Nordic Game is pleased to announce an open call for game submissions to this year’s sixth annual Nordic Game Indie Night Showcase and Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award at Nordic Game 2015, 20-22 May in Malmö, Sweden.
Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 Showcase
Nordic Game Indie Night Showcase spotlights talented indie developers from the Nordic countries and is organised in collaboration with Copenhagen Game Collective.
For the first time, this year’s event will include board games as well as digital games. Board games will be judged by a separate dedicated jury. If you have a hybrid title, please choose the category that you would like to be judged in.
Please note that citizenship in a Nordic country is not required, and that even having a part of your team based in the Nordic region is enough to qualify.
If you are nominated, it is also important that at least one member of your team is able to attend Nordic Game 2015 on 20-22 May. Travel and accommodation for one member of each selected game development team will be provided by the organisers, so that nominated developers can receive their awards and showcase their games.
Please refrain from submitting an application if you know that you will not be able to attend the event.
Developers submitting digital games to Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 Showcase will also have the opportunity to apply to this year’s special speed-pitch event, part of the Investing in Games Summit in the main Nordic Game conference program, via the same submission form – details below.
You can submit your digital or board game to the sixth annual Nordic Game Indie Night Showcase and Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award online here.
Please read on for important details regarding digital and board game submissions.
Last year’s event featured some awesome games, and we look forward to seeing your title included this May!
A jury of game developers, theorists, past Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award winners and members of the Copenhagen Game Collective will look through all Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 Showcase digital game submissions to narrow down the projects to a shortlist that the jury finds to be most interesting. Copenhagen Game Collective will then curate the final nominees to be showcased at Nordic Game 2015 and to be in the running for the year’s Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award.
The jury is primarily looking for new digital titles, but games released within the last year will also be considered. Prototypes, works-in-progress, unfinished and unreleased games are also welcome to apply, and will not be treated differently from finished or released titles.
Please note that the selected games are intended to be a list of the “best Nordic indie games”, but instead celebrate the diversity of interesting projects that are being developed in the Nordic region.
New! Board games
A team of Nordic curators, led by Thomas Vigild and Astrid Mie Refstrup, will play, evaluate and nominate six board game prototypes to debut at this year’s Nordic Game Indie Night Showcase and to be considered for a Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award. The jury, with expertise in the board game market, will operate separately from the digital game curators.
Selected board game prototypes will be displayed at the Nordic Game venue (Slagthuset in Malmö) and must be available for play-testing on Wednesday, 20 May. The board game designers will be responsible for manning and presenting their games for the day at the event.
Nordic Game attendees will vote for their favorite board game at the Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 event on Wednesday night from the games on display. The board game with the highest number of votes will win the Nordic Board Game Indie Sensation Award.
Participation is free-of-charge, but the board game must be unpublished in order to participate in the Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 Showcase and to be eligible for the Nordic Board Game Indie Sensation Award.
Also note that print & play board games are not eligible for submission. If your board game is print & play, the curators will still need a physical prototype.
The designers of board game prototypes selected for display at Nordic Game 2015 and nominated for the Nordic Board Game Indie Sensation Award will all receive one full pass to the Nordic Game conference per board game.
Submitted board games do not have to be polished final versions, but should be able to communicate basic game rules and mechanics. Only prototypes developed in the Nordic region will be accepted (Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden or the Åland Islands).
Special note: Board game developers should register online here and send the physical prototype to the curators for evaluation at the following address:
Astrid Mie Refstrup
Tøndebindervej 2, 2 th
2400 Copenhagen NW
Unfortunately postal expenses and return of submitted prototypes can not be reimbursed.
Speed-pitch event for digital games
A new speed-pitch event will debut on 20 May at Nordic Game 2015, as part of the Investing in Games Summit in the main conference program. The event will give Nordic developers a unique chance to pitch their game projects to a selected group of global investors and publishers.
Digital games submitted to the Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 Showcase this year will also have the opportunity to apply for participation in the speed-pitch event via the same online submission form.
Speed-pitch applications will not be judged by the Copenhagen Game Collective, but be reviewed by the Nordic Game organisers. If selected, developers will receive one free Nordic Game 2015 conference pass, as well as support in preparing for the speed-pitch event.
Deadline and submission
The deadline for all submissions is EOD 1 April. Please submit your digital and board game applications to Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 Showcase online here.