the pavs are nz and australia's own
cake cabinet of excellence in game development

Every year, NZGF runs The Pavs as a celebration of ANZ's best and boldest game development achievements. From digital to tabletop, we aim to the put a spotlight on local games that have gone the extra mile to immerse, entertain and tantalise. The Pavs finalists go in the running for a coveted trophy and are featured in NZGF's week-long games exhibition.

Of course, any event named after a dessert wouldn't be complete without a selection of tongue-in-cheek award titles and a cheeky few at our official ceremony.

awards night

NZ Games Festival culminates in our much-anticipated awards night, The Pavs!

Running through the final evening of the festival, the Pavs ceremony brings together accomplished game developers from Australia, New Zealand and beyond to celebrate our industry's talent.

Complimentary platters, a tipple or two and incredible networking opportunities are just the start of what the Pavs awards night has to offer.

award categories

The ‘Slice of Heaven’ Grand Prize

The Guest Plate

The Student’s Slice

The Composed Segment: Excellence in Audio

The Decorative Piece: Excellence in Visual Art

The Perfect Recipe: Excellence in Design

The Poetic Serving: Excellence in Narrative

The Juicy Helping: Excellence in Game Feel

The Diverse Delight: Excellence in Representation

Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Teina): Industry Rising Star

► Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Tuakana): Industry Pillar

past winners

The Pavs have been running since 2016 - when they were known as the Play by Play awards.

Throughout the years there's been amazingly tight competition and fantastic entrants.

We'd like to continue to showcase those games - click through below to see winners from previous years.

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