NZ gaming sector grows 59% – creating new jobs

February 5, 2021

New Zealand’s gaming sector surged an incredible 59 per cent in the 2020 financial year, with $324 million in sales of New Zealand-made games for PCs, consoles and mobile devices, and augmented and virtual reality programmes for education and training.

Stuff reports that about 96 per cent of those sales were exports, according to recently released industry figures.

Chelsea Rapp, chairperson of the New Zealand Game Developers Association, said the financial boost helped create more than 140 new jobs last year for programmers, designers, artists, writers and composers.

That’s good news for the first batch of graduates from the University of Canterbury’s Bachelor of Product Design, who majored in Applied Immersive Game Design.

Immersive game design covers both virtual and augmented reality where the software and hardware are at the beginning of massive growth. The development of games for entertainment and applied games for training, education and the carrying out of remote activities are included in this major.

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