2017 Nordic Game Discovery Contest

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Nordic Game 2017 has now concluded. Many thanks to our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, partners and participants, and see you again next year.

Update: TeamOcmo won the NGDC first season – read more here!

Building on 14 years of running major successful events in the games industry, including several live-pitching events, selection processes and support systems, Nordic Game is introducing the Discovery Contest (NGDC) – an exciting, competitive challenge, where selected game projects are showcased at live-pitch events in several countries.

First NGDC finalists

Nordic Game Discovery Contest tour
The Nordic Game Discovery Contest debuted at the Day Zero pre-event of the Northern Game Summit (6-7 October 2016) in Kajaani, Finland. The competition continued at Konsoll 2016 in Bergen, Norway and at Sweden Game Conference in Skövde, Sweden.

In 2017, the NGDC tour includes the following events:
Reboot, 20-22 April, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Nordic Game Jam, 21 April, Copenhagen, Denmark
Quo Vadis, 24-26 April, Berlin, Germany

Winners from Kajaani, Bergen and Skövde (as well as following stops on the premiere NGDC tour) will earn a place in the NGDC Finals at Nordic Game 2017, 17-19 May in Malmö, Sweden.

The most recent regional winners (and NGDC finalists) include Ocmo by Team Ocmo, Space Krieg by We Heart Dragons and VR The Diner Duo by Whirlybird Games, as well as PapAR from Crunch Studio and Lost Words by Sketchbook Games and finally, We Are Muesli with their unique, cooperative action-puzzle game SIHEYU4N.

NGDC Finals wild card submissions
The two remaining seats for this year’s NGDC Finals have been chosen from last month’s online wild card submissions. The winners (and NGDC finalists) are Cape Copenhagen with The Gentleman and Tunnel Vision Games with See You On the Other Side.

NGDC Wild Cards

NGDC Finals at Nordic Game 2017
The Nordic Game Discovery Contest Finals at NG17 will consist of two semi-finals and one grand final, 17-19 May. In all three stages, participants will go on stage, pitch their games for five minutes and answer questions from an expert panel for five minutes.

Each participant will battle their way through the semi-finals, held on Wednesday, 17 May and Thursday, 18 May respectively (participants will be notified which day they are scheduled for). Game pitches in the top two of each semi-final will win a seat in the grand final, which takes place on Friday, 19 May at 14:00 in the main theatre of NG17.

NGDC finalists, top left to right: Lost Words, OCMO, PapAR, See You On the Other Side. Bottom left to right: SIHEYU4N, Space Krieg, The Gentleman, VR The Diner Duo.


NGDC finalists, top L to R: Lost Words, OCMO, PapAR, See You On the Other Side. Bottom L to R: SIHEYU4N, Space Krieg, The Gentleman, VR The Diner Duo.

In the NGDC grand final, participants will pitch their games in front of the NG17 audience and NGDC Finals jury, among them legendary Japanese game designer Fumito Ueda.

The winner, to be revealed during the NG17 wrap-up session on Friday, 19 May, will be declared Nordic Game Discovery Contest “Game of the Year” and be awarded guaranteed coverage/interviews with media outlets such as GamesIndustry.biz and VentureBeat, a free booth at the EGX Festival in September (the UK’s biggest game event), a free pass to NG18 next year and… a very special prize from our friends at GTR, to be announced at the winner ceremony.

For the latest NGDC tour details and sponsorship info, download the PDF here.

The Nordic Game Discovery Contest is sponsored by Nordisk Film Games, GamesIndustry.biz and Nordic Game Ventures. NGDC partner events include Northern Game Summit, Konsoll, Sweden Game Conference, Nordic Game Jam, Reboot Develop and Quo Vadis.

Nordic Game Discovery Contest and partners

About Nordisk Film Games
Nordisk Film is a leading Nordic entertainment company, distributor of Sony PlayStation products in the region and part of Egmont. Nordisk Film – Games is a new unit investing in Nordic game studios.

Learn more about Nordisk Film Games at www.nordiskfilmgames.com.

About GamesIndustry.biz
With over 100,000 registered industry users and 50,000 daily email subscribers, GamesIndustry.biz boasts the richest and most energised games industry community in the world. The GamesIndustry.biz Jobs Board is the heart of its offering, delivering the widest selection of games vacancies available globally. With full time editorial teams in the UK, Berlin, New York, Toronto and Toyko, GamesIndustry.biz ensures true global coverage, plus the fastest breaking news surrounding every aspect of the worldwide video games industry.

Learn more about GamesIndustry.biz at www.gamesindustry.biz.

About Nordic Game Ventures
Nordic Game Ventures wants to grow great companies and secure future jobs while profiting from the greatest Nordic export industry success in ages, the games industry. Nordic Game Ventures is founded by ten Nordic games entrepreneurs and gamer entrepreneurs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Learn more about Nordic Game Ventures at nordicgameventures.com.

About the Northern Game Summit
The Northern Game Summit is an annual two-day games industry conference where game creators mingle, connect and exchange ideas. Founded four year ago, NGS provides an easy-going environment for networking between newcomers and veterans in game development.

Learn more about the Northern Game Summit at www.northerngamesummit.org.

About Konsoll
Konsoll is a conference/festival founded by the Game Developers Guild in Norway.

First organised in 2012, Konsoll has now become an annual event, where game developers gather for inspiration and wisdom from industry veterans, have a forum to communicate and network with peers, and above all have fun playing each other’s games.

Learn more about Konsoll at konsoll.org.

About Sweden Game Conference
Sweden Game Conference is an annual international conference and game festival organised by Sweden Game Arena in Skövde, Sweden. The main theme of SGC 2016, 20-23 October at Arena Skövde, is “inclusive game development”.

Learn more about SGA and SGC at swedengamearena.com.

About Nordic Game Jam
Nordic Game Jam allows everyone to join and make games in 48 hours. It is the biggest video game industry event in Denmark and one of the largest game jams in the whole world – jamming since 2006!

Learn more about Nordic Game Jam at nordicgamejam.org.

About Reboot Develop
In its fourth year, Reboot Develop 2017 conference will be key gathering spot of worldwide games industry, while setting new, high-end standards for both speaker line-up and quality, networking opportunities and business opportunities. The beautiful conference setting in Dubrovnik, Croatia and Reboot Develop venue also offer one of the most unique and relaxed industry gathering atmospheres out there.

Learn more at www.rebootdevelop.hr.

About Quo Vadis
Founded in 2003 by Aruba Events, Quo Vadis attracts game developers from all over the world. Now based in Berlin, Quo Vadis is the creative hub of International Games Week Berlin, an energising week of gaming culture in many formats that attracts thousands of developers, journalists and gamers.

Learn more about Quo Vadis at qvconf.com.

Nordic Game 2018
Expect much, much more at NG18. So don’t delay – put 23-25 May at Slagthuset in Malmö in your calendar today, and get the latest Nordic Game and industry news at nordicgame.com!