With the social (and medical) disaster known as COVID-19, businesses from every industry have been hit with hard times. It’s to be expected since the entire world ground to a halt; people weren’t in a position to buy and companies have been struggling to survive unless they adapted to these strange conditions. Which is very depressing and sad yet the toughest situations often create the best opportunities.
It’s also something which we’ve seen in the gaming industry; while the pandemic has raged on, gaming has only grown in popularity. What was always seen as a young, risky business by many older generations exploded this year, more than ever before, as one of the few industries that have seen growth during COVID-19. Video games mean big buck these days and The Business of Gaming Forum is turning the spotlight on industry growth and opportunities, both locally and internationally.
The annual event, taking place for the third time alongside Comic Con Africa, will this year be hosting a virtual event open for the public, much like most conferences these days. The event will take place on 24 and 25 September with both days kicking off at 09:00 in the morning. Attendees will be able to view and participate in speeches and presentations from some of the biggest tech and gaming companies around, including AWS, Twitch, Asus, Acer, Red Bull, Kickstarter, and IGDA.
Oh, and a certain Editor in Chief of Stuff Magazine, Toby Shapshak, will act as the MC for the event. Just felt like that was necessary to mention.
Some of the topics you can expect to be discussed include, “representation, inclusion and diversity in the gaming space, developing esports, curating brands and marketing, understanding player data, logistics of distribution, creating exportable authentic African experiences in games, game development insights, and trends.”
Carla Massmann, Portfolio Director of the Forum, stated that “Organiser Reed Exhibitions is committed to growing industries on the continent. We recognise that some of the biggest untapped opportunities lie in tech and gaming. The Business of Gaming Forum will bring many of the major stakeholders together to grow to game on the continent.”
If you’re interested in attending the event, just click here and check the “Business of Gaming Forum” box at the top of the page to register. Simple, straight-forward and better than everything else, completely free. It’s a great opportunity to learn a little about industry and market that’s continuing to grow every year, so why wouldn’t you jump at the chance?