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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First Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC17 Announced!

We’re super excited to announce Ubisoft’s Aurelie Le Chevalier as our first NZGDC17 Keynote speaker! Aurelie is a gameplay programmer at Ubisoft Montreal. She has worked in AI, UI, and Gameplay on the games ‘Rainbow Six’, ‘Child of Light’, ‘Shape Up’, and ‘For Honor’. She is interested in data-driven gameplay systems as a means to …

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Reminder to Submit Workshops, Talks and Panels to #NZGDC17

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, will be on September 6th – 8th 2017 hosted at Auckland’s AUT University.   NZGDC17 is calling for speakers who would like to present talks or panels covering game …

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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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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 2017 hosted at Auckland’s AUT University.   NZGDC17 is calling for speakers who would like …

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Dungeon, Inc. now available on the App Store and Google Play

PikPok launches new fantasy-meets-office incremental clicker game for mobile NEW ZEALAND, Wellington, May 12, 2017 – Leading games publisher PikPok® today announced the launch of their new original title, Dungeon, Inc., for Android on Google Play, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on the App Store. In Dungeon, Inc., players manage the Gold Production branch …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Rival Stars™ College Football now available on the App Store and Google Play

PikPok expands popular Rival Stars sports brand into American Football NEW ZEALAND, Wellington, November 18, 2016 – Leading games publisher PikPok® today announced the launch of their new original title, Rival Stars College Football, for Android on Google Play, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on the App Store. Rival Stars College Football is the …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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KiwiGameStarter x MDS Postgraduate Design Scholarship

In partnership with Media Design School the NZGDA is excited to announce a new category in the KiwiGameStarter, the Postgraduate Design Scholarship! This unique opportunity will give two developers from the winning team the chance to attend Media Design School’s 15 week Postgraduate Certificate in Design. While there they will benefit from access to the …

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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 activities (including the 2016 Activity Plan) here: http://nzgda.com/about-us/what-is-the-nzgda/ July 15th – online ballots will be emailed …

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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 $10,000 funding, in addition to software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support. A runner up …

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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 …

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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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Mini Metro takes away the IGF Audio Prize!

It was a momentous occasion at the Independent Games Festival (IGF) this year which were held during the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco.  Robert and Peter Curry of the Dinosaur Polo Club – the creators behind the ingenious Mini Metro came away with the Excellence in Audio Prize! After an initial round of judging by over …

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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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The magic of Weta Workshop helps to shape the future of art and technology

It’s looking to be a watershed year for Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Lightfield™ technology, and Wellington’s Weta Workshop is playing a pivotal creative role. Today, Magic Leap CEO, Rony Abovitz announced a Series C funding round, led by the Alibaba Group. At the same time, Weta Workshop CEO and one of Magic Leap’s founding directors, …

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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 guides for Unity game developers. Feel free to check out the links below and share …

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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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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials™ now available on the App Store and Google Play

Players outrun WCKD in the Scorch in the officially licensed sequel to the mobile hit The Maze Runner™ Leading games publisher PikPok® today announced the launch of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ™ game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android. The officially licensed game, developed by veteran developer Sticky Studios and published by PikPok, is based …

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Glow Worm Adventure now available on the App Store and Google Play

Leading games publisher PikPok today announced the launch of Glow Worm Adventure for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android phones and tablets. The game is developed by Pixelthis, based in New Zealand. Glow Worm Adventure sees the player solve intricate puzzles by sliding tiles around a board to create a path. The innovative Rubiks-style mechanic is …

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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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Mobile hit Into the Dead™ now available to play on Facebook

NEW ZEALAND, Wellington, November 25, 2014 – Leading games publisher PikPok® today announced that their original game, Into the Dead™, has launched worldwide on Facebook.  The Facebook version extends the franchise from existing availability on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Windows, and Windows Phone where the game has achieved over 34 million …

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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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Free Unity Workshop & Game Jam in Auckland Aug22-24

The annual, winter, shared, maker-space for NZ game-developers of any kind to meet, collaborate and compete in various global and local competitions is on again this August.  There is still only one site in Auckland this year but it’s already full so hopefully next year there’ll be more.  There are still slots for the free …

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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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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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Media Design School partners with PlayStation® in a New Zealand first

Media Design School has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to become the only tertiary institute in New Zealand where students can develop for PlayStation platforms. The PlayStation®First Academic Development Programme recognises the world’s leading game development courses to help foster young game developers. SCEE will support Media Design School with tools, expertise incubation …

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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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Masterclass with Valve/Weta game designer Laura Dubuk

Media Design School will host a weekend masterclass with Laura Dubuk who has designed, modelled and textured environments for Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Alien Swarm and Portal 2 at Valve. The hands-on masterclass will be held at Media Design School March 22 and 23 and cover level design, digital painting, character design and a portfolio …

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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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Games deliver new insights into Autism

A free iPad game is giving the medical fraternity something to think about as it delivers fresh observations about children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome Nurfland is the first in a series of games being developed by Project Autismus, a not-for-profit group of game developers, parents, Media Design School students and psychologists in New Zealand, …

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Media Design School grad gets Apple approval

New Zealand’s flourishing game industry has a new arrival with the iTunes App Store launch of Koi Pond Code Breaker from Bexcellent Games. Game programmer Rebecca Cox graduated from Auckland’s Media Design School in late 2012 and wasted no time in setting up mobile game studio Bexcellent Games to develop iPhone games. Her first release, …

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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 University in Auckland.   Anyone can join and the rules are simple.  You just have …

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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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All blacks rugby challenge 2 release date announced

SYDNEY, Australia – May 14, 2013 – Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) announced today that All Blacks Rugby Challenge 2 for PlayStation®3 and Microsoft Xbox 360® will be released worldwide on 13 June 2013. Developed by New Zealand based games developer Sidhe, the sequel includes the highly anticipated British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour …

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Into the Dead App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android Passes 10 Million Downloads

PikPok® zombie themed original game reaches major milestone WELLINGTON, New Zealand – May 7, 2012 – Leading digital games publisher PikPok® announced that their original title, Into the Dead™ for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android, passed the 10 million download mark in April 2013, less than 5 months after release.  The game joins another …

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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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RUGBY CHALLENGE 2: THE LIONS TOUR EDITION ANNOUNCED FOR PS3, 360 AND PC

British and Irish Lions roar in rugby union videogame sequel SYDNEY, Australia – March 20, 2013 – Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) announced today the development of Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition for PlayStation®3, Microsoft Xbox 360® and PC, by New Zealand based games developer Sidhe. The sequel product includes myriad new …

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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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RUGBY CHALLENGE COMING TO PLAYSTATION® VITA

SYDNEY, Australia – May 23, 2012: Tru Blu Entertainment announced today that Rugby Challenge will be available on the PlayStation® Vita handheld entertainment system, on 27 June 2012 in Europe, UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The first game ever published for the PlayStation Vita by Tru Blu Entertainment features console quality Rugby Challenge …

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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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PikPok® to publish Monster Flip™ for iOS by Launching Pad Games

Quirky arcade puzzle game to hit the App Store in March 2012 WELLINGTON, New Zealand – February 27, 2012 – Leading Smartphone games publisher, PikPok®, today announced it would publish Monster Flip™ for iOS, an original title developed by Launching Pad Games. Monster Flip challenges gamers to swipe, flip and match monsters to help them …

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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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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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Bloons® TD4 Blasts Past One Million Downloads on iPhone and iPad

Hit Tower Defense Game Credits Innovative Design and Frequent Updates for Its Eight-Months-and-Counting Position on the iPhone Top 100 US Apps Chart Ninja Kiwi, a leading developer and publisher of web and smart phone games, and Digital Goldfish, a leading developer of smart phone and handheld games, today announced that Bloons TD4 has surpassed one-million …

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Shatter® soundtrack gets limited edition vinyl release

Pre-orders now available for acclaimed soundtrack on vinyl WELLINGTON, New Zealand – November 3, 2011 – Console developer Sidhe announced today the highly acclaimed soundtrack from their award winning game, Shatter, will be available on vinyl as an exclusive limited edition release. Musician extraordinaire, Jeramiah “Module” Ross, has edited and remastered his original soundtrack for …

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Mad Catz® Announces Shipping Of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge™ For Xbox 360

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today the shipping of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge throughout North America for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. “We are excited to be shipping Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge. The game is receiving positive reviews and there is a lot of excitement …

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Slam Dunk King

Music from Slam Dunk King™ for iOS now available online

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – October 17, 2011 – PikPok is pleased to advise that due to popular request, the “Dunking” main music track from our recent iOS title “Slam Dunk King” has been released online. The full track can be freely streamed or purchased exclusively from http://pikpok.bandcamp.com. The track was written, directed, and performed by …

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PikPok® Announces Flick Kick™ Aston Villa for iOS and Android Releasing 13 Oct 2011

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – October 12, 2011 – PikPok® and Aston Villa Football Club have today announced the impending launch of Flick Kick™ Aston Villa, a team specific version of one of the UK’s highest performing mobile apps, Flick Kick™ Football. It features all the great parts of the original game as well as Aston …

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PikPok® Announces Slam Dunk King™ for iOS Releasing 29 September 2011

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – September 28, 2011 – Leading Smartphone games label, PikPok®, today announced Slam Dunk King™, a new free-to-play arcade basketball title for iOS releasing on 29 September on the App Store. The title enables gamers to show their skills with trick dunks and smooth moves, harness unique mascot powerups, and earn coins …

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Network Partners with PikPok and Grumpyface Studios to Create Unique Mobile Games

Adult Swim Digital announced today the launch of a new series of mobile games exclusive to the iOS platform. Part of a new initiative to further their partnerships with leading and independent game developers, Monsters Ate My Condo by PikPok is the first of five exclusive iOS games that will launch in the iTunes store …

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Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge

North American Distributor announced for Rugby Challenge

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today that it will publish and distribute Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge throughout North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, currently anticipated to begin shipping in September 2011. “We are very excited to bring this popular rugby franchise …

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Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge

Rugby Challenge Videogame Initial Release Dates Announced

Available At Retail from 2 September 2011 SYDNEY, Australia – August 24, 2011 – Tru Blu Entertainment announced today Rugby Challenge for PlayStation®3 and Microsoft Xbox 360® would release in New Zealand on 2 September, and Australia and South Africa on 8 September. The game will be marketed in New Zealand as All Blacks Rugby …

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Flick Kick Football

Flick Kick™ Chelsea Mobile App comes to Android

LONDON, England and WELLINGTON, New Zealand – August 01, 2011 – PikPok™ and Chelsea Football Club today announced the launch of Flick Kick™ Chelsea for Android, bringing the popular branded version of Flick Kick™ Football to the growing Android audience. Flick Kick™ Chelsea for Android features multiple gameplay modes, the ability to challenge other players, …

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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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Major European Leagues Join Growing Content Lineup for Rugby Challenge

SYDNEY, Australia – July 18, 2011 – Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) revealed today that major European rugby union leagues Aviva Premiership Rugby, TOP 14 Orange, and RaboDirect PRO12 have been licensed for upcoming video game Rugby Challenge coming to PlayStation®3, PS Vita, Microsoft Xbox 360® and PC. The game will be released in …

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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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Dead Steel

Kiwi game wins ‘excellent’ award at IGF China

A group of students from New Zealand’s Media Design School have taken out the Excellent Student Winner prize at the 2nd Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF) China, known as the Sundance of the indie games industry. Dead Steel – a futuristic alien shooter made for PC, was the final-year project of a team of students …

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Puzzle Planets puts the awesome power of nature on your iPhone and iPad

WASHINGTON – April 6, 2011 – National Geographic Channel in partnership with Runaway are proud to announce the release of Puzzle Planets for iPhone and iPad, a new game that puts the powerful forces of nature at your fingertips. With a core concept inspired by the popular National Geographic Channel (NGC) series Clash of the …

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Shatter

Shatter for PC now available on Steam

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – March 17, 2010 – Sidhe, New Zealand’s largest game production studio, today announced that its popular original title, Shatter™ is now available for PC download via Steam. The PC version of the game features new PC-exclusive game modes, Steam Achievements and leaderboards, and brings the excitement of the award-winning original title …

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DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar Kartz Videogame Coming Oct 27 developed by Sidhe

US, October 9, 2009 – SANTA MONICA, CA – Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: DWA) Madagascar Kartz video game will be released on October 27 for Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. The video game …

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