NZ's International Games Festival

Play by Play is an annual, week-long interactive festival that aims to promote and encourage play for all, as well as showcase grassroots game development talent from New Zealand.

The festival strives to showcase the best games 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.


Wellington, New Zealand


April 16 to April 21, 2018

Exhibition & Festival Events

A selection of the best local games from the past year, open free to the public.

Taking place in the beating heart of Wellington’s cultural centre, Play by Play’s week-long interactive exhibition features a selection of international and locally-developed games. The festival also runs events centered around play around Wellington City, as well as game development and programming workshops for all skill levels.

The exhibition takes place during the second week of the April school holidays – during 2017, this was between the 17th and 22nd of April.


Inspirational and practical speakers from across ANZ, talking on a range of esoteric game development topics for all skill levels.

A game development summit like no other, the Play by Play conference brings game developers of all skill levels together for a full day of low-pressure learning and sharing.

Encouraging esoteric topics and knowledge gained from off the beaten path, we aim to engage delegates with a fun, light-hearted atmosphere and may have been known to have singing keynote speakers.


NZ's premier games awards, celebrating the successes of our industry

The Play by Play Awards celebrate the best of New Zealand games, putting a highlight on some of the fantastic creations being produced by Kiwis across the country. Spanning all reaches of game development – from tabletop and PC to mobile and VR – the Awards aim to honour games of all types.

Assessed by an independent panel of industry veterans, the awards will be open to both full-time developers as well as games students so that a broad range of both established and up-and-coming talent is honoured.


Wellington, New Zealand

Play by Play is spread across several venues throughout Wellington – we’ll let you know once we’ve pinned them down for 2018.