Dean Hall

Game Designer ∙ Rocketwerkz

Adventurer, video game developer and flag-waving New Zealander Dean Hall created the wildly successful game DayZ, which won two Golden Joystick Awards and became the best-selling PC game of 2014.

A former Royal NZ Air Force and NZ Army officer, Dean is an accomplished mountaineer who summited Mount Everest in 2013 and skied to the South Pole in January 2020.

Dean returned to New Zealand in 2015 to found the RocketWerkz studios in Dunedin, later expanding to Auckland. Today, from the top floors of Auckland’s PwC Tower, Dean and his team are working on developing an ambitious blockbuster sci-fi survival game, Icarus. Dean believes video game development can be a billion-dollar industry for New Zealand.