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South African developed game, Semblance, wins Excellence in Game Design award

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It is always nice to see South African games making it big. We have Jengo that just received a playable demo and now we hear of Semblance winning an award for Excellence in Game Design at the Japan Independent Games Show, Bitsummit. 

The show was attended by some industry names such as Robin Hunicke from Journey, Koji Igarashi from the Castlevania series and none other than Yoshida, the president of Sony's Worldwide Studios. But it was Nyamakop, the proudly South African studio, that we care about here. During the show, the BitSummit organizers announced its annual nominees for various categories revealing that Semblance was nominated for both the International Award and the Excellence in Game Design award. Of which, Nyamakop walked away with one of the two. 

Accepting the win for Excellence in Game Design, Nyamakop co-founder and programmer, Cukia Kimani, said: "Thanks to everybody who came by to play the game. It was only fitting that the first place we showed the Switch version of Semblance was here in Kyoto, Japan."


91 other games were in the running for the same award so this is a big deal for them and we cannot be prouder. We also know that the game is coming to the Switch which is always awesome as we all love the console and the idea of playing this locally-developed game on it makes it even better. 

Speaking about what receiving the award meant to the team, other co-founder and game designer, Ben Myres said; 

"This is wild! A few years ago we were just a couple of kids coming out of university, and now we're competing for international awards against world class world class competition. It again vindicates that Africans can make top-grade and successful works. We hope winning this award inspires more people in South Africa to make games."

We look forward to seeing more of Semblance in the future and wish them all the best. 

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