Lauded as the first and only township gaming festival to include other technology, Ekasi Technology Festival and Gaming Expo is set to unlock the township innovation economy.

In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s hard to ignore the fact that gaming is gradually gaining momentum in South Africa.

Now in its second year, the festival is set to give communities exposure to the latest technology developments, with multiple key industry players sharing their knowledge.

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Digital experts are expected to deliver their presentations on various topics, ranging from Facebook and cybersecurity to gaming development.

For the first time this year, seasoned Fifa and Tekken players will compete in the finals of the Gauteng Community Gaming Cup.

Set to be a leading platform for startups to showcase their innovations, the event is organised by the i-Village Foundation non-profit company (NPC), with partners from government, ICT, business and consulting sectors.

Talking to Business Insider, one of the organisers, Gabriel Ramokhotjo, says players survived the knockout stages held across Gauteng.

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eKasi eSports is South Africa’s first black-managed, township-based gaming organisation, based in Soweto.

The organisers’ spokesperson Mpho Tladi said events like the festival help people in the developing world uncover new ways of growing their own digital economies in ways that more conventional markets never imagined.