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Warming up for NZGDC17

The game developers’ annual conference NZGDC runs next week, with the line-ups, Kiwi Game Starter finalists announced on the back of the recent;y-launched biennial IGEA report on the state of gaming in NZ.

The IGEA report, DNZ18, noted that 98% of New Zealand families have video game devices, with 80% of those families owning multiple devices. In good news for the ongoing increases of opportunity for game developers, the report (based on a survey of 807 NZ households and 2,288 individuals) also found that 67% of Kiwis play, 47% of players are female, and 44% of over 65s play.

The DNZ18 report is here.

The Kiwi Game Starter award, won last year by Team Ninja Thumbs’ Grabity, has named four finalists.

Matthew Gatland’s Caves, which presented at NZGDC16, Lunar Rooster’s Sky Noon, Tough Love’s Ten Thousand Coins, and Autotelic’s Ultra Break compete for the $10,000 cash plus support award.

Dinosaur Polo Club’d Peter Curry, Renegade’s Tim Ponting and Runaway Play’s Zoe Hobson will judge the finalists. Winners will be announced at NZGDC17.

The NZGDC17 schedule was announced early this month, with a full list of speakers here.

NZGDC17 rins 6 – 8 September in Auckland. Tickets are available here.

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