Africa’s games makers dream of exporting to the world

Momentum Core is just one of several games developers aiming to raise the profile of African gaming.

Our idea of African games is not games by Africans for Africans…it’s games by Africans for the globe ~ Abiola Olaniran, Gamsole

The market is very much still in its infancy on the continent - video games don’t have much uptake among the population, especially on PCs and consoles.

Kenya’s video games market was worth $44m (£28m) at the end of 2013; Nigeria’s was valued at $71m, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Compare this to the size of the US market in 2013 - $20.5bn - and the African markets seem minuscule.

But over the coming years, all the African gaming markets are expected to see annual double-digit growth, and gaming enthusiasts like Allan Mukhwana are ready for the market to take-off.

Mobile gaming

But it will be the mobile phone that dominates as the gaming device of choice, not consoles and computers.

“Because of the portability and accessibility of mobile phones, mobile is the best medium for gaming in Africa,” says Mr Mukhwana.

“Most people are engaged with their mobile phones. Also, not everyone wants fancy games that cost hundreds of dollars and that require a lot of commitment to play.

"Since mobile games often cost a dollar or less and can be downloaded in a pinch, even people who aren’t avid gamers can still enjoy a quick game during a break from work, or when they’re sitting on the bus,” he says.

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Want to join in on the fun? Head on over to the jam page and get all the info you need! And then start talking about it! spread the word, we want to make this a fun time for as many people as we can! Be sure to tweet and post using the #metroidjam tag so everyone else can see what you’re up to!

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Yahoo Introduces New Mobile Developer Suite at Company’s First Mobile Developer Conference

By Prashant Fuloria, SVP Advertising Products

The first ever Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference (YMDC) kicked off in San Francisco this morning with more than a thousand mobile developers in attendance. We are sharing a lot of great content alongside our partners and clients, and our main event is the launch of a new suite of products that makes it easier for mobile developers to analyze, monetize, advertise and enhance their apps. These solutions are the powerful combination of technology and data from Yahoo, Flurry (which joined the Yahoo family in August of 2014) and BrightRoll (which Yahoo acquired in December of 2014).

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Today it gives me great pride to officially announce the new Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite, built on  five products to help developers, measure, advertise, monetize and enhance their apps. Those five products are: Flurry Analytics with Explorer, Flurry Pulse, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo Search in Apps, and Yahoo App Marketing. You can get started right now by going to developer.yahoo.com.

Flurry Analytics Explorer - An update on the Flurry Analytics developers have come to know and love, developers can now answer even more complex questions with Explorer, an easy-to-use data exploration interface that returns insights in seconds. No need to write code, build queries, wait for calculations, or implement a new SDK.

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Yahoo Search in Apps - This offering makes it easy for developers to integrate Yahoo Search directly into their apps. This enhances the user experience by allowing users to search the web from within the app, and can create an additional monetization channel for developers.

Yahoo App Marketing - With the power of Yahoo Gemini, one of the fastest growing native and mobile search marketplaces, developers can efficiently acquire new users, grow engagement and track results. Developers can buy targeted native and video advertising across Yahoo’s network of premium content, Tumblr and thousands of mobile apps. Through Yahoo App Marketing, developers can use just one platform to gain exposure to an enormous audience of highly engaged and active users across desktop, mobile and social.   

Mobile developers can get started with these new tools that combine the data and technology of Yahoo, Flurry and BrightRoll today by visiting developer.yahoo.com.

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