Kiwi Game Revenue Hits $100M, But Skills and Funding Shortages Prevent Growth

Kiwi Game Revenue Hits $100M, But Skills and Funding Shortages Prevent Growth

The local game development scene continues to grow, at least according to an independent study from the New Zealand Game Developers Association. Developers earned $99.87M in the financial year ending 31 March 2017 – a growth of 12-percent, from last year’s $88.9M.

“$100m is a great milestone to hit but our real goal is to grow a billion-dollar industry in New Zealand within ten years,” says New Zealand Game Developers Association Chairperson James Everett in a press release. “With some coordinated support to maxsimise our export potential, that’s achievable. Finland’s game industry earned over $4 billion last year, for example.” 

“Game Development is a mix of two of New Zealand’s strongest sectors, creative and hi-tech. In a global digital market, New Zealand creators have the same opportunity as anyone else to compete and succeed.”

Everett continued, saying that creating our own IPs and self-publishing is the source of much of our success.

The study did find some pressing issues in the nascent New Zealand game dev scene though. 42-percent of studios felt that skill shortages constrained their growth. Lack of funding from outside investors was also seen as a barrier.

“At the moment, R&D funding is the most pressing need facing the sector. It’s what is needed to develop more original creative IP for export. Currently there’s a lack of coordination with the rest of New Zealand’s screen sector which can lead to missed opportunities too,” Everett finished.

For more stats, head on over to the NZGDA’s official site.



 

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Comments Comments (10)

 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 8:45 AM
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Super alarming figures around women in the sector, and pour some out for those of us who dreamed of getting out of PR and into games writing. Otherwise, GG industry.

I was also gonna point out the many problems with this media release, but then realised they probably do it themselves, so maybe add a comms specialist or two to that list of potential hires ;P
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 9:44 AM
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5 September 2017, 08:45 AM Reply to Xaphriel
Super alarming figures around women in the sector, and pour some out for those of us who dreamed of getting out of PR and into games writing. Otherwise, GG industry.

I was also gonna point out the many problems with this media release, but then realised they probably do it themselves, so maybe add a comms specialist or two to that list of potential hires ;P
Don't worry, most girls in my comp sci course really seem to be ahead of the game, that number will definitely increase
 
 
 
Posted by Dodgykiwi
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 9:45 AM
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I only recognise Path of Exile as a NZ made game.

What other recommendations are there?
 
 
 
Posted by Tin-Automaton
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 10:04 AM
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5 September 2017, 09:45 AM Reply to Dodgykiwi
I only recognise Path of Exile as a NZ made game.

What other recommendations are there?
We have a pretty big mobile scene, with the likes of Pik Pok down in Wellington. RocketWerkz in Dunedin is also doing stuff.
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 12:19 PM
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5 September 2017, 10:04 AM Reply to Tin-Automaton
We have a pretty big mobile scene, with the likes of Pik Pok down in Wellington. RocketWerkz in Dunedin is also doing stuff.
I love PikPok. I was so into Monsters ate my Condo back in the day...
 
 
 
Posted by Blackfox
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 12:29 PM
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our creative industry is doing very well, design innovation in advertising, and digital media has been recognised internationally, we def could hit hard in the gaming industry, which i'd to see. Its happening slowly, but happening
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 11:03 PM
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and internet,
 
 
 
Posted by dsinnz
On Thursday 7 Sep 2017 5:58 AM
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im gonna quit my job and join the games industry
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Thursday 7 Sep 2017 11:07 AM
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5 September 2017, 09:44 AM Reply to Paorio
Don't worry, most girls in my comp sci course really seem to be ahead of the game, that number will definitely increase
Yeah, but what percentage of the class is female, and of those female programmers, how many of them want to work in gaming? I'm not saying female gamers don't exist, but you might find that they have other areas of programming interest.
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Friday 8 Sep 2017 10:19 PM
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>barriers
>diversity

Ahh yes, I'm sure the lack of non-white guys is truly a detriment in the face of potential commercial growth. That's definitely what the root of the problem is.