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African gaming startup Carry1st raises $27M from Bitkraft Ventures and a16z

Tage Kene-Okafor

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In the coming decades, Africa will be a significant growth market for mobile games, driven by the proliferation of technology adoption among the continent’s youthful population. And as gamers in sub-Saharan Africa increase to more than 180 million in the next five years, per a report, startups such as South Africa-based Carry1st are strategically positioning themselves for this successive growth phase in the industry.

Since its launch in 2018, Carry1st, a publisher of social games and interactive content across Africa, has raised funding from investors such as Google via its Africa Investment Fund and Avenir

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