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 their careers. The event will showcase our vibrant games industry and promote the work …Continue reading "Indie Biz Showcase Applications Open"
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, yes, shiny buttons. Having worked on everything from Paint3D and Hololens at Microsoft, to Minecraft’s …Continue reading "Final Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC18 Announced!"
We’re happy to announce that the deadline for NZGDC18 Call for Speakers and Workshops is being extended by one week, to Monday 25th June at 9pm (NZ time, UTC+12:00). NZGDC18 is calling for speakers and workshops who would like to present talks, panels or workshops covering game design, art, code and infrastructure, narrative and …Continue reading "Call for Speakers & Workshops: #NZGDC18 – Deadline Extended!"
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 Volunteer form https://goo.gl/forms/Gf4BDoITfF9mLjFU2 Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at …Continue reading "Tickets for #NZGDC18 Available Now!"
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 recent Apple Design Award winner, Alto’s Odyssey. We’re delighted to have him over from the …Continue reading "First Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC18 Announced!"
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 SKYCITY Convention Centre. NZGDC18 is calling for speakers and workshops who would like to …Continue reading "Call for Speakers & Workshops: #NZGDC18"
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 submissions is 5PM Monday, July 2nd. What is Kiwi Game Starter? Kiwi Game Starter is the …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 2018"
China is now the world’s largest gaming market with annual revenues surging towards USD 30 billion. It may already be New Zealand’s largest market too. In recent times studios such as Grinding Gear Games and Rocketwerkz have partnered with Tencent, China’s largest publisher. The likes of NinjaKiwi and PikPok are working with other publishers. NZGDA …Continue reading "China – the world’s largest gaming market"
Who is the NZESF? The New Zealand ESports Federation (NZESF) was established in March 2016. It was established by a group of gamers and business people who saw the opportunity presented by esports and the absence of a governing body in New Zealand. In May 2016, the NZESF became a member of the International ESports …Continue reading "The NZESF and marketing through esports"
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 the Selection Panel and Finalist Judges who worked hard to make this difficult decision. You …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 2017 Winners"
It’s the week of the New Zealand Game Developers Conference and we’re excited for the biggest lineup yet! This year we’ve got over 100 presenters, as well as a full day of workshops. Make sure you’ve grabbed a ticket if you don’t have one already: https://nzgdc17.lilregie.com/ You can find the full conference schedule here: …Continue reading "#NZGDC17 is Just Around the Corner!"
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 …Continue reading "NZ Game Development Revenues Hit $100M"
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 6th will vote to put the candidates on record. This will save the unnecessary expense …Continue reading "NZGDA Board for 2017/2018"
Primary and secondary students made dozens of digital games and board games as part of a national education competition. The best of these are now online in a winners’ showcase, including two games you can play during your coffee break. This was the second year that the NZ Transport Agency has offered prizes to …Continue reading "Got a minute? Play some of the best games by NZ school students"
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 …Continue reading "Notice of NZGDA 2017 Annual General Meeting"
The NZGDA is excited to announce our finalists for this year’s Kiwi Game Starter! Caves by Matthew Gatland Sky Noon by Lunar Rooster Ten Thousand Coins by Tough Love Productions Ultra Break by Autotelic Finalists will be pitching to our three expert judges on September 6th, and the winners will be announced during the opening …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 2017 Finalists!"
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 …Continue reading "Digital NZ Report 2018: Thought rugby was popular? Try video games"
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 our speakers, which might result in minor changes to the schedule. By creating an account …Continue reading "The NZGDC17 Schedule is Live!"
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 Tournament 04, Stormreach: Dungeon & Dragons Online, Civilization IV, Lord of The Rings Online, Fury, …Continue reading "Final Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC17 Announced"
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 …Continue reading "Call for NZGDA 2017/2018 Board Candidates"
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 out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!Continue reading "Tickets for #NZGDC17 Available Now!"
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 …Continue reading "First Keynote Speaker For #NZGDC17 Announced!"
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 …Continue reading "Reminder to Submit Workshops, Talks and Panels to #NZGDC17"
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 …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 2017 Submissions are Open!"
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 prepare their playable prototypes and business plans. We will open up entries as soon as …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 2017 is coming!"
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 …Continue reading "CALL FOR SPEAKERS: #NZGDC17"
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 …Continue reading "Dungeon, Inc. now available on the App Store and Google Play"
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 …Continue reading "Tips for pitching to the Interactive Development Fund"
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 …Continue reading "Rival Stars™ College Football Update Now LIVE!"
Looking at going to GDC this year? It’s an awesome event, but we know it can be a very expensive proposition attending an event on the other side of the world. Thanks to NZGDA, Dinosaur Polo Club, Callaghan Innovation and GDC themselves, we’ve pulled together a bunch of different scholarships to help more Kiwis make …Continue reading "NZGDA 2017 Scholarship Program"
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 …Continue reading "NZFC Announces Interactive Development Fund"
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 …Continue reading "Rival Stars™ College Football now available on the App Store and Google Play"
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 …Continue reading "Audio Game Hub – Keep your ears wide open"
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 …Continue reading "Kiwi Games Starter 2016 – The Games!"
Fierce battles, ruthless monsters, and intense strategy. Enter the Shadow Wars.Continue reading "Shadow Wars™ now available on the App Store and Google Play"
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 hub for this hot technology. The AR/VR Garage is right next door to the NZGDA’s …Continue reading "AR/VR Garage Auckland"
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!Continue reading "NZGDC 2016!"
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 that has the largest concentration of video gaming tech and development in the world! …Continue reading "Indie Prize Showcase"
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.Continue reading "2016 AGM Report"
The results for the 2016 NZGDA Elections are out! We had a staggering increase in votes this year. In the end we had a total of 275 votes (out of 1098 registered voters) versus 20 from last year. It appears that interest in the election process has really picked up! Chairman: James Everett …Continue reading "2016 Board Election Results"
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 …Continue reading "NZ Video Game Exports Continue to Grow"
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 …Continue reading "KiwiGameStarter x MDS Postgraduate Design Scholarship"
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 …Continue reading "2016 Board Election Candidates"
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 …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 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 a scholarship program for indie developers. The main goal of Indie Prize is to give …Continue reading "Indie Prize USA 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 …Continue reading "Indie Pitch Arena 2016"
Game art and development is one of the world’s hottest new career paths and later this month some of New Zealand’s most talented young game developers will go head to head in a competition which could shoot them into the international spotlight. For the first time ever WorldSkills – the largest skills competition on the …Continue reading "Young Creatives Set Their Sights on World Stage"
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 …Continue reading "Mini Metro wins IGF Award"
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 …Continue reading "Mini Metro takes away the IGF Audio Prize!"
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.Continue reading "New Zealand game studios recruiting at GDC"
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 …Continue reading "New digital game on the future curriculum"
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, …Continue reading "The magic of Weta Workshop helps to shape the future of art and technology"
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 changing maze of deadly traps and challenges designed to test the mettle of even the …Continue reading "Path of Exile: Ascendancy launches"
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 …Continue reading "RenderVision Released"
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. …Continue reading "The Arcade Auckland Coworking Space"
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 …Continue reading "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials™ 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 …Continue reading "Glow Worm Adventure now available on the App Store and Google Play"
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 working hard on Poly Bridge, dealing with its popularity and …Continue reading "How GDC help build indie hit Poly Bridge"
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 the email. For those of you who aren’t familiar with …Continue reading "GDC 2015 Report: Farah Khalaf"
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 …Continue reading "GDC 2016 Scholarships for New Zealanders"
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 …Continue reading "Milton’s Tale Beautifully Mixes Puzzles and Paper Craft"
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 …Continue reading "Creative Industries including Games Add $3.848b to NZ Economy."
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 …Continue reading "Dynabrick wins Kiwi Game Starter 2015"
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. …Continue reading "Digital NZ Report 2016: Games are popular mainstream media"
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 …Continue reading "Jobs in NZ Games Industry Grow in FY2015"
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 plans and playable prototypes due on 28 August. One promising …Continue reading "Kiwi Game Starter 2015"
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.Continue reading "The NZGDA Board for 2015/2016"
Now that the Swing Racers has been featured on the App Store for almost a week, Morepork Games is proud to announce that the game has reached #1 Racing Game on the App Store in 37 countries, including UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy & Japan! It has also reached #1 overall game in 7 countries …Continue reading "Swing Racers ranking on the App Store"
One of our Developers on The 430 Show (TV2), talking a little bit about what we do. Behind The Scenes At Digital Confectioners (Youtube)Continue reading "Digital Confectioners on TV"
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 …Continue reading "Mobile hit Into the Dead™ now available to play on Facebook"
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 …Continue reading "How To Train Your Dragon director to headline AnimFX 2014"
Depth is now available for pre-purchase on Steam! Pre-purchasers receive a 20% discount as well as the Exclusive Battle-Scarred Shark Skin + Exclusive Digital Ice Speargun Skin for taking the plunge early. Grab your copy now and be ready to play when the game goes live on November 3rd!Continue reading "Depth, available for pre-purchase on Steam!"
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 …Continue reading "NZGDC14: Would you like fries with that? Part two"
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 …Continue reading "NZGDC14: Would you like fries with that? Part one"
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 …Continue reading "NZGDC14 Keynote by Dave Brevik, Gazillion Games"
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 …Continue reading "NZ Video Games Industry Doubles Exports"
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 …Continue reading "Free Unity Workshop & Game Jam in Auckland Aug22-24"
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 …Continue reading "NZ Games Industry launches Business Startup Competition"
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 the NZGDA Board again this year. I offer myself as …Continue reading "NZGDA 2014 Election Results"
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, …Continue reading "Kiwi.js High Performance HTML5 Engine Launched"
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 …Continue reading "Submit your ideas for NZ Game Dev Conference 2014"
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 …Continue reading "Media Design School partners with PlayStation® in a New Zealand first"
Auckland War Memorial Museum has teamed up with Media Design School and their ‘Pick & Shovel’ community to recreate ANZAC history in Minecraft®.Continue reading "Kiwi kids bring Anzac history to life In Minecraft®"
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 …Continue reading "Applications open for the PAX Aus 2014 ANZ Indie Pavilion"
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 …Continue reading "Digital consumption fuels New Zealanders gaming growth"
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 …Continue reading "Masterclass with Valve/Weta game designer Laura Dubuk"
Semi-Arcade is launching soon… keep an eye out for this unique gaming experience coming to Ponsonby in FebruaryContinue reading "Media Design School to launch pop-up arcade"
Media Design School collaborates to launch game art, game programming and animation in game production hot spot San Diego, California.Continue reading "Media Design School games programmes launch in San Diego"
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.Continue reading "First speakers announced for AnimfxNZ 14"
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 …Continue reading "NZ Video Games Win in Best of 2013 Lists"
The rapid growth of New Zealand’s video game development industry featured heavily in the news recently.Continue reading "Exploding Games Industry Hits The News"
Media Design School will host the Global Game Jam event January in Auckland. Registration is open now.Continue reading "MDS to host Global Game Jam in Auckland"
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 …Continue reading "NZ-Made Video Games Industry Grew 86% in 2012"
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn traditional sculpting from Weta Workshop’s Craig Campbell! Just 20 places available.Continue reading "Traditional sculpting with Weta Workshop"
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 …Continue reading "20 Kiwi Game Developers Exhibit at Digital NatioNZ ‘Homegrown’"
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, …Continue reading "Games deliver new insights into Autism"
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, …Continue reading "Media Design School grad gets Apple approval"
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 …Continue reading "Kiwi Jam"
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 …Continue reading "NZ GDC 2013 programme 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 …Continue reading "All blacks rugby challenge 2 release date announced"
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 …Continue reading "Into the Dead App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android Passes 10 Million Downloads"
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 …Continue reading "NZ Game Developers Storm GDC 2013"
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 …Continue reading "RUGBY CHALLENGE 2: THE LIONS TOUR EDITION ANNOUNCED FOR PS3, 360 AND PC"
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 …Continue reading "International Game Masters attend Forum at Te Papa"
Media Design School will give Blizzard and Valve fans unparalleled access to two of the world’s leading game artists as part of an exclusive MDS Games Summit from February 15 to 17 in Auckland.Continue reading "World’s leading game artists coming to Auckland"
PikPok® unleashes zombie horde themed original title on customersContinue reading "Into the Dead App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Now Available on the App Store"
PikPok® and Mondelēz International bring snack sized gaming fun to customersContinue reading "OREO: Twist, Lick, Dunk App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Now Available on the App Store"
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 …Continue reading "Two New Zealand games included in Game Masters at Te Papa"
This week has seen the release of two PikPok titles of very different sorts.Continue reading "Super Monsters Ate My Condo & Flick Kick Goalkeeper Released"
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. …Continue reading "NZ Video Games Industry Continues to Grow"
Innovative arcade platform game by Conix Games now available on the App StoreContinue reading "PikPok® releases Twang the Fox™ for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch"
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 …Continue reading "Gods of Gaming coming to Te Papa"
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 …Continue reading "Dowse announces major exhibition of New Zealand video gaming"
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 …Continue reading "RUGBY CHALLENGE COMING TO PLAYSTATION® VITA"
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 to save them from themselves. It’s the dodos you see. They smell funny. Extinction Squad …Continue reading "Extinction Squad is Here!"
PikPok® and DreamWorks Animation Collaboration Now Available for iPhone, iPad & iPod touchContinue reading "DreamWorks Dragons: TapDragonDrop Swoops onto the App Store"
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? Our Keynote Speakers: an IGF Finalist + a Top AppStore …Continue reading "NZGDA Conference Lineup Revealed"
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 …Continue reading "NZGDA screens Indie Game: The Movie"
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, …Continue reading "NZGDA Conference 2012"
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 …Continue reading "PikPok® to publish Monster Flip™ for iOS by Launching Pad Games"
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 …Continue reading "New Zealand to kick off the Global Game Jam 2012"
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 …Continue reading "New Zealand-made Video Games Industry grew 46% this year"
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 …Continue reading "Bloons® TD4 Blasts Past One Million Downloads on iPhone and iPad"
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 …Continue reading "Shatter® soundtrack gets limited edition vinyl release"
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 …Continue reading "Mad Catz® Announces Shipping Of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge™ For Xbox 360"
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 …Continue reading "Music from Slam Dunk King™ for iOS now available online"
AUKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – October, 2011 – Eat, grow and bump your way to the top as Ninja Kiwi®, a leading developer and publisher of web and smart phone games, today announced Hungry Sumo, an addictive and entertaining puzzle arcade game, is now available on iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Already a …Continue reading "Ninja Kiwi Launch Hungry Sumo on iOS"
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 …Continue reading "PikPok® Announces Flick Kick™ Aston Villa for iOS and Android Releasing 13 Oct 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 …Continue reading "PikPok® Announces Slam Dunk King™ for iOS Releasing 29 September 2011"
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 …Continue reading "Network Partners with PikPok and Grumpyface Studios to Create Unique Mobile Games"
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 …Continue reading "North American Distributor announced for Rugby Challenge"
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 …Continue reading "Rugby Challenge Videogame Initial Release Dates Announced"
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, …Continue reading "Flick Kick™ Chelsea Mobile App comes to Android"
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 …Continue reading "Action RPG Path of Exile Launches Closed Beta Next Week, Details Hardcore PvP Combat"
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 …Continue reading "Major European Leagues Join Growing Content Lineup for Rugby Challenge"
SPARX an e-therapy game developed to help young people combat depression has won a World Summit Award winning in its category e-Health and Environment. SPARX was developed by a team headed by Assoc Prof Sally Merry from The University of Auckland, funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and developed by Metia Interactive Ltd …Continue reading "SPARX wins at the Worlds Summit Awards 2011"
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 …Continue reading "Sam Morgan Invests in Fast-Growing Social Game SmallWorlds"
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 …Continue reading "Kiwi game wins ‘excellent’ award at IGF China"
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 …Continue reading "Puzzle Planets puts the awesome power of nature on your iPhone and iPad"
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 …Continue reading "Shatter for PC now available on Steam"
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 …Continue reading "DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar Kartz Videogame Coming Oct 27 developed by Sidhe"