The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched KiwiGameStarter. KiwiGameStarter 2014 is a business start-up competition for New Zealand-based game development teams. Its purpose is to support the commercial success of one high-potential team or project. The startup that wins the contest will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000.
To participate in the contest teams must submit a playable demo or prototype for any popular platform, and a four page pitch proposal by Friday 5 September. Each Entrant must be an individual, or a group/company based in New Zealand and at least 18 years of age or older, and members of the NZGDA. The game should not be available for sale at the time of submission.
Three finalists will be chosen to present to the judging panel during the NZGDC conference in Auckland on 18-19 September. The presentation will be 7 minutes, followed by 7 minutes of judges’ questions. The judges will be looking for the game and team with the best chance to succeed commercially. However, we understand that indie and wildly original projects can be commercially successful and that prototypes can be either early or late stage.
“The games industry has quickly become one of New Zealand’s largest creative sectors and a significant exporter earner. Unfortunately existing business startup or creative sector programmes don’t quite suit the nature of games businesses who must compete globally from day one in order to succeed,” said NZGDA board member Stephen Knightly.
The winning team will receive:
- $5,000 when they hit their next development milestone,
- a one-year license for Autodesk Maya LT,
- a commercial suite license for Unity 3D Pro 5.0 including all add-on modules,
- public relations advice from Pursuit Public Relations worth $2,000,
- license agreement and legal advice from Hudson Gavin Martin lawyers worth $4,000,
- mentoring from some of New Zealand’s most successful game developers.