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Thank you to our NGDC Season IV sponsors and supporters.

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

Aleksandr Agapitov, CEO, Xsolla

Versus Evil
Versus Evil

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Steve Escalante, Founder, Versus Evil


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Heini Vesander, CMO, Matchmade

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Chris Clarke, co-founder, Plan of Attack

80 Level
80 Level

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Kirill Tokarev, Editor-in-Chief, 80 Level

Nordic Game Ventures
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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!

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 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 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) – Playtopia MGA (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) – and Nordic Game Jam (Late April/Copenhagen, Denmark) – with more partner 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.

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


More NGDC fourth season partner venues to be announced soon!
26-28 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.

2-4 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”.

25-26 Oct: GameDev Camp – Lisbon, Portugal

25-26 Oct, the NGDC returns to GameDev Camp in Lisbon, Portugal. Submission deadline 14 Oct. – apply now!

7-8 Nov: Dev.Play – Bucharest, Romania

7-8 Nov. marks the return of the NGDC to Dev.Play in Bucharest, Romania. Submission deadline 18 Oct. – apply now!

13-15 Nov: GameRome – Rome, Italy

On 13-15 Nov., the NGDC returns to GameRome in Rome, Italy. Submission deadline 23 Oct. – apply now!

16-17 Nov: GameOn – Vilnius, Lithuania

On 16-17 Nov., the NGDC returns to GameOn in Vilnius, Lithuania. Submission deadline 25 Oct. – apply now!

5-7 Dec: Playtopia MGA – Cape Town, South Africa

On 5-7 Dec., the NGDC returns to Playtopia MGA in Cape Town, South Africa. Stay tuned for submission details!

Early Jan: NM i Gameplay – Oslo, Norway

In early Jan., the NGDC returns to NM i Gameplay in Oslo, Norway. Stay tuned for submission details!

Mid-Apr: Guerrilla Game Festival – Madrid, Spain

In mid-Apr., the NGDC returns to Guerrilla Game Festival in Madrid, Spain. Stay tuned for submission details!

23-25 Apr: Reboot Develop – Dubrovnik, Croatia

On 23-25 Apr., the NGDC returns to Reboot Develop in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Stay tuned for submission details!

Late Apr: Nordic Game Jam – Copenhagen, Denmark

In late Apr., the NGDC returns to Nordic Game Jam in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stay tuned for submission details!

Early May: NGDC Season IV wild cards

In early May, the NGDC Season IV wild card winners will be selected. Stay tuned for submission details!


On 27-29 May, the NGDC Finalist Expo and Grand Finals return to Nordic Game in Malmö, Sweden. Stay tuned for details!

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