Want to get involved in game development and meet other developers or studios? There is a healthy community of events and professional conferences throughout New Zealand.  Check the News section, our Facebook group or Newsletter for upcoming events.

Annual Conference

Following a decision to have The New Zealand Game Developers Conference rotate between the major NZ cities so that the most Kiwis will have a chance to attend, NZGDC19 will be held 4-6 September 2019 at Te Papa, Wellington.  For more information regarding the future of NZGDC, please see here. Previous years have been sold out with over 450 delegates and keynotes from some of the world’s most successful and acclaimed game developers.

Monthly Meetings

Other Conferences and Events

  • Exhibit your game in the NZ Games Showcase at Armageddon Expo (yearly in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch).
  • Exhibit at Chromacon, an indie arts festival (including indie games) running every second year in Auckland.
  • The Indie Game Showcase and the Indie Biz Showcase both take place yearly in Auckland.
  • Take part in the 48-hour Global Game Jam in late January in locations around New Zealand (and around the world).
  • Take part in the 48-hour Kiwi Jam mid-year in locations around New Zealand.
  • Attend the Play By Play conference, part of the NZ Games Festival in Wellington.

Stay informed

Not all events or groups listed here are directly organised by the NZGDA, but are friends of ours.  If you’d like to promote a game making event or opportunity email