See What Happened @ WAGE 17
  • See What Happened @ WAGE 17

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    The fourth annual West African Gaming Expo took place at Queens Park Events Center Victoria Island Lagos.

    The 3 day event compromising of a 2 day Hackathon and 1 day conference and exhibition attracted attendees from all over West Africa.

    Day 1 and 2 was the WAGE 17 hackathon which was sponsored by Mall for Africa, Pepsi, Gamsole and hosted at Cafe Neo. Over 25 developers come together to create 6 teams. Each team was asked by Mall For Africa to create a game which represented their shopping application.

    This meant all teams had to think about a creative game that people will want to play, a game that shows players what they will experience by using the Mall For Africa Application.

    Quickly teams came up with themes, some focused on the goods delivery aspect of the application, some focused on product selection, whilst others focused on specific genres such as gadgets, groceries and so on.

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    Over a 2 day period our teams of 4 worked on their games, met new developers, shared their experience and expertise and at the end of the hackathon we had 4 games ready for the finals at the WAGE 17 conference.

    Day 3 was the WAGE 17 Conference and Exhibition which took place at Queens Park event center. Conference host Seye Johnson kicked of proceedings by welcoming attendees and educating them on the African gaming industry, and the aims and objectives of WAGE 17.

    The first panel was “Women in Gaming, Animation and Content Creation” . Speakers Dele Tejuoso of WifiCombat and Jane Ivhurie of Iconcepts spoke about the importance of having women in gaming, how women can thrive in the gaming industry , and types of games they should be creating for the market. Dele Tejuosos spoke about her work and the number of young women and how Wificombat has successfully trained over 2000 young women. Jane of Iconcept spoke about what Iconcepts can do for young developers regarding distribution and marketing of created content.

    The next panel to take the stage focused on “Animation and Comics in Africa”. Somto Ajuluchukwu of Vortex Studio, Jide Martin of Comic Republic, Kolawole Olarewaju of Komotion Studio, spoke about the current state of African Animation and where they see the industry going. They preached the importance of networking and working with other creatives, showcasing African culture and folklore through comics and animation, and the difficulties being faced by content creators raising revenue. The importance of more develop industry and corporation aiding the growth of the content creation industry is very important.

    Next up was the Pitch a Game competition, this is when developers under the age of 17 have the opportunity to demo a game they have created to attendees and WAGE 17 Judges. After going through hundreds of entries, our judges selected 15 finalist, all finalist had 5 minutes to showcase their developed games. After a long process deliberation our judges had their results, in 3rd place from American international school (Wificombat ) was Susan, 2nd place was Backcock University High School (Center 4 tech ) was Chiejina and 1st place was Daniel from Supreme Education School ( Wificombat ).

    All Pitch A Game games will be published on

    WAGE 17 Hackathoners had a chance to show the audience and the judges the games they had created over a 2 day period. Over 24 developers worked on 6 different games over a 2 day period prior to the WAGE 17 conference and expo. The winning team TCS created a game based on Mall For Africa product delivery. Players had to navigate their way around Lagos state, making sure they did not crash and they made all their necessary deliveries. The wining team received $200 from Mall Far Africa, whilst the second place team received a months paid internship with Vortex Studios.

    All games developed at the WAGE 17 Hackathon will be published on

    Other speakers to take part in WAGE 17 included, Kunmi Adenipebi, Zubair Abubakar, Sidick Bakayoko.

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    The WAGE 17 exhibition was the place to see the latest African games, casual games, board games, Esport tournaments and African comics. Over 23 exhibitors took place in WAGE 17 showcasing different types of gaming.

    *Vortex studios had a Call of Duty tournament *Pepsi hosted a Pro Evolution tournament and the winner was giving a new *Playstation 4 and Konami games by Pepsi *Titeboi exhibited Playstation Virtual reality *Chop up games exhibited their new car racing game “Tear rubber Racing”. *Mall For Africa provided attendees with Cromcast internet TV, showing attendees the future of television. *Trace Tv and Gamsole organized the Gidirun Esport tournament, and entertained attendees with music games and branded merchandise. *Monopoly debuted the 1st human sized monopoly board in Africa. *Blacking games exhibited their new game street brawl *Comic republic thrilled attendees with African comics and prizes.

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    We will like to say a huge


    to our sponsors Pepsi, Mall For Africa and Gamsole. WAGE 17 and the African gaming industry will like to say thank you.

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