July 2, 2022

10. Esports in Africa with Michael Akintaju in Atlanta

10. Esports in Africa with Michael Akintaju in Atlanta

Today’s guest is Michael Akintaju. He lives in Atlanta, GA in the US, and is from Lagos, Nigeria. He is a writer at the AfroGamer where you may have heard him on the AfroGamer Podcast. He is also a project manager Lagos Esports Forum (LESF) and Co-Founde...


Today’s guest is Michael Akintaju. He lives in Atlanta, GA in the US, and is from Lagos, Nigeria. He is a writer at the AfroGamer where you may have heard him on the AfroGamer Podcast. He is also a project manager Lagos Esports Forum (LESF) and Co-Founder of Mobiele.

Michael demonstrates that it is possible to support esports around the world from anywhere in the world.

Our discussion included:

What is it like to work on esports in Africa and Nigeria while living in the US?

The Lagos Esports Forum (LESF)

  • What is the LEST and how did it come about?
  • What was it like to start a project in the middle of the COVID pandemic?
  • How LESF began returning to in person events in a big way with Mortal Kombat on a cinema screen

Mobile

  • Is mobile the future of esports in Africa?
  • The three reasons it will dominate in the future
  • Mobile events
  • Mobiele – what is this new platform and how did it come about?
  • Future plans for Mobiele

The Afro Gamer

  • Michael talks about the podcast and some of his favorite moments
  • Other Afro Gamer projects and how it got started

Investment in Esports

  • The investment climate in esports
  • International funding for Africa esports

The difference between gaming and esports

Olympics

  • Should the Olympics include esports in their program?
  • The Commonwealth Games

 

Episode Webpage: https://www.gamerschangelivespodcast.com/10-esports-in-africa-with-michael-akintaju-in-atlanta

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FEATURED IN THIS EPISDOE:

Michael Akintaju:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelakintaju/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ifeakintaju

Lagos Esports Forum: https://thelesf.com/

The AfroGamer: https://theafrogamer.com/

The AfroGamer Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-afrogamer/id1492919060

Mobiele - https://themobiele.com/Home

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Michael Akintaju - US and Nigeria Profile Photo

Michael Akintaju - US and Nigeria

Project & Product Manager | Esports |

Michael Akintaju from Atlanta GA here in the US. But with ties back to Nigeria
• Writer – The AfroGamer
• Project Manager – LESF – Lagos Esports Forum
• Co-Founder – Mobiele
Michael describes how it is possible to support esports around the world from anywhere in the world.