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Derek Bradley - Aurora44

Derek's goal is to continue to foster an environment that will provide job opportunities for highly skilled programmers, artists and producers in the region.

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Aurora44 is a relative newcomer to the Wellington region’s video game developers cluster, an industry pioneered locally by Pik Pok. It’s a lucrative business to be in - video gaming is a bigger global business than the film industry. 

It’s a lucrative business to be in - video gaming is a bigger global business than the film industry. It’s also a huge job-creator: when Aurora44 launched in 2013, it was a team of three; now it employs 40 developers - making it one of the largest studios in the country. And it’s not stopping there: Derek Bradley’s goal is to continue to foster an environment that will provide job opportunities for highly skilled programmers, artists and producers in the region.

Aurora44 is currently working on its first title, the strikingly beautiful Ashen for Microsoft’s XBox platform and PC. They’re working on Ashen with Annapurna Interactive, best known for publishing critically acclaimed games like What Remains of Edith Finch.

With the New Zealand game development industry bringing in revenue of $100 million in 2017, 97% of which was export, and with New Zealanders spending $452.3 million on games in the same year, it’s an industry that’s growing at a rapid rate, and one Bradley is excited to be involved in well into the future.