Kiro'o Games, also known as Kiro'o Studios, is a privately-held Cameroonian video game, animation, development and publishing company headquartered in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Kiro'o Games
Company typePrivate
IndustrySoftware, Programming, Game Design, Publishing
FounderOlivier Madiba
HeadquartersYaounde, Cameroon
Key people
Madiba Olivier
Bassangna Jean-Yves
Meli Patrick Herve
Tchekoulong Delphin
Pondy Georges
Odira Ononye
ProductsAurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Number of employees
Over 16 as of 2016
Websitehttps://kirooworld.com/

History edit

Kiro'o Games was founded in 2012 by Olivier Madiba. The name Kiro'o comes from the Swahili "kiroho maono", which means "spiritual vision". Since its inception, the company embarked on a mission to create a new genre of video games inspired by African myths and traditions (the first of its kind[1]). The studio was launched by its holding company Madia, created by Olivier Madiba in 2007.[2] Based in Cameroon, the studio faced many power shortages throughout its early development.[1]

On 10 April 2015, Kiro'o Games announced the closing of its investment funds of 182,504. Kiro'o Games ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Aurion, for €49,000,[3] which was launched in September 2013.[4] Between 2013 and 2018, the studio raised a total of $305,000 in crowdfunding, and launched a new crowdfunding campaign in 2019 through its own crowdfunding platform (Rebuntu). The lead investor of the 2019 crowdfunding campaign was Rebecca Enonchong.[5] That amount has since more than doubled, with the company hitting $1 billion in equity crowdfunding in 2022.[6] The Mboa Manager is a mobile game that simulates the typical environment of an African civil servant.[7] The beta version is available since the end of 2020.[8]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b Kushner, David (2016-05-16). "How Africa's Kiro'o Games is Shaking Up the Gaming Industry". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  2. ^ "Olivier Madiba : Nous voulons faire entrer l'Afrique dans l'univers du jeu vidéo". Journal du Cameroun (in French). 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  3. ^ "Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan". Kickstarter. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Aurion, une odyssée africaine". Le Monde.fr (in French). 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  5. ^ "Cameroon's Kiro'o Games turns to it's [sic] own crowdfunding platform to raise $1m". Ventureburn. 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  6. ^ "Cameroon's First Video Game Studio Hits FCFA 1 Billion in Equity Crowdfunding". Ngwa's Penn. 2022-05-20. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  7. ^ "" Le Responsable Mboa ", le jeu vidéo qui parodie la vie politique africaine – Jeune Afrique". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  8. ^ "Jeu vidéo : Aurion, un Fantasy à l'africaine – Jeune Afrique". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). Retrieved 2022-09-25.

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