The Dusk till Dawn release sets a new record for the growing game studio
July 12, 2023

Legend Story Studios, creators of the Flesh and Blood trading card game, have set an all new attendance record during pre-release weekend of the latest Flesh and Blood set, Dusk till Dawn. Attendance numbers climbed over 17,000 global attendees of pre-release celebration events held at local game stores around the world, where players were the […]

NZGDA DRAFT response to the GDSR Design Features
July 4, 2023

  This is the draft submission prepared by the NZGDA so that members can give us feedback or consider the issues in their own submissions. View the draft submission here Tell us what you think. Email or comment in the #gdsr channel in For more information on the GDSRL Watch our webinar […]

Update on the GDSR
June 28, 2023

On 22 June we held a webinar for NZGDA members to discuss the incoming 20% Game Development Sector Rebate to help grow Aotearoa New Zealand’s interactive industry. Watch the webinar here: Don’t forget to have your say on the Government’s rebate design by 6 July 2023. See You can continue the discussion on #GDSR […]

Kiwi Game Starter 2023
June 21, 2023

Each entrant must be an individual, or a group/company with at least one team lead based in New Zealand, aged at least 18 years of age or older, and a member of the NZGDA. The game cannot be available for sale or pre-sale at the time of submission. However, it is acceptable for it to […]

Have your say on the Game Development Sector Rebate
June 15, 2023

The Government has introduced a 20% Game Development Sector Rebate (GDSR) to help grow Aotearoa New Zealand’s interactive industry. We want to make sure it benefits as many game developers as possible, so this is your chance to tell the Government whether the proposed rebate works for you or what should be changed.  Have your […]

New Zealand Video Game Consumer Sales Show Strength In Numbers
June 9, 2023

New Zealanders love to play games as shown by new consumer sales data released today by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA). Trends are up in almost all categories as over $608 million was spent on video games in 2022, up 12% from 2021. While the digital space saw significant growth, traditional bricks and […]

Why the game industry was chosen as the big winner in 2023 budget
May 22, 2023

NZGDA President Chelsea Rapp talks to Newshub Nation about why the NZ Game industry was shown so much support in the 2023 budget announcement    

May 19, 2023

The New Zealand Game Developers Association has welcomed the government’s budget decision to support the sector. The Budget, released on Thursday, introduced a Game Development Sector Rebate of 20 percent to help attract and retain gaming studios in New Zealand, which have been facing significant pressure from Australian and international incentives. The new 20 percent […]

Isn’t it time we supported our video game industry?
May 18, 2023

We say yes it is!  TV3’s “The Project” reports on this very question, talking to NZGDA President Chelsea Rapp, Stephen Knightly, PikPok and BlackSalt games Click here for the video      

Statement from Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford on Industry Growth
February 7, 2020

A new survey has found New Zealand’s game development sector has grown beyond expectations and is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry in 2025, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “New Zealand’s interactive media sector grew by 42 per cent in last financial year to $203.4 million, according to the NZ Game Developers […]

Interactive Game Exports Double in Two Years to $200m

New Zealand interactive game developers earned $203.4 million dollars during the 2019 financial year – double the $99.9m earned only two years earlier in 2017. The success comes from targeting audiences around the world and 96% of the industry’s earnings came from exports.

NZGDC19 is done!
September 19, 2019

In early September a very successful New Zealand Game Developers Conference was held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. “I think #NZGDC19 solidified itself as the conference in ANZ to be at.” – Joshua Boggs, Creative Director & CEO (Studio Mayday) Thank you so much to all of our attendees, […]

Interactive Aotearoa report – Growing New Zealand’s interactive media and games industry
August 19, 2019

A new report says that an industry development plan for New Zealand’s interactive media and games sector could create a billion dollar export industry by 2024. Introducing a coordinated plan that invests in emerging talent and allows interactive media to access existing screen industry programmes would create hundreds of hi-tech and creative industry jobs. The […]

Interactive media a game changer for digital economy says Minister

A new report has found interactive media is a $143 million industry and is one of the fastest growing parts of New Zealand’s digital economy. Interactive Aotearoa – Driving growth and wellbeing through interactive media was prepared by the New Zealand Game Developers Association with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and […]

Games to be included in the Government’s Creative Industries Plan 
July 8, 2019

The Government has announced that it will develop a Creative Industries plan in 2020. This is particularly exciting for New Zealand’s gaming industry. Despite being the fastest-growing industry in New Zealand (39% annual growth each year for the last six years), game development has previously fallen into a gap between hi-tech policy and arts and […]