Play by Play.

International games festival

17th-22nd April 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

Taking place in a popular art gallery in the beating heart of Wellington's cultural centre, Play by Play's week-long interactive exhibition will feature a selection of international and locally-developed videogames.

The exhibition will take place during the second week of the April school holidays - 17th of April till the 22nd of April and all events within are 100% free to enter - including the children's & teen's workshops.

Awards Arcade

The public gallery space will feature a selection of playable games from Play by Play's award submission pool, and is the source of the votes for the Audience Choice award.

Submissions for the 2017 festival are now closed! Thanks so much to everyone who submitted, we had an amazing quantity of great games this year. Our jury is now poring over every entry so stay tuned for the final selection.

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School Holiday Workshops

As part of our outreach programme, Play by Play runs free game development, design and programming workshops for children aged 7-12 and teens aged 13-18 during the exhibition week at Thistle Hall. These are run by industry professionals, are completely free for attendees and are, well, just a little bit fun! The only requirement we ask is for interested parents (and teens) to sign up beforehand so we can make sure we don't overflow capacity.

The 2017 workshop schedule and registration form will be announced soon.

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Wavelength Exhibition

Wavelength is a small, curated art exhibition taking place alongside the Awards Arcade that celebrates female and non-binary game artist talent from Australia and New Zealand. Currently, submissions for the exhibition are still open and will close at 5:00PM NZST, April 3rd 2017. Wavelength is free to submit to, and will be free for the public to view.


Safe Space Policy

Play by Play is dedicated to the safety and comfort of all attendees. Our Safe Space Policy is expected to be followed by anyone attending a Play by Play function, and may be read here.