Microsoft’s Africa Transformation Office (ATO) has announced the launch of Xbox Game Studios Game Camp Africa, a two-day conference that celebrates game creators across more than 50 countries and regions. The conference will take place on July 15th to 16th, 2023 and is now open for applications. With the growing interest from African youth, the gaming industry in Africa is set to grow exponentially as more people get connected to the internet.
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According to the 2021 GSMA mobile economy report, 303 million people, about 28% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa, are connected to mobile internet, a number that is set to grow to 474 million by 2025. This offers many opportunities for gaming and local creators to grow and develop in the market. A report commissioned by Newzoo shows that the number of Sub-Saharan gamers has more than doubled in the last five years.
Game Camp is an initiative that unifies various Xbox initiatives under one umbrella where talent is celebrated and game developers are empowered to pursue their dreams. The camp, including presentations, panels and workshops, is available online for all registered campers. Game Camp will also host four in-person locations for campers during the two days in Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi.