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Thanks to our NGDC Season V sponsors for their tremendous support and fabulous prizes for the finalists!

“Xsolla makes the tools that bring your games to the world.”

Aleksandr Agapitov, CEO, Xsolla


“Intel is positioned to go to the next level of performance.”

Bob Swan, CEO, Intel


“We’re on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Tencent Games
Tencent Games

“We are confident that we can help you reach out worldwide.”

Xuan Jiang, CEO, WhisperGames

Nordic Game Ventures
Nordic Game Ventures

“Investing in the games industry is evolving, but still very challenging, and requires unique contacts and skills.”

Erik Robertson, MD, Nordic Game Ventures

Games Branding
Games Branding

“We deliver great results that ensures developers, publishers and studios reach their target group.”

Peter Jakobsen, Founder, Games Branding/PR Nordic


“DDM delivers worldwide business expertise with a personal touch and a proven methodology.”

Joe Minton, President, DDM

80 Level
80 Level

“Join 80 Level to learn about new workflows, discuss new tools and share your work.”

Kirill Tokarev, Editor-in-Chief, 80 Level

About Nordic Game Discovery Contest

NGDC Season V, December 2020 - November 2021. Join us!
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!

In 2016, 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) - an exciting, competitive challenge where selected game projects are showcased live in pitch competitions at partner events across Europe.

Now in our fifth 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 V tour (details announced before each qualifier via our newsletter – subscribe here – and on, then prepare to pitch your game live – and maybe at the NGDC finals at the fall edition of Nordic Game 2021 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 Premium conference passes for NG21 in November • Unlimited access to the NG21 MeetToMatch system this fall • Showreel in the NGDC Season IV Finalists Online Expo during Nordic Game 2021 (the fall edition of NG21) in November.

The NGDC Season V Tour Plan (2020-2021) includes online qualifiers at Africa Games Week (December/South Africa) – Kavalkaden (March/Norway) – DStars Connects (March/Italy) – BIG Festival (May/Brazil) – DreamHack Beyond (July/US) - EVA (September/Argentina) – Game Dev Camp (September/Portugal) – LevelUp Conference (September/Italy) and DevPlay (October/Romania).

Online Grand Finals: November: Nordic Game 2021 (the fall edition of NG21) - 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.

Become an NGDC partner! Download the Nordic Game Introduction and Opportunities brochure here and contact us here to learn about great opportunities now available with the upcoming sixth season NGDC tour.

The NGDC Season V is sponsored by Xsolla, Intel, Microsoft, Tencent Games, WhisperGames and Nordic Game Ventures, in partnership with Games Branding, DDM and 80 Level.


Stay tuned for our updated schedule as Season VI begins in the months ahead...
Africa Games Week (December/South Africa)

Design Imps with “The Endless Wyrd” won the NGDC Season V online qualifier at Africa Games Week in Cape Town, South Africa in December.

Kavalkaden (March/Norway)

Arik Zurabian and Edo Brenes with “Dude, Where is My Beer?” won the NGDC Season V online qualifier at Kavalkaden in Norway this February.

DStars Connects (March/Italy)

Brazilian Quartomundo with “The Light of the Darkness” won the NGDC Season V online qualifier at DStars in Italy this March.

BIG Festival (May/Brazil)

Israeli heavy metal music game “Of Bird and Cage” won the NGDC qualifier at the NGDC qualifier on 7 May at Brazil’s BIG Festival from a record number of submissions from around the globe.

DreamHack Beyond (July/US)

On 29 July, the strategy adventure game “Summoners Fate” by US-based D20 Studios won the season’s fifth online NGDC quaifier during DreamHack Beyond.

EVA (September/Argentina)

On 3 September, the game “There You Are” by US-based Funky Dango won the season’s sixth online NGDC quaifier during Exposición de Videojuegos Argentina (EVA).

Game Dev Camp (September/Portugal)

The game “Project Haven” by Code Three Fifty One won the season’s NGDC quaifier at GameDev Camp online in Lisbon, Portugal.

LevelUp Conerence (SEPTEMBER/ITALY)

Elvis Morelli’s innovative mobile game “Game Over Carrara” won the season’s NGDC quaifier at the online LevelUp conference in Rome, Italy.

DevPlay (October/Romania)

The game “Giants Uprising” by VARSAV Game Studios won the season’s NGDC quaifier at DevPlay online in Romania.

Nordic Game group delegation (all season)

Canadian HitGrab Game Lab with “Clan O’Conall and the Crown of the Stag” was the Season V jury selection as a member of a group delegation participating in Nordic Game.

NGDC Season V wild cards (November)

Roy Theunissen from the Netherlands with “Whirler” and Mooneaters from Poland with “Everdream Valley” have been chosen as the wild card selections for the NGDC Season V Grand Finals.

NGDC Season V GRAND FINALS (November at NG21)

D20Studios with “Summoners Fate” won the NGDC Season V Game of the Year title and Elvis Morelli Design with “Game Over Carrara” was voted NGDC Season V People’s Choice by NG21 Autumn participants on the Nordic Game Discord.

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