On October 4 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a bill dubbed the “Internet Censorship Bill” designed to curb online abuse and harassment. However, the bill has been widely criticised for being poorly written and the level of power afforded to the Film and Publications Board (FPB).
CEO of Leti Arts, Eyram Tawia has joined forces with Ghanaian Bluecrest College to launch a series of virtual online certificate courses aimed at those keen to break into the games industry. Whilst it’s the start of a long held ambition, the course could be a proving ground for the formation of a game design and development school.
The continent welcomes another industry event this week. Africa comicade Gamathon is a hackathon focused on bringing Africa’s game developers together to design and develop games that would impact Africa’s ever-growing game development industry.
Nookhema Game Studios have released a demo for their latest project a mobile first fighting game – Afro Warriors: Battle for Power that heavily draws inspiration from African mythical figures and landmarks.
A trio of developers based in the Southern region of Africa have joined forces to create a nostalgic experience as part of the Brackeys Game Jam. This years theme being Rewind.
The summer of 2020 will forever be viewed though a lens of disquiet and discontent. However, amongst the tribulations faced by many arose a slew of funds and financial subsidies aimed at redressing the social and financial imbalance within the gaming community. I had a brief chat with John Polson from Humble Bundle about their Black Game Developer Fund.
It’s the talk of the industry and one that could have lasting repercurtions on the local and global gaming sphere. Developers of Fortnite, Epic have once again taken to flexing its muscles by baiting Apple and Google into reacting to its latest attempt at circumventing their respective platform protocols.
Tunisian indie studio, Nuked Cockroach have been nominated for a Games Without Borders Award for their game Veteran Online.
Cape Town based outfit, Team Lazerbeam have finally released their Half game, Half album hybrid to Steam. Teenage Blob is a colourful art-punk adventure that sees the South African studio team up with The Superweaks and with publishing support from the developers of SuperHot!
Cours Didier is set to be the latest project from Masseka Game Studio. Fronted by Central African native, Teddy Kossoko. Revealed via social media post, the project would feature talents from Africa and the West.