Northern Game Summit
6th – 7th October, 2016

Bio Rex Kajaani

@ Kajaani, Finland

About The Event

Northern Game Summit, NGS for short, is a two-day conference with additional events. After four years, NGS has formed into an annual event for networking between the Newcomers and the Professionals of the game development trade. NGS provides an easygoing environment for game creators to mingle, connect and exchange ideas.

Every year the participants have prized the friendly and comfortable yet informative feel of our event and we do our best to live up to your expectations once more.

The conference is still being set-up and information will be provided as soon as possible. Stay tuned.

To check out last years venue, you can find last years page here.

We reserve the rights to change the schedule and speakers.

DAY 1:   6th Oct


11:00 – 12:20


12:50 – 13:50

Brie Code, CA

14:10 – 15:10

Antti Seppänen, FI

14:10 – 15:10


Registration opens at BioRex


11:00 – 12:20
Streamed from Hall 1.

12:50 – 13:50

Jukka Nousiainen, FI

14:10 – 15:00

Yoeri Staal, NL

15:30 – 16:30

Timo Heinäpurola, FI


11:00 – 12:20
Streamed from Hall 1.

12:50 – 13:50

Sarah Schadow, DE

14:10 – 15:10

Teddy Florea, RO

15:30 – 16:30

Mehdi Benkirane, NL


17:30 – 20:00 VIP DINNER
Jari Tolonen, the mayor of Kajaani will open the VIP dinner.

20:00 – 00:00 BONUS STAGE
Evening party! The party is only for our Day 1 attendees.

DAY 2:   7th Oct


10:00 – 11:00


11:20 – 12:20

Jim Jiang, US

12:40 – 13:40


14:00 – 15:00

Panel: The changing role of publishers

Registration opens in BioRex


10:00 – 11:00

Nils Brolin, SE

11:20 – 12:20


12:40 – 13:40

Johary Mustapha, MY

14:00 – 15:00
Streamed from Hall 1.
Microphones will be available for attendee Q&A


10:00 – 11:00


11:20 – 12:20

Samuli Jääskeläinen, FI

12:40 – 13:40

Jaakko Kemppainen, FI

14:00 – 15:00
Streamed from Hall 1.
Microphones will be available for attendee Q&A

Bonus Stage Party

The official party of NGS Bonus Stage Party will be held on the evening after the first conference day on 6th October at Club 96.

Awesome people, a DJ, food, open bar and a small number of exhibitors giving you an ample opportunity to mix pleasure with business.

Day Zero

The Pre-conference

Day Zero is an exclusive part of the NGS this year, held on the 5th October. It will include painfully realistic talks from industry veterans and a panel discussion with the participants as well as networking with others.
In addition to all, Day Zero will be the first event where you have a possibility to advance in Nordic Game Discovery Contest.

More information can be found here.

Speakers of the Event

We’ve got the experts from around the world

Jim is a 10 year veteran at Blizzard Entertainment. His work spans rigging, hair and cloth simulations, and artist support across all steps in the cinematics pipeline on World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch cinematics. He spends his free time bbq-ing for his friends, gaming with his family, and playing with his enormous St. Bernard.

Senior Technical Artist - Cinematics Team at Blizzard Entertainment

Brie, founder of Tru Luv Media, and current freelancer, is making a series of video games co-designed with people who don't like video games. She has previously worked as programming lead on Child of Light, Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed III and as a programmer on Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War.


Teddy is a head of International BD at Global Mobile Game Confederation and Director of Business Development at Nordic Game. In an increasingly growing Mobile Gaming Industry, choices for the right marketing services for small indie developer studios is not easy. Ted will be focusing on the tools for securing game visibility via the press, PR outreach and ad campaigns.

Head of International BD at GMGC / Director of Business Development at Nordic Game

After two decades of only playing and daydreaming about games during all available spare (work) time, Nils finally hit midlife crisis and quit his dull engineering job and joined the Acquisition team at Paradox in 2015. Acquisition is responsible for finding and signing new games for Paradox to publish, aiding the developers with the pitches and to start up new projects.

Acquisition Associate at Paradox Interactive

Yoeri has an idealist's passion to produce original and high quality games. As a graduate in Artificial Intelligence, his games often contain computer guided opponents and special effects.

Founder & Designer at StaalMedia

Jaakko works at Mindfield Games as a Lead Game Designer. He is also a founder of Triple Sec Entertainment. His specialties are cross-disciplinary cultural knowledge, user centred design, serious games, and edutainment. He has several publications about (indie) games. The graduate from Aalto University is also an experienced lecturer.

Lead Game Designer at Mindfield Games

Entertainment industry all-rounder and entrepreneur, for almost a decade Mehdi has been leading Industry Relations management for SAE Institute's European operations where his primary role is to act as a trend observer by maintaining the highest level of dialogue with the global gaming, film, and music industries to steer creative decisions.

Entertainment Industry Business Developer                                  

Antti is the Storyteller / CEO of Afterlife Entertainment, and a game design lecturer at KUAS. Antti considers games as the best vessel for conveying immersive narratives. His passion is finding solutions to join two natural enemies – gameplay & narrative.

Game Designer, Project lead & CEO at Afterlife Entertainment

Timo graduated from the University of Jyväskylä in 2011. He is experienced in both native and managed programming ranging from 3D game engine development in C++ to managed .NET/Mono development. Timo has worked on many games, including The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, a game based on the popular series of the same name.

Senior Engineer at Reforged Studios                                  

Samuli describes himself as virtual reality game developer, furious jammer and unpredictable traveller. Currently the former student of Kajaani University of Applied Sciences works as a programmer at Mindfield Games, an independent Finnish developer whose focus is on virtual reality games. Samuli has created several VR prototype games during a twitter challenge One Game A Month.

Virtual reality game developer at Mindfield Games

Johary, founder of Forest Interactive, is an entrepreneur involved in the mobile and telecom industry. A hands-on person with good understanding of the Mobile Industry in South East Asia. Oversaw successful and on-going deployment of SMS, WAP, OTT and Web-based wireless services such as HTML5, Mobile Payments, Wholesale MT Messaging and Mobile Games Publishing.

CEO at Forest Interactive

Sarah is a product manager at Berlin at Wooga and part of the Apple Watch team, dedicated to designing games for wearables. She is responsible for feature and User Experience design. She started her career in the games industry in Wooga’s player experience team. She holds degrees in Multilingual Communications and BBA and is an aspiring Triathlete.

Product Manager at Wooga

Jukka is a systems specialist with a knack for bad puns, reverb addict dry for almost 10 years, part-time demoscener, teller of stories, network engineer, understander. Stubbornly trying to ascend a neutral human monk before trying the other roles in Nethack. He'll talk about CSC and building first-class game development pipelines and related environments.

System Specialist at CSC - IT CENTER FOR SCIENCE

Master of Ceremonies
Johan, the blazer-wearing black metal fanatic and Creative Coast founder, works as a Business Developer at the Gameport Incubator in Sweden. He has also worked with Studio Total and studied social anthropology. Sadly quite shit at Overwatch, secretly hoping some patch to make him a viable part of the team. Speaker from NGS 2015 is back for some more!

Founder at Creative Coast Festival                            

NGS Panel

Discussion: The changing role of publishers

This year’s panel discussion is about publishers and what they can do for the games industry. If you are thinking about having a publisher you should really hear these guys out!


Our Esteemed Partners for NGS 2016

Our heartfelt thanks to all of our partners for making NGS possible. We could not do it without you!

For Your Information

Generic Information About This Event

There are not that many hotels in close proximity of our venues, so you better be early with your bookings should you fancy to move around on your own two feet.

On the same street with the venue:
Original Sokos Hotel Valjus

Within walking distance:
Scandic Kajanus Kajaani Hotel
Karolineburg Manor House Hotel

A bit further away:
Hotel KainuunPortti Apartment Hotel Vanha Kulkuri

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Kajaani, whether you like pizza, burger or fine dining we are sure you’ll find something suitable. Here is a list of some of the eating establishments in the area.
You can get 10% discount while eating in the restaurants Rosso and Sulo when you display your NGS 2015 badge.

Rosso Sulo Ranch Wanha Kerho Golden Dragon
Nepal Aama Subway

Taxi is a quick way to get comfortably around when walking is not an enjoyable option:

0600 398 100

If the front of the venue you are looking for looks substantially different from these photos you are probably lost. We suggest to backtrack your steps and replay.

NGS 2012
The year 2012 was the year of the first NGS ever. It was held at the campus of the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and was organized by university in close collaboration with CEMIS Development program.
It culminated with the VIP Pool Party, which legend is still alive at the campus.

NGS 2013
Year 2013 saw the move to the new venue location - the Bio Rex cinema. The attendees fell in love with the plush seats and the big silver screens. The event itself was characterized by pitching contests, two to be precise: the smaller NGS Pitch on the 1st day and the superb Playground Challenge Final with the grand prize of 50 000 € on the 2nd day.

NGS 2014
The NGS 2014 will be forever remembered for the awesomeness of the Bonus Stage (the soirée) thanks to the cool guys at Fingersoft and the longest poop joke in the world as presented by Tomáš Jech. It was also the first time the Very Important Persons at the event were welcomed by the City of Kajaani in the Old Town Hall.

NGS 2015
At NGS 2015 we had our pre-event mixer party with movie makers with great success and from the feedback we decided to make it a permanent feature of the event. The event will be remembered for having speakers like Hunter Grant and Johan Torensson who brought in so many interested listeners that half of them had to sit on the floor.

NGS Event Staff

These guys and gals have worked on the NGS for a better part of a year, already. Many of them were already involved in the earlier events, too.

  • Tommi Krogerus
    Event Producer
  • Emma Karttunen
    Event Manager
  • Iikka Yli-Kuivila
    Event Manager
  • Samuli Kinnunen
    Associate Producer
  • Valtteri Koppelo
    Technical Director
  • Suvi-Pauliina Peräsarka
    Marketing Officer
  • Veronika Iun
    Financial Officer
  • Susanna Raunio
    Art Guru
  • Juho Salminen
    Web Wizard
  • Leili Mård aka Lady-with-the Hat
    Consulting Event Producer
  • Leevi Rasila
    Consulting Event Manager

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) is a proactive, genuinely international university of applied sciences with a strong regional and national profile. An international learning and development community consisting of approximately 2000 students and 230 experts operates in its own compact campus area located in Kajaani’s impressive natural surroundings.

The operations and organizational structure of KAMK are based on five areas of competence: Activity Tourism, Information Systems, Nursing and Healthcare, Mechanical and Mining Engineering and Business and Innovations. The three fields of focus - activity tourism, games and vehicle informations systems - serve to provide KAMK with international competence, visibility and impact.


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For those of you who want to support the event you can always choose the Benefactor Pass - thus supporting the event.
Benefactor Pass holders get a place at the VIP Dinner and in our hearts for time immemorial.
Free hot drinks and snacks during the conference are included in all ticket types.
To enquire about group discounts please contact


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