Johannesburg Digital Center Receives R7 Million From France To Improve SA Games Ecosystem

  • France Wits University has committed more than ملی 7 million in partnership with Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.
  • The renewal of the partnership is to promote the growth and development of the creative and cultural industries in Africa.
  • Tshimologong will launch a game incubator skill set to help and develop game studios.
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France has pledged 450,000 euros (R7.1 million) to the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Center in Watersland to support the creative and cultural industries in Africa.

Tshimologong, Agence Française de Development (AFD), and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) renewed their partnership for the second time. Which will see the game industry change and grow for another two years.

Relevant parties launched the Digital Content Center in 2018. This included a 14 14 million grant to Tshimologong to launch an incubator for innovative and creative audio-visual content.

The partnership opened the door to new connections in the African and French markets, enabling them to connect with industry experts in animation, video, games, virtual reality, digital arts and music.

As a digital content cluster that promotes the creation of innovative digital content among young people – the center combines creativity with digital creation. Through their academies and incubators, they bring young talents to the developing industry while focusing on key skills.

The renewal of their partnership will see the center create a game incubator along with other projects and programs. As reported by Newsroom Africa, the incubator will allow game startup studios access to training to help them develop commercially available products as well as their business and technical skills.

Tshimologong CEO Leslie Williams explains that South Africa needs to meet the demands where creativity and digital meet. “There is a huge demand for African aesthetics in creativity, the world is demanding digital content from Africa and we need to meet that demand,” she said.

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