Nigerian gaming industry has seen massive improvement in its penetrative campaign with the aid coming from broadband access, cheaper and faster internet. The fierce competition between MTN, GLO, AIRTEL, and ETISALAT has brought Nigerian telecommunication giants down to earth. Slashing former barely affordable data plans to almost what I will call average.
What does this mean for game companies in Nigeria?
I mean cheap data rate has seen more download, massively in Nigeria game developer’s count on playstore and IOS store. The Google play downloads rates has increased, more appraise and contentment amongst users reflecting through star ratings and feedback asserts the upward improvement.
A decade ago, Nigerian game developers produced games which seemed more like a foray of desperate venture as firstborns waiting for their birthrights. Such start up couldn’t see daylight as a result of poor graphics, uber boring game experience, and annoying pop up ads showing up on your face every time a wift of data opens.
In a thousand herds of sheep one must stand out, either humble or vile that depends on the character exhibited by the majority. The Maliyo’s, gamesole and kulaya’s laudable development of games, on Windows, android and IOS is somewhat a feat never achieved before. Their work stands out from a gaming industry mired with mediocrity.
Maliyo’s indigenous flavored, Nigerian setting. Mosquito smasher, a game created for killing mosquitoes via repeated tapping of your phone screen killing malaria. Set in place for the increase in malaria awareness is genius.
Kulaya’s strategic approach takes game players right back in the mythical world where users goes back in time exploring Nigeria’s untold Myths and folklore in a world vividly portraying the country’s rich culture.
Gaming videos are lucrative but haven’t gone without spoils of problems which mainly is funding. If this sector is properly nurtured, invested and pulled into Nigeria’s economy, a turn in fortune for most crippled startup can live off mediocrity. After pulling off pages from Wikipedia and other Google pages. I came out with Maliyo, Gamesole and Kulaya listed among notable Game companies, the only ones for that matter.
If a journey of a thousand mile starts with a step, then Nigerian Game developers have just taken the first step.
So this begs the question where are other Nigerian Game developers?