Become a Writer for NZGamer

Write for NZGamer
 

Want to review video games?

You're in exactly the right place! We're always keen to consider applications from budding wordsmiths, and this page is designed to help you apply to join the team.

While we do several different kinds of writing here at NZGamer, most of the team are game reviewers. The position is not a paid one, however there are benefits to being involved: your opinion will be read by thousands of readers from all over the globe; it’s a great chance to see your work published on high profile websites like NZGamer and our syndication partners; and finally you will get games for free.

To give you an idea of what we expect from a review writer, a review for NZGamer.com should be:



Comprehensive:

It must cover everything that's important for a given title. Determining what's important, which varies by title, is part of the job; the editor is, of course, available for consultation if you're having difficulty.

Timely:

If you agree to a deadline, you must either meet it or engage with the editor as far in advance of the due date as possible to negotiate an alternative.

 

Well Written:

Major grammatical errors and spelling mistakes are unacceptable. Your words should lead your readers on a journey through your opinion, before arriving at a clear conclusion.

Concise:

Set the scene, provide context, and entertain the reader, but don't waffle. There are word limits to adhere to, of course, but in general, walls of text aren't appealing to readers.

 

Still Interested?

Then we’d love to hear from you

As the quality of your writing is of high importance, we ask applicants to provide an example article to give us an idea of what you're capable of.

Specifically, we need you to write us a review (of any game, old or new) according to the list of requirements detailed below. We probably won't ever use this material on the site (and certainly not without your permission!) but completing it will give us a lot of information about you and it’s a good opportunity to get a taste for what's involved in the job itself.

Requirements for your submission
  • It’s written specifically for this application, and not used anywhere else on the Internet
  • It’s written by you (seems like a strange thing to need to specify, but there you go)
  • It’s around 800 words (remember, points are earned for being concise!)
  • It adheres to the description of a review in terms of being comprehensive
  • Has an overall score out of ten, rating your overall opinion of the game
  • That it doesn't simply restate the features from the back of the box, or Wikipedia
  • Is for a game that actually exists and has been released to the public

Once you have written your masterpiece, email it to writeforus@nzgamer.com

Please also include a little blurb about yourself (who you are, why you want to write for us, a bit about your gaming and writing experience) and we'll take it from there.

We look forward to hearing from you

– The NZGamer Team