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Abidjan to host Africa’s largest video games festival

Abidjan will play host to Africa’s largest video games festival later this year – the Electronic and Video Game Festival of Abidjan (FEJA).

The event to be held on 11 and 12 November at Palais de la Culture (Palace of Culture) in the Ivory Coast’s largest city is being organised by Paradise Game. Organisers hope to welcome more than 50,000 video game lovers and investors.

TecCity.com reports more than 5,000 square meters of exhibition space will be dedicated to game consoles, personal computing, virtual reality technology and technological innovation. The 2017 edition will also feature eSports tournaments. Participants – 256 gamers from various African countries – will be selected from qualifying games starting later this month (September). Winners will share prize money of €10,000.

Speaking to TecCity the Managing Director of Paradise Game, Sidick Bakayoko, said his company wants to gather all the players of this “untapped industry in Africa” under one roof. “From the developer to the end user, including the manufacturers and distributors, FEJA is a true platform for exchange, allowing people to share their passion and promote video-gaming in Africa.”

The world video game industry is worth in excess of US $100 billion. With 400 million Africans said to play games on mobile phones, the industry holds huge potential for the continent with the gaming industry offering a significant number of career opportunities to young Africans, including scriptwriter, game designers, programmers, pro-gamers, and a lot more.