For Dunedin, CODE could be considered the equivalent of the next goldrush. It will position the city as the New Zealand-based hub of skills and innovation on the global stage and create a stronger digital economy.

Social outcomes are an equally important part of the mix, including stronger representation of women and Māori in the New Zealand games development sector. Through collaboration with Ngāi Tahu there is an opportunity to engage with iwi and further grow Māori gaming products and involvement in the industry.

CODE will also work towards enabling the following outcomes over the next 10 years:

  • grants to support video game start-ups and Dunedin companies to scaleup
  • graduates with relevant qualification and skills in making video games
  • access to national and global industry experts to support CODE projects
  • the creation of large video game studios
  • the creation of numerous indie video game studios.

Games for health

The global digital health sector will form the basis of CODE’s future aspirations as the new Dunedin hospital takes shape. When complete, the $1.4 billion state-of-the-art hospital is envisaged to be a leader in digital health solutions. Games for health have the potential to improve health outcomes through promoting healthy living, disease prevention and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation and through the education, training and professional development of service providers.