If you're a South African, into game development, or you want a shot at entering the local games industry, then Serious About Games offers you the chance of a lifetime. You can win R1 million rand to develop a video game, and not just any game, one that shows the unique socio-economic challenges South Africans faced, and are still facing today.
"We’re launching South Africa’s biggest serious game competition to engage communities in reimagining their spaces for economic prosperity. Apartheid urban planning has led to a highly split society and huge socio-economic challenges across the Western Cape. Let’s create a game that allows poor communities to think innovatively and reimagine their neighborhoods for economic growth," states the press release.
It's a brilliant and inspiring idea and deserves our attention. South Africans have so many stories to tell as we have such a rich history - filled with defeats, victories, shame, and upliftment. We've come so far, lost so much, and gained what we perhaps didn't expect. The current struggles we face are colorblind, and it either breaks us or inspires us. I hope the competition will draw creative people from all walks of life to tell a story that is uniquely South African.
May we see stories translated into games that show the strength of our people. That resilience of spirit that ever wants to push through what life throws at us and turn it into something that's proudly South Africa. You might think - why not just make a game about the usual things, you know, the same boring old things.
"We're hoping the prize will entice people who have never thought about developing serious games will be tempted to. Also, we are casting our net quite wide and are hoping to pull in a lot of people from other creative fields," explains IESA CEO, Nick Hall
On Wednesday, 16 November 2016, the event kicks off. Tell the people, gather the innovators, and let's support this fantastic initiative. The IESA will also offer continued support to contestants with "a series of workshops and gaming popup events over the next few months, to equip teams with knowledge on serious games, relevant business acumen and allow them to engage with their audience."
Launch Event Details
The event is open to "all game developers, digital creatives, design thinkers, urban/ civic planning organisations – anyone who is interested in game development or civic planning."
- When: 16 November, 6.30pm
- Where: Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange
- Topic: What: Introducing the collaboration, the game brief, and the competition schedule
- Facebook Entry / Twitter / Free Ticket
"This competition is led by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in collaboration with Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA), 67Games, the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), and supported by the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism."
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