H.E Emmanuella Blatmann, French ambassador made an official visit to Maliyo Games studio last week in Lagos to strengthen diplomatic ties between France and Nigeria.
The meeting was broadcast virtually to the Maliyo Games community working across Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Bangladesh.
Part of her mandate includes building relationships with Nigerian businesses of note and to widen economic community of the country.
Hugo Obi, CEO of Maliyo Games said the studio’s growing pan-African footprint was a boom from the Covid-19 pandemic, which led the Nigerian games developer to think creatively about sourcing top talent from across the continent.
“We discovered that the best talent in African gaming is not concentrated in a singular location. This is why we developed our remote game developer training programme, known as GameUp Africa in partnership with Google. Our team is located across various African countries and we work cohesively and remotely,” he said.
Blatmann elaborated on various avenues of growth and cooperation between the technology industry in the European Union (EU) and Maliyo Games through industrial partnerships with major French companies, especially in the games industry.
In addition, she also suggested sending a Nigerian delegation, from Maliyo Games, to industry gatherings such as Paris Games Week to help bolster talent development and establish new networks for the African games studio.
Furthermore, Maliyo Games Investment needs were discussed and a number of pipeline options were put forward by the ambassador and her team for the game developer’s leadership to consider.
Maliyo Games team also introduced Blatmann to their latest title, a digital-take on the classic card game, Whot King.
“I’m very impressed with the work that Hugo and the Maliyo team are doing. To see such technical creativity is refreshing. I’ve never played the Whot card game before, it feels like a fun game. I love the design of the game. It was very enjoyable to play and I even won some matches,” she said.
French ambassador visits Maliyo Games studio in Lagos