Recently, I discovered that Kenya has been hosting the Pro Game Series competition for teens and adults at Sarit Centre for the last three years with winners raking between 150,000-1,000,000 Kenya shillings. A few years back, video gaming was typically for social engagement with friendly duels and bets involved; now it is also now mobile and online.
According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers 2017-2022 report, the video gaming industry in Kenya was worth $44 million (Sh4.4 billion) in 2013 and is expected to triple (22.4% increment) by 2020. The biggest engine behind the growth of online gaming in Kenya has been the establishment of high-speed internet infrastructure, which allows gamers to watch and compete with each other across the country and the globe.
Computer and console gaming have both gained momentum in the recent past, with video gaming spots popular with teens being opened up in most suburbs and shopping centres countrywide. According to ‘The Benefits of Playing Video Games’ by Isabela Granic, Adam Lobel, and Rutger C. M. E. Engels, intergenerational video game play could have a positive impact on their adolescent development and long-term family outcomes through togetherness. The authors claim that gamers are able to develop socializing skills, creativity and emotional intelligence.
‘Gaming is serving as an alternative means of living especially for the millennials. With consoles and gaming monitors released, game makers continually re-innovate themselves to ensure the best output for gamers. LG’s self-emissive OLED technology takes users deeper into the pulsating action of their favorite games, employing the precision of individual pixel control to produce incredibly realistic images,” says Maureen Kemunto LG East Africa’s assistant Marketing Manager.
LG’s latest OLED TV models support various HDR formats which elevate the gaming experience. Gamers can play PlayStation and X-box compatible titles in dynamic HDR10 or Dolby Vision (at up to 120 frames per second for Full HD content) taking advantage of HDMI 2.1 specifications.
To further heighten viewers’ sense of immersion when playing games or watching fast content, the TVs supports cinematic audio formats including Dolby Atmos and groundbreaking Dolby TrueHD lossless sound technology. With the best premium audio and video format options covered, users can hear and see content as originally intended by its creators. These models also incorporate LG’s deep learning-based AI sound for captivating virtual 5.1 surround. With LG, gaming has been taken to a whole new level.