International praise for Kiwi video game makers

International praise for Kiwi video game makers Five of New Zealand's video game makers have been praised in the listing of major international 'Best of 2013' .

West Auckland-based Grinding Gear Games has won GameSpot's PC Game of the Year Award for its Path of Exile where as Turbo Racing League by Wellington-based PikPok has been awarded the runner-up for Apple's Best of 2013 Game of the Year.

Gamasutra has named Indie developer Michael Brough as one of the Top 10 Game Developers of 2013.

The Blockheads by Majic Jungle and Bloons Tower Defence 5 by NinjaKiwi also feature in Apple's Best of 2013.

Stephen Knightly, New Zealand Game Developers Association chairperson said, it has been a break-out year for the country's gaming industry.

"Many New Zealand made games have won rave reviews and awards during the year, but to be singled out in retrospectives from the world's leading gaming press and publishers is outstanding. It shows that the quality of New Zealand developers' games count among the best in the world," Mr. Knightly said.

He also mentioned that "It's great to see commercial success being matched with critical recognition." Revenue from New Zealand made video games grew 86 percent with the vast majority being digital exports in the last financial year.