GAMATHON

celebrating African creatives...

AUGUST 24 – 30 , 2020

BRIEF - About the Jam

Africacomicade Gamathon 2020 will be a virtual event due to the current pandemic.  The game jam will last for 3 days and hold remotely across all participating countries. The theme of the game jam would be announced prior to the game jam kick off. 

A  couple of sessions from sponsors, mentors and industry leads would hold some days to the jam to help educate and inspire participants prior to the commencement. Mentors and industry leads would also be available to give guidance to participants throughout the game jam. 

TIMELINE

register

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

kick_off

Friday 28th, August

Africacomicade Gamathon 2020 Kick-Off

deadline

Sunday 30th, August

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

review

Monday 31st, August - Friday 4th, September

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

Sunday 6th, September

Announcement of WInners

SCHDULE

ALL TIMES ARE IN WEST AFRICAN TIME (WAT)

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM

WELCOME TO AFRICACOMICADE GAMATHON 2020

Speaker : Oluwatosin Ogunyebi (Africacomicade)

10:15 AM
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10:45 AM

THE VISION OF THE CREATIVE AFRICAN INDUSTRY

Speaker : Michael Oscar Esio (Africacomicade)

10:50 AM
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11:20 AM

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE INDIE STUDIO, GAMIFICATION AND EDTECH

Speaker : Karoliina Korppoo (10th Muse)

11:25 AM
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11:55 AM

VIDEO GAMES IN AFRICA IS NOW!

Speaker : Douglas Ogeto (LudiqueWorks)

12:00 PM
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12:30 PM

GAME THINKING & GAMES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Speaker : Roman Rackwitz (EngagingLab GmbH)

03:00 PM
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04:30 PM

BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL GAME DEVELOPER IN AFRICA

Panelist : Dominique Yakan Brand (Kiro'o Games), Hugo Obi (Maliyo Games)
Moderator: Uchenna Okiya (DigitalThingszHut)

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM

PREVIOUS DAY RECAP

Speaker : Oluwatosin Ogunyebi (Africacomicade)

10:15 AM
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10:45 AM

MAKING LEGAL DECISIONS AS A CREATIVE

Panelists : Stephen Pessenbacher, Chima Ngerem (Vicarious Visions)
Moderator: Stephen Ojo (SECRE8 HIVE)

10:50 AM
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11:20 AM

EMERGING LANDSCAPE OF THE AFRICAN CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Speaker : Eyram Tawia (Leti Arts)

11:25 AM
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11:55 AM

THE RELEVANCE OF GAMING INDUSTRY TO AFRICA

Speaker : George Acquah (OyaMedia Africa Inc)

12:00 PM
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01:00 PM

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH CARRY1ST

Speakers : Boluwatife Omotayo (Carry1st), Sean Gotkin (Carry1st)

03:10 PM
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03:55 PM

THE NEED FOR COLLABORATION IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY

Panelists : Rahma Jumanne Seleman (Enter Africa), Uche Orjinta (Rudimentary Alternative), Mouhamed Gaye (SENGAMES)

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM

PREVIOUS DAY RECAP

Speaker : Oluwatosin Ogunyebi (Africacomicade)

10:15 AM
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10:45 AM

INTERCULTURAL STORYTELLING FOR GAMES DESIGN

Speaker : Isabelle Arvers (Isabelle Arvers)

10:50 AM
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11:00 AM

MUSIC COMPOSING

Speaker : Xiao'an Li (Li & Ortega)

11:25 AM
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11:55 AM

REALIZING THE DREAM OF AN AMBITIOUS AFRICA

Speaker : Vincent Forsman (Ambitious Africa)

12:30 PM
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01:00 PM

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH PETER VESTERBACKA

Speaker : Peter Vesterbacka (Rovio)

03:10 PM
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03:55 PM

GENDER INCLUSION AND DIVIDE IN THE GAMES INDUSTRY

Panelist : Allie Tsahey (Baddies in Tech), Sithe Ncumbe (Prosearium)
Moderator: Joy Ajayi (Magic Carpet Studios)

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM

PREVIOUS DAY RECAP

Speaker : Oluwatosin Ogunyebi (Africacomicade)

10:15 AM
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10:45 AM

GAMES MARKETING & GAMING COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA

Speaker : Efemena Ipoko (AHA Games)

10:50 AM
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11:20 AM

BUILDING A SPACE FOR FEMALE ESPORT ATHLETHES IN AFRICA

Speaker : Sylvia Gathoni

11:25 AM
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11:55 AM

SPATIAL COMPUTING AND THE AR- CLOUD - THE NEXT WAVE OF COMPUTING IS HERE

Speaker : Rene Schulte (Valorem Reply)

12:00 PM
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01:30 PM

JAMMING WITH FIREBASE A QUICK START GUIDE TO KICKSTART YOUR GAME

Speaker : Patrick Martin (Firebase)

01:35 PM
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02:35 PM

BUILDBOX TRAINING SESSION

Speaker : Zack Griset (BuildBox)

02:40 PM
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03:10 PM

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH HUMBLE GAMES

Speaker : John Polson

03:15 PM
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04:00 PM

EXTENDED REALITY IN AFRICA'S CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Panelist : Eugene Ohu (Lagos Business School),
Andy Korshie - Sherrie (Nubian VR)
Moderator : Isiaq Gbadamosi (VRAR Association)

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM

PREVIOUS DAY RECAP

Speaker : Oluwatosin Ogunyebi (Africacomicade)

10:15 AM
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10:45 AM

ASK ME ANYTHING SESSION WITH MASON LIEBERMAN

Speaker : Mason Lieberman

10:50 AM
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11:20 AM

HOW I'M COPING WITH SELF-ISOLATION - GAME JAMS

Speaker : Michelle Chen (RMIT)

11:25 AM
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11:55 AM

ASK ME ANYTHING SESSION (CONCEPT ART AND STORYTELLING)

Speaker : Natasha Skult (MiTale)

12:00 PM
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12:30 PM

POSITIONING YOURSELF FOR VISIBILITY AND SUCCESS AS A GAME DEVELOPER

Speaker : Bambi Dang (FinestNinja)

01:35 PM
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03:05 PM

SHOWING THE FUN: SIMPLE CHECKS FOR WORLD READABILITY

Speaker : Mata Haggis-Burridge
(Breda University of Applied Sciences)

03:10 PM
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03:55 PM

TIPS AND TRICKS TO CREATING GAMES DURING A GAME JAM

Speaker : Vesa

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.

CONTACT

  • +233548059112
    +2348168151006
  • africacomicade@gmail.com

Africacomicade is a platform that brings together enthusiasts and digital creatives across the games, animation, comic, and movie industry in Africa via insightful events such as conventions, game jams and so much more.