrazyHubs – is a gaming accelerator that offers professional practice in the field of hyper-casual mobile games. It’s a program initiated between Crazy Labs and South African Carry1st. The program has already produced the hugely successful mobile title – The President.
Carbon – is a games incubator / accelerator, with the mission to support independent game developers in crafting and distributing their games. They focus primarily on Eastern Europe but are increasingly open to new studios from all over the world.
The Bakery Start Program – has set up the Start Programme to enable entrepreneurs and developers to build companies that respond to immediate challenges faced by the industry today.
Stugan is a non-profit organisation, created by seasoned game developers, with the intention to build a platform where new talent can bloom.
Spelkollektivet – Spelkollektivet is the world’s largest co-living and co-working space for game developers from all over the world. The vision of Spelkollektivet is to build a creative space for indie game developers which transcends borders, a place where a person can spend a weekend or an entire lifetime, dedicated to fulfilling their dreams of creating games and experiences.