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NZGDA Board Candidates for 2018/2019!

The NZ Game Developers Association is a not-for-profit organisation run by a diverse group of game developers from around New Zealand. You can learn more about our role and activities (including the 2017/2018 Activity Plan) here: http://nzgda.com/about-us/what-is-the-nzgda/ August 22nd– online ballots […]

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NZGDA 2018/2019 Board Elections!

Are you a community minded game developer who wants to grow New Zealand’s game development sector? Then consider standing for the New Zealand Game Developers Association 2018 Board!   Important dates 6pm, 22 August 2018  – Deadline for candidates to […]

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We’re in Games Social – Registrations Open

NZGDC18 is proud to announce the first We’re in Games Social (WinGS) event for women, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ game developers!     We believe all achievements deserve to be celebrated, whether they’re big or small, widespread or local, personal victories […]

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Indie Biz Showcase Applications Open

For the first time, NZGDC18 will feature an Indie Biz Showcase evening event aimed at supporting New Zealand game developers. This is an opportunity to help up-and-coming game developers create connections and support networks to grow their business and advance […]

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Final Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC18 Announced!

We’re delighted to announce Caitlin Goodale as our final NZGDC18 Keynote speaker!   Caitlin is a User Experience Designer at King in Malmö, Sweden. A self-titled design dilettante, she makes games delightful to play through interaction design, user research and, […]

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Tickets for #NZGDC18 Available Now!

The NZGDA is pleased to announce that tickets for the New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2018 are available now at: https://nzgdc18.lilregie.com   We’re also looking for a number of volunteers, so if you’re interested please submit an application via the […]

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First Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC18 Announced!

We’re super excited to announce Harry Nesbitt as our first NZGDC18 Keynote speaker! Harry is the lead artist and programmer from Team Alto, a collaboration with Toronto-based studio, Snowman. He is best known for the critically acclaimed Alto’s Adventure and […]

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Call for Speakers & Workshops: #NZGDC18

The NZGDA is proud to announce the New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2018 – an action-packed three day conference for professional and indie game developers in New Zealand’s fastest growing creative sector. NZGDC18 will be on August 1st-3rd hosted at […]

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Kiwi Game Starter 2018

Entries for the New Zealand Game Developers Association startup programme for interactive games businesses, the Kiwi Game Starter, are now open! Potential entrants should prepare their playable prototypes and business/marketing plans for submission via the submission form. The deadline for […]

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Kiwi Game Starter 2017 Winners

During the opening of NZGDC17 last week we announced the winners of Kiwi Game Starter, and we’re excited to say they are: First Place Caves by Matthew Gatland Runner Up Sky Noon by Lunar Rooster The NZGDA thanks all of […]

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NZGDA Board for 2017/2018

The New Zealand Game Developers Association would like to welcome our board members for 2017/2018. This year there were nine candidates for board, which is the exact number of positions available. As a result, members attending the AGM on September […]

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The NZGDC17 Schedule is Live!

The NZGDA is excited to announce the schedule for the New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2017 is now available at https://nzgdc17.sched.com/. In addition, you can also register for our workshops here: https://nzgdc17workshops.lilregie.com/.   We are still locking in some of […]

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Final Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC17 Announced

We’re super excited to announce Delaney King as our final NZGDC17 Keynote speaker! In her 20 years as a video game artist she has racked up an impressive list of AAA credits.  Her creatures and characters appear in Dragonage:Origins, Unreal […]

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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 […]

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Tickets for #NZGDC17 Available Now!

The NZGDA is pleased to announce that tickets for the New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2017 are available now at: https://nzgdc17.lilregie.com/. If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, please sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/nJhCqGgsEvQhiIK83 Should you have any questions, please reach […]

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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 […]

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Kiwi Game Starter 2017 is coming!

Entries for the New Zealand Game Developers Association startup programme for interactive games businesses, the Kiwi Game Starter, will be opening sooner than usual this year. We are finalising some details, but wanted to give potential entrants enough time to […]

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CALL FOR SPEAKERS: #NZGDC17

The NZGDA is proud to announce the New Zealand Game Developers Conference 2017 – an action-packed three day conference for professional and indie game developers in New Zealand’s fastest growing creative sector. NZGDC17 will be on September 6th – 8th […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NZGDC 2016!

New Zealand’s premier game development event – the New Zealand Game Developers Conference – will be bigger and better than ever on Thursday and Friday, 8th & 9th September at Auckland University of Technology. WEBPAGE HERE!

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Indie Prize Showcase

SUBMISSION FOR THE INDIE PRIZE SHOWCASE IS OFFICIALLY OPENED   1800 professional attendees 150 speakers 56 indie games at the showcase 3 official parties   Join the world’s best indie developers at Casual Connect in Tel Aviv – the city […]

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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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2016 Board Election Candidates

Click here for the board member election results for 2016 >>>>http://nzgda.com/about-us/board/<<<< The NZ Game Developers Association is a not-for-profit organisation run by a diverse group of game developers from around New Zealand. You can learn more about our role and […]

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Kiwi Game Starter 2016

Entries for the New Zealand Game Developer’s Association startup programme for interactive games businesses – the KiwiGameStarter – are now open, with business plans and playable prototypes due on 15 August by 5pm. https://goo.gl/forms/pGYmHsn4D7nPLixZ2 One promising games business will receive […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Zealand game studios recruiting at GDC

Fifteen New Zealand game studios will be in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference 2016. They have a number exciting job vacancies to fill and are on the look-out for talented people across all disciplines. Take this opportunity to explore the high quality work and lifestyle only New Zealand can offer.

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Path of Exile: Ascendancy launches

Grinding Gear Games, developer of the award-winning free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile, today announced that their latest expansion, Path of Exile: Ascendancy will be available on March 4th, 2016. Path of Exile: Ascendancy features the Lord’s Labyrinth, a daily […]

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RenderVision Released

Auckland developers Andy Wiltshire (BulletProof) and Michael Reitzenstein (RockSolid) have created a new Unity Performance Plugin called RenderVision which provides overlay information on Culling opportunities in your game project – and have setup a partner website, UnityPerformance.com – featuring helpful performance […]

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GDC 2015 Report: Farah Khalaf

Guest post by Farah Khalaf, Auckland University of Technology student and NZGDA Board Member.   This year I had the privilege of attending GDC 2015 as an IGDAF Intel scholar. I remember standing in the middle of a train station, almost bursting […]

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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 […]

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Kiwi Game Starter 2015

18 entries were received for the 2015 KiwiGameStarter, with four finalists due to pitch to a judging panel at NZ GDC on 10 September 2015. Entries for New Zealand’s only startup programme for interactive games businesses – the KiwiGameStarter – […]

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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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NZGDA 2014 Election Results

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the NZ Game Developers Association was held on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at AUT University. Here are the election statements of the elected committee members. Chairperson Ben Kenobi I would like to put forward […]

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Kiwi Jam

FLOOR LOCATION UPDATED:   Bottom floor.  If you are facing the information desk, turn around, walk forward and look down off the mezzanine. The NZGDA are throwing a 2 day Game Jam on August 31 and September 1 at AUT […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Extinction Squad is Here!

PikPok’s very happy to continue its collaboration with Adult Swim Games with the latest of our joint developments, Extinction Squad. This universal iOS title offers self-destructive blue wales, plummeting pandas, and gorillas who have lost their grip, and you have […]

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NZGDA Conference Lineup Revealed

The NZGDA Conference programme is out and you can download it here!   Like the best games, it’s full of tough choices: which sessions will you go to?  Will you party all night after Indie Game: The Movie?  Will you pitch for the […]

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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 […]