The acclaimed Ethiopian software development firm, Qene Technologies, announces the release of the follow-up to their App Africa Award-winning game Kukulu. The new game, Gebeta, is based on the traditional African board game Mancala. Qene Technologies CEO/Co-Founder, Dawit Abraham, says the company aspires to create games set within an African context. They hope that this will inspire younger generations to take a stronger interest in African media and gaming.
Gebeta will be released on November 1st. Abraham says, “This is a soft launch that will be available worldwide.” Qene Technologies will release the game in Android form exclusively at first but plans to release an iOS version soon after. Moreover, they plan to include a multiplayer feature shortly after the launch.
Qene Technologies focuses on creating visually rich games. In developing Gebeta, the team strove to bring prestige to a game that the African content, as well as the world, has known and loved for a long time.
Gebeta follows Kukulu, which won the Best News & Entertainment Solution Award in 2018 at the prestigious Apps Africa Awards. The game is named after a brave chicken that needs to run from her farmer before ending up on the dinner table. The player’s mission is to help her escape this situation and restart life in an enchanted forest.