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MDS Game Summit 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM (NZDT)

MDS Game Summit 2013

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
General Admission Ended NZ$160.00 NZ$11.10
VIP Ticket Ended NZ$395.00 NZ$25.21
LAN Party R16 Ended NZ$25.00 NZ$3.01
LAN Party: PC hire Ended NZ$20.00 NZ$2.70
* Prices include GST

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Media Design School is hosting a Games Summit for professionals, enthusiasts and anyone who wants insider knowledge of the games industry. Running alongside our conference, we are hosting a LAN party for gamers who want to rub shoulders with our international speakers.



Get insights into the game industry over three days with presentations and technical demonstrations by international guests Blizzard’s Allen Dilling (credits include World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2) and Valve’s Max Aristov (credits include Wolfenstein, Far Cry).

Rounding out the line-up are New Zealand developers Jonathan Rogers from Grinding Gear Games and Stephen Harris from Ninja Kiwi.

General Admission includes entry to all presentations and events as well as access to the three-day LAN party, an event t-shirt, and the opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed.

Upgrade to an exclusive VIP ticket which includes exclusive gift, guaranteed portfolio review, VIP dinner with presenters and priority seating.


Play Starcraft 2, Team Fortress, Dota 2 and bring your other games to battle it out over the weekend in our dedicated LAN zone at Media Design School, 92 Albert Street.

We'll pass out free Dota 2 keys and have Path of Exile on display to play from Grinding Gear Games.

LAN Party tickets just $25 including pizza and refreshments on Friday, 15 February with prizes awarded throughout.



ALLEN DILLING’s career at Blizzard stretches back 14 years, during which time he has been responsible for modelling, animation and FX on Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft. He also supervised animation and FX on StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard All-Stars. Allen’s presentation will give enthusiasts rare insights into his blockbuster projects, creative process and artistic background.

MAX ARISTOV has spent the last three years as an artist at Valve, where he is currently working on DOTA 2. With an impressive career spanning more than 14 years, he has worked in the world’s top game development studios including Raven Software/Activision (Wolfenstein 3, Singularity), Crytek (Far Cry) and GSC Gameworld (Stalker). Max is renowned for his technical artistry and unparalleled expertise in everything from characters and props to alien architecture and pipelines. During the MDS Game Summit he will share design and implementation processes for DOTA 2characters and a technical demonstration.

JONATHAN ROGERS is the cofounder at Grinding Gear Games. The company’s title Path of Exile will enter open beta on January 23 after raising US$1.2 million in crowd-funding complete with an extra 50% of “bloodier” content. Jonathan will talk about the development and design of the new game.

STEPHEN HARRIS graduated from Media Design School with Distinction in 2005 and went on to found game development company Ninja Kiwi with his brother Chris. In 2012 their game Bloons Tower Defence 5 hit #2 in the iTunes chart, they recorded $5 million in revenue and doubled their staff size after acquiring Scottish game company Digital Goldfish. Stephen will talk about designing Bloons Tower Defence 5 and the rise of Ninja Kiwi.



Friday, 15 February

LAN party kicks off at 9am and continues until Sunday.

Play Team Fortress 2, Dota 2 and Starcraft 2 with our special guests from Blizzard and Valve. 

  • Pizza and refreshments served at 6pm all Summit ticket holders are welcome


Saturday, 16 February

930am to 6pm

Design focused presentations by Allen Dilling – Blizzard, Max Aristov – Valve, Jonathan Rogers – Grinding Gears and Stephen Harris – Ninja Kiwi and Q&A time.

  • Opportunity for portfolio review at the end of the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Drinks and mingling with speakers from 4pm – 6pm
  • VIP dinner 6pm (VIP ticket-holders only)


Sunday, 17 February

10am to 5pm

Technical focused presentations by Allen Dilling – Blizzard, Max Aristov – Valve and panel discussion with members of Media Design School faculty and local industry.

  • Opportunity for portfolio review at the end of the day on a first come, first served basis.


Have questions about MDS Game Summit 2013? Contact the organizer

When & Where

Media Design School
Event Centre
92 Albert Street, Level 5
Auckland, Auckland 1141
New Zealand

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM (NZDT)

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