Update: Follow the NGDC’s second season at discovery-contest.nordicgame.com!
The tenth qualifying round of the Nordic Game Discovery Contest’s second season will be held at the upcoming Ludicious conference in Zürich, Switzerland on 20 January. The winner in Zürich will earn a place in the Nordic Game Discovery Contest finals at next year’s Nordic Game conference, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden.
Tobias Kopka, who just recently joined the Ludicious team as Artistic & Conference Director, and formerly known as organiser of events such as Respawn – Gathering of Game Developers in Cologne and Quo Vadis in Berlin says:
“Nordic folks, with pleasure we invite you from the snowy north to the – well, snowy center of Europe! Not only you should join, but we are also really looking forward to seeing our friends from the Nordic Game Discovery Contest at Ludicious, since this a great opportunity for not only Swiss game developers to get their game projects discovered and connect with the international scene. Here in Zürich – and hopefully soon after in Malmö.”
“This second season of the Discovery Contest just keeps on expanding, and we’re very much looking forward to meeting the gaming scene in Switzerland,” adds Nordic Game program director Jacob Riis. “We hope to see some great projects enter the contest and battle on stage in Zürich!”
Ludicious offers attendees an extended weekend packed with talks, games, networking opportunities and much more. The organisers have already revealed the names of 28 speakers joining the conference line-up at Switzerland’s most important gaming event. Among the confirmed speakers are renowned names such as:
Alden Kroll, a designer at Valve for over 12 years, working on Steam as well as on games such as Team Fortress 2, Portal and Left 4 Dead. Alden currently works as a designer on the Steam store, on Steam publishing tools and various community features such as the Steam Workshop.
Callum Underwood, in charge of signing new games at the Swedish developer Raw Fury.
David O’Reilly is the creator of the groundbreaking animated films Please Say Something and The External World. His work has won numerous awards and been the subject of several retrospectives internationally. He also served as writer for the television shows Adventure Time and South Park, and created the fictional video games in Spike Jonze’s Academy Award winning film Her.
Daniel Dociu, currently overseeing visual development across all development teams under the Amazon Game Studios umbrella.
Dhaunae de Vir, business development manager for White Wolf Entertainment (Vampire: The Masquerade), brand evangelist, videogames ambassador and esports consultant.
Julie Heyde and Horatiu Roman, known in the games industry for their game jams and VR games as VRUnicorns.
Kate Edwards, CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, and former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
Lauren Cason, a senior artist at ustwo games, where she worked on Monument Valley 2 (winner of Best Mobile Game at the 2017 Game Awards). She was recently named one of “30 under 30 in Games” for 2018 by Forbes magazine.
Patryk Grzeszczuk, marketing director at 11 bit studios and responsible for developing marketing/advertising strategies for This War of Mine, Beat Cop and Frostpunk.
Interested in joining Ludicious, 18-21 January in Zürich, Switzerland? Nordic Game has a great discount offer for you: Get 15 per cent off tickets with this NG discount code: NGDCgoesZurich. Tickets are now available right here!
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About the Nordic Game Discovery Contest
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 launched the Nordic Game Discovery Contest (NGDC) in 2016 – an exciting, competitive challenge, where selected game projects are showcased at live-pitch events in several countries.
NGDC Season 2 (2017-2018)
TeamOcmo’s NGDC “Game of the Year” win and award ceremony at NG17 concluded a fantastic Nordic Game Discovery Contest debut season, and raises a high bar for the studios and teams to follow in NGDC’s second season tour.
11-12 Sep – DevPlay – Bucharest, Rumania
16-17 Sep – GameOn – Vilnius, Lithuania
29-30 Sep – Slovenian Games Conference – Ljubljana, Slovenia
5-6 Oct – Northern Game Summit – Kajaani, Finland
18-20 Oct – Sweden Game Conference – Skövde, Sweden
27-29 Oct – Athens Game Festival – Athens, Greece
24 Nov – GameDev Camp – Lisbon, Portugal
29-30 Nov – AzPlay – Bilbao, Spain
13 Jan 2018 – NM in Gameplay – Oslo, Norway
23 Jan – Ludicious Game Festival – Zurich, Switzerland
25 Jan – Gamesforum – London, UK
12-13 Apr – Dubai Game Conference – Dubai, UAE
16 Apr – Nordic Game Jam – Copenhagen, Denmark
19-21 Apr – Reboot Develop – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Stay posted as new qualifiers are added to the tour!
NGDC Wild Cards
Are you not attending our partner events? Fear not. Our online submission for a wild card seat at the NGDC finals will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!
23-25 May – Nordic Game 2018 – Malmö, Sweden
Winners from the qualifiers will earn a place in the Nordic Game Discovery Contest grand finals at Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden.
Learn more about the Nordic Game Discovery Contest and follow the contest winners as they make their way to the NGDC second season finals at discovery-contest.nordicgame.com.
About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2017 was its fourteenth year. Gathering over 2,000 games industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Learn more about the next edition of Europe’s leading games industry event, Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden at conf.nordicgame.com.
The Nordic Game Discovery Contest is sponsored by Nordisk Film Games, Appodeal and Nordic Game Ventures.
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.
Appodeal was founded by app publishers for app publishers. Appodeal was originally created in 2011 as an in-house ad mediation solution for Alfa Production, a mobile apps publishing company with a monthly audience of 4M active users across all apps.
After experimenting with most of the ad networks, mediators, and app monetization tools on the market to monetize Alfa’s apps, founder & CEO Pavel Golubev was surprised to learn their in-house publisher-centric ad mediation platform actually performed the best — increasing their apps’ ad revenue by an impressive ~270%.
Golubev then realized that all mobile ad tools simply put the advertisers’ interests first, not the publishers. As a result, he decided to launch Appodeal to the public in 2015 — bringing the power back to the mobile app publishers.
Thanks to its innovative publisher-centric ad marketplace where ad networks compete against each other in real-time for every ad impression, Appodeal has significantly increased ad revenue for app publishers and has been growing rapidly ever since.
Learn more about Appodeal’s win/win business model here.
About Nordic Game Ventures
Nordic Game Ventures aims 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.