Developer Events

Treat & Greet Networking Evening

Friday April 20th, 2018 · 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 (map)

To ease into the professional’s portion of the festival, Play by Play is hosting a free developer networking event in conjunction with Wellington Chocolate Factory the night before the conference. Come chat to your fellow game developers over a cup of Wellington-made hot chocolate!

Please note this is not an alcohol focused event, will be staggeringly delicious, and has limited venue capacity – the RSVPs for the Treat & Greet will be released in March.


Play by Play Conference

Saturday April 21st, 2018 · 8:00am – 5:30pm

Te Wharewaka O Pōneke, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington 6011 (map)

A game development summit like no other, the Play by Play conference will bring game developers of all skill levels together for a full day of low-pressure learning and sharing. We aim to engage delegates with a fun, light-hearted atmosphere and a playful approach to improving our craft. This year’s theme is “voyagers” and reflects the many journeys – diegetic and real – that surround our country, our industry and our craft.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours here.

For those that would like to attend but can’t fit the ticket price into their budget, we also run an accessibility program.


Play by Play Awards Night

Saturday April 21st, 2018 · 7:00pm – late

Mac’s BrewBar, 4 Taranaki St, Wellington 6011 (map)

A fun, formal evening event to celebrate amazing achievement and progress in the New Zealand & Australasian games industries! The winners of the Play by Play Awards will be announced at this event, with time afterwards to network and chill.

Please note this is an 18+ event as alcohol will be present. Any attendees under 18 years of age will need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Earlybird tickets are on sale now!


Play by Play Games Exhibition

Monday April 16th – Saturday April 21st · 9:00am – 6:00pm

FLUX at Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Wellington, 6011 (map)

The Play by Play Exhibition is a week-long, free-to-enter game exhibition piled high with stellar ANZ game titles and new games technology experiences. Try out virtual reality headsets, lose yourself in a digital game epic or grab the fam for a quick card game.

Come along to sample a stunning and thought-provoking range of what game creators in Australasia have to offer, from digital to board – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!