Jini Maxwell

Writing, videogames, playful events

Jini Maxwell is a curator and award-winning videogames writer. Jini is currently an assistant curator at ACMI Australia’s museum of screen culture, and also runs 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.

In September 2020, Jini wrote the The Saturday Paper‘s first videogame review, and has since contributed a regular games criticism column to the publication, as well as appearing on The Saturday Paper’s podcast, The Culture, discussing the videogame industry. Jini has also contributed critical writing to a wide array of publications, including Screen Education ACCA online, The Wheeler Centre online, Overland Journal, Gameshub, Artshub, and the Melbourne Recital Centre’s soundescapes. 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 games at Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne International Games Week, the Emerging Writers Festival, A MAZE Festival, Digital Writers Festival, Express Media’s NEWS conference, and others. They recently 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. Jini curated an exhibition of ekphrastic writing and videogames themed ‘Digital Intimacies’ in 2019, 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 currently advises on the Industry Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Creative Writing at RMIT University, and previously sat on 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