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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.

Event Dates and Times
Date: Thursday 4th – Friday 5th July
Time: 9am – 5pm

Ticket Prices
Regular $230

It's almost Pav's time!!

Tickets to the Pav's are on sale now. NZGF runs The Pavs as a celebration of ANZ’s best and boldest game development achievements. Come see the cream of the game crop for 2024 and celebrate with us!

Event Dates and Times
Date: Friday 5th July
Time: 7pm

Ticket Prices
Regular/Student $80.00

here's what's on offer...

  • all events
  • Conference
  • The Pavs
  • networking
  • Professional Workshops
  • workshops for Kids and Teens

all events


The Pavs


want to know more?

Check out the highlights from the 2019 festival