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African games market hits $863m throughout 2022

Nigeria and South Africa lead in gaming revenue of major Sub-Saharan countries

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The Sub-Saharan gaming sector hit $863 million in consumer revenue in 2022.

A new report from Newzoo and Carry1st says the figure is up 8.7% year-on-year.

Mobile gaming earnings alone made up $778.6 million of the year's total, making up 90% of the games market sector.

PC gaming generated $49.4 million, and console gaming hit $34.8 million in 2022.

Additionally, the report focused on the gaming revenue among the countries Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Angola, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Uganda.

Nigeria at $249 million and South Africa at $236 million together makeup twice the consumer spending of the other countries.

By comparison in 2022:

  • Kenya -$46.5 million
  • Ethiopia - $42.7 million
  • Ghana - $34.6 million
  • Côte d'Ivoire - $31.9 million
  • Angola - $26 million
  • Tanzania - $23.4 million
  • Cameroon - $17.2 million
  • Uganda - $16 million

Looking ahead, the report projects that the Sub-Saharan games sector is poised to generate over $1 billion by 2024.

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Jeffrey Rousseau: Jeffrey joined in March 2021. Based in Florida, his work focused on the intersectionality of games and media. He enjoys reading, podcasts, staying informed, and learning how people are tackling issues.
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