Although often rough around the edges, the first Johannesburg A.MAZE festival was a success. With a winning combination of an indie games arcade; a digital art exhibition; street games; lectures; panel discussions; and live music events, the festival rocked the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein from 28 August to 2 September. What began from a chance meeting between Verge presenter, Pippa Tshabalala, and the A.MAZE organiser, Thorsten Weidemann in Berlin in 2011, flowered as the first independent gaming and media arts festival in Africa. For Digital Arts, the event provided an opportunity for our Interactive Media students to collaborate with University of Johannesburg Multi-Media students; and to present their projects to an audience of indie gamers and media theorists. The event also emphasized the close relationship between media art and experimental gaming, particular in a developing context such as Johannesburg. With the first A.MAZE festival behind us, there is great enthusiasm to organise a bigger and better festival for next year. For more information about the festival and the full programme of events go to the A.MAZE/Interact website.