Jini Maxwell

Writing, videogames, playful events

Jini Maxwell is a curator and videogame writer. Jini currently works as a curator at ACMI, Australia’s museum of screen culture. In addition to working on exhibition displays, Jini co-organises ACMI X WIP night, a monthly meetup for screen creatives to showcase their works-in-progress, and ACMI’s Women & Non-Binary Gamers’ club. Jini is also an award-winner writer; in 2021, They were awarded Best Gaming Journalist at the Samsung IT Journalism Awards, as well as being commended for Best New Journalist.

Jini continues to write freelance, maintaining a videogame criticism column in The Saturday paper, and contributing regularly to ABC Arts. Their critical writing has also appeared in Overland Journal, Screen Education ACCA online, The Wheeler Centre online, and Gameshub and Artshub, where they were videogame content lead. In 2018, Jini was one of three Emerging Critics in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Jini (left) hosted the panel ‘Good Game’ for Melbourne Writers Festival 2019 with legends Rae Johnston and Leena van Deventer. Image via Rae Johnston.

Jini is an experienced public speaker and host, having spoken about videogames, art and writing at Melbourne Writers Festival, High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Games Conference, Games Connect Asia Pacific Conference, Melbourne International Games Week, the Emerging Writers Festival, A MAZE Festival, and others. They hosted Artshub’s Artist Toolkits video series, created in collaboration with Creative Victoria.

Jini also curates playful exhibitions and events. In 2017 they worked as a creative producer for National Young Writers Festival, and went on to co-direct the festival in 2018. In 2019, Jini curated an exhibition of ekphrastic writing and videogames themed ‘Digital Intimacies’, and worked on Freeplay Independent Games Festival as a Creative Producer from 2019-21.

Jini introduces an event at National Young Writers Festival, 2018. Photo: Alice Peart
Jini introduces an event at National Young Writers Festival, 2018. Photo: Alice Peart

Jini previously advised on the Industry Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Creative Writing at RMIT University, and the Programme Advisory Committee for Melbourne Writers Festival.

Jini has lectured and tutored in creative writing, publishing, and game design at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

Jini recently hosted Artshub’s Artist Toolkits video series, created in collaboration with Creative Victoria.


I work, learn and play primarily on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

I make a monthly donation to the Pay The Rent movement in recognition of the fact that I live on this land as an uninvited guest.

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.


Jini Maxwell