The following entry is a guest post from Ahmed Mohamed Maawy, one half of the driving force behind the ‘Koozooker Labs’ initiative, a platform designed to inspire collaborative game development across the continent. Read his thoughts below:
Kenya continues to be a hotbed of activity within the tech and gaming scene across the African continent. This is further emphasised by Afrobytes decision to diversify their portfolio of events into gaming culminating into the first such event in Nairobi.
MakeGamesSA community event is set for its first meetup of the decade later this month. MakeGamesSA is a non-profit organisation focused on establishing sustainable game development companies in South Africa. It aims to act as a voice piece for the game development community and promote proper game development education.
Something for local game developers and creators at the start up phase. The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to anyone from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project.
Another year brings with it another edition of the Global Game Jam. This time with a host of venues scattered across the continent. Sidick Bakayoko will oversee West and Central Africa, whilst Thierry Brochart is tasked with South East Islands. Looking to join the activities, then sign up at one of the many venues below:
The A MAZE. Award website is up and running! An excellent opportunity for local developers to register as part of the selection committee or submit their games and playful media works from NOW until Feb 2nd!
Perusing games industry end of year reports and predictions for the coming year has always been a source of mild irritation because whilst most claim to have a global perspective, they almost always exclude insights from the African continent. Pretty frustrating right? Well, fret no more.
South African, Unsigned Double Collective have won the Nordic Game Discovery Contest qualifier at Playtopia MGA, thus becoming a finalist at next years Nordic Game event in Malmö.
Founded by Sithe Ncube, Prosearium is a newly launched initiative designed to get 1000 African women of all backgrounds to create and upload their own games on a platform designed to convey the digital experiences of women across the continent.
Amidst the glitz, glamour, congratulatory back slaps and accolades that have become synonymous with The Game Awards, Lual Mayen returned to a the global gaming stage to present an update on his latest project – Salaam.