All you need to know about West Africa's premier gaming event

Zubair Abubakar, co-founder of Chop Up games opened the conference with a short speech of what WAGE is about and what WAGE represents.

WAGE 2016

The 3rd annual West African Gaming Expo (WAGE 2016) took place on November 8 and 9, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The technology conference and expo focused on the gaming and animation industry welcomed hundreds of guest from all over the world as it showcased new ideas from all over the world.

WAGE 16 was kicked off by Unity Technologies, organising their first certification exam in Africa. Over 60% of registered pupil passed the exam with the highest scoring student scoring over 90% and winning a brand new Macbook Air.

The 2016 theme of Live, Learn, Play Africa was echoed throughout the day as attendees had the opportunity to live and experience African cultures through the games they played.

With over 25 exhibiting games developers, publishers, game development engines, telecommunication service provider and much more, the was something to satisfy everybody.

At WAGE 16, conference attendees had the opportunity to listen to professionals from all over the world and from various industries.

Zubair Abubakar, co-founder of Chop Up games opened the conference with a short speech of what WAGE is about and what WAGE represents.

Zubair believes WAGE's effort of Bringing together experts from Africa and beyond is bringing more stakeholders into the region, growing the African technology industry and creating new opportunities for the community.

Some of the highlights of the WAGE 16 conference include Joost Jetten, Head of Sales and Marketing, Sub-Saharan Africa, at Logitech announcing Logitech's plans to introduce their line of gaming products to the Nigerian market. "Logitech wants to celebrate the gamer in all of us," said Jetten.

Unity Technologies' Johana Riquier urged developers to take advantage of the Unity Education programming skills.

MTNGame+ also took to the stage to introduce developers to the advantages attached to working with MTN. “MTN is committed to supporting the growth of the Nigerian gaming ecosystem," said Abiodun Ajayi, senior marketing manager, MTN.

Other highlights of the WAGE 16 conference included Ultima Media, the makers of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, introducing attendees to their gaming app. Vortex Comics, Nigeria's largest comics creator showcased Strike Guard Animation to a very excited WAGE conference audience.

“Pitch a Game” allowed students of all ages to come on stage and pitch a cool game idea they might have or showcase a game they have created.

First to pitch was the Greater Games team with Cycle Plug, a game that promotes a healthy work-life balance. Next up was a team of tech girls with a fun game called Cake Mash. 13-year-old Osinachi Onyegbula was selected as the winner of the Pitch-a-game contest.

Other activities at WAGE included the WAGE 2016 FIFA, Tekken, And Street Fighter tournament, hosted by Naijagameevo. This is where attendees had the opportunity to win over N300,000.

WAGE 16 sponsors included Bournemouth University, MTNGames+, Ringier Digital Marketing. To see pictures of WAGE 16, please visit WAGE 16 Pictures.

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