The upcoming West Africa Gaming Expo (WAGE 2014) events has been designed to address Nigeria’s troubling unemployment rate, Mr Adedoyin Ogundoyin, Chief Operating Officer of Adolami Events, organisers of the gaming show has said.
“The gaming industry should be seen as the next step for many locally based developers. Many people believe the gaming industry is worth more than 100 billion dollars, we believe it will create more jobs for ICT professionals, through our strategic partnership with organizations such as Jobberman we will aim grow the number of developers working in the gaming industry”, Adoydin told Technology Times in an exclusive interview ahead of the event.
According to the organiser, WAGE14 holds December 18 to 20 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos will feature a conference, tutorial sessions, workshops, game releases and an exhibition featuring in-development and recently-released games on show for attendees to watch and play.
”We have also partnered with organizations such as Vision Edge, Chams PLC with the aim of training up and coming developers”, he said.
‘’WAGE14 will be packed full of fun learning activities. We have game lunching from local developers, tournaments, tutorial and workshops for guest interested in taking a game developing”.
Commenting on the target audience Adedoyin told Technology Times that, “WAGE14 aims to target everyone. The aim of the event is to introduce gaming to the region. Many people are distracted by the negative clichés attached to gaming. We aim to show parents how children can learn from gaming, how gaming can be used to exercise the brain, build concentration and stimulate creativity.”
According to him, WAGE14 will be “showing the society how easily game development and gaming can be introduced to their everyday life.”