Game development is undergoing a renaissance in Africa. A new game development studio, Jiwe Studios, has been opened in Nairobi, Kenya. Its first game USONI, to be released on Friday, Nov 27th, is a post-apocalyptic journey from the Mediterranean sea to Turkana, the cradle of mankind.
The studio’s vision is not only to create uniquely African game experiences and to empower game developers on the African continent to build and distribute video games, and in the process showcase a rarely seen side of Africa, but also to provide young africans with opportunities to earn stable income through the digital economy.Max Musau, Founder of Jiwe Studios
Jiwe Studios’ first game, Usoni is based on a book of the same name by Marc Rigaudis, which is set in the year 2063, and is above all a story of injustice, love and loss, when Europe has exhausted all its resources, and Africa becomes the cradle of hope, and all have their eyes set on seeing the sun again.
Games are big business the world over, bigger than movies and music combined. The gaming industry was worth 200 billion dollars in 2019 and expected to be more than 250 billion this year. This presents a huge opportunity for African game developers to tell their stories to the world.