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Playtopia 2018: A 3-Day Indie Games & Playful Media Festival in SA

Playtopia 2018

South African gamers and geeks shouldn’t miss out on the awesome Playtopia 2018 which is taking place from 30 November to 2 December this year in Cape Town. Playtopia 2018 shines a spotlight on South African game makers and celebrates the country’s diverse game development community in a big way.

It’s an exciting event not to be missed with a wide variety of things to see, from indie games to VR and Interactive exhibitions, panels and more. There’s a wealth of speakers in the line-up, headlined by award-winning media critic Anita Sarkeesian. You can check out the full list of speakers and panels here, which includes the likes of best-selling international novelist Lauren Beukes and Thorsten S. Wiedemann, the founder and director of A MAZE and many more.

Taking cues from international alternative games festivals, Playtopia marks South Africa’s debut homegrown celebration of games and interactive art. Producing a series of surprise global hits, South Africa’s game makers (and their unique creations) have landed up on the international map, and Playtopia stands to celebrate the country’s diverse game development community, and inspire the next generation of creators, gamers and enthusiasts. Collecting the best of local art and games alongside international contemporaries, Playtopia promises to be one of a kind African gaming celebration.

Gamers, developers and event goers will have a plethora of games, music, food and experiential art to enjoy. Exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 30+ alternative, art and party games, a Super Friendship Arcade room with games played on custom controllers, VR rooms and the international exhibition “Digital Gardens” created by A MAZE./Berlin.

Playtopia Anita

Anita Sarkeesian

You can expect to experience more than 35 indie game exhibitions, a Virtual Reality exhibition, an interactive art exhibition, a beer garden, food trucks, an awesome live-music line-up and most of all, hours upon hours of playful fun. So where exactly is it and how can you get tickets? Check out the important details below.

Playtopia 2018 important details

  • When: Friday, 30th November to Sunday, 2nd December 2018
  • Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Cnr of Buitenkant and Darling St, Cape Town, 8001
  • Cost: Various, with day and weekend passes available from R150
  • Tickets: Available online from Quicket, or at the gate on the day

Don’t forget to visit the Playtopia website and follow the festival on social media:

Do you plan to attend Playtopia 2018 and what are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Co-Editor at Glitched Africa
Wessel is Glitched Africa's Resident Afrikaans Guy (RAG) with a passion for all things esports, cats and gaming in general. Dota 2 addict, Dark Souls veteran and all around geek.
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