Tutaleni Ilonga, the visionary founder of Namibia’s leading game company, Tura Life Entertainment, expressed immense gratitude for the incredible opportunity to attend the prestigious Xbox Game Studios Publishing and Microsoft’s Game Camp Africa event in Johannesburg over the weekend of July 15–16. The event not only provided a platform for learning more about the ever-evolving game development scene but also offered a unique chance to network with industry professionals and showcase the excellent work of his team in creating a sustainable game development environment in Namibia.
The event boasted an impressive lineup of speakers, featuring luminaries like Esteban Lora, Temi Afolabi, Agnes Kim, Cassie Simpson, Peter Zetterberg, and numerous others. For Tutaleni Ilonga, it was a dream come true to share the stage with such influential figures who are shaping the future of the gaming industry.
“It’s also an honour to attend an event like this,” Ilonga remarked. “To learn even more about the Game Development scene but also network with people and share about the excellent work my team and I continue doing around the Game Development scene in Namibia.”
“We continue to try and create a sustainable game development environment through Edu Game Namibia and Tura Life Entertainment,” Ilonga further expressed.
One of the highlights of the event for Ilonga was the opportunity to engage with Imogen Beresford-Bone, the production partner at Xbox Game Studios Publishing. Their conversation delved into the intricacies of game development and provided valuable insights that Ilonga was eager to implement in his team’s future projects.
“Despite not [having had much time], I had some very exciting chats with Imogen Beresford-Bone, who is the production partner at Xbox Game Studios Publishing,” Ilonga shared enthusiastically, as he hopes her expertise and passion for gaming will help elevate his work at Tura Life Entertainment.
The event also fostered an environment conducive to networking, bringing together a diverse group of driven individuals who are collectively shaping the African gaming landscape. Notable figures like Yashaar Mall, Aphiwe Madonsela, Luzaan Janse van Rensburg, Taakila Mugo, and many others exchanged ideas and experiences, solidifying the sense of community among game developers in the region.
The Johannesburg event also served as a platform to showcase the tremendous strides Tura Life Entertainment has made in the gaming industry. The company’s dedication to excellence and innovation has resulted in the creation of captivating games that resonate with audiences both locally and globally.
In addition to Ilonga’s impactful presence, fellow developers and studios such as Bigg Joel Baloyi, Bianca Jansen van Rensburg, Fatma Ben Azouz, Vedanth Panchoo, Zaheer Sooliman, Pineapple On Pizza Studios, RGB Gaming, and Vivian Ladner also seized the opportunity to share their visions for the future of African game development.
As Tutaleni Ilonga returns to Namibia, he carries with him the inspiration and knowledge gained from the Xbox Game Studios Publishing and Microsoft Game Camp Africa event. With renewed vigour, he and his team at Tura Life Entertainment are poised to continue pushing boundaries and contributing to the growth of the gaming industry in Namibia and beyond. The world eagerly awaits the next innovative release from this rising star in the gaming world.