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Erik Robertson, MD, Nordic Game Ventures

About Nordic Game Discovery Contest

NGDC Season IV, June 2019 - May 2020
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 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 May!

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, 27-29 May in Malmö, Sweden

The NGDC Season IV Tour Plan (2019-2020) includes BIG Festival (26-28 June/Sao Paulo, Brazil) – DELTA Summit (2-4 October/La Valetta, Malta) – GameDev Camp (25-26 October/Lisbon, Portugal) – Dev.Play (7-8 November/Bucharest, Romania) – GameOn (16-17 November/Vilnius, Lithuania) – GameRome (13-15 November: – Rome, Italy) – Make Games Africa (5-7 December/Cape Town, South Africa) – NM i Gameplay (Early January/Oslo, Norway) – Guerrilla Game Festival (Mid-April/Madrid, Spain) – Reboot Develop (23-25 April/Dubrovnik, Croatia) – Nordic Game Jam (Late April/Copenhagen, Denmark) – with more venues to be announced soon!

Grand Finals: 27-29 May: Nordic Game 2020 - 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.

Nordic Game Discovery Contest Season IV sponsored by Xsolla, Versus Evil, Matchmade, Plan of Attack, 80 Level and Nordic Game Ventures.


Details about the NGDC fourth season qualifiers to be announced soon.
30-31 Aug: Game Dev Days – Graz, Austria

On 1 Sept., “Path Out” won the first NGDC Season III qualifier at the Game Dev Days in Graz, Austria.

28-29 Sep: Game Dev Camp – Lisbon, Portugal

On 28 Sept., Flying Pan Studio’s “Keg Wars” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at Game Dev Camp in Lisbon, Portugal.

4-5 Oct: DevPlay – Bucharest, Romania

On 5 Oct., Sand Sailor Studio’s “Bossgard” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at DevPlay in Bucharest, Romania.

4-5 Oct: Northern Game Summit – Kajaani, Finland

On 5 Oct., Red Stage’s “Skábma – Polar Night” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at the Northern Game Summit in Kajaani, Finland.

11-14 Oct: GIC – Poznan, Poland

On 12 Oct., Ovid Works’ “Metamorphosis” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at the GIC in Poznan, Poland.

17-19 Oct: Sweden Game Conference – Skövde, Sweden

On 18 Oct., Valiant Games’ “Pendula Swing” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at the Sweden Game Conference in Skövde, Sweden.

20-21 Oct: Athens Games Festival – Athens, Greece

On 20 Oct., Pixel Reign’s “Robbie Swifthand & the Orb of Mysteries” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at the Athens Games Festival in Greece.

2-3 Nov: GameOn – Vilnius, Lithuania

On 3 Nov., Panzerdog’s “Tacticool” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at GameOn in Vilnius, Lithuania.

20-21 Nov: Gamerome – Rome, Italy

On 22 Nov., Dusk Developers’ “Dusk” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at Gamerome in Rome, Italy.

28-29 Nov: Make Games Africa – Cape Town, South Africa

On 29 Nov., QCF Design’s “Drawkanoid” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at Make Games Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

7-10 Dec: F&S Play – Bilbao, Spain

On 9 Dec., Sons of a Bit’s “Islabomba” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at the F&S Play Festival in Bilbao, Spain.

5 Jan: NM in Gameplay – Oslo, Norway

On 5 Jan., Perfectly Paranormal’s “Helheim Hassle” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at NM in Gameplay in Oslo, Norway.

31 Jan-2 Feb: Ludicious – Zürich, Switzerland

On 2 Feb., Bad Dream Games’ “One Hand Clapping” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at Ludicious in Zürich, Switzerland.

11-13 Apr: Reboot Develop Blue – Dubrovnik, Croatia

On 11 April, Critique Gaming’s “Interrogation” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at Reboot Develop Blue in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

25-28 Apr: Nordic Game Jam – Copenhagen, Denmark

On 26 April, Kong Orange’s “Vokabulantis” won the NGDC Season III qualifier at Nordic Game Jam in Copenhagen, Denmark.

9 May: NGDC Season III wild cards

Atomic Wolf’s “Liberated” and Octato’s “Airhead” have been chosen as the NGDC Season III wild card selections.

NGDC GRAND FINALS, 22-24 MAY AT NG19 – Malmö, Sweden

The NGDC Season III Game of the Year was QCF Design’s “Drawkanoid” and the People’s Choice Award went Red Stage for “Skábma – Polar Night”.

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