Make Games SA raises R25 000 for talented South African game design students

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In the late afternoon of Thursday, February 13th, two promising South African students who wished for nothing but to work in the wonderful world of videogame development were in urgent need of funding in order to set themselves on the road towards studying game design in South Africa – a dream they had both held for years.

By Sunday, February 16th, South African game development organisation Make Games SA had helped the pair raise over R25 000 to go towards tuition at Wits University, thanks to the very kind donations of individuals in the community and game development studios, too.

The students, Thsetso Gift Radebe and Tumelo Thabane, were of course thrilled with the news, writing that it’s been a dream to study game design since childhood. Thsetso says that once he finishes his degree, he hopes his “presence will change the gaming industry,” while Tumelo has an interest in studying “how games interact with people.”

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Is This Just the Beginning?

As for future game development bursaries to help others like Thsetso and Tumelo fulfil their dreams of studying game design in South Africa, Make Games SA committee chairperson, Nick Hall, says that this was the “first opportunity to really show our support in this way,” writing:

“Make Games SA is a non-profit association that is focused on developing the game development industry in South Africa,” says Hall. “The community has been looking at the possibility of creating our own bursary to help get more enthusiastic students studying game design but this was our first opportunity to really show our support in this way.”

You can find out more about the bursary programme over here.

The South African game development industry is much bigger, busier and influential than you might think – check out some local statistics recently released by Make Games SA to see which South African produced games you can play today, and what to look out for in the future.

To find out more about the great work going on in the South African game development scene, be sure to visit the official Make Games SA website and join the bustling community.

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