Ali Akdogan is a Video Game Designer, who creates video games.
“I started when I observed the rise of mobile games on smartphones. So I started training myself in the craft through the help of the internet.”
Ali admitted having faced a number of challenges. “You can’t acquire formal training in game development or 3d animation in this part of the world so you have to be self-taught.”
“There is also the issue of lack of skilled manpower ( not many of us in the field). Lack of constant electricity and finance also play a role in production efficiency. But I’m optimistic it will get a lot better with time.”
He draws inspiration from creative works; movies, cartoons, comic books, artists and most especially, video games.
“For instance, my phone is filled with tons of artworks from numerous artists just to keep me inspired every time I glance through.”
A project that increased his belief was his first game project which was titled, “Throne of gods.”
“I and Iruo Umusu worked on the project and it was really challenging. It took a long time to finish but we did finish the game and after that, I knew I could push a lot further and better. And so I started the “Gamba” project which was created by me and Richard Osukwu.”
Speaking on the opportunities he is seeking now, Ali says, “Globally the gaming industry is massive; it’s next to the movie industry … globally. And gaming is under 3d/CG industry which is the lifeblood of every form of visual entertainment right now. The opportunities are quite a handful.”
“Though I plan to contribute the little I can to the growth of such an industry in this part of the world.”
He also gave his opinion on youth empowerment. “We all have to be productive learn a skill we can apply and have an independent mind state. That is the only way an economy like this can grow. The idea of going to school, getting a degree and finding a job isn’t the formula to life as it was once proclaimed.”
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