The first big challenge, “African Game Dev” will occur from the 30th of October 2020 until the 10th of April 2021. The competition is supported by the industry’s big names and aims to promote jobs in Africa’s gaming sector.
By Bilkyss Mentari
The global video game market generated 120 billion dollars in 2019, according to the specialized Deutsch firm Newzoo. If Africa is not strong in this burgeoning sector, more and more gaming industry stakeholders emerge and create wealth and jobs, mainly for young people. Therefore, the importance of training the coming generations with tools providing them the chance to play in this international competition.
Provide the platform for the continent’s creators
And there it is, the real ambition of the African Game Dev. Organized from the 30th of October to the 10th of April 2021, this initiative, carried by the school Net-Info, an African 3D and video game developing school based in Tunis, aims to promote jobs in the gaming industry in Africa. “The African culture finds with the video game a way to express and get an international ambition but also highlight its history, its heritage,” the organizers explain in a press release. “Numerous studios emerge, talents reveal themselves, capturing the African youth technological appropriation, their desire to change the way the world sees the continent. It also participates in being part of Africa’s digital entertainment development while preserving values and rediscovering its roots, identity, and culture. Africa has a lot of potential because it is young and digital innovation and creation are economic drivers. Africans have stories that talk about African values, traditions, and cultures.”
“Through this first challenge African Game Dev, we want to sensitize African youth, show it the impact of video game in innovation, the gamification of economy, and the future of digital Africa”
Aware of this will, Net-Info, partnering with one of the global market leaders, Epic Games, developer of the famous Fortnite, and numerous African partners, want to offer a platform for the continent’s creators.
“Digital shows its importance during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the emergency for Africa to massively invest in ICT to accelerate its digital transformation”, the organizers say. “Africa must be creative, imaginative, and stop copying others. It must be what it is, bringing fresh. The digital content is a great showcase to open Africa to the rest of the world.” And video games, animation, immersive, and 3D technologies can bring those possibilities. “Through this first challenge African Game Dev, we want to sensitize African youth, show it the impact of video game in innovation, the gamification of economy, and the future of digital Africa, as a sector that will provide jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities.”
Ten countries – Tunisia, Rwanda, Djibouti, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Gabon, Togo, DRC, and France-, and 250 young creators supported by 25 production teams are participating in this competition. It will be separated through 50 training workshops for video game creation and three months of support to produce a game prototype.
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