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Dorothy Euwah, from Ghana, works on her game project

Maliyo Games Trains A New Generation Of Game Developers In Ghana, Kenya & Nigeria

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Jan. 1, 2022, 4:22 p.m.

Maliyo Games, a leading African game development studio, has announced the successful conclusion of the inaugural game development bootcamp, GameUp Africa, conducted in partnership with Google. The five-month virtual program took entry-level developers in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria through a project-based course alongside mentoring from games industry professionals worldwide, preparing them for careers in the games industry on the African continent and globally.

>>Watch A GameUp Africa Short Film here

The programme comprises 312 candidates selected from a pan-African pool of 1,150 applicants. Advancing through four key stages, which included Learning, Mentoring, Game Project and Acceleration, participants gained the skills necessary for career success either as employees within a game studio or as an independent game developer.

“When we initially designed the game developer curriculum, it was intended as an in-house talent development tool for Maliyo Games. However, through the GameUp Africa partnership with Google, we’ve been able to scale this up to create a deep, far-reaching program that has the potential to unlock a healthy pipeline of talent for Africa's budding games industry. We want to provide the large youth population on this continent the ability to create their own authentically African games, as well as the opportunity to tap into the multi-trillion dollar global games industry," says Hugo Obi, Founder & CEO of Maliyo Games, who developed the GameUp Africa Bootcamp.

Among those graduating from the programme is Dorothy Euwah from Ghana. Being part of GameUp Africa has empowered her with exciting and valuable new skills that inspire a career in games.

“As a novice to game development, I have learnt so much that I would not have been able to cover on my own in nine weeks. I now know the mechanics and details that go into creating your very own game,” she says.

>>See gameplay videos of mobile games created by graduates here

For others, like Peter Maina Waithera of Kenya, the programme has given him a clear understanding of the opportunities available in game development, he says.

“I discovered that you can actually become a pro by actually teaching yourself at your own pace. You don’t really need to be in [a] class. All you need is self-discipline on how to manage your time. The whole experience was great, especially because I moved from a person who knew absolutely nothing about game development to a person who can create a game,” he notes.

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GameUp Africa participant works on his aviation game in Kenya

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Over its inaugural run, GameUp Africa held over 100 virtual events, with programme participants completing over 796 assignments on its flagship learning management system, Maliyo Learn. Twenty-seven mentors from 9 countries around the world volunteered to guide these students through ideation, creating a Game Design Document, and building their first game prototype.

A part of the graduating cohort has been offered internships at Maliyo Games and other gaming studios in Africa. Outside of this number, others have begun working on individual projects that they plan to monetise on Google Play next year.

Applications for the next GameUp Africa Bootcamp will be announced in early 2022. For more information, go to www.maliyo.com/gameup-africa

ABOUT MALIYO GAMES

Maliyo Games is a Lagos-based game development studio that creates African-inspired games for mobile users with over 40 games in its portfolio. Maliyo infuses the continent's lively culture and the context in each of its titles, intending to embed Africa's vibrant culture into mobile games through storylines, character development, immersive environments, captivating sounds and strong visuals. Learn more at www.maliyo.com

ABOUT THE GAME UP AFRICA BOOTCAMP

GameUp Africa, developed by Maliyo Games in partnership with Google, supports young African game developers and creators from three countries: Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. Derived from their in-house training programme and intended for entry-level candidates, the Game-Up runs over five months with three unique components: Learning, Mentoring and the Game Project. The overall outcome of the programme is to create a robust talent pipeline for Africa’s pioneering game development industry, spearheaded by Maliyo Games’ vision to become the largest gaming company on the continent.

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