Canal+ Group Brings Gametoon to Ethiopia


SPI/FilmBox and Canal+ Group have teamed to bring SPI’s gaming and esports channel Gametoon to Ethiopia.

Gametoon, featuring highlights of popular games, entertainment content from gaming YouTubers, video game tournaments with million-dollar prize pools and more, is now available in Ethiopia on channel 71 in the Desta package.

SPI’s FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Action and FilmBox Family are already available. FilmBox Africa and FilmBox Family are available in the Desta package on channel 54 and 55, respectively, while FilmBox Action is accessible in the Feshta package on channel 62 via Canal+ Ethiopia. SPI’s MMA sports channel FightBox is also available in the Desta package.

“We are delighted to build on our existing carriage of FightBox with Gametoon and the full portfolio of FilmBox brands, including the launch in the market of FilmBox Action and FilmBox Family,” said Georgina Twiss, managing director of Western Europe and Africa at SPI International. “Following their popularity in other countries and following local demand, we wanted to offer the same rich bouquet in Africa. The SPI/FilmBox portfolio of channels, now enriched also by Gametoon and available via Canal+ offers in Ethiopia, will entertain and engage audiences of all ages and tastes.”

Alexandre Gruner, senior VP of channels acquisitions and partnerships for Canal+ International, said, “We are very pleased to pursue the partnership with our new family member SPI with the launch of the FilmBox movies portfolio as well as Gametoon. Those channels will appeal to our Ethiopian viewers and strengthen our offer.”