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The New Zealand esports scene is divided. Some people will tell you its thriving. Some people will tell you it’s limping along. It all depends on who you talk to (and when).

Part of the reason it’s so fragmented is because everyone is playing at different levels — from community to pro — and none if them are really talking to each other.

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The Kiwi games industry is both bigger and smaller than you think. It’s about 600 people strong and covers the main centres. Most people know of Grinding Gear Games (and especially the acquisition by Chinese company Tencent last year) or have played Dinosaur Polo Club’s massively successful Mini Metro on their mobile phone.

Still, these are by no means household names — especially in the way that people think about heavy-hitters Bethesda and Ubisoft or our local esports industry, like Let’s Play Live and The Breakers and Warriors esports teams — but that doesn’t mean it’s…

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The indie gaming industry is so much bigger than you expect. Studios can range from one person hobbyists right the way up to Bungie and it’s juggernaut offering, Destiny 2, and literally everything in between.

Underneath the gloss and glamour of triple A titles like Spider-Man, God of War and the Call of Duty series, the industry is hammering its stake into the ground producing titles for Apple Arcade, Playstation and Xbox and the new crowd favourite, the Nintendo…

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I’m not going to waste time with introductions because you all probably know Chazz.

He fronted The Rabble for years, played some sick overseas shows, and now he’s got himself a little piece of disaster to flirt with.

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So, Depths didn’t break up. Nope, they’re on tour. They’ve got an album too and it’s probably the heaviest thing you’ll hear out of this side of the Southern Ocean until the nails are being driven into your coffin.

They call it The Mortal Compass. Mortality and morally and the directions we find ourselves our going. …

I met Andrew [Ashton, guitarist] in the bowels of Ding Dong Lounge. It was the middle of the day. The jet black floors were wet and sticky, having just been mopped, and the air conditioning hummed in the background.

Sunlight streamed down the staircase from the gate in the booths it radiated from orange lights.

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