Nigerian games startup to expand to Kenya and SA

Nigeria continues to prove to the world of their fast-paced innovations with yet another startup dubbed Maliyo Games, looking to expand its frontiers, now eyeing Kenya and South Africa.

Maliyo, a gaming company with 10 Web-based games, was launched earlier this year and it offers localised Nigerian content to its audience in the country. Now the company says it is seeking a wider audience in the other two African countries.

“It’s important for us to get as many people playing our games both in Nigeria, the rest of the African continent and the Diaspora community,” Maliyo’s founding member, Hugo Obi was quoted by ItWebAfrica as saying.

“The game designs represent the life and experiences of everyday Africans, with localised narratives, environments, characters and sound, and we want the player experience to reflect what they see around them.” Obi added.

He revealed that Maliyo was in the process of rolling out on mobile devices later this year saying, “Expect to find Maliyo titles on the Ovi, Android and Apple store very soon, which would be accessible to any individual running any of those devices and has internet connection.”

Recently, Maliyo launched an Olympic game in a bid to support the Nigerian basketball team at the just concluded London 2012 Olympic Games.

Some of the games included in the Maliyo portal include Mosquito smasher a game about exterminating mosquitoes, Naija Hoops a basketball game, My village, Football golie, Aboki for archery, Okada ride, Kidnapped, The Tribes, Adanma and Class fight.

Maliyo may have realized the need for local African content, and with the fast-paced Internet penetration in Africa, Web-based games might become the next big thing.

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