After a very lengthy post-Covid hiatus, the indie games and interactive arts festival, Playtopia 2023, returns for the weekend of 8 – 9 December.

Drawing inspiration from global alternative games festivals, Playtopia 2023 marks a significant milestone as South Africa’s inaugural indigenous event dedicated to games and interactive art.

By curating a selection of excellent local artworks and games, alongside contributions from international counterparts, Playtopia 2023 guarantees an unparalleled African celebration of gaming and technological artistry. This festival hope to encapsulate the very essence of the future of entertainment, showcasing a convergence of creativity and technology from within Africa and abroad.

For a chance to win tickets to the event, head to the bottom of the article. To learn more about Playtopia 2023, keep reading.

Playtopia 2023 returns for an exhilarating two-day experience, offering attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in both local and international indie games whilst captivating interactive and digital art. Attendees will have the chance to participate in talks and panels conducted by renowned international and local experts in the realm of Indie Game development.

Enthusiasts of gaming, developers, and event attendees alike will be spoiled for choice with an abundance of games, music, culinary delights, and immersive art experiences. The event will feature exhibitions by prominent South African interactive artists, alternative, artistic, and party games, a dedicated Super Friendship Arcade room showcasing games played with custom controllers, VR rooms, and much more!

Regarding Playtopia 2023, it is worth noting how the event will close on Saturday evening with an official after party at Tommy’s Chop Shop, hosted by Diskotekah. The event is also proudly sponsored by Devolver Digital, Free Lives, Landfall, Super Hot, Raw Fury, Institute Francais and 24BitGames.



Playtopia 2023’s programme includes a 2 days conference, featuring inspiring talks from a hand-picked selection of trail-blazing game developers, interactive artists and playful creators. Focused on short and engaging talks, the conference aim to be highly accessible for all attendees. From fuelling the passion of Africa’s current game-changers, to being a catalyst for the next wave, the Playtopia Conference aims to celebrate and grow South Africa’s blossoming indie games scene, and continue pushing it towards being one of the most vibrant and innovative hotspots in the future for indie games and the playful arts.


Super Friendship Arcade (SFA) represents an ever-expanding coalition of friends who employ games as a means to creatively influence The Planet. By establishing impromptu arcades in unconventional spaces, SFA dismantles the conventional notion of a ‘gamer’, celebrating games that are approachable, easy to engage with, and, above all, conduits for shared moments that unite people.

The central tenet of SFA’s mission is to underscore that games are inclusive for everyone. This inclusivity extends beyond mere gameplay—SFA contends that game creation is also accessible to all. Through game jams and workshops, the SFA collective shares their fervour and expertise with newcomers, with the ultimate aim of cultivating an even more varied and dynamic community of DIY game developers.


Indie Planet is a curated exhibition space at PLAYTOPIA, showcasing highlights from other gaming festivals around the world. It’s difficult for South Africans to travel abroad so we thought, why not bring the world to us!

Keep an eye on PLAYTOPIA’s channels for more info to be announced soon!


A selection of interactive and immersive art installations by local artists will be on exhibit. Creatives who embrace technology to express themselves, will exhibit their artworks for festival goers to experience.


At the heart of PLAYTOPIA lies the main exhibition arcade – a meticulously curated assemblage of games, immersive encounters, and interactive narratives. This showcase embodies a gathering of the most ingenious, dynamic, and emotionally resonant games from the recent past. Encompassing a mix of titles hailing from South Africa and around the globe, this exhibition encompasses lauded indie releases as well as hidden treasures that deserve more recognition. Its purpose is to honour the evolution of digital storytelling and the realm of playful art, presenting a testament to the future of these creative domains.


Date: Friday, 8 December 2023 – Saturday, 9 December 2023
Times: 10:00 – 22:00
Venue: HCC Events Centre (Former Fugard), Cape Town


Up for grabs in the Win With Vamers Playtopia 2023 competition:

One (1) main prizes (valued at R1300) consisting of:

  • two (2) weekend passes to Playtopia 2023 (Full weekend access + Talks + Exhibitions + Official After Party on 9 December)

Please note, this competition DOES NOT INCLUDE transport to or from the event or any form of accommodation. Playtopia 2023 takes place in Cape Town, South Africa.


Entering the competition is easy! Simply follow the instructions in the interactive widget below to gain entries into the competition. The more entries you have, the higher your chance of winning. Come back daily for additional entries. Good luck!

The Win With Vamers tickets to Playtopia 2023 competition closes on 10 November 2023 at 23:59. So please make sure to get your entries in before then.

Disclaimer: This competition was made possible by the organisers of Playtopia 2023, who were gracious enough to offer us two weekend passes to giveaway to our readers.

Owner, founder and editor-in-chief at Vamers, Hans has a vested interest in geek culture and the interactive entertainment industry. With a Masters degree in Communications and Ludology, he is well read and versed in matters relating to video games and communication media, among many other topics of interest.