Welcome to behind the scenes of the 2021 Pavs Awards! This year we’re looking to widen our judging pool so we’re running an open call for judges with a range of experience levels and professional backgrounds. Take the first step towards becoming part of the Pavs Awards community by telling us more about you and why you would make an excellent judge!

things you should know:

  • You’ll need to be available to judge your allotted games from the start of January 2021. Judging will take place for around 1 month.
  • Those selected as a judge will receive a free ticket to the Pav Awards night or a discounted ticket depending on the number of games judged.
  • Applicants will be chosen to fill gaps in the existing judging pool (e.g. platforms available, professional experience, replacing conflicts of interest); not all who apply will be able to participate.
  • Successful applicants can expect an email towards the end of December, with additional information to follow. 
  • Judging will follow the Pavs judging process – find out more here.

Together let’s celebrate the wonderful and excellent games in our community!

If you have any questions, please contact pavs@nzgamesfest.com

Apply to be a judge for The Pavs: NZ Game Awards 2021

    personal information

    Name (required)

    Email Address (required)

    Primary Social (Twitter Handle, etc)

    So we can refer to you on your terms, please let us know what pronouns you prefer. For example, they/them, he/him, or she/her.

    Current title
    Designer/Production/Artist/etc, indie, teacher, student, etc

    Years working in game development

    Short bio

    300 characters remaining.

    Do you give permission for New Zealand Games Festival to list your information on our website?
    Name (this is required if you want to be listed at all), Primary Social, Bio, or Title would be used on the NZGF’s ‘Meet the Judges’ page? (It’s fine to mix and match!)
    AllNamePrimary SocialBioTitle

    Logistics Information

    This information helps us identify what games you may be able to judge for us.

    Conflicts of Interest
    Any games that may be conflicts of interest? Conflicts of interest include:

    • Any games you have worked on that have been entered
    • Any games that you benefit/profit from
    • Any games that you would be biased towards (such as being friends with the developers, etc).
    • You are directly affiliated with any of the Sponsors for NZGF

    Where are you currently living? (required)
    New ZealandAustraliaOther

    Which platforms are you able to judge games on? (required)
    PCMaciPhone/iPadAndroidNintendo SwitchPlaystation 4Playstation 5Xbox OneXbox Series S/XBrowserHTC Vive (VR)Oculus Rift (VR)Google Daydream (VR)Magic LeapPhysicalOther

    Time availability (required)
    Hours per week that you are able to dedicate to playing your assigned games?

    Are you going to be on vacation or unable to judge games between Jan 6th to Feb 14th?

    Additional Judging Information

    Have you had previous judging experience for game awards?

    300 characters remaining.

    Why do you think you would make a good judge?

    300 characters remaining.

    Is there any other information you would like to share?

    200 characters remaining.