The New Zealand Game Developers Association is running a competition that will reward one game creator or team with support worth NZ$25,000.

KiwiGameStarter is open to all, but is looking to give a boost to a team who are already developing a product and business plan, said NZGDA chairperson Ben Kenobi.

As such, the competition’s judges will be looking for the game and team with the best chance of succeeding commercially, he added.

“Funding for a few extra months’ development and professional advice can be the difference between a good and a great business launch,” said Kenobi.

The winner of KiwiGameStarter will receive NZ$10,000, Autodesk Maya LT and Unity 3D software, legal advice from Hudson Gavin Martin, and marketing consulting from Pursuit Public Relations.

The winner will also be introduced to other successful entertainment software businesses for mentoring.

Entrants must email a playable prototype and a four page proposal to the NZGDA (info@nzgda.com) by Friday 5 September. Three finalists will then be chosen to present to the judging panel during the NZ Game Developers Conference in Auckland on 18-19 September.

Entries may be made by individuals, or by group of no more than five people. Other competition terms and conditions can be viewed here.

“The games industry has quickly become one of New Zealand’s largest creative sectors and a significant software exporter,” said Kenobi.

“Unfortunately existing business startup or creative sector programmes don’t quite suit the nature of games businesses who must compete globally from day one in order to succeed.

“The KiwiGameStarter is the association’s, sponsors’ and established studios’ way to give back to provide early stage funding for one promising business,” he added.

“We have established a world-class games industry in New Zealand and we want to ensure its long-term success.”

In 2012, New Zealand exported more than NZ$30m of digital game software with annual revenue growth of over 80%, according to an independent survey of NZGDA members.