Update! We’ve created a special developer profile video to showcase PodPal Games, NGDC qualifier winner at NM i Gameplay in Oslo, Norway. Check out the video below!
A dramatic ninth Nordic Game Discovery Contest qualifier was held on 13 January as part of the NM i Gameplay event in Oslo, Norway.
Just hours before the contest began, one of the four selected NGDC competitors had to withdraw from the qualifier. As a consequence, PodPal Games was called in to take their place on stage in the main auditorium of Filmens Hus in central Oslo, joining three other studios in pitching their game projects in front of an enthusiastic live audience as well as a select panel of experts.
In a fairy tale twist, PodPal Games ended up taking the jury and audience by storm. With a brilliant pitch presenting their VR game Age of Space, the expert panel chose them the winner of the qualifier.
Announced later in the evening during the annual Spillprisen awards show, the developer garnered a big round of applause for winning a seat in the NGDC finals at this spring’s NG18 in Malmö.
Nordic Game’s Jacob Riis congratulating PodPal Games.
Big congratulations to PodPal Games and see you again for the Nordic Game Discovery Contest finals at Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden. Also, a warm thank you to the organisers of NM i Gameplay and Spillprisen for two great events!
Get to know PodPal Games 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.
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!
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.
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.