This year's international Game Mixer will be held in Johannesburg from November 16 - 24. Within the programme “Game Mixer”, the Goethe-Institut aims to promote professional exchange between game developers from around the world. In 2015, the first Game Mixer Programme took place in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia.
The following year, the second iteration of the programme took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In its third iteration, the Game Mixer programme seeks to mix up the international game development scene even further by not only including game developers from Germany and the host country of South Africa, but by also inviting participants from broader Sub-Saharan Africa and the former host countries Indonesia and Brazil, too.
Game Mixer Johannesburg starts with the GameCamp, an open, participatory bar-camp-style series of DIY workshops, talks and sessions.
The GameCamp focuses on peer learning and open discussions on chances and challenges of the game industry in participating countries. The GameCamp will be followed by a public showcase of games by all participants.
The group will get the opportunity to present their games and have in-depth discussions with the audience. For one day we will visit the most interesting game studios in Johannesburg to get an inside view of the industry.
In an internal showcase, participants will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with each other’s works by playtesting their fellow participants’ games. The programme’s finale will be a game jam, wherein mixed teams will collaborate on game prototypes.
Communication language during the program will be English. If you are interested and want to apply, you should be:
-A professional developer from an African game company that has released at least one game.
-Committed to participate full-time during the whole ten-day programme.
-Able to communicate in English.
Smaller, emerging studios are preferred, since they would benefit most from this programme.
The Goethe-Institut will provide travel expenses to and from Johannesburg, accommodation (for participants not living in Johannesburg) and local transfers.
Your application should include:
-A CV highlighting your professional background
-A one-page letter of motivation;
-A one-page profile of your studio including: founding date, number of games produced / released, number of developers, performance (e.g. downloads, users, revenue);
-A one-page summary of one product that you want to highlight in the showcase including: game details, game performance (e.g. downloads, users, revenue, KPIs), screenshots.
Please send your application to Ralf.Eppeneder.firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is October 5, 2017. The participants will be chosen by a jury of the Goethe-Institut and Interactive Entertainment South Africa.