After 2018’s inaugural event at the Castle in Cape Town, Playtopia returns for its second outing later this year. The 2019 iteration sees Playtopia and Make Games Africa (MGA) joining forces and for three days. It will again be held at the Castle of Good Hope and promises “local and international indie games, eye melting interactive and digital art and a killer music line up!”
The event will however be priced separately, as the MGA component will be a Business to Business conference, while Playtopia is aimed at “delegates interested in the creative side of game development.”
According to the site: “Playtopia delegates are invited to attend talks, panels and workshops hosted by both international and local industry experts in the field of Indie Game development and the MGA talks are aimed at business development of gaming within the African context, tickets are very limited and booking is essential!”
Taking cues from international alternative games festivals, Playtopia MGA marks South Africa’s debut homegrown celebration of games and interactive art. Producing a series of surprise global hits, South Africa’s game makers (and their unique creations) have landed up on the international map, and Playtopia MGA stands to celebrate the country’s diverse game development community, and inspire the next generation of creators, gamers and enthusiasts. Collecting the best of local art and games alongside international contemporaries, Playtopia promises to be one of a kind African gaming celebration.
Gamers, developers and event goers will have a plethora of games, music, food and experiential art to enjoy. Exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 30+ alternative, art and party games, a Super Friendship Arcade room with games played on custom controllers, VR rooms and music entertainment.
The MGA ticket will give you complete access to the entire event, while the Playtopia Talks ticket will not offer access to the MGA talks. The ticket prices start at R120 for an early bird day pass and go to R5,000 for an MGA 3-day delegate pass. Speakers and schedules are still to be announced. The event is also a “strictly 18+” one due to game content not all being suitable for children.
Budding (or established) game developers are invited to submit their games for the event. Submissions are required by 1 October 2019, and there is no charge to submit. Submission form and details are available here.