Tips for pitching to the Interactive Development Fund

The New Zealand Film Commission’s pilot Interactive Development Fund is an exciting opportunity for game developers to get support for the early stage of their development.

We reached out to NZFC to clarify three of the most frequently asked questions:
FAQs from NZFC
Is the fund intended for VR/AR only, or will being a VR/AR project significantly influence the panel's decision?

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Rival Stars™ College Football Update Now LIVE!

Here at PikPok, we’re celebrating the Biggest Weekend in February with the Biggest Rival Stars Update yet!

Since launching in November 2016 on Google Play and the App Store, Rival Stars College Football has gripped players around the world with its vibrant style, nail-biting tournaments, and stats laden gameplay. Today, we are thrilled to announce the release of two brand new features to the game; the ‘Road to Glory’ season mode and ‘Friendly Games’ for alliances.

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NZGDA 2017 Scholarship Program

Looking at going to GDC this year? It's an awesome event, but we know it can be a very expensive proposition attending an event on the other side of the world.

Thanks to NZGDA, Dinosaur Polo Club, Callaghan Innovation and GDC themselves, we've pulled together a bunch of different scholarships to help more Kiwis make their way to the most important event in the games industry calendar!

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NZFC Announces Interactive Development Fund

The New Zealand Film Commission has announced an Interactive Development Fund with a total of $200,000 allocated towards the pilot round. Successful applicants will generally receive between $5,000-$25,000 per project. The fund supports the concept development of original narrative-focussed interactive and games content delivered on any platform.

The NZGDA will be providing some pitch examples from previous Kiwi Game Starter entries in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the fund and pitching, comment below and the NZGDA can work with the Film Commission to provide guidance.

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Audio Game Hub – Keep your ears wide open

The Audio Game Hub team believe games should be for everyone. With nearly 300 million visually impaired around the world, the team specialise  in using sound and music to create games for both sighted and non-sighted users. “Nobody makes games for us” were the words that launched this collaborative project. What originated as a PhD research project at Auckland University of Technology was later released in April 2016.

"Since our original launch, the application has gathered over 33,000 downloads, excellent reviews, ratings and feedbacks and have even received awards from the Play by Play Festival and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)."

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Kiwi Games Starter 2016 – The Games!

Kiwi Games Starter is the NZGDAs annual game development award and startup programme for interactive games businesses. Each year there is a large prize pool in the past including finical, legal and mentoring support for start-up game businesses. The competition aims to help early-stage games businesses to develop prototypes ready for investment or crowdfunding.

Here are some of the entries from this years awards!

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AR/VR Garage Auckland

One of New Zealand’s most dynamic tech sectors received a major boost today with the opening of the AR/VR Garage – a globally unique augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) development facility in Eden Terrace, which establishes Auckland as an international hub for this hot technology. The AR/VR Garage is right next door to the NZGDA's games coworking space The Arcade Auckland.

The commercially focused facility’s rapid development was helped by international relationships forged during May’s Tripartite Economic Summit Auckland 2016, and Techweek AKL 2016’s Magnify VR/AR Pacific Summit. The AR/VR Garage’s strong working alliances with global industry leaders were cemented by today’s announcement that it will be the Oceania base of the influential US-based VR Society, joining chapters in Beijing and Canada. The society last year secured about US$170 million of VR projects for its global members.

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2016 AGM Report

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the NZ Game Developers Association Incorporated was held at on Wed 3 August 2016 at AUT University, Auckland. Here are the reports reflecting on the last year's progress from departing Chairperson Stephen Knightly.The NZGDA’s purpose is to represent, grow and support the success of New Zealand’s game development industry and community. Both are in great health yet have so much more potential. jump to full article

NZ Video Game Exports Continue to Grow

New Zealand’s game development industry grew 13% last year to earn $88.9m in the year ending 31 March 2016 according to an independent survey of New Zealand Game Developers Association studios. Almost all of that revenue (92%) came from exports of interactive software and online services.

“Entertainment software and apps continue to be one of New Zealand’s fastest growing hi-tech creative exports,” says NZ Game Developers Association Chairperson Stephen Knightly.

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Indie Prize USA 2016

More than 1000 indie games applied for Indie Prize scholarship during the past year
335 games were submitted for Indie Prize Asia 2016
28 judges selected
100 world’s best indie games
3 days of Indie Prize Showcase

Indie Prize is a scholarship program for indie developers. The main goal of Indie Prize is to give indie developers from all over the world a place to meet, share their experience, showcase their games and to network with game industry professionals.

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Indie Pitch Arena 2016

This summer Global Mobile Game Confederation is hosting Mobile Game Asia at capital city of Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, where we will merge the world gaming industry and local development community! Taking place at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur on July 13th – 14th, Mobile Game Asia brings together over 1,000+ industry leaders, developers and experts from all around the world to share insights, discuss ideas and develop new strategies to pave the way for a better mobile game ecosystem.

To know more about the event or to know how to apply for IPA (Indie Pitch Arena) click here... www.mobilegame.asia

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Young Creatives Set Their Sights on World Stage

Game art and development is one of the world’s hottest new career paths and later this month some of New Zealand’s most talented young game developers will go head to head in a competition which could shoot them into the international spotlight.

For the first time ever WorldSkills – the largest skills competition on the planet – is including a category for game development, and on May 28 young creatives in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will battle it out for the opportunity to represent their country in their chosen field.

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