Local initiative Serious About Games is giving away R1 million in funding for a local “civic engagement” game development project


Look at the image up top of a local township. How would you even start to improve the heartbreaking circumstances of millions of people living in places like this one all over the country? That’s what the team at Serious About Games want you to think about.

“We’re launching South Africa’s biggest serious game competition to engage communities in reimagining their spaces for economic prosperity,” says the press stuff. “Apartheid urban planning has led to a highly divided society and huge socio-economic challenges across the Western Cape. Let’s create a game that allows poor communities to think innovatively and reimagine their neighbourhoods for economic growth.”

With support from the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in collaboration with Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA), 67Games, the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Serious About Games is looking for “all current or aspiring game developers, digital creatives and designers” to conceptualise the game described above, with R1 million in funding to develop the winning proposal in 2017.

There’s a launch event in Cape Town next week for everybody interested in getting involved:

Also, the initiative will be hosting a series of additional workshops “to equip teams with knowledge on serious games, relevant business acumen and allow them to engage with their audience” in the coming months, so stay tuned for more.

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