Building on fifteen years of running major successful events in the games industry, including several live-pitching events, selection processes and support systems, Nordic Game introduced the Discovery Contest last year - an exciting, competitive challenge where selected game projects are showcased at live-pitch events in several countries.
Now in our second season, NGDC partners with regional games industry conferences across Europe throughout the year to discover the most promising games with the best potential for becoming global hits. These "qualifying round" winners will go on to compete for "Game of the Year" in the NGDC Finals at Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden.
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. Just by submitting your game to the
contest, a string of experts - publishers, investors, journalists,
prominent game designers and other industry profiles - will see your
work and should your team be chosen to pitch live on stage, you'll be
sure to attract the attention of industry professionals in the audience
On stage you'll pitch to an expert jury, as well as a live audience.
After your pitch, the jury will ask questions and provide feedback about
your game. If you win your "qualifying round", you'll go on to the NGDC
Finals at NG18 next May. If you take the final "Game of the Year" award
in Malmö, you'll also win some nice prizes and extend your visibility
For developers not able to join events on the NGDC tour, a number of
wildcards will once again be chosen through an online submission
(Details for 2018 Wildcard submission to be announced)
DevPlay - September 2017, Bucharest, Romania
GameOn - September 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania
SGC - September 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sweden Game Conference - October 2017, Skövde, Sweden
Athens Games Festival - October 2017, Athens, Greece
Game DevCamp - November 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
Games Factory - November 2017, Chisinau, Moldova
AzPlay - November 2017, Bilbao, Spain
Reboot Develop - 20-22 April 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Nordic Game Jam, April 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
(More events to be announced)
Are you developing, or have you already developed a game that deserves
more attention than it's received so far? Are you attending one of the
events on the NGDC Tour? If so, submit your game, and prepare to go on
stage for a qualifying round - and maybe all the way to the NGDC Finals!
Selected projects for this year's Nordic Game Discovery Contest at NGS will have their live pitches on Day 1 (October 5th) of the event. Winners of the event will be published on Day 2 (October 6th).
Qualified teams will receive one Event Pass to NGS 2017.
Judges at NGS 2017: Mikael Haveri, Jenni Ahlapuro, Eevi Korhonen, Jason Garber, Tuukka Grönholm and John Romero
1.To apply, complete the following application form and send it to us at
A) The application form must be used and submitted in English
B) No parts of the form may be removed or reformatted
C) The application must be submitted to Nordic Game before the given
D) The applicant must own or control the intellectual property rights to
the game submitted
E) You will receive a confirmation email two weeks prior to the event if
you've made the cut
2. Games on any platform, developed by any company or single person can
A) Only one person can go on stage and pitch
B) You must have a working demo of your game to show
C) No illegal or plagiarised content in your game (such as trademarked
D) Your company is financially stable (no threat of liquidation or
3. Regarding the live pitch:
A) You'll have five minutes to convince the judges that your game is the
one that deserves to be discovered the most, so prepare well:
What's the concept or purpose of the game? Which features make your game
unique? What's your game's business model, and why?
There are many ways to pitch, so think about which method you'll use,
for example video trailer, a live gameplay demonstration, slide show,
B) After your five minute pitch, the judges will have five minutes to
ask you questions based on your presentation. Be prepared for this as
C) In a ceremony following the competition, the winners and runner-ups
will be announced
4. Rating criteria:
The expert panel will look at how well your game plays; features, modes
and controls, as well as how appealing and enjoyable the game seems.
They will also judge your game's graphics, layout, sound, music and
overall look; how unique the game is, as well as what makes it standout
in terms of story, gameplay, features, controls, etc.
And not least: They'll judge you on how well you pitch your game as
Note: All submitted projects will be reviewed. The selected projects will be informed directly in the weeks following the application deadline, including further instructions regarding the event.