Happyland wins NGDC in Athens

 

Update! We’ve created a special developer profile video to showcase Happyland Entertainment, NGDC qualifier winner at the Athens Games Festival in Greece. Check out the video below!

The NGDC qualifier in Greece was held at the very first edition of the Athens Games Festival. On 28 October, five contestants went on stage in the main auditorium of HELEXPO, pitching their game projects in front of an enthusiastic live audience and a select panel of experts.

After the session, the panel consisting of Visual Arts CEO Nizar Romdahne, Mario Valle Reyes of Altered Ventures, educational game expert Tsahi Lieberman, Sabrina Carmona from King and Anastasios Katopodis from Wargaming gathered to discuss and select the best pitch.

As a special sponsor for the NGDC in Athens, Amazon App Store provided prizes for the three finalists in the form of a Fire Tablet for each of them. And the winners were:

Third place: Monsters presenting Apocalypse Cow
Second place: Ascanio Entertainment presenting Crash Force

And the winner chosen for a seat in the NGDC finals at NG18 in Malmö next May was… Happyland Entertainment with their game Go Heroes: Prometheus!
 

Nordic Game’s Jacob Riis and the expert panel in Athens congratulating Happyland Entertainment.

Big congratulations to Happyland Entertainment and see you at the NGDC finals next year! Also, a warm thank you to the organisers of Athens Games Festival for a great event, and Amazon App Store for their prizes 🙂

Get to know Happyland Entertainment better in this special Nordic Game Discovery Contest developer profile video:


 
About the Nordic Game Discovery Contest
Building on 14 years of running major successful events in the games industry, including several live-pitching events, selection processes and support systems, Nordic Game launched the Nordic Game Discovery Contest (NGDC) in 2016 – an exciting, competitive challenge, where selected game projects are showcased at live-pitch events in several countries.

NGDC Season 2 (2017-2018)
TeamOcmo’s NGDC “Game of the Year” win and award ceremony at NG17 concluded a fantastic Nordic Game Discovery Contest debut season, and raises a high bar for the studios and teams to follow in NGDC’s second season tour.

Qualifiers:
11-12 Sep – DevPlay – Bucharest, Rumania
16-17 Sep – GameOn – Vilnius, Lithuania
29-30 Sep – Slovenian Games Conference – Ljubljana, Slovenia
5-6 Oct – Northern Game Summit – Kajaani, Finland
18-20 Oct – Sweden Game Conference – Skövde, Sweden
27-29 Oct – Athens Game Festival – Athens, Greece
24 Nov – GameDev Camp – Lisbon, Portugal
29-30 Nov – AzPlay – Bilbao, Spain
13 Jan 2018 – NM in Gameplay – Oslo, Norway
23 Jan – Ludicious Game Festival – Zurich, Switzerland
25 Jan – Gamesforum – London, UK
12-13 Apr – Dubai Game Conference – Dubai, UAE
16 Apr – Nordic Game Jam – Copenhagen, Denmark
19-21 Apr – Reboot Develop – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Stay posted as new qualifiers are added to the tour!

NGDC Wild Cards
Are you not attending our partner events? Fear not. Our online submission for a wild card seat at the NGDC finals will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!

NGDC Finals:
23-25 May – Nordic Game 2018 – Malmö, Sweden

Winners from the qualifiers will earn a place in the Nordic Game Discovery Contest grand finals at Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden.

Follow the contest winners as they make their way to the NGDC second season finals right here at discovery-contest.nordicgame.com.

About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2017 was its fourteenth year. Gathering over 2,000 games industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Learn more about the next edition of Europe’s premier games industry event, Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden at conf.nordicgame.com.

The Nordic Game Discovery Contest is sponsored by Nordisk Film Games, Appodeal and Nordic Game Ventures.

About Nordisk Film Games
Nordisk Film is a leading Nordic entertainment company, distributor of Sony PlayStation products in the region and part of Egmont. Nordisk Film – Games is a new unit investing in Nordic game studios.

Learn more about Nordisk Film Games at www.nordiskfilmgames.com.

About Appodeal
Appodeal was founded by app publishers for app publishers. Appodeal was originally created in 2011 as an in-house ad mediation solution for Alfa Production, a mobile apps publishing company with a monthly audience of 4M active users across all apps.

After experimenting with most of the ad networks, mediators, and app monetization tools on the market to monetize Alfa’s apps, founder & CEO Pavel Golubev was surprised to learn their in-house publisher-centric ad mediation platform actually performed the best — increasing their apps’ ad revenue by an impressive ~270%.

Golubev then realized that all mobile ad tools simply put the advertisers’ interests first, not the publishers. As a result, he decided to launch Appodeal to the public in 2015 — bringing the power back to the mobile app publishers.

Thanks to its innovative publisher-centric ad marketplace where ad networks compete against each other in real-time for every ad impression, Appodeal has significantly increased ad revenue for app publishers and has been growing rapidly ever since.

Learn more about Appodeal’s win/win business model here.

About Nordic Game Ventures
Nordic Game Ventures aims to grow great companies and secure future jobs while profiting from the greatest Nordic export industry success in ages, the games industry. Nordic Game Ventures is founded by ten Nordic games entrepreneurs and gamer entrepreneurs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Learn more about Nordic Game Ventures at nordicgameventures.com.