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Paid to Play: The Rise of Professional Video Gaming in Kenya

“As of July 2018, more money has been spent on Gaming—in all its forms and formats—than any other kind of entertainment on the planet. It’s a massive industry worth almost 3 times as much as the movie industry,” notes the Liftoff 2018 Mobile Gaming Apps Report. In Kenya, the gaming industry was estimated to be worth a whopping Kshs 4.4 billion just 5 years ago. The figure is projected to triple by the year 2020. If anything, all the signs and indicators are there that there is money in e-gaming industry with e-sports taking off in Kenya as a result of highly enthusiastic young people. However, it is worth noting that these young people, who are at a fragile stage in their lives, won’t be able to go far and accomplish more without support from the society, their parents, guardians, family, etc. Are the older generations listening?

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