Maliyo Games, Nigeria’s leading mobile game developer has today announced that it will be collaborating with Google to conduct the Game Up Africa Training Program, a game developer training program in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria.
Game Up Africa which is the first of its kind on the continent aims to prepare young people for career success in the global gaming market and will run virtually from August to December 2021. Participants will learn to create mobile games for the Google Play store with mentoring support provided by Maliyo Games.
“We are delighted to work with Google to extend our in-house training program to hundreds of young people in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria,” said Hugo Obi, founder of Maliyo Games. “The African continent, with over 500 million mobile phone users, represents a massive business opportunity for people who have the creative and technical skills. That is the need we are addressing with this Bootcamp. Our goal is to embed Africa’s vibrant culture into video games through storylines, character development, immersive environments, captivating sounds, and strong visuals.”
The Game Up Africa Bootcamp is designed for individuals with basic programming knowledge or a computer science background. Selected participants will learn how to refine, package and develop casual Android games using a modern self-paced and project-based learning system with instructors who will periodically assess and evaluate students’ performance. The program will support participants with valuable peer support from the African gaming community. The #GameUp Bootcamp will also offer a generous data allowance to enable students to access course materials and download the relevant software.
The program will give participants an edge in a fast-growing industry. The global gaming market is on track to hit US$200 billion in revenues by 2023, reflecting a year-on-year growth rate of over 20%. Industry research projects that the market will reach US$287 billion by 2026.
Maliyo is a Lagos-based game development studio, with 40+ mobile games in its portfolio. The company brings its nearly 10 years of experience as a leader in the African gaming scene. Their goal is to share African cultural richness in every product they create. Maliyo embeds authentic and meticulous storylines and character development in their games.
How to Apply for Game Up Africa Training Program