Congratulations to Matthew Gatland whose game Caves was announced as the winner of Kiwi Game Starter 2017 at the New Zealand Game Developers Conference held earlier this month. And a big well done to runner-up, Sky Noon by Lunar Rooster, as well as the other finalists, Ten Thousand Coins by Tough Love Productions and Ultra Break by Autotelic.

Kiwi Game Starter is New Zealand Game Developers Association’s annual competition and programme for start-up interactive games businesses. NZGDA’s aim is to recognise New Zealand-based game development teams and to help support the commercial success of two high-potential teams or projects. Caves and Sky Noon will each receive funding, software, plus financial, legal and mentoring support to help develop a prototype for their game and possibly lead them into third party investment or crowdfunding. Hudson Gavin Martin is a proud sponsor of Kiwi Game Starter and are excited about working with Caves and Sky Noon on the next stage of their games journey.

Caves is described as a 2D building and exploration game in a completely destructible world filled with strange creatures and communities where players use resources found to expand their base and make those dangerous caves their home. And now Matthew Gatland has more resources to dig deeper into Caves.

NZGDC is seen as New Zealand’s premier game development event and Hudson Gavin Martin’s workshop on helping start-ups take their game to the next level, providing legal insights on how to run a business and intellectual property protection was well received. Interactive video game development is considered to be New Zealand’s fastest growing creative industry and technology export sector. So here’s hoping that the great turn-out at NZGDC transpires into more gaming wins!