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Five reasons to check out the New Zealand Games Festival

11 Apr 2019


NZ Games Festival (NZGF) is raring to turn Wellington into a city of nonstop fun these school holidays. Running from the 19th to the 27th of April, NZGF is bringing a slew of events for game developers, gamers, kids and parents alike to our windy shores.

If you’re in Wellington this Easter, here are just five of the many reasons you should check out NZGF.

1. Learn business lessons from the local games industry

The games sector is a rapidly growing part of New Zealand’s tech industry - having produced an estimated 130 new jobs in 2018 and expected to earn over $150 million in revenue this year, according to the NZ Game Developers Association.

As the industry continues to expand, it’s eager to celebrate its diversity and give voice to the excellent developers making the sector shine. To this end, the Play by Play conference, a cornerstone of NZGF, will bring together developers and gamers from across ANZ to discuss this year’s central theme: “The Power of Many”.

This theme reflects the industry’s strength in community, diversity and the impact a craft can make when communities work together.

Register for an all-access pass to Play by Play via LilRegie.

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2. Celebrate local game excellence in style

NZ Games Festival culminates with The Pavs Awards Night. The ceremony recognises the greatest achievements in recent NZ and Australian game development, with a line-up of awards for games and two special awards for industry players.

Get glammed up just a little and swing by the Foxglove Ballroom. Once the awards are wrapped up, grab a signature cocktail from the bar, shake what your mama gave you to some fresh tunes, and mingle with local and visiting game developers.

Entry to The Pavs is included with a Play by Play badge or available separately via LilRegie.

3. Keep your kids busy for the school holidays

Turn your kids’ love of games into a potential career path. NZGF’s family of educational events, Level Up, includes a programme of kids workshops. In these, industry players will guide kids through the basics of game development fundamentals such as programming, narrative design, 3D art and even eSports!

The Level Up workshops are taking place at Capital E on Tuesday the 23rd, Wednesday the 24th and Friday the 26th and cost only $10 per workshop. Enrol your kids in advance via the Capital E website!

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4. Try out the latest NZ games for free

Gamers of any age will be excited to get their hands on the best of NZ and Australian-made games at the Level Up games exhibition.

Held in FLUX at Wellington Museum, the Level Up exhibition showcases the finalists for NZGF’s game awards, The Pavs. The event is free to attend and runs every day of the festival week, including Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day!

There’s also a late night on Tuesday 23 April if you can’t get away from your desk.

5. Have a tonne of game's themed fun

Buckle up for a week of riotous games-related activities because NZGF’s satellite events are here to provide. The line-up of gamer events include:

Character Select: A games-themed cosplay event for anyone and everyone. There’s a competition, tutorials and plenty of spot prizes! (All ages).

Roll Initiative: Supported by Cerberus Games, learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with all the vigour of the “Stranger Things” kids. (Ages 18+).

Super Quiz Bros 3: An evening of banter and mind-boggling trivia - this games-themed pub quiz is as fun as Mario Party, without the broken friendships. (Ages 18+)

Wellingtaru x NZGF: Overcooked Tournament:

For more information about NZ Games Festival’s events, be sure view the full line-up online and follow their social media channels for regular updates.





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