level up is all about
boosting kiwis' games industry experience

Through our cornerstone Level Up games exhibition and a series of educational workshops, Level Up is NZGF's way of introducing you to what we do. Level Up events are all about providing an opportunity for non-industry Kiwis to discover what NZ games are all about or gain new skills to help them towards a career in games.

level up exhibition

Our week-long games exhibition showcases the cream of the crop from the past year of NZ & Aus game development!

Finalist games from the Pavs awards are available to be played throughout the entire festival week at the Level Up Exhibition. Best of all - the exhibition is free to enter for everyone!

kids & teens workshops

We're dedicated to nurturing the game devs of the future.

Level Up and Capital E provide a program of workshops introducing local children to various game development concepts such as programming, narrative design, digital and traditional art, game design and content creation.

We connect with local industry players and invite them to pass their knowledge down to the next generations of game makers.

career conversations

Let's talk about getting into games! As a young but rapidly growing industry, the games industry promises exciting careers for prospective developers. But how do you get your foot in the door? Where do you even start? What do you need to know before you start your journey into games?

Career Conversations seeks to answer these questions for you, and start you on your journey to working in games.

Photo courtesy of Humphrey Hanley.

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