Kir’o Games- Aurion

Videos games: the [new] African perspective

The video games market went from being an obscure subculture to become one of the most successful segment of the entertainment industry worldwide. We’ve seen growth both in the technology and the quality of the storytelling. Today, Hollywood screenplay writers are hired by game companies to create blockbuster games around interesting storylines. By the numbers, we’re talking top tier revenue. Call of Duty modern warfare made $550 millions in five days in 2013. The following year, the sequel made $650 million in three days. One can surely understand why console wars are relevant today more than ever. In the bigger scale of things, the west is the premium producer of video games worldwide. Which reflects in the repetitiveness of the narrative of most of the blockbuster games that came out in the recent years. But with fast growing economies, the African continent is bound to want to  try to get its fair share of the action.

 

Looking at what is been made In Africa, video games company appear in small clusters scattered around the continent.

The most prominent game studios are coming from Kenya’s “Silicon Savannah” where the most talked about studio is Maliyo games.

Game studios are also found in South Africa where the industry is a bit more advanced thanks to the support of the government. Nigeria counts its fare share of studios as well. There are also big companies present on the continent, notably Ubisoft in Morocco. Up until now, most of the African game studios had their focus on mobile games and free games. For the most part, all of these games are android based. If you’re not sure why android and not IOS, well it’s simple. The average Iphone cost somewhere between $500-$1000 while the average android phone is $100. If you’re video game startup, in a third world country where your target consumers have limited revenue, it is pretty clear what operating system you would want to use.

Kiro'o Games

Kiro’o games is one of the studios that decided to skip the mobile game first entry and went straight for a more complete and robust PC game.

 

Beyond the mobile game world, we count very few studios dedicated to making video games for PC or any of the next generation console. The rationale here is somewhat the same. Knowing that the first technological entry point is a mobile device, the second screen in that picture is usually a laptop. Kiro’o games is one of the studios that decided to skip the mobile game first entry and went straight to a more complete and robust PC game. Aurion, by Kiroo Games, is the first game of its genre. Meaning, it’s the first video game made with an entire African narrative. From the character designs, to the set and storyline, everything about this game screams authentic African pride.

From the character designs, to the set and storyline, everything about this game screams authentic African… Click To Tweet

 

Inspired by African folktales and myths, Aurion is a 2d sidescroller role-playing game (RPG) full of flair. The story follows Enzo Kori-Odan in his quest to reclaim his throne. This RPG builds upon folktales to create a fantasy world full of unique characters and scenery. As of now the game has entered the final stages of production and the startup is looking at a late summer release.

Aurion by Kiro’o games is one example of the current changes happening in the creative industries in Africa, notably Cameroon.

A powerful example of how young entrepreneurs solve issues around them by filling the void with their missing voice. Already present during the first edition of the Dots Bootcamp, the game studio is coming back for the second edition; this time with a workshop on character design. From concept art to the finish modeled avatar, the Kiro’o Games team will help budding game developers streamline their character development process.

Kiro'o Games Bootcamp

The next DOTS Bootcamp is set for June 6th 2015. You can reserve your ticket here or by clicking here:  Eventbrite - DotsCamp Juin 2015.
or
email bootcamp@dotslabs.co for more information.

Photo Sources: Kiroogames.com

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