Kiwi Game Starter sponsorship packages can be tailored to fit your budget, and can include (but are not limited to) branding, in-game credits, named prizes, award presentation during NZGDC and more.

Please contact the sponsorship director at info@nzgda.com for more details.

The competition has grown every year. Initially supporting a single winner with a prize of $10,000 and informal mentoring, the competition also introduced a runner up prize of $5,000 from 2015. In 2020 the grand prize award increased to $25,000, and the runner up prize to $10,000. In its seven years of operation it has received over 100 entries and distributed $140,000. Your sponsorship could help grow the next generation of Kiwi game developers.

Screen capture from the 2020 KGS winner, Whistling Wizard

2020 KGS Winner ‘Rose & Locket

by Whistling Wizard

The competition has attracted sponsorship from industry leaders including successful Kiwi game developers Dean Hall (creator of multi-million selling hit game DayZ) and Patrick Corrieri (creator of the Poly Bridge franchise), professional service firms such as Hudson Gavin Martin legal, BW Miller Dean accountants and Renegade PR, software from Autodesk and Unity, and support from organizations including Callaghan Innovation, the NZ Film Commission and the NZGDA itself.

2019 KGS Winner ‘Before We Leave’

by Balancing Monkey Games