NZ Game Development Revenues Hit $100M

  New Zealand’s game developers earned $99.87M in the financial year ending 31 March 2017 according to an independent survey of New Zealand Game Developers Association studios. That’s double-digit growth of 12% in the last year, up from to $88.9m in FY2016. “$100m is a great milestone to hit but our real goal is to …

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Notice of NZGDA 2017 Annual General Meeting

The NZGDA’s Annual General Meeting will be held from 5pm to 6pm on 6 September 2017 at AUT in room WG403. The Agenda will include: Chairperson’s report on the business of the Society Secretary’s report on the finances of the Society, and the Statement of Accounts election of Committee Members general business All members are welcome to join …

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Digital NZ Report 2018: Thought rugby was popular? Try video games

New research by Bond University in Queensland and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has found a staggering 98 per cent of New Zealand families have video game devices, eight out of 10 owning multiple game devices. Digital New Zealand 2018 studied 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals, revealing 67 per cent of Kiwis play …

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Call for NZGDA 2017/2018 Board Candidates

Are you a community minded game developer who wants to help grow New Zealand’s game development sector? Then consider standing for the New Zealand Game Developers Association 2017 board! Important Dates 6 pm, 18 August 2017  – Deadline for candidates to submit their statements 21 August 2017 – Candidate statements published on NZGDA.com 28 August …

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Kiwi Game Starter 2017 Submissions are Open!

Entries for the New Zealand Game Developer’s Association startup programme for interactive games businesses – the Kiwi Game Starter – are now open, with business plans and playable prototypes due on 26 June 2017 by 5pm. Please submit your entry via this form:  ​https://goo.gl/forms/W2EdTpZ6RA3rWlos1 One promising team will be awarded a First Prize of a monetary …

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Make Games in New Zealand

We’re Growing and Hiring! Creative independence Game making in New Zealand comes with a creative edge, where you’ll create innovative and original IP. We make our own original IP rather than taking orders working on other people’s project. Teams are typically smaller with less hierarchy, meaning you’ll have a real influence and the chance to stamp …

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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.

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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 …

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Speakers

The first set of talks for NZGDC16 has been confirmed. The full programme will cover  art, animation, game design, programming, networking, storytelling, production and marketing. Watch this space for the full schedule and keynote speaker announcements. Building Trust as a Game Designer, James Everett Game designers rely on the cooperation and good will of every other discipline on a team. …

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NZGDC 2016

The New Zealand Game Developers Conference is New Zealand’s premier game development event. It was held on Thursday and Friday, 8 & 9 September 2016 at AUT University, Auckland. #NZGDC16 is an action-packed two-day conference for professional and indie game developers. It’s a professional quality industry conference akin to GDC, but for Kiwis talking to Kiwis …

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Mini Metro wins IGF Award

Robert and Peter Curry of Wellington’s Dinosaur Polo Club, the creators of the ingenious Mini Metro, came away with the Excellence in Audio Award and were nominated for four categories – including the Grand Prize – at the Independent Games Festival (IGF) this year, held during the Game Developers Conference 2016 in San Francisco. The IGF awards are arguably the most prestigious …

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New Zealand Gamer Audience

Gaming audiences in New Zealand are mainstream and diverse. According to our latest survey results: There are 475 high tech creative export jobs New Zealand’s game development industry grew 13% last year to earn $88.9m (92%) came from exports of interactive software and online services 68% describe themselves as independent self-publishers The sector employs a …

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NZ Game Development Industry

Interactive video game development is New Zealand’s fastest growing creative industry and tech export sector.  New Zealanders audiences of all ages and genders are also avid game players. Booming exports and jobs The New Zealand games industry earned NZD$79m in 2014, and grew 110% per annum each year from 2012 to 2014.  This compares to 14% …

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Immigration

New Zealand’s fast growing games industry welcomes skilled and experienced game developers from around the world.  Situated between America and Asia, but with a European heritage, New Zealand is a multi-cultural and beautiful country. For more information on living and working in New Zealand, visit www.newzealandnow.govt.nz. You are also welcome to email info@nzgda.com with any questions on the New Zealand game development …

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Board Members

The NZ Game Developers Association is a not-for-profit organisation run by a diverse group of game developers from around New Zealand. They were elected at the Annual General Meeting of the NZ Game Developers Association on Wed 6 September 2017, at AUT University, Auckland.   Enquiries can be directed to Chairperson Michael Vermeulen and info@nzgda.com …

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Events

Want to get involved in game development and meet other developers or studios? There is a healthy community of events and professional conferences throughout New Zealand.  Check the News section, our Facebook group or Newsletter for upcoming events. Annual Conference The New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2017 will be held 6-8 September 2017 at AUT University, Auckland.  Previous years have …

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The Arcade Auckland Coworking Space

www.thearcadeakl.co.nz The NZGDA has launched a shared work space for indie game developers called The Arcade Auckland – which is currently free for any casual NZGDA member to use and low cost for any regular member. It’s based within The Idea Collective Building at MOTAT (The Museum of Transportation and Technology) in Western Springs, Auckland. …

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GDC 2016 Scholarships for New Zealanders

We have 25 GDC 2016 All Access Passes PLUS three $5,000 travel grants for New Zealanders to get to the world’s premier games industry event: The Game Developers Conference, 14-18 March 2016 in San Francisco. Junior and intermediate game developers from all disciplines including indies and students are encouraged to apply. The judges will give …

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Milton’s Tale Beautifully Mixes Puzzles and Paper Craft

Jeremy(TM) and Friends are excited to announce the release and immediate availability of Milton’s Tale 1.0, a finely polished puzzle game aiming to give people of all ages and gaming experience that “clever” feeling throughout. Available for free on iOS and Android, the game is presented entirely in a world of colored paper, and implements …

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Creative Industries including Games Add $3.848b to NZ Economy.

New Zealand’s creative industries added $3.848b to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 and are a significant contributor to national employment, a new report by PwC for WeCreate shows. Released today, the report measures the combined economic contribution of five creative industries: games, music, books and film and television. Figures in the report show nearly 20,000 …

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Dynabrick wins Kiwi Game Starter 2015

Innovative video game Dynabrick is set to be New Zealand’s next digital hit export after winning the KiwiGameStarter, New Zealand’s only startup programme for interactive games businesses. The Dynabrick prototype was developed by Wellington-based developer Rox Flame. The second place went to Swordy by Frogshark. New Zealand Games Developers Association chairperson Stephen Knightly says Dynabrick …

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Digital NZ Report 2016: Games are popular mainstream media

According to the Digital New Zealand Report 2016 launched on 9 September 2015 by IGEA the proportion of the older Kiwi population that plays video games has increased in the past two years. Two fifths (43 per cent) of New Zealanders aged 65 and over now play video games, compared to only 32 per cent in 2013. …

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Jobs in NZ Games Industry Grow in FY2015

New Zealand’s video game studios created 134 new high-tech creative jobs in the last financial year, according to an independent survey by the New Zealand Game Developers Association. The sector now employs 568 fulltime employees and earned $78.7m in FY2015, up 3% on the previous year. 82% of revenue came from digital exports. The survey …

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The NZGDA Board for 2015/2016

The NZ Game Developers Association is a not-for-profit organisation run by a diverse group of game developers from around New Zealand. The board for 2015/2016 includes experienced studio managers, upcoming indie developers, students, programmers, designers, lawyers, marketers, serious games developers with experience developing for PC, console, web and smartphones. They were elected at the Annual General Meeting of the NZ Game Developers Association on Wed 5 August at AUT University, Auckland.

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NZGDC 2015

New Zealand Game Developers Conference. September 10-11, Auckland New Zealand’s community of professional and indie game developers will again come together at an action-packed NZGDC to share, learn and inspire with more than 20 hours of hand-picked sessions across 5 different topic streams, international speakers, and over 300 of your fellow game developers. Add Conference to …

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How To Train Your Dragon director to headline AnimFX 2014

The writer and director of How to Train Your Dragon I & II and other animation blockbusters, Dean DeBlois, is to speak as part of round two of the digital entertainment event AnimfxNZ 2014 at Wellington’s Paramount Theatre on 21 November. Weta Digital will also offer a presentation around the many facets of modern visual …

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NZGDC14: Would you like fries with that? Part two

This article originally appeared on ScreeNZ.co.nz. By Keith Barclay. Just as Skylanders might have seemed a crazy idea back in 2009, there was also some cynicism that year about the decision of NHNZ to set up a game company. Five years on, there’s a lot less skepticism and the decision to establish Runaway, made back …

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NZGDC14: Would you like fries with that? Part one

This article originally appeared on ScreeNZ.co.nz.  By Keith Barclay. Two sessions delved in some depth into issues around monetisation in free to play games. First up, Gameloft’s Fawzi Mesmar spoke about what did and didn’t help players open their wallets. Later, Runaway’s Tim Nixon investigated the price of butterflies. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Mesmar has …

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NZGDC14 Keynote by Dave Brevik, Gazillion Games

This article originally appeared on ScreeNZ.co.nz.  By Keith Barclay. The NZ Game Developers Conference keynote speaker Dave Brevik began the day by cramming 20 years of experience into 20 minutes as he delivered his nine-point plan for creating a successful (game) company. Currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Gazillion Games, holder of the Marvel …

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NZ Video Games Industry Doubles Exports

Revenue from New Zealand-made video games and game apps more than doubled to $80.2 million in the year to 31 March 2014, according to an independent survey of NZ Game Developers Association members. 90% of those earnings were digital software exports, primarily through the Internet and app stores. Digital distribution platforms like the AppStore and …

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NZ Games Industry launches Business Startup Competition

The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched New Zealand’s first and only startup programme for interactive games businesses – the KiwiGameStarter.  One promising games business will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. “The games industry has quickly become one of New Zealand’s largest creative sectors and a significant software …

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Related Events

Around the same time NZGDC14 don’t miss: 2014 DOC EDGE LAB, 15-16 September, AUT WG Building Hollywood & Interactive IP, 18 September, AUT WG Building NZGDC14 Thursday Workshops, 19 September NZGDC14, 19 September NZ Gaming Through Time Archival film screening, 23 September, AUT WG126. Digital NatioNZ gaming expo, 27-28 September at Vector Arena Big Screen …

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Past Conferences

NZGDC 2013 NZGDC 2013 was held on Friday 28 June at AUT University in Auckland.  Our keynote presenters were, Jason Harwood, Producer of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride from Halfbrick Studios; and  Alex St. John, ex-Microsoft GM Entertainment, Founder of WildTangent, ex-President and CTO of Hi5.com. You can review the conference programme here. NZGDC 2012 NZGDC …

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Buy Tickets

You can buy tickets online on EventFinda. Tickets for NZGDA members (or employees of NZGDA studio members) and students are only $95 (incl GST).  Of course, you can also join the NZGDA for free.

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Conference Programme

The New Zealand Game Developers Conference is an action-packed conference for professional and indie game developers. It will be held on Friday 19 September 2014 at AUT University in Auckland, with workshops on Thursday 18th.  Registration opens at 9am with the conference running from 10am-6pm including lunch and afternoon tea.  Tickets for NZGDA members and …

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Workshops

On Thursday 18 September five workshops will be held at AUT University.  They are free for NZGDC14 ticket holders and run concurrently so you can only register for one.  Note: the workshops all have a lunch break between 12:00 and 13:00 but are not catered. Interactive Script Writing: Jigsaw Storytelling Edwin McRae will take attendees …

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NZGDC 2014

The New Zealand Game Developers Conference is a an action-packed conference for professional and indie game developers. It will be held on Friday 19 September 2014 at AUT University in Auckland, with workshops on Thursday 18th.  Registration opens at 9am with the conference running from 10am-6pm including lunch and afternoon tea.  Tickets for NZGDA members …

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Kiwi.js High Performance HTML5 Engine Launched

Kiwi.js is a fast open-source mobile-first HTML5 game engine supporting both WebGL and Canvas rendering. After 12 months of development, the full 1.0 release of Kiwi.js is available from www.kiwijs.org. Kiwi features its own renderer optimised for fast graphics on both WebGL and Canvas on smartphones and desktops, a library of plug-ins and game blueprints, …

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Submit your ideas for NZ Game Dev Conference 2014

The NZ Game Developers Conference 2014 (#NZGDC14) will be on Friday 19 September 2014 at AUT University in Auckland – the same awesome venue as last year. Last year’s conference sold out with over 320 delegates – 100 more than the previous year – and had extremely positive feedback. With all the current buzz around …

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Applications open for the PAX Aus 2014 ANZ Indie Pavilion

PAX Australia is once again hosting a space to specifically showcase Australian and New Zealand indie games and studios for a reduced cost. The ANZ Indie Pavilion will accommodate up to 36 developers, who will each be allocated a small podium where their games will be highlighted and playable. Having so many developers within the …

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Digital consumption fuels New Zealanders gaming growth

New Zealand’s interactive games industry has recorded $133 million of traditional retail sales and an estimated NZD$162 million of digital sales in 2013, according to research released by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). These latest figures put the overall retail value of New Zealand’s interactive games industry in 2013 just shy of NZD$300 …

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NZ Video Games Win in Best of 2013 Lists

Five New Zealand video game makers have been lauded in major international Best of 2013 lists. Path of Exile by Grinding Gear Games has won GameSpot’s PC Game of the Year Award, Turbo Racing League by PikPok was the runner-up for Apple’s Best of 2013 Game of the Year, and indie developer Michael Brough was …

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NZ-Made Video Games Industry Grew 86% in 2012

New Zealand-made mobile games have been downloaded over 130 million times in the last year and industry earnings grew 86% to $36.3 million dollars, according to an independent survey of New Zealand Game Developers Association members. The majority of that income, $31.4m, came from exports of smartphone and online games. “The investments in skills and …

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20 Kiwi Game Developers Exhibit at Digital NatioNZ ‘Homegrown’

Telecom together with the New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA) is bringing more than 20 local developers to DIGITAL NATIONZ, New Zealand’s first digital entertainment expo in an effort to showcase the strength and breadth of expertise in online and digital gaming at work right here in NZ. “This is a great opportunity for our …

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NZ GDC 2013 programme announced

The New Zealand Game Developers Conference will be held on Friday 28 June at AUT University in Auckland.  It is a one-day action-packed conference for professional and indie game developers. The conference features New Zealand and Australia’s leading game developers sharing real experiences and the knowledge that has made them global successes. You can download the …

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NZ Game Developers Storm GDC 2013

Movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit have made New Zealand’s film companies world-renowned. More recently the entertainment industry is discovering that the same New Zealand creative culture is yielding equally powerful results for game development. New Zealand’s cluster of game developers, though a tight-knit community of approximately 450 professionals, is …

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International Game Masters attend Forum at Te Papa

Te Papa announced topline international game developers Masaya Matsuura and Luke Muscat as keynote speakers for Game Masters – The Forum to be held at Te Papa on 4 and 5 March 2013.   Game Masters – The Forum brings together game developers, artists, educators, researchers, and filmmakers. A collaborative event, the goal of the …

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Two New Zealand games included in Game Masters at Te Papa

Two games by New Zealand designers are to be included in the blockbuster new exhibition Game Masters when it opens at Te Papa on 15 December 2012. The two games have been selected to represent both ends of game development in New Zealand, and to celebrate New Zealand’s contribution to the game development industry. Shatter …

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NZ Video Games Industry Continues to Grow

Kiwi game studios released 73 commercial video games in the last year, primarily selling them digitally on iPhones, websites and Android smartphones. The local industry has nearly doubled in the last two years and employed 380 full-time equivalent game developers as of 31 March 2012, according to a survey of NZ Game Developers Association members. …

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Gods of Gaming coming to Te Papa

Te Papa is delighted to announce its summer blockbuster exhibition, Game Masters, opening 15 December 2012. Featuring over 120 playable games across arcade, consoles, and PC, including Donkey Kong, The Sims, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, and not forgetting mobile games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja; this exhibition has games suitable …

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Dowse announces major exhibition of New Zealand video gaming

Every day across the world, millions of people enter virtual worlds through video games. The Dowse Art Museum is excited to celebrate what is now the fastest-growing form of mass art with a major exhibition of New Zealand video gaming – Arcade: Homegrown Video Games opens on 10 November and runs throughout the summer months …

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NZGDA screens Indie Game: The Movie

INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. This Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these artists’ vulnerability …

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NZGDA Conference 2012

The New Zealand Game Developers Association Conference is a one-day action-packed conference for professional and indie game developers on Saturday 19 May. The conference pulls no punches, with experienced presenters telling it like it really is. Featuring some of New Zealand and Australia’s leading game developers from Sidhe/PikPok, Cerebral Fix, Smallworlds, Gameloft, Grinding Gear Games, …

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New Zealand to kick off the Global Game Jam 2012

The Global Game Jam is a 48-hour event where artists, video game developers and programmers create a video game over just one weekend in January. Held in over 120 locations worldwide including New Zealand, it’s creative, cooperative, chaotic and huge fun. New Zealand gamers will be the first in the world to kickoff, when the …

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