NG17 Discovery Day

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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.

In conjunction with the Sensation Award and finals of the Nordic Game Discovery Contest, Indie Day becomes Discovery Day at NG17.

Indie Day, NG15

Rethinking Indie: Discovery Day
Now that indie has been wiped out by the “Indiepocalypse”, it’s time to explore new territories, discover new games, new players and new perspectives on games. Driven by the times affecting us all, we say good-bye to Indie Day – and boldly go on a Discovery Day instead!

Of course, an “indiepocalypse” never really happened; but many developers have gotten older, started families or had other reasons to change the way they make games. At Nordic Game 2017, we’ll shed light on some of these new directions in game creation and the people exploring them.

Some are newcomers, carving out their own unique niches. Others are veterans, still passionate about games, but differently than before. Still others focus on highly specific, but “game-changing” technical details. A few have found inventive ways to continue making games, despite life changes. All of them want to share how creating games relates to their lives, and how the passion that drew them to game-making in the first place persists and grows.

Authenticity, drive, empathy, persistence, feeling – the passion for game creation takes many forms. We sincerely hope that these very special individuals and their unique stories will help you to discover something new about the medium that unites us all. Welcome to Discovery Day.

Patrick Jarnfelt & Martin Pichlmair
Copenhagen Game Collective, curators of Discovery Day at Nordic Game 2017

Discovery Day program, Friday, 19 May
Created in close cooperation with long-time partners Copenhagen Game Collective, the Discovery Day program features some of the most exciting names in game creation today. Check out all the Copenhagen Game Collective curated talks below:

Love Drugs, 12:00-12:45, Unreal Theatre
Brie Code, CEO/Creative Director, Tru Luv Media

Creating Spaces for Casual Human Interactions, 12:00-12:45, Room Copenhagen
Delphine Fourneau, Game Artist & Illustrator, Klondike Collective

Making Uurnog’s Algorithmic Music Software, 13:00-13:45, Room Copenhagen
Niklas Nygren, Game Designer, Nifflas’ Games

Death, Memory and the Caterpillar, 13:00-13:45, Room Stockholm
Cassandra Khaw, Writer, Jumpsuit Entertainment

The Lightness of Joy, 14:00-14:45, Room Copenhagen
Miguel Sicart, Chief Play Officer, IT University of Copenhagen

How We Turned Our Indie Studio into a Creative Hub, 14:00-14:45, Room Oslo
Felix Bohatsch, CEO, Broken Rules

Telling Stories: An Adventure for Two, 14:00-14:45, Room Stockholm
Mira Dorthé, Co-Founder, Other Tales Interactive
Tanja Tankred, Co-Founder, Other Tales Interactive

Expo, NG15

2017 Sensation Award
Another essential part of Discovery Day is the Sensation Award, handed to one of eight nominated games on display at Nordic Game 2017. All conference attendees can try the games and vote for their favorite. The winner will be revealed at the final NG17 “wrap-up” session at 15:00 in the Unreal Theatre.

Discovery Showcase, 10:00-20:00, Dining Hall
The Discovery Showcase features a selection of great new game projects; visit the showcase to play the creations and meet the developers!

Attention developers! Reserve a display/demo table on Friday, 19 May in the Discovery Showcase, where you can show-off your game to the world and get the feedback/kudos you’re looking for 🙂 Details right here. Welcome!

Lunch, 12:00-14:00, Dining Hall
A complimentary lunch is included with all NG17 conference passes.

Nordic Game Discovery Contest Finals, 13:00-14:00, Unreal Theatre
At the grand final of Nordic Game’s debut live pitch contest, participants will present their games to the NGDC Finals jury, among them legendary Japanese game designer Fumito Ueda, live on stage before the NG17 audience.

Read more about the contest here.

Nordic Game Discovery Contest and partners

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

NG17 Wrap-Up, Sensation Award & NGDC Finals GotY, 15:00-16:00, Unreal Theatre
Thomas Vigild is back with his not-to-be-missed conference wrap-up show, this year fused with a wealth of award presentations, including announcement of the Sensation Award winner as well as Discovery Contest “Game of the Year”.

NG17 After Hours, 16:00-20:00, Slagthuset
Nordic Game Discovery Day will end with a “chill” bang in the Dining Hall. Full of games, fun and surprises.

Open to all NG17 conference pass holders, stand-alone Discovery Day tickets are also available for only 59 EUR. Get yours right here!

Nordic Game 2018
Expect much, much more at NG18. To learn more about the Nordic Game game conference, see our latest introductory brochure here. NG18 pass and price information can be found here.

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!