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Gamsole unveils competition, dangles N673,599 as prizes




Award-winning Nigerian mobile games company, Gamsole, has launched a new competition offering US$4,000, about N673,599.12 in prizes and career opportunities for five talented illustrators, reports ITRealms.

Founder of Gamsole, Abiola Olaniran, ITRealms gathered is the claimed Nigeria’s highest paid Windows game developer, who created games for the Windows phone platform, taking advantage of its fast growth and unsaturated gaming market.

ITRealms also gathered that the competition would be running until the 23rd November and entrants must submit a graphical concept for a game, including character design in different moods and positions.
Gamsole will be offering a US$3 000 prize for the best illustrator, with the runner-up receiving US$1 000.

“The top five will be offered permanent positions at Gamsole’s offices in Lagos, giving them the chance to own equity and be part of a high-growth, fast-paced startup,” Abiola disclosed.

With a passion for mobile application and design, the computer science and mathematics graduate started his business two years ago. In just six months of launching games on the Windows Phone Store Abiola had over three million players worldwide who fell in love with the addictive gameplay experience, from China to Brazil.

“About 38 per cent of mobile phone users all over the world consume games, second to the use of social networks. People never get tired of gaming. On an everyday basis, millions of people are experiencing little boring moments: the long queue at the supermarket, the traffic, a 13-hour flight. Apart from providing the entertainment factor for scenarios like this, mobile gaming also serves as a great tool for education,” he said.

After being one of the first African startups to be awarded an innovation grant from Microsoft 4Afrika, Abiola’s games now top over nine million downloads. Popular games include Juicy Links and Cookie Jam.

@Remmy Nweke  +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +Gamsole @AbiolaOlaniran @Microsoft
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