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kia ora!

we're so happy to see you!

Welcome to the NZ Games Festival website – home of all the information you’ll need about the festival, back again for 2024!

NZ Games Festival is a grassroots, not-for-profit festival run by gamers and game developers. We aim to celebrate NZ and Australian games and promote the industry as a tool for social good and old fashioned fun. We’ve got heaps of game-related events – something for everyone, from developers to gamers to kids – check them out!

Our programme incorporates events under the NZGF, Level Up, Play by Play and The Pavs banners - click through the pages in our navigation to learn more about each event banner.

Ka kite anō!

play by play is back for 2024!

Wellington’s favourite offbeat game development conference is back for our seventh year! Play by Play aims to provide attendees with a curated smorgasbord of eclectic content, bespoke knowledge and oft unexplored realms of our craft.


congratulations to all of our winners for the pavs 2023!

The cream of the crop for 2023 have now been announced. Check out our winners here!


Protecting us from COVID-19 at NZ Games Festival

We excited to have your for the NZ Games Fest! Visit our COVID page to learn more on how we plan to keep you safe during the festivities.