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NZ Plays Report 2023
8 November 2023

Game on, Kiwis! According to the New Zealand Plays report released by IGEA in conjunction with Bond University, 79% of all New Zealanders play video games, a 6% increase from the previous report. New Zealand Plays (formerly known as Digital New Zealand) is the 7th report in the series spanning 14 years and explores the demographics […]

NewZoo Global Games Market Report 2023

Global Games Market Report, the flagship report of Newzoo’s Games Market Reports & Forecasts presents this preview version of the report providing a glimpse into the exciting world of gaming in 2023 and beyond.  Overarchingly, 2023 will be an exciting year for the global games market.  The number of players will surpass 3.3 billion, with […]

GDSR update Oct 2023
29 October 2023

We are now well underway with the first phase of the Game Development Sector Rebate (GDSR), the rebate designed to support the development and growth of our game development sector here in Aotearoa New Zealand. On 13 October, registrations closed for the special Pilot Phase put in place to stress test and fine tune the […]

NZGDA 2023 Board Elections and Annual General Meeting
12 October 2023

Are you a community minded game developer who wants to grow New Zealand’s game development sector? Then consider standing for the 2023/2024 New Zealand Game Developers Association board.   Submissions for candidacy are now open! The NZGDA welcomes diverse candidates from across New Zealand, in any role in the industry or craft who are current members […]

The Dusk till Dawn release sets a new record for the growing game studio
12 July 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
4 July 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
28 June 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
21 June 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
15 June 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
9 June 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
22 May 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    

19 May 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?
18 May 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      

Getting To Know Joy Keene
31 January 2023

Joy has joined the NZGDA this week as Executive Director so we asked her a few questions to get to know her more:   What is it about the NZ Game Dev Community that inspires you? I am insanely creative across a wide range of things, so the work being done in NZ’s Game Dev community absolutely […]

2023 Digital Skills survey
12 January 2023

The digital technology sector in Aotearoa is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and has been a critical source of domestic economic growth. Given the pace of change internationally and the competition globally for those with technology skills, growing and upskilling the technology workforce is an urgent priority. We are now calling […]