Developers, why should you participate?
With thousands of new titles released each year, the competition to get noticed is fiercer than ever. Joining the NGDC gives you a shot at getting your game discovered. Just by submitting your game to the contest, a string of experts – publishers, investors, journalists, prominent game designers and other industry profiles – will see your work. Should your team be chosen to pitch live on-stage, you’ll be sure to attract the attention of industry professionals in the audience as well.
In both the NGDC qualifiers and finals, you’ll pitch your game to an expert jury on stage before a live audience. In an exciting, and new for NGDC Season V, round-based format, you will compete live against three other contestants, presenting your game and answering questions from the jury. If you can beat your opponents and rack-up the biggest score, you’ll be declared winner of the qualifying round – and go on to the NGDC Finals at NG21 next May. If you take the final “Game of the Year” award in Malmö, you’ll also win some nice prizes and extend your visibility globally.
For developers not able to join events on the NGDC tour, a number of wildcards will once again be chosen through an online submission process (details for NGDC Season V to be announced).
Qualifiers: At partner events across Europe (see current NGDC Season IV tour schedule below).
NGDC Tour 2019-2020 (Season IV)
June: BIG Brazil – Sao Paulo, Brazil
October: Playcon Malta, La Valetta
October: Game DevCamp – Lisbon, Portugal
November: DevPlay – Bucharest, Romania
November: GameRome – Rome, Italy
November: GameOn – Vilnius, Lithuania
November – LIU Conference – Linkoping, Sweden
December – Make Games Africa – Cape Town, South Africa
January – NM GamePlay Oslo, Norway
February: Growing Games Denmark – Aarhus, Denmark
March: Polar Bear Pitching – Oulu, Finland
September: Digital Dragons – Krakow, Poland
October: Sweden Game Conference, Skovde, Sweden
October: Guerrilla Games Festival – Madrid, Spain
Grand Finals (NGDC Season IV): Nordic Game 2020 +, 25th-27th November in Malmö, Sweden
Are you developing, or have you already developed a game that deserves more attention than it’s received so far? Are you attending one of the events on the NGDC Tour? If so, submit your game, and prepare to go on stage for a qualifying round – and maybe all the way to the NGDC Finals!
Get your game discovered
As a finalist, a shot at some great prizes
Meet potential partners and investors among the companies following the contest
2 full conference passes for NG2021
Publisher Market guaranteed access at NG2021
Unlimited access to the NG2021 MeetToMatch system
A complimentary table in the NGDC Season V Finalists Expo at NG2021 (end of May)
Application, terms and conditions
Contest format & rules:
A) The contestants chosen through the submission process will meet on-stage in a live contest, divided in to the following rounds:
Intro Round: Each contestant has to present themselves and their game.
Game Round: Each contestant has to answer questions from the judges about the presented game. These can be technical, about the gameplay, or even personal.
i. “What is most unique about your game”?
ii. “What are you inspired by”?
iii. “What part of yourself has been put into the game”?
Reality Round: Contestants answer questions about the realities surrounding the game. These can be about economics, but also personal about yourself and your team.
i. “What is your biggest strength as a team?” (objective),
ii. “What are your biggest dreams for your studio?” (very personal)
Final Chance Round: Contestants show a final piece of material in a last effort to sway the judges. Any material (per-prepared) may be show on screen (images, videos, GIF, screen dumps etc.) after which the audience is asked to cheer.
B) After each round, the judges will give points to the contestant who made the best impression. After the final round, a winner is found and celebrated.
C) As part of entering the competition contestants have to submit the following material via the submission form:
Game logo – A postcard format logo. Used in presentation and on printed voting cards.
“Behind the scenes” video – A 30-second mobile phone camera “studio tour” (e.g. walk through studio and wave at people, filming interesting stuff while talking).
Game Trailer – A 30 second trailer showing in-game footage from the game in development.
“Final Chance” Material – Any material (gif, video, screenshots, art etc.) used for showcasing the game in the final round.
The judges will look at the material submitted by the contestants, so be sure that you cover the basics there, such as: What’s the concept or purpose of the game? Which features make your game unique? What’s your game’s business model, and why?
Also make sure to deliver all the basic, “hard facts” about your game, like format, present development state, control method, USP etc.
On-stage, the judges will look at your stage performance, how you present your game, and they will ask you questions based on the material submitted.
A) The application form must be used and submitted in English.
B) No parts of the form may be removed or reformatted.
C) The application must be submitted to Nordic Game before the given deadline.
D) The applicant must own or control the intellectual property rights to the game submitted.
E) You will receive a confirmation email one week prior to the event if you’ve made the cut.
Games on any platform, developed by any company or single person can participate, but:
Only one person can go on stage and participate in the contest.
You must have a working demo of your game to show.
No illegal or plagiarised content in your game (such as trademarked content, etc.).
Your company is financially stable (no threat of liquidation or bankruptcy exists).
All submitted projects will be reviewed. The selected projects will be informed directly in the weeks following the application deadline, including further instructions regarding the event.
Get in touch to find out more.