Meet South Africa’s local game developers

The showroom floor from last year's rAge (image: Charlie Fripp)

If gamers have always dreamed of meeting the creators of some of South Africa’s locally developed games, then NAG home_coded & Make Games SA at this year’s rAge expo, to be held in Johannesburg on the weekend of 4 October 2013, will provide visitors with the opportunity.

The showroom floor from last year's rAge (image: Charlie Fripp)
The showroom floor from last year’s rAge (image: Charlie Fripp)

Fourteen of SA’s most respected game developers will be showing off their latest games, and visitors will be able to play them all. Many of the developers will be there in person, and includes Free Lives; QCF Design; RuneStorm; RetroEpic Software; Manikin Games; Level 3; Giant Box Games; Rogue Moon Studios; retroFuture; Celestial Games; Steven Tu; Deciduous Games; Made with Monster Love, and Red Dot Lab.

The local game development industry may still be in the early stages, compared with that of the US or Japan, but South African developers certainly don’t lack the passion and skill that has made their international counterparts successful. And that’s what the NAG home_coded & Make Games SA stand is all about – recognising the local talent that’s going to put SA games and game development studios on the map.

In fact, the home_coded initiative sponsors, NAG, Learn3D & rAge, are all about nurturing local talent.

Visitors can also take part in the Learn 3D Home Grown competition, with amazing prizes up for grabs. All they have to do is download the sample games (produced by Learn3D’s game development students) from their site. Play the games, and then vote for a favourite. On 2 October 2013, Learn3D will announce the winning game, and that’s the game that’ll be up for play at this year’s rAge expo. Competing gamers will battle it out over the course of the expo, and once scores have been tallied, the winners will be rewarded.

Staff writer