Launch of South Africa’s biggest serious game competition

Are you serious about games? Interested in the use of games to bring about social impact and innovation? We’re launching South Africa’s biggest serious game competition to engage communities in re-imagining their spaces for economic prosperity.


Apartheid urban planning has led to a highly split 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.

Serious About Games is challenging all current or aspiring game developers, digital creatives and designers to use a user-centred design approach to conceptualise a game that addresses the above challenge. The winning team will receive R1 000 000 to develop the game in 2017.

The Launch Event

When: 16 November, 6.30pm

Where: Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange

Who should come? All game developers, digital creatives, design thinkers, urban/ civic planning organisations – anyone who is interested in game development or civic planning.

What: We’ll be introducing the collaboration, the game brief, and the competition schedule – all over a drink and a snack.

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This competition is led by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in collaboration with Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA), 67Games, the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), and supported by the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Serious About Games will be hosting a series of workshops and gaming popup events over the next few months, to equip teams with knowledge on serious games, relevant business acumen and allow them to engage with their audience.

Come along on the 16th to find out more!

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