Nigeria’s ChopUp partners Paga to launch mobile e-sports platform


Nigerian mobile gaming startup ChopUp has partnered financial services company Paga to launch a mobile e-sports platform, which offers gamers the chance to compete with each other and win daily cash prizes.

ChopUp is a mobile gaming company in Nigeria developing locally relevant games with an African narrative, while Paga enables users to send and receive money, pay bills, buy mobile phone airtime, and deposit money to any bank in Nigeria.

The first game available on the new platform is “Monkey Post” Street Soccer, with other titles to be launched in the near future. This game is currently open to residents in Nigeria, and all gamers will need to open a Paga account.

Players can track their progress through a leaderboard and can compete for the top position every day of the week from. Competitions run every day of the week, with small charges for entry. All entry money is added to the prize pool.

“At ChopUp, we keep coming up with innovative ways to keep game lovers entertained and to show off their skills doing what they love. This is another platform for participants to meet each other and have fun while winning cool cash prizes,” said ChopUp co-founder Zubair Abubakar.

Paga founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Tayo Oviosu said his company loved to support forward-looking companies like ChopUp who are creating new ways for Nigerians to engage with their mobile phones. 

“ChopUp is taking advantage of Paga Connect, our one-click payments solution to offer in-app payments. With Paga Connect any 3rd party developer or company can implement one-click payments in their application without needing to worry about the core payments infrastructure. At Paga we see our work as building the base payments and financial services infrastructure that others can leverage to deliver their services,” he said.

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