21 Aug

#GamesCom2018: Is the African Corner at #DevCom a Life Line of Potential?

#GamesCom2018: Is the African Corner at #DevCom a Life Line for Potential?

Paradise Game, the west-African start-up, responsible for the first major video game and eSport festival in Africa, the FEJA (Festival de L’Electronique et du Jeu vidéo d’Abidjan facilitated an African section at the just ended devcom 2018.

For the 10th anniversary of Gamescom, during the largest European game convention, several African game developers participate in Devcom, the interdependent game developer conference held in mid-August.

Hosted at Koelnmesse International Fair and Exhibition Center in Cologne, Germany, the African game developers will be in a section named “Africa Corner by Paradise Game”. An area dedicated to video games made in Africa; offering these developers the opportunity to show their games to industry professionals, as well as to showcase the African culture through their games.

One of the represented projects;  Kisoro Tribal Game was created by Teddy Kisoro, a young computer engineer, who after observing a lack of  African diversity in the gaming world decided to create a game that features characters and an African context.

In an interview with Negro News Teddy explained the importance of Digital Storytelling;

 ”  I decided to create the first game in Toulouse studio based on African universe, myths, legends, famous characters …to highlight the Central African culture, promote peace, share this culture with the world and send a message to the African youth, “

Sidick Bakayoko, Founder and CEO of Paradise Game detailed his ambitious hopes of having a Digital Media driven African economy:

“Our dream is to have video games as one of the main driver of the African economy, and as a way to employ millions of people throughout the continent. In order to get there, we need a strong ecosystem with game developers from Africa who export their games in the world and gain publicity internationally”.

In an article by Africa Business, a strong argument was made for the potential of the gaming industry in Africa.

The global video game industry accounts for about $ 100 billion. 27% of these revenues come from mobile games.

Yes, Africa has a huge massive potential considering half a billion of us (500 million) own mobile phones.

It is true that the Video Game industry offers business opportunities to game developers and creates jobs for the African youth. The video game is also a tool that can be used to promote the African culture and tell the African story digitally. Perhaps it is a bit early but not too ambitious to hope that sooner rather than later we’ll need more space in Gaming spaces such as DevCom and Gamescom.

The question is… how does your business tap into this vacuum?