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Kiwi Game Starter 2017 Winners

The NZGDA is excited to announce the winners for this year’s Kiwi Game Starter!

First Place

Caves by Matthew Gatland

Runner up

Sky Noon by Lunar Rooster

The teams will receive some funding, legal, accounting, and logistical support to help get their games to an investment ready (investor, early access, crowdfunding etc.) stage. Thank you again to all of our Selection Panel and Finalist judges for their time and expertise:


Kiwi Game Starter Finalists

All of our finalists pitched during NZGDC to our three expert judges, and the winners were announced during the opening of NZGDC17 on September 6th. These pitches have been recorded and we will be sharing them online for free later this year!

A huge thank you to our selection panel, who played all of the submissions and had the very difficult task of selecting just four games from all the entrants!

Check out our amazing Selection Panel and Finalist Judges here!

The NZGDA would like to thank Navi Brouwer for coordinating all entrants and judges of this year’s KGS.

We'd like to thank the sponsors who make Kiwi Game Starter possible.

Gold Sponsor

Dean Hall is a strong advocate for NZ game development, and we are incredibly grateful to him for extending that support to Kiwi Game Starter.

Silver Sponsors

Hudson Gavin Martin is NZ's leading tech, media an IP law firm.

BW Miller Dean is a Chartered Accountancy with a long history of involvement in NZ's game industry.

Renegade PR focuses on PR services for independent game developers to set them up for success.

Bronze Sponsors

Autodesk makes the most widely used art tools in the game industry

The New Zealand Film Commission is a crown entity working to grow the screen sector in NZ and ran a pilot Interactive Development Fund this year.

Kiwi Game Starter would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors

Kiwi Game Starter sponsored by Dean Halle, NZGDA, Autodesk, NZ Film Commission, Hudson Gavin Martin Lawyers