Hit Kiwi Trading Card Game, Flesh and Blood, Announces New Booster Set
July 27, 2021

AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND , July 26, 2021 – Legend Story Studios is proud to announce Tales of Aria, the next booster set for Flesh and Blood trading card game. Following on from the success of the #1 bestselling Monarch booster set (TCGPlayer bestselling sealed products North America May 2021), Tales of Aria gives fans a […]

Mini Motorways Takes #1 Spot on the Steam Top Sellers Charts!

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – July 26, 2021 – Dinosaur Polo Club, Wellington-based makers of the critically-acclaimed video game Mini Metro, has released their second title Mini Motorways onto PC to huge success. Released on July 20th onto Steam, the largest PC gaming storefront in the world, Mini Motorways debuted at the incredible #1 spot in […]

Māori photography game Umurangi Generation wins top honour at 2021 Indie Games Festival
July 23, 2021

New Zealand made video games are impressing worldwide this week with one topping a Steam chart and another claiming the biggest award at the annual Indie Games Festival. Umurangi Generation, developed by Australian-based Māori Naphtali Faulkner, won the festival’s most important honour – the Seumas McNally Prize – as well as picking up an Excellence […]

NZGDA June 2021 Newsletter – Fresh Off The Press!
June 9, 2021

Kia Ora New Zealand Game Devs! A new issue of the NZGDA newsletter has been released and pushed to all of our subscribers. If you’re interested in seeing some of the latest news, jobs, events & more, you can find a link to it here: NZGDA June 2021 Newsletter To receive this news straight to […]

NZGDA May 2021 Newsletter – Fresh Off The Press!
May 10, 2021

Kia Ora New Zealand Game Devs! A new issue of the NZGDA newsletter has been released and pushed to all of our subscribers. If you’re interested in seeing some of the latest news, jobs, events & more, you can find a link to it here: NZGDA May 2021 Newsletter To receive this news straight to […]

New Australian screen incentives will hit New Zealand’s fast-growing games industry

New Zealand must respond or lose the fastest-growing part of our screen sector Australia’s introduction of a 30 to 40% tax incentive for video games will halt the growth of New Zealand’s video games sector, which has been the fastest growing part of our screen industry in recent years, says New Zealand Game Developers Association […]

2020 Kiwi Game Starter Winner Announced
March 25, 2021

(Wellington, New Zealand – Thursday 25 March, 2021) – Rose & Locket, a colourful New Zealand-made indie game by two-person team Whistling Wizard, has won this year’s $25,000 Kiwi Game Starter, the NZ Game Developers Association’s startup competition. Battlecruisers by MechaWeka was the $10,000 runner-up. The winner was chosen from 26 total entries and 4 […]

Kiwi Game Starter 2020 Winners to be Announced by Livestream!
March 23, 2021

The winners of this year’s Kiwi Game Starter Competition will be announced this Thursday by Livestream!  Watch the Livestream on YouTube!  Please join us at 12:00PM Noon on Thursday March 25th Join us this Thursday to hear who will be this year’s winner of the 2020 Kiwi Game Starter Competition! Normally the winner would be […]

2020 Kiwi Game Starter Finalists Announced
March 5, 2021

Four finalist spots go to Battlecruisers, Ghostvale, Rose & Locket, and Seedlings (Wellington, New Zealand – Friday 5 March, 2021) – on Friday the judges of the Kiwi Game Starter, the NZ Game Developers Associations’ startup competition for talented game developers, announced the four finalists for 2020: Battlecruisers (Mecha Weka), Ghostvale (Wildflower), Rose & Locket […]

Game On: New Zealand’s next billion-dollar industry
January 21, 2021

  This week in the news: A front-page article in the Dominion Post about the growth of game development in New Zealand. Featuring interviews with some of our industry’s champions – including Karah Sutton of PikPok, Lucy Morris of Starcolt, James Everett of NZXR Ltd., Simon McCallum of Victoria University, and NZGDA Chairperson, Chelsea Rapp. […]

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. […]

Gaming growth levels up says Minister

New Zealand’s game development sector continues to go from strength to strength despite COVID challenges. The Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark, welcomed a news the game development sector’s exports grew by more than 59 per cent in the year to April 2020 to reach $324 million. “This is a fantastic result […]

Balancing Monkey Games gifts a cash prize for second place in Kiwi Game Starter!
November 22, 2020

We have great news for anyone working on their Kiwi Game Starter entry – or for those not sure whether to take the plunge, maybe this will help you decide! Sam Barham won last year’s Kiwi Game Starter first prize with his game Before We Leave, a peaceful city builder that eventually found a home […]

Kiwi Game Starter 2020 – call for entries!
October 16, 2020

Entry forms for the New Zealand Game Developers Association startup programme for interactive games businesses, the Kiwi Game Starter, are now open! Apologies for the delay, this has been down to a number of factors including setting up a new Mentorship Programme for this year and knock on effects from Covid-19. Entrants should prepare their […]

NZGDA 2020/2021 Board Elections and AGM
October 8, 2020

Are you a community minded game developer who wants to grow New Zealand’s game development sector? Then consider standing for the 2020/2021 New Zealand Game Developers Association board! The NZGDA welcomes diverse candidates from across New Zealand, in any role in the industry or craft who are current members of the Association. Some of the […]