February 29, 2024

Hugo Obi of Maliyo Games Takes Center Stage at BiG Festival

Hugo Obi

Join Hugo Obi, the visionary Founder and CEO of Maliyo Games, as he takes centre stage at the highly anticipated Brazil Indie Game (BiG) Festival in São Paulo. With an innovative approach and a strong commitment to diversity, Maliyo Games has become a driving force in the African games industry, bridging the talent gap and fostering a thriving gaming ecosystem on the continent. This year, Hugo Obi will share his insights and perspectives on the untapped potential of African game development during his seminar and panel discussion at the BiG Festival.

The BiG Festival is an annual gathering that brings together game developers, industry professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world. The event, held at the São Paulo Expo in Vila Água Funda, Brazil, serves as a vital platform for knowledge sharing, networking, and exploration of the latest developments in the game development landscape. From June 28 to July 2, the festival will offer an immersive experience for attendees.

On June 29 at 10:20 AM (BRT), Hugo Obi will present a seminar titled “Creating a Talent Pipeline for the African Games Industry.” In this talk, he will shed light on Maliyo Games’ innovative approach to addressing the challenge of untapped talent in game development across the African continent. Specifically, he will delve into the studio’s Maliyo Academy, an in-house programme in partnership with Google designed to unleash the game development potential of aspiring creators in Africa. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into how Maliyo Games has nurtured and empowered talent to drive the growth of the African gaming industry.

Immediately following his seminar, Hugo Obi will participate in a panel discussion at 12:50 PM (BRT) on June 29. The panel, titled “Exploring Global Ecosystems: Brazil, Canada, Portugal, Africa, and the Middle East,” will feature esteemed speakers including Jason Della Rocca (Execution Labs), Jefferson Valadares (Fortis Games), Lars Janssen (The German Games Industry Association), Pedro Santoro Zambon (Sao Paulo Games Incubator), and Ricardo Pedro Mimoso Flores (Nine66). The discussion will delve into the unique characteristics of each region’s gaming ecosystem, highlighting successes, failures, and lessons learned. Hugo Obi will provide insights into the African game development landscape, showcasing the potential for growth and collaboration within the continent.

Throughout the festival, Hugo Obi is eager to connect with like-minded individuals, mobile game studios, and educational institutions. According to the Maliyo Games Founder, his goal is to learn from the Brazilian gaming culture, foster potential collaborations, and expand the network of Maliyo Games within the global gaming industry. Attendees will have the chance to engage with Hugo personally, exchange ideas, and explore mutually beneficial partnerships that contribute to the advancement of the African gaming industry.

The BiG Festival in São Paulo presents an exciting opportunity to witness the expertise of Hugo Obi, the Founder and CEO of Maliyo Games. Through his seminar and participation in the panel discussion, attendees will gain invaluable insights into the innovative strategies employed by Maliyo Games to bridge the talent gap in African game development. Furthermore, the festival provides an ideal platform for networking, fostering collaborations, and expanding the reach of Maliyo Games within the global gaming industry. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the vibrant and diverse gaming ecosystem being cultivated in Africa.