As the demand for video calling is high as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Kenyan gaming tech start-up, Usiku Games recently launched Gumzo, an African-made video conferencing system. The platform allows users to enjoy video calls with as many attendees at more affordable prices.
With security being a key aspect in the industry, Gumzo calls are encrypted to ensure privacy and protection. The platform uses local phone number verification and real-names to ensure safety for users. Meeting hosts can review the live video, name and phone number of each attendee before allowing them in to the room.
Gumzo also allows groups to watch shared movies and play games with loved ones. Games include board games and card games as well as have Karaoke nights. In the near future, the platform will be adding the ability to connect to other social media platforms such as Facebook Live and YouTube Live
How to create a Gumzo account
To create a Gumzo account, you need to input your phone number. You’ll receive an SMS verification to activate your account and fill your profile details i.e. name, avatar and username. Upon successful registration, you can create chat rooms for as low as Ksh 100 payable via Mpesa.
All Gumzo accounts begin with an obligation-free trial which will allow you to evaluate the service. However, only one trial is available per registered phone number. Upon completion of the free trial, you will given the option to sign up for a one-week paid access to unlimited service.
How to make a call or attend a meeting on Gumzo
To invite others to your chat room, you need to share the chat room URL. They’ll be prompted to register using their phone number and you’ll receive a notification once they are ready to join. Gumzo is free for all attendees in meetings.
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