Victor Daniel, 26, the coder of Nigeria who created Vikseen Virtual, Africa’s first soccer game, will play the game at his home in Ogun State, Nigeria, on June 23, 2022. REUTERS / Temilade Adelaja

LAGOS: Sports fan and computer coder, Nigerian Victor Daniel was good at playing soccer video games in college.

But he complained that they introduced clubs and players all over Europe, but not the stars and strips of his home country.

After three years of tinkering and hundreds of lines of code, he fixed the omission and launched the first African football game, Vikseen Virtual.

This is a modified version of Pro Evolution Soccer, a copyright-free blockbuster simulation of Japanese game maker Konami, with 50 clubs and more than 1,400 players from Nigeria’s top leagues.

The modified version of Daniel has only been downloaded dozens of times since its release in May, but has already been praised on the pitch and sofa.

Harrison Austin, a soccer player at Ikorodu City FC, Lagos’ second professional club, said having his own digital avatar could increase his chances of being scouted.

As a bystander for the training session, Oluwatoyin Gafar, owner of Ikorodu City FC, said Vikseen Virtual can help promote the club.

“We will increase funding, followership, and raise awareness,” Gaffer said.

Another fan is Lagos gamer Udom Ukeme.

“I like this game because it’s a game in my country. You can see who you know in the game,” he and a friend sat on the striped sofa in the living room and broke a button on the video game controller. rice field.

Daniel hopes to further expand the appeal of Vikseen Virtual by introducing teams from across the continent, including African music and commentators.

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