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Africa Games Week


Largest gathering of African Game Devs in the world 27 Nov - 2 Dec 2023

Catch our Event Director, Alex Pattison, at #gamescom23    🛬

Flying from #capetown to #cologne
she's catching up with awesome people and making new connections🌍 Say hi if you spot us👋
#gaming #africagamesweek23 #africagamesweek #tech #starfield
The #AfricaGamesWeek brand continues to grow and thrive, which has led to us taking on a full-time PR & Social Media team member!

While we onboard this new addition, the rockstars over at @Nibble Africa will be taking over the Africa Games Week Social Pages for the month of August!

Most of the local gaming industry know #NIBBLE and their incredible team. For those who have been missing out, NIBBLE has grown from a passionate group of friends competing online to a leading esports, gaming brand and creative agency that crafts powerful narratives and impactful content.

Make sure you are following us in all the places so you get to experience the full force of fun incoming!
We are excited to announce our first sponsor for Africa Games Week 2023, XBOX!

We are thrilled to have Xbox on board once again to bring you a unique workshop with their team of experts. Topics that will be covered include their developer accelerator programme, ID at Xbox, marketing tips and tricks, Xbox games camp, and so much more.

All the
#AGW23 workshops will have limited numbers to allow attendees to get the most from their engagement with the experts and the content, so keep a close eye on our platforms for sign up details!

Africa Games Week will be taking place between the 27th of November and the 2nd of December 2023 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

Get your tickets here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/219336-africa-games-week-2023

Keep up to date on all things Africa Games Week here: https://gamesweek.africa/
Event Director Alexandra Pattison will be representing Africa Games Week at @gamescom in Germany on 23rd, 24th & 25th of August! You can schedule a meeting with her in person while she is there! Get in touch now on alexandra@gamesweek.africa

Africa Games Week will be taking place between the 27th of November and the 2nd of December 2023 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

Get your tickets here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/219336-africa-games-week-2023

Keep up to date on all things Africa Games Week here: https://gamesweek.africa/
Esports has gained significant importance for school learners in recent years. The list of benefits that video games, especially esports, offers Africa’s youth is extensive. #PlayGamesAfrica will highlight the importance of esports in education, in schools in particular. We hope to see representatives from schools across Africa in attendance this year.

7 Benefits of Esports in Education

Skill Development: Esports can develop and enhance critical thinking, hand-eye coordination, multitasking, communication, and adaptability. These skills are transferable and valuable in academic settings and future careers.

Engagement and Motivation: Many students are interested in video games. Esports allows them to channel their passion into a productive and educational activity. By integrating esports into schools, educators can increase student engagement and motivation, leading to improved attendance, participation, and overall academic performance.

Social Interaction: Esports provides opportunities for students to interact and collaborate with their peers. Whether playing on a team or participating in esports events, students build social connections, develop friendships, and learn valuable social skills. Esports encourages teamwork, communication, and cooperation, fostering a sense of belonging and community among learners.

Careers: The esports industry is growing rapidly and offers diverse career opportunities. By involving students in esports, schools can expose them to potential careers such as professional gaming, game development, event management, marketing, broadcasting, and more.

Technology and Digital Literacy: Esports helps students become more tech-savvy and comfortable with digital tools. As technology becomes increasingly integral to various fields, having a strong foundation in technology and digital literacy is crucial.

Scholarships and Education Opportunities: Esports scholarships are increasing, recognising the value of esports as a competitive and educational pursuit. Excelling in esports could potentially secure scholarships to further education, combining the passion for gaming with academic pursuits.

Inclusivity and Diversity: Esports provides a platform where students from diverse backgrounds can participate and compete on an equal footing. It breaks down barriers and promotes inclusivity by focusing on skill and talent rather than physical attributes. Esports offers opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women, to excel and make their mark in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Africa Stream Con, the premier gaming, streaming, and influencer marketing business conference in Africa, held at Africa Games Week, is excited to announce a #callforspeakers .

We are looking for industry experts, thought leaders and experienced professionals who can share their knowledge, insights and success stories with our conference attendees.

If you have expertise in the following areas related to gaming, streaming, or influencer marketing, submit your proposal to alexandra@gamesweek.africa now:

1. Gaming Industry Trends: Exploring the latest trends, innovations & developments in the gaming industry in Africa.
2. Streaming an&d Content Creation: Sharing strategies for building a successful streaming channel, creating engaging content & connecting with audiences.
3. Influencer Marketing: Discussing the impact & effectiveness of influencer marketing in Africa, & best practices for collaborations between brands & influencers.
4. Monetization Strategies: Exploring different ways to monetize gaming & streaming content, such as sponsorships, brand partnerships, donations & merchandise.
5. Esports and Competitive Gaming: Highlighting the growth of esports in Africa, discussing the challenges & opportunities & sharing insights on organising & participating in competitive gaming events.
6. Gaming and Streaming Technology: Presenting the latest technological advancements, tools & platforms in gaming & streaming, & their impact on the industry.
7. Community Building & Engagement: Sharing strategies for building & nurturing a vibrant gaming & streaming community, fostering engagement, & cultivating a loyal fan base.

Submission Guidelines:
- Brief abstract (200-300 words) outlining proposed presentation, including key takeaways for attendees.
- Short biography highlighting your experience, expertise, and any relevant speaking engagements or publications.

Submission Deadline:
Thursday 3 August

Selection Process:
Our selection committee will review all proposals and notify selected speakers via email.
We are excited to announce the formation of the #AfricaGamesWeek Advisory Committee and to introduce you to our esteemed members!

Africa Games Week 2023 is set to be the largest gathering of gaming professionals, enthusiasts, and industry leaders across the continent. The event will serve as a platform to showcase the immense talent, innovation, and potential within the African gaming industry. By bringing together developers, investors, policymakers, and gaming enthusiasts, we aim to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and networking opportunities that will contribute to the growth and advancement of the African gaming ecosystem.

In support of this vision, we have carefully selected stand-out members of the gaming industry from across the world, to bring their invaluable insights to build an even more rich and diverse event for 2023.

Pause to read more about Nick Hall, Charly Harbord, Hugo Obi, Jason Della Rocca and Limpho Moeti!

The committee will be working together to develop an engaging program that covers key topics, trends, and challenges in the African gaming industry. They will also suggest addtional industry experts, thought leaders, and influential figures who can contribute to panel discussions, workshops, and presentations. We cannot wait to see how these amazing humans bring their expertise and experience in the gaming industry to Africa Games Week!

Africa Games Week will be taking place between the 27th of November and the 2nd of December 2023 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
Get your tickets here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/219336-africa-games-week-2023
Keep up to date on all things Africa Games Week here: https://gamesweek.africa/

#gamingnews #gaminginafrica
We are excited to announce the #CallForSpeakers for #PlayGamesAfrica , a vertical under the Africa Games Week banner, held from 27 November to 2 December 2023 in Cape Town.

We want to invite you to apply to join us as a speaker at this prestigious event.

Play Games Africa aims to bring together industry experts, professionals, and enthusiasts to discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the rapidly growing #esports industry.

Potential topics:
1. Esports business models & monetisation strategies
2. Sponsorship & brand partnerships in esports
3. Building successful esports teams & organisations
4. Esports broadcasting & content creation
5. Player development & talent management in esports
6. Esports marketing & fan engagement
7. Using esports & casual gaming in schools as a learning tool.

We are open to considering other topics that align with the theme of the conference and would be of interest to our attendees.

As a speaker, you can share your knowledge, experiences, and success stories with a diverse audience of industry professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and aspiring esports enthusiasts. In addition, you will gain exposure, networking opportunities, and recognition as a thought leader.

If you are interested in speaking at Play Games Africa, please email the following information to alexandra@gamesweek.africa:

1. Your full name and professional title.
2. A brief biography highlighting your experience in the industry.
3. Your proposed presentation's title and a short abstract (200-300 words).
4. Any specific audiovisual requirements you may have.

Please note that the deadline for speaker applications is 28 July 2023.

We anticipate a high volume of submissions, and our selection process will be competitive. We will notify selected speakers as soon as possible.

We look forward to receiving your application and potentially having you as a valuable contributor to Play Games Africa.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Alex on Alexandra@gamesweek.africa.
#AGW23 tickets now available https://bit.ly/AGW23Tickets

Join us in Cape Town between 30 Nov and 2 Dec 2023 to explore all aspects of the gaming industry in the Global South. If you’re interested in the business of game development or the esports industry, you’ll find technical skills workshops, B2B meetings, interactive panels, fireside chats and networking opportunities to meet your needs.

There are 3 passes available, each provides access to all 3 days, but with various levels of access.

The Conference Only Pass - R1,500

Working in or looking to enter the gaming industry in Africa? Want to meet, learn from and connect with the best in the business?

Get full access to all conferences, over all 3 days of the live event. Choose the talks and panels that hold the most relevance for your place in the industry, and sign up for the smaller technical skills workshops to personally engage with and learn from the experts.

Gain full access to the B2B Matchmaking Platform where you can arrange meetings with local game industry professionals, International delegates, and our African experts.

The VIP & Networking Pass - R11,900

The VIP and Networking Pass is aimed at visitors and corporates who are looking for a fully facilitated event.

This pass includes full access to the conference, and workshops, the fully catered private VIP days, and all fringe events showing off Cape Town and allowing a more private networking experience.

In addition, you get 2 facilitated B2B Matchmaking Meetings. You submit the names or categories of people you would most like to meet, the AGW team arranges those meetings, and manages your itinerary at the event.

The Student Pass - R500

The Student Pass will give you access to all 3 days of panels, technical workshops, and the B2B Matchmaking Platform.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for you to meet, learn from and network with titans of the gaming industry from across Africa and the world. Build your network, make an impression and find potential career opportunities.

*The Student Pass is only available to students with a valid active student number.
#PlayGamesAfrica (PGA) is the latest addition to #AfricaGamesWeek and aims to provide a space to look at the professional and casual importance of #esports as a whole.

#PGA will include :

Exploring the business of esports; from managing and monetising competitive gaming, to organising and hosting tournaments, casting for tournaments, and managing professional teams and players in the esports arena.

Connecting the developers creating the games played on the African continent to the gamers themselves.

Supporting gaming associations in promoting, connecting, and protecting their players and preparing them to engage with international brands.

Addressing international sponsorship of teams and players, ownership, and investment opportunities on African soil.

#AfricaStreamCon is being incorporated into Play Games Africa, with workshops on how to grow your social streaming networks, how to master your online charisma, hacks to get your audience talking and what's next for Streamers on the African Continent.

Play Games Africa shines a spotlight on a growing industry and speaks to the players, creators, brands, and sponsors looking to get involved in what is happening in the Global South.

The event will be taking place between the 27th of November and the 2nd of December 2023 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
We are excited to announce the #CallforSpeakers for #MakeGamesAfrica , the premier gaming event in Africa!

#MGA will be held at #AfricaGamesWeek between 27 November & 2 December 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

We are looking for dynamic and knowledgeable individuals to share their expertise, insights, and experiences with our diverse audience of game developers, industry professionals, enthusiasts, and gamers from across the continent.

We are seeking speakers who can deliver captivating talks, panel discussions, or workshops on a wide range of topics related to gaming and the gaming industry in Africa. Whether you specialise in game development, marketing, design, storytelling, or any other relevant field, we want to hear from you.

Potential topics include:
1. Game development trends and innovations in Africa
2. Game design principles and techniques for engaging gameplay
3. Diversity and inclusion in the African gaming industry
4. Marketing and monetization strategies for African game developers
5. Funding and investment opportunities for gaming startups in Africa
6. Challenges and opportunities in the African gaming ecosystem
7. Gaming and education: exploring the potential for learning through games
8. The future of gaming in Africa

However, we also welcome proposals on other relevant and compelling topics that you believe would benefit our attendees.

If you are interested in speaking at Africa Games Week, please submit the following information to alexandra@gamesweek.africa:
1. Name:
2. Professional title and organisation:
3. Contact information:
4. Proposed topic/title of your talk:
5. Brief summary or abstract (150-300 words) of your talk:
6. A short bio (100-200 words) highlighting your expertise and experience:
7. Any additional supporting information (previous speaking engagements, publications, etc.):

The deadline for submissions is July 25th 2023.
Please note there are a limited number of speaking slots available! We encourage and appreciate all submissions, but we may not be able to accommodate everyone. We will review all proposals and notify the selected speakers as soon as possible.
7 Ways to Support the LGBTQIA+ Community in the Gaming Industry

#pridemonth in the gaming community is a wonderful way to show support and inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Here are 7 ways you can show your support :

1. Highlight and celebrate LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines in video games. Recognise games that depict diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Encourage game developers to create more inclusive narratives and provide a range of character customisations that allow players to express their gender identity and sexual orientation. This can include diverse hairstyles, clothing, and pronoun options.

2. Promote and uplift LGBTQIA+ content creators in the gaming community. Share their streams, videos, and social media content. Collaborate with them on projects or sponsor their work to help amplify their voices.

3. Encourage the creation of safe spaces within gaming communities where LGBTQIA+ individuals can feel accepted and supported. Educate allies about LGBTQIA+ issues and foster a culture of inclusivity, respect, and understanding.

4. Organise charity drives or fundraisers to support LGBTQIA+ organisations or causes. Consider donating a portion of game sales or in-game purchases to LGBTQIA+ charities.

5. Host or participate in virtual Pride events within gaming communities. This could include in-game celebrations, tournaments, or live streams dedicated to raising awareness and supporting LGBTQIA+ causes.

6. Encourage organisations to collaborate with LGBTQIA+ organisations to raise awareness about their work and provide resources for the gaming community. This can involve hosting joint events, sharing educational content, or offering volunteer opportunities.

7. Promote the use of inclusive and respectful language within gaming communities. Encourage moderators to enforce rules against hate speech, discrimination, and harassment. Foster an environment where individuals feel safe and respected.

Remember, supporting and uplifting LGBTQIA+ voices should not be exclusive to Pride Month. The above can be done throughout the year to create a more inclusive and welcoming gaming landscape for everyone.
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