Games Industry Africa Awards (GIAA) is an initiative to recognise, celebrate as well as promote the diverse portfolio of video games from the continent annually. The industry in Africa is largely, but still relatively nascent compared to its geographical contemporaries. An acknowledgement of the pool of talent is a way to aid continuous growth as well as inspire the next generation of creators and developers.
It’s been another strong year for the African games industry. This has made distilling and highlighting the achievements of the many movers and shakers into their respective categories a real challenge. In an ecosystem that makes giant strides every year, simply being nominated is a phenomenal achievement so this should be viewed as a celebration of being part of this vibrant industry. Huge congratulations to all nominees!
Also a massive thank you to the sponsors of this years GIAA – Pingle Studios!
Industry Initiative of the Year
This award recognises technical achievements over the past 12 months designed to elevate the games industry through a combination of technical and business prowess.
- Game Hub Senegal
- Formal Game Education in Ghana
- New Edutainment platform for Pupils
- Artist Training Program
- Jiwe Studios jam against slavery
- Africa Games Industry Report
Event of the year
This award recognizes the organizations alerting the global community to the ever evolving and rich tapestry of the continent’s game development ecosystem.
Community of the Year
The backbone of a successful industry, this award recognizes the advocates at the forefront of galvanizing local support for the developers, the creators and the industry be it in person or virtually.
Industry Hub of the Year
This award recognizes brick and mortar establishments that have created the best environment, provided essential tools and have an ethos focused on nurturing talent to fulfil their creative ambitions.
GIAA One to Watch
In recognition of the talents across the continent, this award seeks to recognise those with the promise to make a huge impact either as individuals, a team or with the initiative they are working on. Voting can be done via this link.
The Wagadu Chronicles (Ghana / Berlin)
Mini Settlers (Egypt)
Anger Foot (South Africa)
Hot Bunz (South Africa)
Legends of Orisha (Nigeria)
Zombie Within (Tunisia)
Metavoidal (South Africa)
Dungeon Crawler (South Africa)
Deviant X (Nigeria)
Wrestling with Emotions (South Africa)
Martha’s Dolls (Morocco)
Haventrove (South Africa)
Virago Herstory 2 (Nigeria)
Bit ESC (Egypt)
The InBetween (Nigeria)
Poached: Hunt The Hunter (South Africa)
Rising Star Award
This award seeks to recognize the next generation of developers who are making strides to build a last legacy in the games industry through their upcoming projects.
Tiny Baby Crown
Pineapple on Pizza
Yellow Lab Games
Debut of the Year
The game, initiative, or organisation to make the largest impact over the past 12 months will be the recipient of this award.
Most Impactful Mobile Game
This award aims to recognise a mobile first project that has either through its innovative mechanics, payment method or its financial success got people talking across the length and breath of the continent.
PC Game of the Year
This award aims to recognise a PC first project that has either through its innovative mechanics, payment method or its financial success got people talking across the length and breadth of the continent and beyond.
Team of the Year
This award recognises the achievements of a collective, group or collaborative entity that bandied together to overcome insurmountable odds and create something truly unique.
Game of the Year
This accolade recognizes the title that has either through unique game play mechanics, the lofty efforts of a unique team or by scaling commercial or/and critical heights has helped elevate the perception of what it means to be an African developed game.
Person(s) of the year
This award recognises an individual with a through a singular vision and drive has achieved significant commercial / critical success, been an unflinching champion or been a catalyst to spur the growth of the African games industry.
Hugo Obi (Nigeria)
Dominique Gawlowski (South Africa)
Eyram Tawia (Ghana)
Seifeddine BenHamouda (Tunisia)
Limpho Moeti (South Africa)
Michel Nkuindja (Cameroon)
Luke Lamothe (South Africa)
Ayman Jbari (Morocco)
Winners will be announced in December 2023.