A good number of the speakers and sessions for this year’s NZGDC are now announced, as tickets to the event go on sale. The conference expands to two days this year, having previously run separate workshop and conference days previously.
Three international speakers are confirmed to deliver keynotes: Google’s Chief Game Designer Noah Falstein; the Lead Designer on 2914 iPad Game of the Year Monument Valley; and Executive Director of the Global Game Jam Giselle Rosman.
Rosman’s day job is with Australian developer Hipster Whale, whose Matt Hall gave an excellent and entertaining presentation at last year’s NZGDC on the development of Crossy Road.
Naturally enough, there’s strong representation from the local gamedev community, especially from Dunedin-based Runaway, whose team members present on at least four sessions. Present and past NZGDA board members also step up to the podium, with newly-minted chair James Everett (Magic Leap) and secretary Joe Chang (Eyemobi) both presenting sessions, as is present board member Ben Kenobi. Previous board member Farah Khalaf also presents.
Formerly with Images & Sound, Melanie Langlotz presents for Geo AR Games, a finalist in last year’s Kiwi GameStarter. Geo AR Games has published Sharks in the Park and Magical Park, designed to get kids off the couch and being active.