New Zealand investors are taking a shine to games software development, according to NZ Private Capital Executive
Director Colin McKinnon.
Colin McKinnon explained “We hosted an investor meet and greet event in Auckland in June 24th in association with NZ
Games Developers Association, which was the first event in a series that is geared towards cultivating relationships
between New Zealand game developers and private investors.”
Internationally, the video game industry has emerged as a fast-growing sector in the past few years. With gamers
spending millions on personal computers, cloud and non-console VR content, mobile and subscription-based games, the
sector still has significant potential to expand.
Mergers and acquisitions are constantly boosting the space. On 19 July 2021, China gaming giant Tencent agreed to
acquire British video game developer Sumo Group for $1.26 billion. The merger will give Tencent access to Sumo’s
portfolio that includes Sackboy: A Big Adventure and more racing games based on Sonic, the Hedgehog franchise. Since the
coronavirus pandemic, video games have engaged millions stuck indoors due to social distancing and lockdowns.
Colin McKinnon noted: “The sales of NZ companies such as Grinding Gear Games and Kiwi Ninja demonstrate the
opportunities for investors in this country. We expect the Game Developers Association meeting in Wellington in August
will also attract investor interest.”
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develop a world-leading venture capital and private equity environment for the benefit of investors and entrepreneurs in
New Zealand Private Capital aims to foster understanding that private equity and venture capital firms accelerate the
ambition of New Zealand business owners through operational improvement and investment performance.
New Zealand is home to many examples of private capital partnering with companies to improve growth and performance, to
share expertise and capital. This ultimately delivers improved productivity, creates jobs and contributes to the
Association members include venture capital and private equity investors, financial organisations, professional
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The association also helps businesses navigate and understand the Private Equity and Venture Capital world. Markets and
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