Get ready for Playtopia MGA 2019 – South Africa’s biggest gaming and immersive arts festival

Get ready for Playtopia MGA 2019 - South Africa's biggest gaming and immersive arts festival

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Taking cues from international alternative games festivals, Playtopia MGA marks South Africa’s debut homegrown celebration of games and interactive art. Producing a series of surprise global hits, South Africa’s game makers (and their unique creations) have landed upon the international map, and Playtopia MGA stands to celebrate the country’s diverse game development and immersive arts community, to inspire the next generation of creators, gamers and enthusiasts. Collecting the best of local art and games alongside international contemporaries, Playtopia MGA promises to be one of a kind African gaming and tech art celebration. This festival is truly the future of entertainment!

​PLAYTOPIA and MAKE GAMES AFRICA (MGA) have joined forces to make one ecstatic 3-day event where attendees can revel in local and international indie games, eye-melting interactive and digital art and a killer music line up! There will be two conferencing streams available to delegates this year, the MGA Business-to-Business conference and the Playtopia Talks aimed at delegates interested in the creative side of game development. Playtopia delegates are invited to attend talks, panels and workshops hosted by both international and local industry experts in the field of Indie Game development and the MGA talks are aimed at business development of gaming within the African context, tickets are very limited and booking is essential.

Gamers, developers and event-goers will have a plethora of games, music, food and experiential art to enjoy. Exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 30+ alternative, art and party games, a Super Friendship Arcade room with games played on custom controllers, VR rooms and music entertainment.

Take a look at all the exciting things taking place at Playtopia MGA 2019 below. For even more information join the festival on Facebook and follow Playtopia online. Purchase your festival and delegate tickets right here.


40+ indie games
The Super Friendship Arcade is back
Immersive artists
Music line up with host curators Glitch Culture
3 days of talks
MGA B2B talks and Playtopia Creative talks
Over 50 local and international speakers
A Maze Train Jam is back! JHB – CT
Official SA tour stop for the Nordic Discovery Contest
2 VR stations
Food Trucks


▸ Early Bird 3 day pass – R280 (on sale now!)
▸ Early Bird 1 day pass – R120 (on sale now!)
▸ 3-day pass (Phase 1) – R300
▸ 1-day pass (Phase 1) – R140
▸ 3-day pass (Phase 2) – R320
▸ 1-day pass (Phase 2) – R160
▸ Weekend pass (Full price) – R340
▸ 1-day pass (Full Price) – R180
▸ 3-day Playtopia Talks Delegate Pass – R600
▸ 1-day Playtopia Talks Delegate Pass – R250
▸ MGA Talks Delegate Pass – R3 000
▸ MGA Talks Student/Start-Up Delegate Pass – R1250


 Please take note, MGA tickets and Playtopia Talks tickets are priced differently, and whilst an MGA ticket gives you complete all-access, a Playtopia Talks ticket will not give you access to the MGA talks.

This event is a strictly 18+, the reason being that some of the games are not suitable for children.


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