WAGE 17 Is Right Around The Corner
The fourth edition of the West African Gaming Expo (WAGE) is just around the corner and this edition promises to be the best so far. WAGE is an annual technology conference and exhibition that brings together all the stakeholders in the gaming industry under one roof.
The expo is the leading platform for meeting and networking with gamers, developers, publishers, distributors, service providers, solution providers and gaming enthusiasts in the West African region. Last year, representatives from Unity Technologies, Logitech and other distinguish guests were present. This year we have a more Sub-Saharan African pack with companies from Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa.
The event is set to take place from the 26th, to the 29th of September at the Landmark event center, Lagos, Nigeria. The 4 day event will be split into two, the first 2 days will involve a game jam while the conference and exhibition will commensurate the remaining 2 days.
The game jam is a 48 hours hackathon that would educate attendees about the process and tools used in making a game. The hackathon aims to promote game development and spur the interest of game enthusiasts.
The conference and exhibition will focus on animation, video games, board games, edutainment, softwares, game related hardware & next generation platforms.
The exhibition is where developers from around the world can showcase their creations, launch new products, organize competitions, and interact with potential partners and end users. Also competitive gaming tournaments will be hosted involving different genre of games and attendees can participate to win various prizes.
The conference is where all parties get to network, meet industry experts, and listen to talks and presentations from guest speakers.
This years guest speakers comprises of a host interrelated industries with Comic and Animation Studios, Game Studios and Game Organisations as well as Board Game Creators and Educational Gaming Companies all in the fold. I'm truly inspired by the guest speakers, because Wesley Kirinya of Leti Arts is coming over and I finally get to meet him. He is one of the first black African game creators and has been creating games as far back as 2007. This was at the time when I was still conceptualizing my own game ideas and gaining interest in game development. Also Dominique Yakan Brand of Kiroo Games will also be in Lagos to talk about their game Aurion: Legacy of Kori Odan.
If you’re interested in attending or participating in the game jam, click here to register. If you'd like to exhibit at the conference, you can apply here. Or just click here, if you would like to know more