Microsoft’s Xbox Game Camp returns to Africa

Microsoft, through its Africa Transformation Office (ATO), has announced the second edition of Xbox Game Camp in Africa.

The two-day conference which started in 2014 in Sweden before it was later shaped into a global program seeks to recognize and celebrate all game creators across more than 50 diverse countries and regions.

The conference will run from 16th -17th July and will also include in-person events in Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Casablanca. 

“We’re excited to bring Game Camp to Africa for a second year running and look forward to strengthening its impact within the gaming community through practical new additions to the programme. says Phyllis Migwi, Country Manager for Microsoft Kenya. 

”Africa has a long track-record of giving rise to top developer talent, and we believe that affinity for producing tech talent can be harnessed to usher in a new era of exponential growth within the African gaming industry,” she adds.

Just like the previous edition, Game Camp Africa will again feature workshops on various game development topics, providing young talent with the opportunity to learn from industry leaders. For the first time, participants will also have the opportunity to present gaming and business ideas to a panel of experts who will then provide them with focused mentorship and coaching. 

Using online learning resources, developers can take part remotely via Microsoft Teams as well as through three open-house locations across Africa, including Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Casablanca. These online resources include targeted training modules that closely match developers’ individual skills and interests. What’s more, participants can engage with these modules both before and after the event.

There is extraordinary talent residing across the continent. However, many individuals lack access to the basic tools and resources needed to transform their expertise into successful ventures. To realise the vast potential presented by gaming, we must begin by narrowing the opportunity divide and levelling the playing field. We believe that by investing in initiatives such as Xbox Game Camp, we can help grow thriving gaming ecosystems by tapping into the amazing talent that has the potential to contribute positively to the broader economy,” says Lillian Barnard, President of Microsoft Africa. 

To participate, individuals must be of legal age, reside in any country on the African continent and be studying or working part or full-time in the field of software development, visual arts, 3D, music and audio, web design, narrative design, or professional project management. 

Interested game creators can apply to be part of the program before 15 June 2024.  

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