2016 Review of the Nigerian Game Industry
Here are a few interesting things pertaining to the Nigerian Gaming Industry (excluding casino and lottery) as a whole that happened in the year 2016.
Gameloft opened office in Nigeria. Hold your horses, It’s not a development studio (although I would have loved to see that) but a marketing / sales outlet instead. Seems the guys in France don’t think we are good enough.
Smart Monkey interviewed the president of the IGDA Nigeria chapter on the barriers to success in the Nigerian gaming industry.
MTN joins Etisalat in distributing games made by local developers after their failed attempt with nextapps. So as of now, there are two main local game distribution channels in Nigeria; MTN Game+ and Etisalat Games.
Mind Dead, the first game developed by Gbrossoft was officially released on steam for Windows and Mac.
Also during the Lagos Comic Con, IGDA Nigeria hosted a gaming panel session with Maliyo (Hugo Obi) and Chopup (Zubair Abubakar). For all you Pacman fans, please forgive Hugo for saying Pacman is not a game; Chai! There is God o.
Maliyo also got to release their own 3D runner titled Aboki Run. You can run with 3 other characters that are friends with the Aboki dude.
The first Unity certification exam for Africa was held in Nigeria at the Center 4 Tech facility. And 4 Nigerian developers got crowned Unity certified developers.
The West African Gaming Expo (WAGE) held it’s 3rd edition at the Queens Park Event Center in Lagos and Unity Technologies partook in it.
Deluxe Creations Studios released their first multiplayer game Banzur.io — Tank Battle in collaboration with Theta Games.
Another developer’s meetup was launched by Center 4 Tech, but I feel this one might encompass Unity developers. Although I think all like minded people are invited. I’m eager to see how this one pans out in the coming months.
Abiola Olaniran (Founder of Gamsole) won the prize for technology category at 2016 The Future Awards Africa (TTFAA). Glad to see a comeback from last year for Abiola and also for Gamsole taking up one for Gaming in the technology sector.
A lot happened at the tail end of the year, but I’m hopping a lot more happens at the beginning of this year. The indie development sector is growing and quite a number of people are getting interested in development. The monthly meetups seems to be helping in that regards so i’m expecting one more to popup this year (finger’s crossed). We lost some (Kuluya bowed down), some made a comeback (Maliyo) while some pivoted (Sonbim merging with Lizzie Creations; citation needed). But so far, things are looking up.
So raise your glasses to the unexpected in 2017. Cheers!