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.
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.
Financed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), CreaTech Animation & Game Lab is the brain child of ADMI (Africa Digital Media Institute) and Rubika with its robust education program set to commence in February 2020.
The African games industry is at an inflection point. The 2020 trends report touched on some of the exciting initiatives in the works. However, one aspect that wasn’t touch on, was the need for reliable data and analytics on gaming across the continent. It’s a sentiment shared by most, with Senegalese based YUX recently publishing a report on casual mobile gaming in Dakar and Abidjan.
Liquid Telecom, Kiroo Games as well as River Cross Tech have a raft of openings in technical and administrative roles. Interested parties should check them out and apply below.
While most were calling time on their activities at the end of a very eventful decade, Senegalese Delegation for Rapid Entrepreneurship (DER) penned a pivotal deal with Unity – helmed by Johana Riquier.
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:
Malta and Africa: A strategy for partnership 2020-2025’, has been launched and concentrates on the exchange of wealth and creating opportunity between Malta and the continent of Africa. In terms of the African games industry, this is significant as it opens up the possibility of more investment and distribution possibilities. It also acknowledges the growing swell of interest in the continent and the need for a cohesive and united voice.
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!