Play by Play wants you to feel safe and be safe at our events.

As such, we operate the following Safe Spaces Policy.

The most important thing we want you to know is that if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable at one of our events, no matter how minor it seems, you can report it to us.

Play by Play Safe Space Policy


Harassment of event participants at the event will not be tolerated.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments or attitudes related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of the event, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Please know that the team views neither ignorance or intoxication as an excuse for unacceptable behaviour.

Discrimination and Hate

We would like to remind anyone attending NZGF that harassment of event participants at the event will not be tolerated.

This includes offensive verbal comments or attitudes related to race or religion – we will not tolerate any jokes, offhanded comments or simple ignorance.

If an attendee is found to have perpetrated hate speech, in any capacity, they will have their passes revoked without a refund, they will be asked to leave immediately and the appropriate authorities will be informed.

Our Response

If anyone engages in harassing behaviour towards you, the team will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and alerting appropriate staff to the issue. If you feel you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the team (visibly wearing purple NZ Games Festival t-shirts) at the event immediately.

The team will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Past Incidents

Whilst we would like to feel that we offer an environment in which you can voice concerns about incidents as and when they happen, we also welcome you to reach out to us to inform us of past harassment or incidents related to our events which made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Problems with Play by Play

Play by Play also accepts that we are not above our own policies so please know all of the above applies to all members of the Play by Play team in equal measure. Furthermore if there are ever any aspects of our events including our communication or artwork which you feel is offensive or makes you uncomfortable please inform us.

How to Reach Us

You can reach us at All communication related to this policy will be dealt with in confidence.

This policy was adapted from a policy template provided by Venus Patrol and Wild Rumpus, which was obtained from Geek Feminism.