Press Release

Playtopia marks SA’s debut celebration of homegrown games

Playtopia is a 3-day indie games and playful media festival, showcasing local and international independent computer games, interactive and digital art, talks, panels, workshops and an awesome music line-up.

Taking cues from international alternative games festivals, Playtopia marks South Africa’s debut homegrown celebration of games and interactive art. Producing a series of surprise global hits, South Africa’s game makers (and their unique creations) have landed up on the international map, and Playtopia stands to celebrate the country’s diverse game development community, and inspire the next generation of creators, gamers and enthusiasts.

Collecting the best of local art and games alongside international contemporaries, Playtopia promises to be one of a kind African gaming celebration.

Gaming is one of the biggest industries in the world – surpassing even the film and music industries. Games are no longer solely something for kids. The medium has evolved to become a form of entertainment and artistic expression that people of all ages can engage with and enjoy. Playtopia aims to create a platform for a more mature audience of gamers, creators, art and entertainment lovers to come together to learn, connect and be inspired by the digital innovations being made.

Gamers, developers and event goers will have a plethora of games, music, food and experiential art to enjoy. Exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 30+ alternative, art and party games, a Super Friendship Arcade room with games played on custom controllers, VR rooms and the international exhibition ‘Digital Gardens’ created by A MAZE./Berlin.

Play with Ralph Borland’s robots, engage with the sensory art of Miranda Moss, marvel at the projection art of global artist Inka Kendzia and walk through the yarn art of embroidery artist Danielle Clough, along with various other artists showcasing custom designed playful objects.

Delegates (limited tickets, R820) have additional access to exclusive talks by local and international game developers and experts working in the industry, participation in workshops and access to a private Delegate and Speaker bar.

Date: 30 November – 2 December 2018
Times: Friday 19:00 – 01:00 / Saturday 10:00 – 01:00 / Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Tickets: R320 Weekend / R150 Friday Pass / R180 Saturday Pass / Sunday Pass R120 / R820 Delegate (Limited)
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