Founded by Ubisoft alumni, Julien Herbin, Senegal based Kayfo Game Studio was founded in June 2019. Born out of Dakar, the six person studio produces casual mobile games on African themes for iOS and Android platforms. This is their profile.
Sithe Ncube is a community organizer, developer and loves being an active member of the African game dev scene. She currently runs Ubongo Game Lab through which she hosts her favorite event, an annual all girls game development bootcamp called Games Plus Girls. She shares some of her insights as a developer to GIA.
Co-Founder and Studio Director at Outerloop Games, Chandana Ekanayake has over twenty years experience as a video game designer and art director. Outerloop’s first game Falcon Age is a sci-fi narrative action adventure about raising a baby falcon and reclaiming a cultural legacy from a force of automated colonizers. A theme that resonates with the nations of Africa. He chats with GIA with Playtopia on the horizon.
History is the name of the game for Thomas Guindeuil who works as an “inspirational content advisor”, specialized in historical and cultural topics, within the Editorial Creative Services team at Ubisoft’s headquarters. He chats with GIA ahead of Playtopia MGA.
Game designer and CEO at Landfall. Wilhelm Nylund started making games in high school four years ago and has spent the last two years exploring physics-driven game design. On his second visit to Playtopia, the Swede has a brief chat with GIA.
The Africa Space Programme was created by Khumo Moerane to promote game development across the African continent as well as to help bring as many diverse African developers as possible to help grow our industry. He chats with GIA about the vision for ASP.
Andrea is one half of South African developer duo and co-founder of “Hubblegum” based in Johannesburg. They are makers of the quirky ‘Helping Hand’ and are part of the growing alumni from Free Lives. They took some time to chat with GIA ahead of Playtopia MGA.
Kish Hirani is the CTO of London based Terra Virtua, an entertainment-focused digital collectibles platform across Mobile, AR and VR, with social, videogaming and creative experiences, enabled by blockchain. He is also an influencial and award winning diversity advocate. He took some time to chat with GIA.
Limpho Moeti is the Deputy Festival Director for Playtopia with her industry credits including a stint at Free Lives (BROFORCE, GORN, GENITAL JOUSTING). She is also a seasoned event speaker with some of her festival credits including A MAZE./ Berlin, Nordic Gam Jam and the Game Developers of Color. She devoted some time to chat with GIA.
In the build up to Playtopia and Make Games Africa conference, GIA will feature interviews with some of the industry speakers at the event. First up is Andrew Parsons from Devolver Digital.