Ivory Coast: African professional “gamers” appear at Feja 4

The 4th edition of the Abidjan Electronics and Video Game Festival brought together a large number of players from Africa.


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The 4th edition of the Festival of electronics and video games of Abidjan (Feja) ended this Sunday, December 6.

This international festival has become the meeting place for African players who are becoming more and more professional, and are even starting to make a living in front of the console, like their counterparts from other continents.


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With our correspondent in Abidjan


Sidy Yansané

The Feja ended in sports and fighting game tournaments.

For the

Tekken 7


, the play area of ​​the Cosmos shopping center in Yopougon was transformed into an arena, the two players competing through interposed screens, their fight projected on the wall.

The public does not miss a beat.

End of the first day of the # FEJA4 competitions.

Let's rediscover together some images of our lovers and players in gaming.

See you tomorrow for the apotheosis.

Always at @Cosmos_yopougon from 9 a.m. # eSport #Gaming pic.twitter.com/5iyz2WbPhZ

- Paradise Game (@ParadiseGame_) December 5, 2020

But this competition is no longer a game. For some gamers present, it is even a job.

For two months, Dakar's Sidy Mohamed Sow, alias Kuro666, has been part of the Senegalese team Solo e-Sport.

He turned professional in the

Street Fighter



His teenage passion became his livelihood: “ 

Sometimes we watched European, American or Japanese tournaments.

We saw players who started like us who moved up to the professional category thanks to their talent.

And we said to ourselves that if we can make a profession of that, then it is “all profit”,

 ”he says.

Africa seeks to catch up in the sector

If professional players are legion across the rest of the world, Africa is in the process of catching up.

Advertisers are still cautious, but change is coming, according to Sidick Bakayoko,

founder of Paradise Game

 and of the

Festival of electronics and video games in Abidjan



This year, we were able to have Ubisoft and Bandai-Namco who joined forces with Feja 4 and we hope that next year we will be able to go even further and that's what is needed, 

” explains Sidick Bakayoko.

Then add: "The 

more we have big publishers, big brands that will be associated with African events, with African teams and with African project leaders, the more you will see that this universe will develop, structure itself, and it will be better for everyone.


For now, the video game industry weighs a billion dollars in Africa.

Barely 1% of the world market.

► To read also: Paris Games Week: “African video games are possible!



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