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NZGDC presses play on 2015 outing

Brothers from different mothers, Dean Hall and Matt Hall are the first two speakers announced for NZGDC 2015.

ION

ION

Kiwi Dean Hall recently returned to NZ after achieving plenty of plaudits as the developer of Arma 2 mod DayZ. He intended to set up a Rocketwerkz studio in Dunedin to produce his next title Ion alongside Hall’s UK partners.

He initially ran into problems with NZ internet capability (go Gigatown!) which he found insufficient for his project’s needs, and later with NZ Immigration over his plans for staffing the studio.

Crossy Road

Crossy Road

Matt Hall hails from the other side of the Tasman and had three indie games reach #1 on iTunes in his days as one-man-band Klicktock. More recently he was responsible for the winner of a raft of awards, mobile game Crossy Road, created with Hipster Whale partner Andy Sum. The game was #1 on the App Store in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland and the US. It won an Apple Deisgn award in June.

The Hipster Whale team is now working on a PacMan project for Bandai Namco to mark the games 35th anniversary, and has invested AU$500,000 into Australian game start-up Prettygreat. The company was founded by three former members of Halfbrick (Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja), whose Jason Harwood presented at NZGDC13.

This year NZGDC expands its conference day offer to four programme streams: Design, Code & Infrastructure, Production & Business, and Indie & Art. Basically, it will be impossible not to be entertained and informed at any given point during the day.

The 2015 New Zealand Game Developers Conference runs 10 – 11 September in Auckland. 10 September is the workshop day and pitch for Kiwi Game Starter. 11 September is the conference day. Tickets are now on sale. Be in quick for earlybird tickets.

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