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What happened to the Gaming and Comic startups in Africa ?

Before even digging deep, did you know that there are such startups in Africa? Fintech, Crypto, and the other sort of higher industries have outcasted such startups or is it that it’s an industry that takes time to progress and show ‘returns’?

According to a recent Gamers Industry Africa report, South Africa has the highest saturation of gamers across Africa, with 24 million people (almost half of its population) playing,  Other major markets include Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In 2021, South Africa generated the most total annual gaming revenue at $290 million, followed by Nigeria ($185 million), Ghana ($42 million), Kenya ($38 million), and Ethiopia ($35 million).

The last Gaming startup to get Funded in Africa is Carry1st which raised a US$20 million Series A extension round from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Avenir, and Google to help it scale. with such data, The gaming studios in the new lobby are South Africa’s Sea Monster, Senegal’s Kayfo Games, Cameroon’s Kiro’o Games, Ghana’s Leti Arts, Tunisia’s Digital Mania, Ethiopia’s Qene Games, Kenya’s Usiku Games, Tanzania’s Khanga RueDopeApps from Rwanda and Messeka Games, with more expected to join soon. Collectively, the current members have developed more than 50 games.

okay so with the 50 games in the Ecosystem what is their major focus? why is there stale growth in the ecosystem? The last Startup we heard of that was doing or rather is still doing comics is Comic Republic, that’s way back in 2017! when Mutendei Writes, Came into the Kenyan, comic Scene, It really looked so promising for the creative Industry, this Industry, if developed well, would be a solace for the NFT space in Africa.

According to PAGG which was launched in February “One of our core values is not just to build a collection of games, but to incubate Africa’s gaming industry of tomorrow. There is a wealth of incredible talent already on the continent, with more graduating every year from top-tier game development schools like Rubika. Most graduates though are relegated to doing remote work for overseas clients due to the lack of local gaming job opportunities. We’re going to fix that,” said Leti Arts CEO Eyram Tawia.

As we Focus outside the norms of Development a Ugandan Game developed by Kola Studios Hits 1 Million-plus Downloads “Matatu game is currently standing on the 1,000,000+ mark on Google Play Store. Kola Studios is also continuously engaging its audience in tournaments with a chance for the winners to walk away with some money for their efforts. The Trio’s ingenuity bore fruit. The Ugandan culture of playing Amatatu has been enhanced and is currently being preserved in a sustainable way.”

However, as a majority of the games being developed are mobile-based, I think it’s time we step a gear higher on Game Development and work on PC and consoles.

Most African countries have gaming commissions and laws that regulate gambling. South Africa has clear gaming laws and regulations. It was the first country to create gambling regulations on the continent. Also, online casinos are popular in the country.

With, Africa seems to be headed in the right Direction “PAGG will bring together games developed by its members for publishing under Gara, an African game store, and Afrocomix, a content hub for Afrocentric creative work. These channels will enable content distribution and monetization by allowing locally relevant payment options, including mobile money and airtime billing. They also plan to increase the number of Africa’s next-generation game developers through training and incubation, a function that has already taken off in Kenya, at the Nairobi Game Development Center.

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