Interactive Entertainment in South Africa

POSTED BY   Abraham Coetzee
1st Feb 2016

The game development scene in South Africa is — and has been — steadily growing, especially in the Cape Town area. If you are interested in gaming and would like to become part of the community here, why not join for the next Make Games South Africa (MGSA) Community Night meetup? It happens once a month, at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. More information is available on the Make Game SA website.

It is not only the game development industry that has been growing, but the wider interactive entertainment industry — at the previous MGSA meetup in January, the IESA industry body (Interactive Entertainment South Africa) was announced. There are a number of large exhibits and festivals that happen annually, such as rAge in Johannesburg and Cape Town and A MAZE in Johannesburg. There are also many smaller events, such as exhibit.gif, an animated GIF exhibit in Sea Point, Cape Town, held in January. The interactive entertainment and gaming communities are interesting, it is a great industry to be a part of.

South Africa is such a wonderful place to live. Clients (especially international clients!) are crazy about the South African work ethic, our sense of humour, love of life, and playfulness. And they love our prices as well, with the weak Rand! So if you have an idea for a game that you would like to discuss, we would love to hear from you.

The Pikachu header image is by Mel Dixon of Inks M.D

Some Mindless Destruction, one of the animated gifs shown at exhibit.gif – by Gerhard Human

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Abraham Coetzee

Abraham Coetzee

Abraham is a playful, puzzle-loving philomath. Apart from creative applications of technology at Sozo Labs, he also pursues permaculture-based computational sustainability, and playful environments for constructionist learning. He has a degree in theoretical physics and a master's degree in computer science.

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