Entries for the New Zealand Game Developer’s Association startup programme for interactive games businesses – the Kiwi Game Starter – are now open, with business plans and playable prototypes due on 26 June 2017 by 5pm. Please submit your entry via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/W2EdTpZ6RA3rWlos1
One promising team will be awarded a First Prize of a monetary award, software, and services. A runner up will receive a Second Place prize of a monetary award. Full prize package details will be released before the Finalists pitch.
To enter, teams must submit a playable demo or prototype for any popular platform, and a five page pitch proposal by 5pm on Monday 26 June. Four finalists will be chosen to present to the judging panel before the NZ Game Developers Conference at AUT University on 6 September. The presentation will be 7 minutes, followed by 7 minutes of judges’ questions. Finalists will be informed of their status by 18 August.
Originality, technical and creative innovation, and commercial prospects will be key judging criteria. Games can be developed for any platform: mobile, PC, or console. The judges will be looking for the game and team with the best chance to succeed commercially, and for whom the prize may make the most difference.
Each entrant must be an individual, or a group/company based in New Zealand and at least 18 years of age or older, and members of the NZGDA. The game cannot be available for sale or pre-sale at the time of submission. However, it is able to have been provided as a reward as part of a crowd-funding or charitable campaign.
The full competition Terms and Conditions are available here (pdf): Kiwi Game Starter 2017 – Terms and Conditions
Please see our earlier announcement for some examples from last year’s winners, Team Ninja Thumbs: http://nzgda.com/kiwi-game-starter-2017-is-coming/