GAMATHON

celebrating African creatives...

NOVEMBER 15 – 27, 2021

BRIEF - About the Gamathon

Africacomicade Gamathon is the largest Pan-African creative event showcasing the works of African digital creatives and connecting them to opportunities.

 Due to the pandemic, the maiden edition held completely virtual in 2020 .  The Gamathon comprises of a conference, game jam , pitch event amongst many other activities. The theme of the game jam in 2020 was  “Avoid the spread”, following issues surrounding the pandemic and #Blacklivesmatter . It run for 48 hours and had over 200 participants from 12 different African countries.

A  couple of sessions from sponsors, mentors and industry leads held during the jam to help educate and inspire participants . Find below some of the activities that took place during the Gamathon.  

Re-live 2020 with Us!

2021 Updates coming soon ...

TIMELINE [2020]

Friday 26th, June

Commencement of Registration for Africacomicade Gamathon 2020

Monday 24th, August - Thursday 27th, August

Online sessions with Industry Leads, Sponsors and Partners

Friday 28th, August

Game Jam Theme Announcement

Friday 28th, August

Africacomicade Gamathon 2020 Kick-Off

Sunday 30th, August

Deadline for submissions (11:59 PM GMT+1)

Monday 31st, August - Friday 4th, September

Project Review and Grading by Judges, eSports competitions and virtual party!!

Sunday 6th, September

Announcement of Winners

SCHEDULE [2020]

ALL TIMES ARE IN WEST AFRICAN TIME (WAT)

03:00 PM
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03:30 PM

WHAT IT'S LIKE BUILDING AN INDIE GAME STUDIO IN AFRICA

Speaker : TBD

03:30 PM
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04:00 PM

THE MISSION OF SOLO GAME DEV SHOWCASE MEETUP

Speaker: Mark ( SOLO GAME DEV)
Moderator : Ajayi Joy .M.

04:00 PM
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04:30 PM

USING GAMES FOR SOCIAL ACTIVISM - VIRAGO GAME

Speaker : Sunday Akor ( Honest Chronicles )
Moderator :TBD

04:30 PM
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05:00 PM

HIRU THE GAME : AFRICAN THE LAST OF US ?

Speaker : Dean Gichukie (Kunta Content)
Moderator: TBD

05:00 PM
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05:30 PM

THRIVING AS AN INDIE GAME DEVELOPER

Speaker :Kofi Austin
Moderator : Oscar Michael

05:30 PM
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06:00 PM

SUPPORTING THE AFRICAN GAME INDUSTRY

Speaker: Kirubel Girma (Efuye Gela)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

03:00 PM
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03:30 PM

WELCOME TO AFRICACOMICADE GAMATHON 2021

Africacomicade Team members

03:30 PM
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04:00 PM

THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION IN THE GAMES INDUSTRY

Speaker: Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg ( Games Industry Gathering ) Moderator: Oscar Michael

04:00 PM
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04:30 PM

GAMES FOR CHANGE

Speaker : Johana Riquier (Gamerging)
Moderator: Rahmah Suleiman

04:30 PM
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05:00 PM

UNDERSTANDING THE AFRICAN GAMES INDUSTRY

Speaker : Eyram Akofa Tawia (Leti Arts)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

05:00 PM
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05:30 PM

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AFRICAN GAMES INDUSTRY , YEAR 2021

Speaker : Ebnezer Gasonoo (Gasbros Gaming Network)

05:30 PM
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06:00 PM

HOW TO MAKE GAMES THAT NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY

Speaker: Lukmon Agboola (Ovaplay)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

03:00 PM
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03:30 PM

INTO THE WORLD OF JIWE

Speaker: Max Musau
Moderator: Oscar Michael

03:30 PM
-
04:00 PM

BUILDING AFRICAN GAMES FOR THE GLOBAL MARKET

Speaker:Olivier Madiba ( Kiro Games)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

04:00 PM
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04:30 PM

LAYING THE PROPER FOUNDATIONS FOR THE AFRICAN CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Speaker : Chelbi Samia (NetInfo 3D)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

04:30 PM
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05:00 PM

GAMES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Speaker : Kabiru Seidu and Andy Korshie(Nubian VR)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

05:00 PM
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05:30 PM

GOLDEN GEORGES : FROM A FOOTBALL GAME TO A REAL EXPERIENCE

Speaker : Teddy Kossoko (Masseka Game Studio)
Moderator : Ibrahima Mounkoro

05:30 PM
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06:00 PM

LEGENDS OF ORISHA - THE JOURNEY SO FAR

Speaker: Igumbor Ewere and Olamide David ( Dimension 11 Games )
Moderator: Oscar Michael

03:00 PM
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03:30 PM

ELECTRONICS ARTS : GETTING IN THE GAME

Speaker : TBD

03:30 PM
-
04:00 PM

BEHIND THE SCENES OF PROJECT LUMPA

Speaker: Mwaaba Mugala ( Epic Arts Studio)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

04:00 PM
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04:30 PM

TELLING AFRICAN STORIES FOR THIS GENERATION

Speaker : Michel Nkuindja (Noohkema Interactive)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

04:30 PM
-
05:00 PM

BUILDING INDIE GAMES IN TODAY'S WORLD

Speaker : Shawn Alexander ( GDOCExpo)
Moderator: Uche Okiya

05:00 PM
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05:30 PM

SUE THE REAL - DECONSTRUCTING AND REBUILDING YOUR ART DIRECTION

Speaker : Jose Wilson (Sue the real)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

05:30 PM
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06:00 PM

PUBLISHING AND BUILDING GAMES FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Speaker: Edwin Kapesa (Chroma Pixels Games)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

06:30 PM
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07:00 PM

WHY CORPORATE COMPANIES IN AFRICA SHOULD INVEST IN GAMES & GAMING

Speaker:Tutaleni Ilonga (GameJam+ )
Moderator: Oscar Michael

07:00 PM

GAME JAM THEME ANNOUNCEMENT

03:30 PM
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04:00 PM

HOW WE HAVE TRANSFORMED FROM AMATEURS TO PROFESSIONALS

Speaker: Kamal Aittah ( Game Hermits)
Moderator: Oscar Michael

04:00 PM
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04:30 PM

ARUTU GAMING:

Speaker : Dominion Eromosele (Arutu Gaming)
Moderator: TBD

04:30 PM
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05:00 PM

SUE THE REAL- AFROGAMES: CREATING ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW

Speaker : Marcus Silva (Sue the Real)
Moderator: Ibrahima Mounkoro

05:00 PM
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05:30 PM

DUNG BEETLE GAMES

Speaker : Eddie Mwazige (Dung Beetle Games)
Moderator : TBD

SESSIONS [2020]

WATCH THE STREAM

SPEAKERS, MENTORS & JUDGES [2020]

Michelle Chen

AUSTRALIA

Mata Haggis-Burridge

Netherlands

Uche Orjinta

NIGERIA

Patrick Martin

USA

Oleg Paliy

FINLAND

Sylvia Gathoni

KENYA

Dominique Yakan Brand

CAMEROON

Stephen Pessenbacher

SOUTH AFRICA

Allie Tsahey

GHANA

Bambi Dang

FINLAND

Douglas Ogeto

KENYA

Sean Gotkin

SOUTH AFRICA

Eugene Ohu

NIGERIA

Xiao'an Li

SINGAPORE

Efemena Ipoko

NIGERIA

Zack Griset

KENYA

Isabella Arvers

FRANCE

Karoliina Korppoo

FINLAND

Roman Rackwitz

GERMANY

Vesa Raudasoja

FINLAND

Vincent Forsman

FINLAND

Hugo Obi

NIGERIA

Natasha Skult

FINLAND

Peter Vestabacka

FINLAND

Eyram Tawia

GHANA

Rene Schulte

GERMANY

Isiaq Gbadamosi

NIGERIA

Mohammed Gaye

SENEGAL

Chima Ngerem

USA

Suleiman Rahma

TANZANIA

Andy Korshie

GHANA

Mason Lieberman

USA

Robert Mugisha

RWANDA

John Polson

USA

George Acquah

GHANA

Ivan Kibuuka

UGANDA

José Wilson

BRAZIL

Marcos Silva

BRAZIL

Michael Oscar

GHANA

George Acquah

GHANA

Victor Igwe

NIGERIA

Kenney Vleugels

Netherlands

Yetunde Ogunlola

NIGERIA

Joshua Ajayi

NIGERIA

David Olamide

NIGERIA

Obinna Akpen

NIGERIA

Lukman Agboola

NIGERIA

Hammed Arowosegbe

NIGERIA

Joshua Ajayi

NIGERIA

David Olamide

NIGERIA

Shiew Yeu Loh

USA

Shawn Price

USA

Hugo Obi

NIGERIA

Ife Akintaju

USA

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F.A.Qs

A Game Jam is essentially a hackathon for video games. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and developing games within a short period of time. The goal is to foster collaboration, creativity, and productivity amongst participants to help encourage creative thinking resulting in games that can be turned into commercial success. Participants rapidly prototype games and make use of new ideas to help inspire and build games from start to finish. 

The Africacomicade Gamathon 2020 is scheduled to hold between Monday, 24th August to Sunday, 30th August Check out the timeline page on our website for more info.

The game jam would be hosted on itch.io so you can submit your games after registering on itch.io. Make sure you submit before the end of the Game Jam! Late submissions are not accepted.

Anyone can participate in a Game Jam. Usually, participants are made up of game developers, animators, level designers, artists, gamers , testers , and more. Anyone who wants to learn how to make a game is also welcome. You can learn many new skills and support your team by contributing ideas, playtesting, and giving moral support.

The theme is announced a day before the game jam starts. Be sure to check out the theme announcement video when it drops!

No. That would be the same as cheating. You can only start working on your game once the jam has started.

A team of judges carefully chosen with experience in the games industry would be collaborating with the Africacomicade organizing team to select winners in the different categories. Asides then, 20% of the vote would come form the public , who would upvote uploaded games . 20% because we don’t just want people with media coverage to outsmart actual creative content. We will definitely factor in how well you use the theme in our decision. 

We welcome both! Both teams and individuals are allowed to enter.

Yes! You can absolutely use any of them..

You’re free to decide the type you wish to create. As long as it’s not a direct copycat of another game and follows the rules and incorporates the theme, we’re good. We do not want to restrict your creativity so go for anything you want.

We will be announcing the theme and other updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email, Youtube, and Africacomicade Discord. Follow the accounts below!

Please fill out this complaint form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Download 2020 Recap Document



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