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).
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.
Build quality game development and games business skills in NZ.
Promote business opportunities, support indie game developers and networks to grow sustainable games businesses in NZ.
Engage in initiatives that encourage women and underrepresented groups to join our industry
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.
Advocate for the sector’s needs to stakeholders, industry and government.