New digital game on the future curriculum

Players of NZCER’s new app game must put forward their best argument to shape the future of education. Curriculum for the Future: The Digital Game is one in a series of three resources designed to generate thought-provoking conversations about learning and curriculum today and in the future. Curriculum for the future is the first resource of its kind to be produced …

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New Zealand-made Video Games Industry grew 46% this year

Wellington, New Zealand – 16 November 2011 – The New Zealand video game development industry grew by 46% this year, boosted by the huge growth of smartphone and online games. 114 game development jobs were created in the 12 months to September 2011 and the industry now employs the equivalent of 359 full-time people. In …

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Training institutes

The NZGDA does not officially endorse any academic programme, and takes no responsibility for the quality and management of any individual course listed. ACG Yoobee School of Design (Diploma of Game Art and Development) Animation College (Bachelor of Animation) AUT University (Game and Play Design) AUT University (Computer Science) EDENZ Digital Media Academy Massey University …

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Getting into the Game Development Industry

The game development industry brings together a vast range of skill sets from design, art, programming, software engineering, animation, film, digital media and business. Given industry convergence with other forms of digital entertainment, you typically find people from many varied backgrounds. There are several world-class game development training institutes in New Zealand. The games sector …

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Contact Us

General Enquiries and News Got questions or news to share? Simply email info@nzgda.com Media, Business and Other Enquiries James Everett, Chairperson, NZGDA jameseverett@gmail.com NZGDC Conference Enquiries Niamh Fitzgerald, NZGDC Conference Manager nb.fitzgerald@gmail.com The Arcade Auckland CoWorking Space Enquiries Joe Chang, Community Manager, The Arcade Auckland joe.chang@eyemobi.com Community Collaborations and Questions Consider posting questions, opportunities and news about your …

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Join now

If you’re a studio, individual, or work in affiliate industries surrounding game development, you should join the NZGDA. Membership is free and the benefits are plentiful. For more information please view the About Us section.

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Newsletter Sign-Up

Stay up to date with news, events and opportunities in New Zealand’s digital entertainment and video games industry.  The NZGDA newsletter comes out at the end of every month.  You can view our past newsletters archive here. We also run the NZ Game Developers Group on Facebook and there are regular industry Meetups around the country if …

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Membership Benefits

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. Membership Benefits Networking and Professional Development Events. Meet other professional or aspiring game developers at regular monthly …

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What is the NZGDA

The New Zealand Game Developers Association was formed in 2001 to champion, support and grow video game development in New Zealand.  It is a not-for-profit incorporated society. Our members include commercial game development studios, individual developers and artists employed in the industry, self-employed freelancers, indie game developers, teams applying gaming expertise to health and education, gamification designers, retro gaming …

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Lifestyle opportunities

New Zealand is one of the world’s most beautiful places to live and work. It has been one of Condé Nast Traveller’s top five tourism destinations for more than seven years. New Zealand is an English-speaking society, has a world-class education system, a highly multi-cultural workforce, outstanding recreation and sporting facilities and environments, is family-friendly, …

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Developing in nz

Creativity and reasonable cost. New Zealand games studios are renowned for creating original IP with creative flair. We offer: A track record of highly creative original IP, Early adopter experience in digital distribution, online and mobile gaming, Quality specialist gaming and computer graphics university-level degrees, Native English-speaking talent, A convenient timezone ideally located between USA …

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About us

The New Zealand Game Developers Association was formed in 2001 to support and develop the video game industry within New Zealand. We do this by building quality development, business capability and capacity within New Zealand, building networks for game developers both nationally and internationally, retaining talented individuals and games companies within New Zealand, attracting investment, publisher and distributor interest…

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New Zealand

Creativity and reasonable cost. New Zealand games studios are renowned for creating original IP with creative flair. We offer: A track record of highly creative original IP, Early adopter experience in digital distribution, online and mobile gaming, Quality specialist gaming and computer graphics university-level degrees, Native English-speaking talent, A convenient timezone ideally located between USA …

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Path of Exile

Action RPG Path of Exile Launches Closed Beta Next Week, Details Hardcore PvP Combat

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 3 August 2011 – After four years of development, the indie studio Grinding Gear Games has announced that their online action RPG, Path of Exile, will enter ‘closed beta’ on August 10th. They have also unveiled plans for a range of Player vs. Player combat options designed to encourage a competitive …

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Smallworlds

Sam Morgan Invests in Fast-Growing Social Game SmallWorlds

Fast-growing Auckland-based social game SmallWorlds has received $2.5m in an investment round led by TradeMe founder Sam Morgan to capitalise on the booming market for games played via social networks. Gaming is the fastest growing entertainment sector globally, and has already overtaken both the music and film industry in revenues. Launched in 2008 by entrepreneurs …

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