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Building an Equitable Future for the Games Industry in Africa

Sithe Ncube  (Freelancer Researcher/Strategic Advisor & Founder/Director, Humble Bundle & Prosearium.net)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Plus Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: No

Africa is rife with unique entertainment experiences and perspectives that are capable of delighting and enthralling global audiences. Included in that is the African game development industry, which is at a turning point. With expanding broadband access, a rapidly increasing youth population, and a market comprising several hundred million mobile phone users, the African game industry is poised for a 12% CAGR between now and 2026. There are limitless opportunities for creative and commercial success to be achieved by global game developers in Africa, and by African game developers globally. However, reaping these benefits requires nurturing, investment, and an openness to new paradigms. This talk will explore the past, present, and future of game development in Africa, with a look at prominent aspiring African game developers and an examination of key milestones that African game development must achieve to gain greater relevance in the industry.

Takeaway

Attendees will walk away with a holistic perspective on the past, present, and future of game development in Africa, looking at data points and a qualitative analysis of research involving aspiring game developers from across the continent—including an examination of some of the independent studios there who have found success.

Intended Audience

This talk will be most appealing to game publishers and development leaders looking to understand the challenges and opportunities present in the diverse African market—particularly those with an openness to incorporating local talent and perspectives in the pursuit of games designed to appeal to expansive local audiences in Africa.