Alongside following the latest fashion trends on YouTube and streaming the latest music online, millions of people turn to gaming on a variety of platforms when boredom takes over. Gaming is a fun activity to sample, be it on a smartphone device or a console machine, and it has progressed massively in recent times thanks to a number of innovative companies, some of which are based in Nigeria.
The sheer amount of games in the modern world has resulted in a more diverse and detailed gaming landscape than ever before. People can now sample an extensive collection of games on a variety of gaming machines, from popular slots by providers like Playtech and Microgaming to role-playing masterpieces to sports games and action-adventure products. The games on offer have been given a modern-day makeover, too, with advancements in technology resulting in dramatically improved gaming opportunities for the planet’s humongous community of gamers. Some great Nigerian minds have played their part in the industry’s rise on this side of the pond, too.
The Nigerian gaming industry has experienced notable growth, with the industry generating $180 million in 2018 alone. Since then, innovative products have come to the fore, with Nigerian gaming audiences able to explore a comprehensive collection of Nigerian-made products on a selection of different gaming platforms. These companies are showing growth in 2023 too, with many of them aiming to make even more of an impact in the year ahead. Let’s take a look at some of them below.
A gaming and media development company with a seemingly bright future ahead, Bisonplay has been behind a number of memorable games in the mobile gaming sphere, with Mr. Okada being the company’s most successful creation so far. Founded by two friends who met while working for a digital PR firm in Silicon Valley, their experience has helped Bisonplay flourish in the African market, with its excellent gaming products being played by millions. Bisonplay is expected to impact the gaming market in the year ahead, too.
Regarded by many as one of the pioneers of the Nigerian gaming movement, Maliyo Games is behind one of the biggest mobile games on the continent of Africa in Aboki Run, with millions of mobile gamers enjoying the fast-paced product that has a strong focus on magic, supernatural beliefs, and its powers. With more games expected to be created and published by Maliyo Games in the future, it’s a company that we could become more familiar with in the years ahead.
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A game production company that has been in operation since 2012, Gamsole has won numerous awards for its work over the years after creating fun and entertaining titles that are accessible for all. Popular games include the Gidi Run game, a loved mobile title that has been downloaded by millions of Nigerians. Abiola Olaniran, Gamsole’s Founder and CEO, is expected to push the company further forward in the near future, with Gamsole’s potential being evident.
A prominent name in the mobile game development game, Chopup is a company that aims to showcase a variety of stories from Africa through the games they develop. Known for offering high quality mobile titles that provide genuine fun and entertainment, Chopup’s leading products in the mobile category of gaming include the likes of Danfo and Monkey Post, with both games going down a treat with Nigerian gaming audiences in particular. Also picking up a number of awards along the way, Chopup is a company that has made giant strides in the gaming sphere.
Special mention must also go to Techline Communications, Simply Fun Limited, Gameplus Limited, Genii Games, Yinola, and Kuluya.