What is the NZGDA

The New Zealand Game Developers Association is a not-for-profit incorporated society formed in 2001 to champion, support and grow video game development in New Zealand.

Our members include commercial game development studios, individual developers and artists employed in the industry, self-employed freelancers, indie game developers, teams applying gaming expertise to health and education, gamification designers, retro gaming enthusiasts, students, educators and researchers.  Anyone in any role in the industry is welcome to join: artists, animators, game designers, programmers, product managers, producers, testers, community managers, customer support and entrepreneurial indies.  Our members develop for a range of platforms: smartphones, tablets, websites, PCs/Mac/Linux, virtual reality, consoles, Facebook, alternative-input controllers and even board games.

We have over 850 individual members and over 30 studio members (who employ over 500 people).

Our Activities

Explore this website to see our specific activities or view the 2018 NZGDA Activity Plan.  Our key areas of focus include:

Networking & Community Building. Build networks for NZ developers to share local news, advice & inspiration.

Professional Development. Build quality game development and games business skills in NZ.

Supporting Entrepreneurship. Promote business opportunities, support indie game developers and networks to grow sustainable games businesses in NZ.

Diversity. Engage in initiatives that encourage women and underrepresented groups to
join our industry

Industry Profiling. Promote game development as an innovative, creative, high potential sector to the public, media, business and government.

Encouraging Career Pathways. Promote game development as a professional career choice and support educational and industry linkages.

Advocacy. Advocate for the sector’s needs to stakeholders, industry and government.

The New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all NZGDA spaces, including the mailing list, official website, Facebook group, the NZGDC conference, and all other NZGDA managed spaces both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the NZGDA Board.

Some NZGDA spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

In short: “Be Excellent to Each Other”. Any members (or member guests) found to be acting in bad faith are subject to expulsion from the organisation and all associated venues, both online and in real life.

The complete Rules of the NZGDA are available here: rules-of-the-nzgda-incorporated