On 23-25 May as a major part of the Nordic Game 2018 conference, 15 game studios that won Nordic Game Discovery Contest qualifiers across Europe met in Malmö, Sweden for the NGDC Season II Grand Finals.
The NGDC Grand Finals at NG18 kicked-off with the exclusive NGDC Mentor Sessions, featuring a group of industry experts that prepared the competing teams for the days ahead, as well as the NGDC Finalist Expo, where all NG18 conference attendees could test the finalist’s games, chat with the developers and vote for their favorites.
On Wednesday, 23 May the exciting two-stage live semi-finals brought this season’s competition near to a close as the NGDC Season II Final Four were announced, including Breadcrumbs Interactive (Yaga, Romania), Fuero Games (Bushy Tail, Poland), Rikodu (Second Hand: Frankie’s Revenge, Romania) and Henchman & Goon (Pode, Norway).
Friday, 25 May featured the long-awaited NGDC Season II Finals, the culmination of twelve months of live NGDC qualifiers at thirteen European partner events and three wild card selections. After a nerve-racking final pitch battle between the remaining four studios in the Unreal Theatre at NG18, the NGDC Grand Finals expert panel recessed to determine the winner – and following an intense jury debate, the NGDC Season II Game of the Year was announced – Romanian Breadcrumbs Interactive with their folktale RPG Yaga.
Check out the Yaga trailer:
As this season’s NGDC GotY, Breadcrumb Studios will also receive prizes from Plan of Attack, Greenlit Content, Mail.ru, GamesIndustry.biz and Nordisk Film Games, as well as a full PR campaign and extensive support from DDM (Digital Development Management).
The results of the popular vote from the NGDC Finalist Expo at NG18 were also revealed, with Greek Happyland Entertainment winning the NGDC Season II People’s Choice Award for their narrative puzzler/platformer Go Heroes: Prometheus.
Check out the Go Heroes: Prometheus trailer:
Our warmest congratulations to the winners! It will be very exciting to follow Breadcrumbs Interactive, Happyland Entertainment and the rest of the NGDC Season II finalists in the future.
Also a very big thank you to our NGDC Season II sponsors – Nordisk Film Games, Appodeal, Nordic Game Ventures and Steam – and our partners across Europe – learn more about them right here. We’ll also be revealing tour plans for NGDC Season III very soon, so stay tuned!