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Weta Workshop and Magic Leap have joined forces to create games and experiences for Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Lightfield™ technology. Based in Wellington, we’re an eclectic mix of the world’s best visionaries, rocket scientists, wizards and gurus from the fields of film, gaming, robotics, visualisation, software, computing and user experience. The studio is currently building a revolutionary ray-gun blasting, robot-disintegrating science fiction experience. Named ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’, this truly next-generation first-person shooter has the potential to change the future of gaming.

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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...



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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...



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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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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...



How GDC help build indie hit Poly Bridge

Guest post by Patrick Corrieri of Dry Cactus, developers of hit indie game Poly Bridge. Dry Cactus is also sponsoring one of the NZGDA $5,000 travel grants for GDC 2016, after receiving a similar grant last year. It’s been a pretty intense year, what with...



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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 into tears when I read...



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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...



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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...



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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...



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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....



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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...



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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...



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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 – are now open, with business...



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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 Conference Announced

NZGDC 2015 Announced



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...



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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...



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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...



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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...



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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...



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...



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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 an application to act on...



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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...



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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...



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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...



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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...



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First speakers announced for AnimfxNZ 14

AnimfxNZ is an animation, games and visual effects conference held in Wellington, New Zealand.  It brings together some of the biggest and brightest names in the global digital entertainment industry for three days of learning, sharing and networking.  Related



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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...



Exploding Games Industry Hits The News

The rapid growth of New Zealand’s video game development industry featured heavily in the news recently. Related



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...



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...



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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...



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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...



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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,...



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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...



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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,...



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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...



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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...



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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 $2000 Amazon Web Services credit?...



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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...



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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...



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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...



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