Liquid Telecom has announced that it will host gaming hackathons under the Global Game Jam brand in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia this weekend. The events are intended to support the gaming industry in the 4 African countries and will include African gaming developers, programmers and designers.

Liquid Telecom will provide participants in the Global Game Jam with venues and high-speed connectivity.

Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam event taking place at various locations around the world this weekend. Entrants will have 48 hours to design, develop and test a new game, which must be part of a secret theme that will be revealed later today. Established in 2008 by a small group of gaming enthusiasts, Global Game Jam has grown into a major international event and last year was held in 803 locations across 108 countries, resulting in 8,606 games being created over one weekend.

“Events like Global Game Jam are a great way for local game developers to connect with the global community and test their skills. At Liquid Telecom, we are passionate about supporting these types of initiatives that promote collaboration whilst also putting our high-speed fibre network to the test. We are already seeing a huge uptake of online gaming on our fibre network – all the way from Cape Town to Cairo,” said Ben Roberts, Group CTIO, Liquid Telecom.

Through its Innovation Partnership initiative, Liquid Telecom has been supporting some of the region’s first international gaming tournaments, providing high-speed connectivity for competitive gamers. It has also partnered with many of the region’s leading innovation hubs and today supports almost 200 hubs through its network, connecting over 250,000 individuals and over 10,000 start-ups across the continent.

Global Game Jam will be hosted by Liquid Telecom at the following locations this weekend:

· Nairobi Garage, Kenya
· Westerwelle Startup Haus, Kigali, Rwanda
· Innovation Village, Kampala, Uganda
· Liquid Telecom Zambia Office, Livingstone, Zambia

Liquid Telecom is a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Its customers include mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies and retail customers which it serves with connectivity, hosting and co-location and digital services. It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, approaching 70,000km, and operates data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 80 MW of power.