Understanding the multiple paths ākonga can explore into digital and creative teach requires a deeper understanding of the gaming and esports ecosystems, how each part connects and in turn leads to a multitude of highly skilled jobs which will continue to emerge.
Ākonga who enjoy gaming, may begin exploring technology through livestreaming software, video editing programmes and graphic design apps. Some may move on to learn to design, develop, code and produce their own games, others might train to become professional esports players ore work somewhere in the ecosystem below:
OBS Studio is a free, open-source, and cross-platform screencasting and streaming app.
OBS Studio is downloadable software which allows for video recording and live-streaming solution and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux devices.
With OBS Studio, users can capture real-time audio and video content. The editing tools allow users to mix specified audio and recordings when working on interactive video projects.
Streamlabs is a collection of software designed for live streaming content on platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming
Streamlabs is free to use, they do not charge any fees and there is no monthly fee.
Mobalytics is the leading player analytics platform, personal gaming assistant and community dedicated to helping video game fans master their favorite games.
Game focus: League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, Valorant and Legends of Runeterra. Mobalytics is free, however there is a premium license which unlocks certain features, this is not necessary for most players.
Blitz is an online platform which offers free and subscription based access, and allows players to know details of their favourite games, which traditionally were quite difficult to gather and visualise.
Blitz can help with detecting poor decision making and can help generate comparisons with other users, analyse and correct errors, show players and performance trends.
Game focus: League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, Valorant and Legends of Runeterra, Fortnite, CS:GO.
In 2020, the New Zealand Esports Federation was formally recognised by Sport NZ as the official National Sports Organisation (NSO) for esports. Established to promote and represent esports in New Zealand to increase its level of awareness, improve standards and inspire future talent.
The New Zealand Esports Federation was set up with the aim to lead and support Kiwis to positively shape the future of esports as the recognised voice of Esports in New Zealand.
Each year students from around Aotearoa New Zealand battle it out to take out the top esports awards for League of Legends, Rocket League and NBA2K. In 2021, National High School Esports tournament involved 1500 students and 200 teams from around 100 schools.
Wellington based company Victory Up who runs and coordinates the league, launched their online tournament site last year and expect their numbers to increase substantially.
Competitions for high school students run by Victory Up are the only officially sanctioned tournaments in New Zealand.
Hikohiko te rorohiko, papaina te īpapa, rū ana te mamao e! Ngāti gaming is leading the space for Māori, exposing, guiding and navigating their community to careers in te ao matihiko (digital space).
This unique Māori focused gaming organisation utilises the tools of digital careers and gaming alike to educate their members in te ao Māori and te reo Māori.
Having established a safe space online for Māori to simply be Māori, to educate their community in matauranga Māori, mental health, wellbeing and a focus on healthy applications of gaming. Ngāti Gaming strives to establish strong grassroots in esports and represent Aotearoa with a fluent Māori speaking team on the international stage.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he takitini! Our strength is not of one person, it is of our whole community. Māori no te whenua, ngā aronga ki te pae matihiko, Ngāti Gaming te waka e!
Esports Ōtautahi is a collaborative group of organisations, businesses, and individuals whose aim is to create a thriving esports community in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury area.
We utilise Christchurch City Council Libraries and gaming equipment provided by Sport Canterbury for weekly sessions with local schools. Our aim is to provide equitable access to this exciting growth industry. We are happy to work with any community groups interested in esports and gaming.
Digital Natives Academy, a non-profit, was established in 2014 to encourage young people wanting to enter the digital tech industry the power to create, transform, shape and develop their own digital tools.
DNA’s vision is to inspire the next generation of digital leaders. DNA does this through creative and digital technology while taking on a Te Ao Māori worldview and develops level 1-3 programmes focused on esports, 3D asset design, wellbeing, animation and livestream production. DNA provides Kaupapa Māori and Matauranga Māori programme delivery with programmes open to all who wish to join. DNA supports the delivery of accredited level 4 certificates in digital design & creative media in partnership with Media Design School.
DNA’s goal is to create career pathways for whānau who don’t have access to technology. They do this to inspire rangatahi to become makers and innovators of technology, rather than users and consumers of it.
Over the years, DNA has become more than a platform for skill acquisition and career pathways, it’s become a sanctuary from an often cold, uncaring world where the outliers of society can find whānau, friendship and most importantly a sense of belonging.
This programme helps young people and their whānau understand the positive and negative impacts that digital spaces play on their overall wellbeing. Te Iwi Matihiko provides a foundation on which our key values; mana (respect), manaaki (caring for others) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) can be explored and activated.
The challenge Te Iwi Matihiko aims to address is the lack of digital fluency amongst tamariki, rangatahi and pakeke. Rapid growth within the technology industry will only see an increase in the impact and role technology plays in the lives of whānau. It is therefore important to ensure our whānau, whether they be tamariki, rangatahi or pakeke, understand the key values that underpin social interactions, know how to stay safe and are aware of the positive and negative impacts that digital spaces have on wellbeing.
Te Iwi Matihiko uses gaming and social media as a lens to help navigate their impact on wellbeing.