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Game industry events add value to the growing Dunedin scene

Tuesday October 27, 2020

With the support of SIGNAL and CODE, the Dunedin GameDev Meetup welcomed Tim McKenzie, PhD candidate from the University of Canterbury, for a fireside chat about his Master's research on Addressing Challenges in Video Game Development using Agile Best Practices, on October 6th.

Tim McKenzie from Christchurch shares his Masters research into NZ's video game industry at the October Game Dev Meetup.   — Image by: Kylie Jackson

Tim's research included numerous game companies to determine the practice of, and perception of agile game development in New Zealand. 

"The results show that while studios universally state and perceive that they use the agile framework Scrum and sometimes Kanban, their actual practices often differ from these frameworks in key areas."

You can watch a version of this very interesting presentation as delivered to the Christchurch Game Dev Meetup here. 

Image by: Kylie Jackson

Board member of StartUp Dunedin, PC gamer and Gallaway Cook Allan commercial lawyer Wade Pearson shared insights into the legal requirements of starting a game development company on October 21. Two thirds of those attending indicated that they were hoping to start their own games company in the near future, and Wade's talk covered several important topics:

A full house at the Gallaway Cook Allan event to support new games development companies in Dunedin — Image by: Kylie Jackson

Wade shared some important tips and tricks, and also gave an indication of what you may be able to outsource and what to do yourself. Wade's insights, expertise and humour were greatly appreciated, as was the hosting and hospitality supplied by Matt Gorman and the Gallaway Cook Allan team. 

Matt Gorman, CEO Gallaway Cook Allan welcomes the Dunedin GameDev meetup event supporting new games companies. — Image by: Kylie Jackson

To keep in touch with future Dunedin GameDev MeetUp events follow them at:

And don't forget the Christchurch GameDev MeetUps. The next one on Nov 5 features Dunedin-based Audio expert Paul Fox: 

International Game and Film Audio Engineer Paul Fox will be guest speaker at the next  Christchurch Game Dev MeetUp, which are streamed live around NZ! — Image by: Kylie Jackson

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