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.

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 Diverse Delight: Excellence in Representation

The Accessible Ambrosia: Excellence in Accessibility

The Tactile Taste: Excellence in Physical Games

Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Teina): Unsung Hero

► Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Tuakana): Industry Pillar

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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.

The Pavs: NZ Game Awards judging is carried out independently from the festival committee. Please read our full transparency statement for an explanation of our judging processes.

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