Several African game developers are gearing up to participate in Devcom, an interdependent game developer conference that will be held from August 19th to August 20th, 2018 in Cologne, Germany.
The event marks the 10th anniversary of Gamescom, Europe’s biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment.
Five independent studios coming from different countries will make the trip to Cologne, including Masseka Game Studio from the Central African Republic; Studio Lomay from Madagascar, Mog Media Design studio from Niger; WEZA Interactive studio from Kenya; and Frontfire studio from Algeria.
Hosted at Cologne’s Koelnmesse International Fair and Exhibition Center, the African game developers will be in a section named “Africa Corner by Paradise Game”. This area will be dedicated to video games made in Africa and will offer developers the opportunity to show their games to industry professionals, as well as to showcase the African culture through their games.
“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,” said Sidick Bakayoko, Founder and CEO of Paradise Game.
“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,” Bakayoko explained.
The video game industry generates close to $100 billion worldwide. An estimated 27% of these revenues come from mobile games. Africa represents huge potential given its 500 million-strong market of people who own a mobile phone.
According to Paradise Game, the video game industry offers business opportunities to game developers and creates jobs for the African youth.