Thanks to our generous 2023 Major sponsor New Blood Interactive:

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.

If you’re interested in sponsoring KGS’24 please get in touch with our sponsorship team at kgs@nzgda.com to start a conversation.

Your sponsorship could help grow the next generation of Kiwi game developers.

The competition has grown every year. Initially supporting a single winner with prize money and informal mentoring, the competition went on to introduce a runner up prize from 2015; and in 2020 the first and runner up prize money both increased.

In its seven years of operation it has received over 100 entries and distributed $190,000.

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.