Is the South African video gaming industry transformed? Game developers weigh in

Whether you are an avert video gamer or you someone who is involved in creating video games that people play.

Video gaming in South Africa over the years has grown in leaps and bounds.

However, what are the types of challenges an industry like video gaming face in the country?

Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a conversation between Nyamakop producer and Playtopia deputy festival director Limpho Moeti, Nyamakop co-founder and creative director Ben Myres and award-winning game developer Bahiyya Kahn.

There is a very big difference between the game development industry and gamers. I wouldn't say gamers are predominately male, it is just the focus that is on men. A lot of people don't acknowledge women who play games.

Bahiyya Kahn, Award-winning game developer

She says in the gaming-developing industry, there is gender disparity, but in the actual gaming community, women are well represented.

Moeti says there are many factors that make it difficult for people to be involved in the gaming developing industry.

Even those who can afford to get into the industry, the industry is so tiny that it becomes harder for people to be part of it on a full time basis.

Limpho Moeti, Producer - Nyamakop

Myres says gaming and game developing have matured a lot in South Africa in the past decade.

Ten years ago, there weren't even small independent game developers.

Ben Myres, Co-founder and creative director - Nyamakop

Listen below to this fascinating discussion on the prominence of gaming in South Africa:


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