This week has been hectic, and we have plenty of news.

First, pivoted the name from ‘Kakuma’ to ‘Kakuma: A refugee story’. We’ve received an incredible support from everybody who understood that we were creating a game about the refugee crisis, but Kakuma in itself didn’t communicate that concept. With the new subtitle, the title alone will be able to better show what the game is about.

Second, we’re finishing a new brand identity, including a new logo. You can check some low-res examples as our logo in Facebook and Twitter. We started working in some ad campaigns on Facebook and wanted to have a logo we were proud of. It’s not the final one, so expect some changes in the colours and resources we use. Also, if you feel like giving a like to Kakuna’s Facebook page, do it. We’re big on Twitter at the moment but FB is not catching up, and the more people know about us, the better for the project.

Third, we’re putting together a forum. It looks terrible at the moment, but we’ll allocate some time in order to polish it a little bit next week. Again, the more voices we hear and the more feedback we get, the better the result will be. Feel free to join it and talk about what you’d like to see in the project, your concerns, hopes or things you may think we’ve got wrong.

Some news you may be interested in:

  1. We’ve done some progress in the production document for the MVP and it’s almost finished. Hopefully, we’ll have something final for the next blog post (or the next one).
  2. We’ve created new images and copy for the game. Still, the overall progress of the MVP is around 10%.
  3. We’ve continued meeting with volunteers, activists and academics to better understand the phenomenon of migration and be as fair as possible in its representation.

First, we touched base with the Spanish NGO Refugee Care. Some of their stories did bring us to the edge of tears, with so many personal stories. Apart from the normal tales you’d expect, we heard about immoral journalists, selfish volunteers taking selfies with refugee kids on their arms while difficulting the labour of the rest, of UN bodies that do more harm that good. There are sadder stories, but we won’t focus that much on those. The little stories that don’t get to the main outlets, the real stuff happening to real people, that’s our focus.

Talking about that, Gaby from Chicas Poderosas and The 19 million project didn’t only tell us some wonderful stories of refugees in Europe, but she also got us in touch with some very interesting folks. Check those projects out, they’re some of the best stuff we’ve seen lately, and Gaby rocked our world! Thanks Gaby, we love you!

We’ve had some interesting chats with developers, members of academia entrepreneurs and people who simply are interested in the project. Thanks, you’re all amazing!