Paradise Game, an African e-sports and e-learning initiative opened the official Paradise Gaming Centre on Wednesday 24 July 2019. The gaming centre is situated in the neighbourhood with the largest population in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast and is now said to be the largest video game venue in West Africa.
Paradise Gaming Center features 1200 sq. meters of space, and is said to be equipped with the latest technology in order to focus on the promotion of e-sports in Africa. This is going to be done through hosting tournaments and training e-sports players for international competitions. Video game enthusiasts will, according to Paradise Game, be able to enjoy the latest games while preparing for FEJA (Festival de l’Électronique et du Jeu Vidéo d’Abidjan/The Electronic and Video Game Festival of Abidjan), which is said to be the largest e-sports event in Africa.
The gaming centre is currently planned to start operations in September 2019 beginning with an 80m² room that will host middle school and high school students who will take part in training sessions on robotics, video game development and computers. The gaming centre will host the first ‘Ed-tech & E-learning program’ of Yopougon. This program will see teachers, students, entrepreneurs and startups working together to create the future of educational tools for Africa.
These initiatives, according to Paradise Game, are targetted at getting the youth to join the new technology wave and stay ahead of virtual intelligence, robotics and artificial intelligence. Paradise Game claims to provide entertainment for parents as well as children. The organisation strives to improve parent-child relationships through different activities and games. This coming August will be dedicated to the opening of the game centre, with activities being held inside and outside the Cosmos Yopougon shopping centre. Some of these activities include board games and poetry.
“We ambition to transform the entertainment industry in Africa by using games as a way to learn and by allowing young Africans to discover the video game field, robotics and virtual reality,” said Sidick Bakayoko, Founder of Paradise Game. Paradise Game expects over 500,000 visitors to the Paradise Game Centre each year and the organisation hopes to establish itself as a platform that is aimed at educating, empowering and entertaining Africa’s youth.
Edited by Kojo Essah
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