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 […]

NZ Interactive Media Industry Survey 2022
November 28, 2022

New Zealand game industry grows over 47% NZ video games industry achieves record growth but faces mounting Aussie threat. New Zealand’s digital video games industry boosted revenue by almost 50% to a record $407 million over the past year, employing more than 1000 people for the first time, but maintaining growth is proving challenging with […]

NZ Interactive Games 2021 Survey Results
December 9, 2021

New Zealand game studios created over 200 jobs during lockdown But Australian tax incentives and border restrictions put 300 more jobs at risk, according to latest survey findings.   New Zealand’s video games industry created 222 new jobs during 2020’s lockdowns. While the industry grew employment 30%, the potential to create over 300 future jobs […]

NZ Interactive Games 2020 Survey Results
December 11, 2020

New Zealand’s video game developers have proven themselves resilient through Covid-19. Our interactive media sector earned $271 million in the year to 1 April 2020. The industry benefited both from being able to continue production during lockdowns as well as soaring demand as people around the world stayed home and played digital and online games. […]

NZGDA Submission on the Screen Workers Bill
May 6, 2020

The NZGDA has written a submission to Parliament about the planned Screen Workers Rights Bill which aims to improve workers rights for contractors (not fulltime employees) working in our screen – and games – industry. Read our submission here. What do you think?

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.

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 […]

Music, screen and interactive creators on the need for strong copyright
May 20, 2019

More than 30 New Zealand screen, music and interactive media creators – including the NZ Game Developers Association – have submitted a joint position paper to the Government’s review of the Copyright Act.  The group represents New Zealand film makers, television producers, broadcasters and home entertainment distributors, songwriters, composers, recording artists and music companies, production […]

Game development industry’s record-breaking rise
August 4, 2018

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran welcomes the results of an independent survey released today that shows New Zealand’s game development industry earned a record $143 million in the last financial year.

NZ Game Studio revenues grow 43% to a record $143M, but new startups are missing out
August 1, 2018

New Zealand’s game developers earned a record $143.0M in the financial year ending 31 March 2018 according to an independent survey of New Zealand Game Developers Association studios.

Government Report into boosting game development, interactive media
May 24, 2018

Growing the international profile of New Zealand’s game development sector will be a key focus of a new study, announced today at a Techweek event by Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran.

NZ Game Development Revenues Hit $100M
September 3, 2017

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.