Play by Play.

NZ's first international games festival

April 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

interactive exhibition

17th-22nd April 2017

development conference

22nd April 2017, 9am-5pm

Play by Play awards

22nd April 2017, 7pm-late

Play by Play is an interactive, public exhibition of grassroots game development talent and events combined with a specialised one-day conference for game developers themselves. The inaugural event ran in April 2016 and was a huge success - check out a video retrospective of the event below.

The event will next be held on the week of the 17th - 23rd of April 2017.

Play by Play aims to showcase the best developers in Australasia have to offer in this exciting new medium and create an experience unique to the local, national and trans-Tasman stages.

2016 retrospective

Michelle Kan from Fish and Swallow was there the whole week filming for a documentary about the 2016 festival. Amazingly, she even put together an edit of the footage in under 90 minutes so she could show off a sneak peek at the awards ceremony. If you didn't catch it there, or just want to watch it again, here it is:


The realm of gaming has so much to offer, and that bounty is growing. We need to celebrate games of all creeds - tabletop, pervasive, digital - and continue to share our work both with our peers and the public. Play by Play is here to take note of homegrown talent in game development, but also to reach out to the wider community and express what games have to offer to everyone.

A combination of public exhibition, free workshops for families, a targeted conference and formal awards ceremony, Play by Play aims to spend the week celebrating games in New Zealand (and across the ditch) touching as many bases as we can. We heard there's a combo for that.


The Play by Play exhibition and conference was held at the Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street:

The Play by Play awards ceremony was held at the Mac's Function Centre, 4 Taranaki Street Wharf:

It is a 15 minute walk between the two venues straight through the heart of Wellington.


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