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Aleksandr Agapitov, CEO, Xsolla

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Steve Escalante, Founder, Versus Evil

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Xuan Jiang, CEO, WhisperGames

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Chris Clarke, co-founder, Plan of Attack


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About Nordic Game Discovery Contest

NGDC Season IV, June 2019 - November 2020. Stay tuned as Season V kicks-off in December.
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!

Building on fourteen years of organising successful games industry activities, including the annual Nordic Game conference and exhibition, regional funding programs, overseas networking events and other developer support initiatives, we introduced the Nordic Game Discovery Contest (NGDC) in 2016 - an exciting, competitive challenge where selected game projects are showcased live in pitch competitions at partner events across Europe.

Now in our fourth season, the unique NGDC format - instead of just pitching a game the traditional way, contestants compete live onstage in an entertaining round-based battle for points - continues to thrill participants and audiences alike.

How to participate: Are you developing, or have you already developed a game that deserves more attention than it’s received so far? Submit your game via one of our partner events on the Season IV tour (details announced before each qualifier via our newsletter – subscribe here – and on, then prepare to pitch your game on stage – and maybe at the NGDC finals in November!

Get your game discovered • As a finalist, a shot at some great prizes • Meet potential partners and investors among the companies following the contest • Two full conference passes for NG20+ • Unlimited access to the NG20+ MeetToMatch system • A complimentary booth/table in the NGDC Season IV Finalists Expo at Nordic Game 2020 (NG20+), 25-27 November in Malmö, Sweden

The NGDC Season IV Tour Plan (2019-2020) includes qualifiers at the BIG Festival (26-28 June/Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Playcon/DELTA Summit (2-4 October/Ta’Qali, Malta) – GameDev Camp (25-26 October/Lisbon, Portugal) – Dev.Play (7-8 November/Bucharest, Romania) – GameRome (13-15 November/Rome, Italy) – GameOn (16-17 November/Vilnius, Lithuania) – LiU Game Conference (27 November/Linköping, Sweden) – Playtopia MGA (5-7 December/Cape Town, South Africa) – NM i Gameplay (Early January/Oslo, Norway) – Growing Games (25 February/Århus, Denmark) – Polar Bear Pitching (12 March/Oulu, Finland) – Devcom Digital (27 August/online) – Melbourne International Games Week (9 October (AUS)/online) – Guerrilla Game Festival (8 October/online) – and DevPlay (3 November/online).

Online Grand Finals: 25-27 November: Nordic Game 2020 (NG20+) - Malmö, Sweden

NGDC wild cards: Not attending our partner events? Fear not. Online submission for wild card seats in the NGDC finals opens each season after the partner event qualifiers.

The Nordic Game Discovery Contest Season IV is sponsored by Xsolla, Versus Evil, AWS Game Tech, Microsoft, WhisperGames, Plan of Attack, Matchmade, Nordic Game Ventures, Karmafy, DDM and 80 Level.


Stay tuned for our updated schedule as Season V kicks-off in December.
27 Jun: BIG Festival – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pink Array won the NGDC Season IV kick-off with their game “Grashers” at the BIG Festival in São Paulo, Brazil.

4 Oct: Playcon/DELTA Summit – Ta’Qali, Malta

Yourun won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at Playcon in Malta on 4 October with their 2D arena shooter “Warshmallows”.

25 Oct: GameDev Camp – Lisbon, Portugal

Team Chronos won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at GameDev Camp in Lisbon, Portugal on 25 October with their 2D puzzler “Chronos”.

8 Nov: Dev.Play – Bucharest, Romania

Team FearLand won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at Dev.Play in Bucharest, Romania on 8 Nov. with their real-time stealth tactics game “FearLand”.

14 Nov: GameRome – Rome, Italy

Italian Omnisir won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at GameRome in Rome, Italy on 14 Nov. with their action fantasy game “Marble Garden”.

16-17 Nov: GameOn – Vilnius, Lithuania

German Hekate won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at GameOn in Vilnius, Lithuania on 17 Nov. with their their WWI first person horror game “Ad Infinitum”.

27 NOV: LiU Game Conference – Linköping, Sweden

Swedish Friendly Fire won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at the LiU Game Conference in Linköping, Sweden on 27 Nov. with their game “Plunder Pack”.

5 Dec: Playtopia MGA – Cape Town, South Africa

Unsigned Double Collective won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at Playtopia MGA in Cape Town, South Africa on 5 Dec. with “Freja and the False Prophecy”.

11 Jan: NM i Gameplay – Oslo, Norway

Loeding won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at NM i Gameplay in Oslo, Norway on 11 Jan. with their game “Last Days of Snow” (formerly “SNOW”).

25 Feb: Growing Games – Århus, Denmark

Ugly Duckling won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at the Growing Games pitch event in Århus, Denmark on 25 Feb. with their game “DramaQueen”.

12 Mar: Polar Bear Pitching – Oulu, Finland

Team Jolly Roger with “Interplanetary 2” won the NGDC Season IV qualifier at Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu, Finland on 12 March.

27 Aug: Devcom Digital

On 27 Aug., Happy Volcano from Belgium won the debut online NGDC Season IV qualifier with their game “You Suck at Parking” at Devcom Digital.

8 OCT: Guerrilla Game Festival

On 8 Oct., Open House Games won the NGDC Season IV online qualifier at Guerrilla Game Festival in Madrid, Spain with their game “A Tale of Paper”.

9 OCT: Melbourne International Games Week

DragonBear Studio with their game “Innchanted” won the NGDC Season IV online qualifier at Melbourne International Games Week in Australia on 9 October.

3 NOV: DevPlay

Bulgarian Blue Rose Games and their game “Azure Dawn” was the victor on 3 Nov. at DevPlay Digital in Bucharest.

4 NOV: #SwissGames NG20+ delegation

The NGDC selection committee chose #SwissGames NG20+ delegation’s participating studio Lukyantsev Company with “Wild Planet” as the last NGDC Season IV finalist.

4 Nov: NGDC Season IV wild card

Danish Bedtime Digital and their game “Figment: Creed Valley” were chosen by the selection committee as the NGDC Season IV wild card finalist.


27 Nov. at NG20+, Belgian Happy Volcano ultimately swayed the NGDC Grand Final judges for the NGDC Season IV Game of the Year title.

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