NZ game developers to participate in real world MMO called a "conference".

NZ game developers to participate in real world MMO called a "conference".

New Zealand's creators of virtual worlds and digital merriment will gather next week to discuss the business of gaming. 

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Run by the New Zealand Game Developers Association, the New Zealand Game Developers Conference is a deep dive into the gaming industry – looking at best practices, sharing war stories and inspiring the next generation of game artists.

The conference is being held at AUT University on Friday 28 June.​ Tickets for the NZGD Conference are available here.

This year's keynote speaker is Jason Hardwood of Halfbrick, the studio behind the highly addicitve salad martial arts game Fruit Ninja. 

Local developers attending include PikPok, Gameloft, Grinding Gear Games, Majic Jungle and Minimonos.

"Presenting this year are the makers of several top 10 iPhone games, New Zealand's largest crowd-funded project, two Academy Award winners, a BAFTA nominee and the man who gave Bill Gates a shotgun and put him inside Doom," says NZGDA chair Stephen Knightly.  

"That's an indication of the calibre of people developing games in New Zealand at the moment."