Play by Play.

NZ's premier international games festival

April 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

interactive exhibition

17th-22nd April 2017

development conference

22nd April 2017, 9am-5.30pm

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 festival aims to showcase the best developers in Australasia have to offer in this exciting new medium and create an accessible, welcoming atmosphere where people can enjoy or discover different types of play.

Welcome Back!

We're ready for our second year of Play by Play and we can't wait to see you again - we've leveled up a little since 2016! Whether you'd like to kick back and play some locally made games for free or attend a little game development conference like no other, we think we've got the chops to entertain you.

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Purchase tickets for the Development Conference and the Play by Play Awards here. A limited number of student tickets are available too! 


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.


If you have any inquiries about Play by Play, please feel free to email us at

The Play by Play festival is made possible by our generous sponsors.

Gold sponsors:


Silver sponsors:

Unity 3D game engine
WCC Logo with Te Reo Black on White RGB

Service sponsors:

Chapman Tripp
BW Miller Dean