Fak’ugesi Arcade: Futures and Networking
Story Posted: 12 January 2020
Fak’ugesi Arcade is a branch of The Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, which has a focus on game development locally and internationally. It aims to promote, sustain and grow the game development community within South Africa and Africa.
In 2019 Fak’ugesi Arcade hosted various workshops, talks, networking events and curated an arcade. All these events promoted game development and games which originate from the Global South, the SADC Region and South Africa. Fak’ugesi Arcade worked closely with the Wits Digital Arts Department from the University of the Witwatersrand to curate, produce and manage the events this year.
During the Fak’ugesi Festival in 2019, Fak’ugesi Arcade hosted the second Futures and Networking Event (the first in 2018). The format of the event hosted a panel that was followed by an open discussion from the participants of the event. The panel and open discussion were centered around the status of the game development industry and community, regionally and locally.
This report was documented by Andrea Hayes, edited and finalised by Dr. Tegan Bristow and Lisa Phasha. The report provides a summary of the panel discussion, and the open discussion with participants. Futures and Networking Session and this report were presented with the support of German Cooperation Implemented by the GIZ.