New Zealand has a vibrant, fast-growing game development industry and community, which is open and inclusive to game developers of all kinds. The NZGDA has individual, studio and affiliate membership categories. Membership is free with no annual fees.
Networking and Professional Development Events. Meet other professional or aspiring game developers at regular monthly meetups and events throughout New Zealand. You don’t have to be a NZGDA member to attend – anyone is welcome. Presenting at an industry conference is also a great way to progress your career.
Conference Discounts and Scholarships. Members received discounted tickets to the annual NZ Game Developers Conference, and we also provide scholarships for New Zealanders to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco each year.
The Arcade Auckland Coworking Space. Indie teams, startups and individuals are welcome to use our collaborative space The Arcade Auckland. It comes with wi-fi, desks, a projector and other developers for networking and advice. It is free for NZGDA members to use.
Promotion. Post your games, news and studio on this website and to our members via our newsletter and social media. Simply email [email protected] with your news. Studio members can set up their own account to publish directly onto this site. We often refer journalists looking for news stories to local game studios, so keep us informed with your news.
Indie Startup Funding. NZGDA members can enter our annual Kiwi Game Starter competition to receive startup funding, software and services.
Software Discounts. Occasionally we promote member discounts on leading game making software such as Unity and Autodesk Maya LT.
Advocacy and Profile Raising. By working together we can educate the media, public and government agencies about our high-potential and fast-moving industry and advocate for policies that support the games industry and New Zealand.
Studio Member Benefits
Business Mentoring and Networking. We can connect aspiring indie studios or startups with other experienced game studios to share advice on business, publishing and engaging with government agencies like Callaghan Innovation, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Immigration NZ. Email [email protected] with enquiries. We occasionally hold Meetups for studio managers and senior staff to discuss business matters in a trusted environment.
Recruitment. Studio members can receive a log-in to post vacancies to the jobs listings on this website and promote them via our newsletter and social media. We sometimes organise joint international recruitment campaigns such as at GDC 2016 and can offer advice on immigration queries.
Business Referrals. We often forward inquiries for service work to studio members or refer potential clients and publishers to our listing of New Zealand Studios, which several studios have reported receiving work from in the past. Subscribe to our newsletter for other business opportunities and networking.