Video gaming in New Zealand
In New Zealand, 67% of the population play video games, 48% of video game players are female and the average age of a video game player is 34. New Zealanders spend an average of 88 minutes a day playing video games
In 2015, domestic video game development in New Zealand supported 568 full-time game developer jobs and collected $78.7 Million in revenue. Overall, the video game industry in New Zealand is worth $424 million annually, inclusive of traditional retail and digital sales. Despite the difference in population size, New Zealand game development is comparable to Australia's, in terms of revenue and employment.
New Zealand was an early adopter of the video game phenomenon, despite its remoteness. Many Atari 2600 titles were assembled under licence by Monaco Distributors in Auckland. New Zealand even developed its own Pong-style game console, the Sportronic, in the late 1970s, as a result of import licensing laws.
Major companies and global recognition
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- Melanie Swalwell (2005). "Early Games Production in New Zealand". Victoria University of Wellington.
- Retrogames.co.nz - New Zealand Atari 2600 Games
- Russell Brown (2003-09-22). "Sportronic in Beige". Public Address.
- Obscure Pixels - Sportronic
- "New Zealand bans video game". MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- New Zealand Game Developers Association
- More than a Craze: Photographs of New Zealand's early digital games scene
- Early Games Production in New Zealand, Melanie Swalwell, 2005
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