GDSR Year One general registration

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the inaugural round of the Game Development Sector Rebate (GDSR). This Year One general registration round was announced just last week, with 32 studios receiving just over $12million – all with a view to boosting the development and growth of the game development sector, and keeping our game studios and talent here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Alongside the initial Pilot Phase, which was carried out with a handful of studios at the end of last year as a way for NZ On Air to finetune the admin process, this brings the total amount of GDSR rebates to date to just under $22.3million.

The names of the successful studios in this Year One general registration round, and the successful recipients from the earlier Pilot Phase, are listed at the bottom of the page and you can find the full media release here on the NZ On Air website.

Please note, only the studio names are published. The amount each successful studio received will be published two years from the end of the relevant GDSR eligibility period.

As this is the first year of the GDSR, we have certainly learnt a lot from this inaugural round. From here, we will be refining the process even further and will be looking for feedback from the sector. We will be sending out a feedback form in late June to gather your insights and experiences, helping us enhance our processes for future rounds.

Also, should you wish to discuss your application or have any questions, the NZ On Air GDSR team will be available for feedback discussions in July 2024. You can contact us at to arrange a call.

Style and Accreditation Guidelines and Logo Packs
The GDSR Style and Accreditation Guidelines are now available, along with the logo packs for the GDSR. These are the guidelines to using the NZ On Air brand assets when acknowledging support for your studio as part of the GDSR.

It is really important that New Zealanders know what their taxpayer dollars are going towards – so that’s why we encourage consistent and clear accreditation from those studios who receive the GDSR. Visibility of the logo also helps to raise the profile of the rebate internationally, shine a spotlight on games produced by the games community in Aotearoa New Zealand and attract further investment into the sector.

We have provided both a static GDSR logo as well as an animated GDSR logo, which can be used on your business website, on your game website, and also on game credits and loading pages.

You can find the GDSR Guidelines and the logo packs on the GDSR page of the NZ On Air website. If you have any questions about the guidelines or logos, please email and we’ll be happy to help.

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Tobi Last

New GDSR Programme Manager
We are pleased to announce that the new GDSR Programme Manager has been appointed!

Tobias (Tobi) Last, a seasoned veteran of the video games industry, will be joining the team. Tobi, originally from Germany, spent many transformative years at Riot Games in Ireland, contributing significantly from the earlier stages of their journey through their impressive growth. His invaluable experience, and lifelong love of games, makes him a wonderful addition to the team.

Tobi has been in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2018 and, after spending a few years in both the wider tech industry and the public sector, he is eager to bring his extensive expertise as an agile coach and mentor back into play – working closely with GDSR Programme Director, Chantelle Cole, and the entire GDSR team at NZ On Air, as well as sector partners.

In this role, Tobi will be at the forefront of NZ On Air’s efforts, engaging in thorough research, gathering valuable feedback, and leveraging data and industry insights to help fine-tune the processes, steer the strategic vision and administer the GDSR.

We are excited to have Tobi start at NZ On Air in the Te Whanganui-a-Tara|Wellington office next week.

Contact Us
As always, we are more than happy for you to contact us if you have questions or need further assistance. Our email is

Rebate Decisions – GDSR Year One general registration

  • 2Up Games
  • A44
  • Balancing Monkey Games
  • Beyond Studios
  • Blind Squirrel Games
  • CamShaft Software
  • CerebralFix
  • Deep Field Games
  • Digital Confectioners
  • Dinosaur Polo Club*
  • Dreamloft Games
  • Gfactor
  • Grinding Gear Games
  • Hashbane Interactive
  • Janzen IP Co
  • Flightless
  • Mighty Eyes
  • Mytona
  • Niantic Aotearoa NZ
  • Ninja Kiwi
  • Outerdawn
  • PikPok
  • RiffRaff Games
  • RocketWerkz
  • Runaway
  • Sharpmind Games
  • Space Rock Games
  • StaplesVR
  • Synty Studios
  • Usual Suspects Studios
  • Wētā Workshop
  • Zero King

*NZ On Air's GDSR Programme Director Chantelle Cole was the CEO of Dinosaur Polo Club prior to joining the agency. NZ On Air has a strict Conflict of Interest policy that ensured she had no involvement with the rebate assessment for this company.

Rebate Decisions – Pilot Phase (announced December 2023)
Please note, the following nine studios only received six months funding during the Pilot Phase round, so could only access the remainder of the year’s funding from the Year One general registration round.

  • A44
  • CerebralFix
  • Futureverse
  • Grinding Gear Games
  • Mytona
  • Ninja Kiwi
  • PikPok
  • RocketWerkz
  • Wētā Workshop