Play by Play Conference & Awards 2018

21 April 2018

A game development summit like no other, the Play by Play conference will bring game developers of all skill levels together for a full day of low-pressure learning and sharing. We aim to engage delegates with a fun, light-hearted atmosphere and a playful approach to improving our craft. This year’s theme is “voyagers” and reflects the many journeys - diegetic and real - that surround our country, our industry and our craft.

The conference is being held at the Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Taranaki Wharf, 2 Taranaki St, Wellington. Registration for the conference opens at 8:00am and the keynote talk begins at 9:00am.

The awards ceremony will be held again at Mac’s Function Centre, 4 Taranaki St, Wellington, 6011. Please bring your conference pass as your admission ticket, and take note the awards night's dress code is formal. This event is 18+, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Mac’s Function Centre is an accessible venue.

More detailed information about these events will be provided to attendees via email.

To find out more about the many events happening during Play by Play Festival, including Wellingtaru - a relaxed social for developers to catch up and talk both shop and not shop, and the ever popular Games Quiz night, visit:

For those that would like to attend the conference but can't fit the price into their budget, we do run an accessibility program:

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Entrance to the conference at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on Taranaki Wharf, and the Play by Play Awards at Mac's Brewpub.


Entrance to the conference at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on Taranaki Wharf, and the Play by Play Awards at Mac's Brewpub. Please note there are limited numbers of student tickets.


Entrance to the awards ceremony at Mac's Function Centre on April 21st only.


Donate a ticket to a person who is under-resourced and/or is under-represented in games. This ticket does not also gain you entry into the conference.

By purchasing this ticket, the Play by Play team will have one more free-of-charge place available for our Accessibility Program. An underrepresented, under-resourced developer will be able to attend thanks to your generosity.


Help support Play by Play Festival with a small donation.

If you have available funds, please consider adding $5 or $10 to go towards the administration costs of the event. As a volunteer-run, non-profit event, all funds are used directly for our operation costs.

Prices are in NZD and include GST.

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