Attack of the small screens: Africa eyes mobile gaming boom – Tech News

An army of humans laid waste to an alien colony as South African videogame maker Simon Spreckley enthusiastically controlled the action using his phone’s touch screen. 

“The penetration of mobile devices in Africa is huge. People often have two or three phones, which is pretty crazy,” said Spreckley, 40, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “Brute”, a four-armed muscled alien from the game. 

“So that’s one of the big pluses and why we are trying to do this,” he said, promoting Invasion Day which will likely launch on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play platform in 2019. 

The multi-player tactics game, set in the 1950s, is the brainchild of Spreckley’s eight-strong team at VSUS, a Cape Town-based developer. 

Many other African developers are also opting to tailor games for mobile devices…

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