Play by Play is an open-to-the-public industry conference for game developers, hobbyists and those interested in the sector.

Tickets on sale now

Play by Play is an open-to-the-public industry conference for game developers, hobbyists and those interested in the sector.

Tickets on sale now!

When

Thursday 4th – Friday 5th July 2024

Where

Soundings Theatre
Te Papa Tongarewa
The Museum of New Zealand
Wellington

Help!

info@playbyplay.co.nz

Play by Play is a New Zealand games conference with a difference!

Running in July 2024 in the beating cultural heart of the country, Wellington, Play by Play is a New Zealand games conference with a difference. Since our inception in 2016, we’ve grown exponentially, proving that there’s a vibrant community of gamers, enthusiasts and curious folk in the play sphere.

Our humble conference began life as a city-wide festival celebrating everything related to games and play. Since our 2019 event, Play by Play has broken away from the festival as an entity and now sits under the umbrella of the NZ Games Festival.

Play by Play runs for two whole days. These days, there will be a diverse slate of talks centring around the theme ‘Bigger than we know’ and exciting opportunities to network with other ANZ game developers.

Announcing our Keynote speaker - Nadia Thorne

Co-Founder and CEO of Black Salt Games

Tickets are flying off the digital shelves for your favourite artisanal game dev conference, so make sure to snap yours up before they run out! There are a few different ticket types available, so consider this your quest description.

Ticket Prices

Check out this year’s ticket lineup for Play by Play, The Pav Game awards, Student prices, Pay it forwards and more!

Play by Play Ticket: $230
Play by Play Student Ticket: $125
Add a ticket to the Pavs: $80

Our Conference Ticket gives you access to our Play by Play Conference and our delicious networking event, Treat & Greet! This is a great ticket option if Awards Nights and workshops aren’t your thing.

Includes Play by Play and Treat & Greet.

Pavs Award Ticket: $90

A ticket to the Pavs gives you a wonderful night of gameful entertainment as we award and celebrate Aotearoa’s best games!

Alongside the Play by Play Conference, we also have a selection of events as part of the wider NZ Game Festival. Check out the events below for more game-time!

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The Pavs

The Pavs Game Awards are 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.

Event Dates and Times
Date: Friday 5th July
Time: 7pm

Ticket Prices
Regular/Student $80.00

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Treat ‘n’ Greet

Treat & Greet is to provides Play by Play attendees with a fun, safe, and delicious environment to make new friends and catch up with old ones.

Event Dates and Times
Date: Thursday 4th July
Time: 6:30pm – 10pm

Ticket Prices
Free with a Play by Play Conference ticket

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JoyPad

Celebrating the overlap of the LGBTQIA+ community and gaming. JOYPAD is a casual social evening in The Library’s Games Room.

Event Dates and Times
Date: Wednesday 3rd July
Time: 6pm – 9:30pm

Ticket Prices
Free with a Play by Play Conference ticket

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PB & Jam

This 48 hour game jam will see crews both big and small assembling quickfire games that show their unique take on a hidden theme.

Event Dates and Times
Start Date: Friday 28th June – Sunday 30th June
Start Time: 6pm – 6pm

Ticket Prices
Free! Registration required

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Level Up Workshops

Level Up events are all about providing an opportunity for non-industry Kiwis to discover what NZ games are all about or gain new skills to help them towards a career in games. There are workshops for kids, teens and professionals

Event Dates and Times
Between: Wednesday 3rd July – Sunday 7th July

Ticket Prices
Kids and teens workshops are Free!
Fee for professional workshops