New Zealand’s games industry has doubled revenue in two yearsNational industry earned more than $200m in revenue in the last fiscal year, but investment and skills remain impediments to growthMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefFriday 7th February 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareNew Zealand’s games industry more than doubled its annual revenue in the last two years, according to new data from the country’s game developers association.The New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZDGA) surveyed 39 companies working in interactive, gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and edTech, and the results paint a favourable picture of the national industry.In the financial year ended in March, 2017, the surveyed companies showed NZD $99.9 million ($64.3 million USD) in revenue. That rose to NZD $143 million ($92.1 million USD) in the 2018 fiscal year, and NZD $203.4 million ($131 million USD) in the year ended March, 2019.”The ten biggest firms made 93% of revenue and employed 77% of the total workforce” The national industry is highly reliant on exports, with 96% of revenue coming from international sales. It is also dominated by a small group of companies, with the ten biggest firms making 93% of revenue and employing 77% of the total workforce.New Zealand’s industry employs 683 “creative and hi-tech workers,” an increase of 133 jobs compared to the previous year’s survey. However, 47% of studios admitted that their growth is impaired by a lack of skilled applicants, almost double the 24% that reported the same issue the year before.The NZGDA survey indicated that senior art and technology roles are problem areas for recruitment, and gender diversity is an ongoing issue for the industry — only 21% of employees identified as female or non-binary.The most popular platform among the 39 surveyed companies is mobile, with 63% active in that kind of development. PC games are made by 53%, console games by 38%, while augmented reality and virtual reality products are being developed by 22% and 19% of companies respectively.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Among the country’s key studios are NinjaKiwi, which made a huge mobile hit in Bloons TD6, Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games, and Dean Hall’s RocketWerkz, which opened a second office in 2019 and has implemented progressive workplace policies to attract staff.In October last year, the New Zealand government committed NZD $10 million to investing in the national games industry, with the stated aim of reaching $1 billion in annual revenue — “attracting early stage investment” was listed as the single biggest barrier to growth by the survey’s respondents.You can read more about the NZGDA report here.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Next UpHowever, by annexing multiple locations outside the city limits, the city of Port Arthur would be responsible for supplying infrastructure and emergency services to all industry locations.Before December 31, the city must also have in place a plan to cover the following services: emergency and medical services, police and fire protection, water and wastewater facilities, solid waste collection, road and street maintenance, etc. This would surely increase city expenses to be able to handle the workload. In short, you’re basically adding another city to the city.We are concerned that the city does not — and will not — have the resources to cover all these services if IDAs are not in place by the end of the year. The police force is short handed as it is, road and street maintenance is not handled in the current city limits and there are continual reported issues with trash trucks delaying trash pickups, just to name a few. For the third time since 2013, the City of Port Arthur is working to annex properties currently outside Port Arthur city limits but in the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction). These areas under annexation discussions are home to the industry that makes it possible for Port Arthur to continue being a potential location for industrial growth and that ultimately keeps Port Arthur alive.If an IDA (Industrial District Agreement) with industry is not in place by the end of the year, the city can lose upwards of $30 million yearly in revenue, which is almost half of its annual revenue. Basically an IDA is an agreement between the city and industry on agreed upon tax rates paid to the city based on market value of the location.Not having a long term IDA in place would ensure annexation talks would continue to be a regular part of business for the City of Port Arthur year after year. Not having one at all would allow the city to annex industry property, which in turn would increase tax rates to industry also increasing city revenues. We understand that industry revenue is important to the continued growth of our city; but, for the sake of all citizens throughout Port Arthur, we hope that the city doesn’t oversell and under supply when this is all said and done.We also hope that any agreement reached would be in place longer than a year.
Bristol Flyers Women Flyers Women remain hard at work in preparation for the season to come in NBL Division One. Extra practices are cementing their pre-season work and they have already planned a pre-season friendly against Cardiff Archers on Saturday, September 22nd. Flyers Under-18s Premier The Under-18s Premier team played a valuable pre-season game away to Team Solent Kestrels last weekend, paling short, 64- 59. Coach Oakey saw positives in the performance, saying: “Despite missing a few players and limited time together, the squad showed signs of real promise for the season ahead. All four quarters were closely contested. There is more to come from the team as they continue to gel.”The team are back on the road again this weekend – heading up to Nottingham for their first league game of the season. The Central Premier Division clash tips off at 4pm on Saturday, September 22nd. Flyers Under-18s Conference The Under-18s conference side are working hard through their long lead-in to be ready for their season. They play their first game away game against Gloucester Saxons on Saturday, October 6th. Flyers Under-16s Boys Bristol Flyers II won their first round National Cup matchup against Huish Taunton Tigers 85-78 on Sunday. With an injury to shooting guard Aistis Keliauskas early in the game, the team fought hard to overcome a sixteen point deficit and seal the win. Flyers were led by Curtly Ferguson and David Mann who both had a double-double.With Oxford Hoops withdrawing from senior competition, Flyers II have a bye in the National Shield (a knockout competition for division three and four teams). This also means that Flyers II have a weekend off due to the cancellation of this fixture. They next play at the WISE Campus on Saturday, September 29th (3.30pm), facing Oxford Brookes in their Division Three league debut. The Under-16s team hosted fellow South West club Plymouth Raiders for a friendly at WISE on Sunday September 16th. The team showed their readiness for the step up to the Central Premier division with a huge victory. They will open their regular season with an away game against Milton Keynes on Saturday, September 22nd. Flyers Under-16s Girls The newly formed Under-16s girls team won their pre-season friendly event on, Sunday, September 16th at Hengrove Leisure Centre. They are continuing to train hard for their first season in national league competition and the friendly game highlighted lots to work on. Flyers Under-14s Boys I The Under-14s Premier team make their league debut against Lewisham Thunder at the SGS WISE Campus on Saturday, September 22nd at 11.30am. Flyers Under-14s Boys II The Under-14s regional team begin their season by hosting a Central Venue League contest with Cougars and Jets on Sunday, September 30th. Flyers Junior Girls Image credit: Rachael Symons Bristol Flyers II The Under-14s girls also claimed a victory in their pre-season friendly event on Sunday. The Under-12s and Under-10s Girls played a close game too.Community sessions for junior boys and girls are also available across Bristol – check out the community section of the website for more information. Image credit: Billy East