NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2015 OPEN CALL FOR GAMES

Nordic Indie Game Night 2014

Photograph by Gemma Thomson

We are pleased to announce the Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award 2015, the 6th annual Nordic Indie Night Showcase. In collaboration with the Nordic Game Conference we will showcase a number of talented and interesting indie developers from the Nordic countries.

If you have a game that you feel deserves some more recognition, we invite you to submit your game to this years Nordic Game Indie Night. Last year’s showcase featured some awesome games, and we look forward to seeing your game this year.

If your team is based in the Nordic region: Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, or the Åland Islands you can submit your game here. You don’t have to be ethnically Nordic and having part of your team based in a Nordic country is enough to qualify.

This year, for the first time we will be judging board games as well as digital games. Board games will be judged by a separate dedicated jury. If you have a hybrid game please choose the category you would like to be judged in.

We will provide travel and accommodation for one member of each selected games development team. This will be so you can receive your award and showcase your game.

If you are nominated it is important that at least one member of your team is able to attend the Nordic Game event from 20th – 22nd May in Malmö, Sweden. Please refrain from submitting an application if you know you will not be able to attend the event.

Digital Games

A jury of game developers, theorists, past winners and members of the Copenhagen Game Collective will look through all the submissions to narrow them down to a shortlist of the projects that the jury finds to be most interesting. After that CphGC will curate the final nominees to be showcased at Nordic game. These games will then be in the running for receiving the Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award 2015.

We are primarily looking for new projects but games that have already been released are OK, as long as they came out within the last year or so. Prototypes, work-in-progress, unfinished and unreleased games are also welcome to submit, and will not be treated differently from finished or released games.

The games that are selected will not be intended to be a list of the “Best Nordic Indie Games” but will instead celebrate the diversity of interesting projects that are being developed in the Nordic region.

Board Games

A team of Nordic curators, led by Thomas Vigild and Astrid Mie Refstrup, will play, evaluate and nominate 6 prototypes. These will be separate from the digital game curators and will have expertise centered around the board game market

The selected prototypes will be put in a room at Slagthuset and available for playtesting from Wednesday morning. The game designers are responsible for manning and presenting their games. At the end of the evening at Nordic Indie Night everyone can vote for their favorite Nordic Indie Nordic Board Game on display. The board game with the highest number of votes wins the Nordic Board Game Indie Sensation award during the Award Ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Participation is free. The board game has to be unpublished in order to participate in the board game section of NBGIN.

The designers behind the selected prototypes nominated will all receive one full pass to Nordic Game Conference per board game.
We do not accept print & play board games. If your game is print & play, the curators still need the physical prototype.

The board game does not have to be a finished and superbly polished visual design, but it should be able to communicate the basic rules and mechanics. Only prototypes developed in the Nordic region will be accepted. The developer has to register and send the physical prototype of the board game to the curators for evaluation. Send the prototypes to the following address:

Astrid Mie Refstrup
Tøndebindervej 2, 2 th
2400 Copenhagen NW
Denmark

Unfortunately we do not reimburse or cover postal expenses or return the submitted prototypes.

Speed Pitch for Digital Games

As part of the “Investing in Games” track in the main conference program of Nordic Game 2015, a Speed Pitch event is being organised on 20th May. This gives Nordic developers a unique chance to pitch their new game projects to a selected group of global investors and publishers. Digital games submitted to Nordic Game Indie Night this year have the opportunity to also apply for this through the same submission form. This will not be judged by the Copenhagen Game Collective, instead your submission will be reviewed by the conference organisers, and If selected, you will get a free entrance pass for the conference as well as support on how to prepare for the Speed Pitch event.

Submission

Deadline for submissions is 23:59 on the 16th March.

Please submit your games here.

More detailed program of the night will be announced later. (For further updates, watch this blog or follow us on Twitter).

Any other questions? Send us an email: ngin@cphgc.org

NORDIC GAME INDIE SENSATION 2014: AMONG THE SLEEP

The audience favorite at the 5th Nordic Game Indie Night during the 10th Nordic Game Conference was Among the sleep, by Krillbite. Thanks to all participants, nominees, the winners and everybody who voted, as well as Nordic Game for having us. And thank you for attending the Nordic Game Indie Night live, and supporting us in experimenting with talks, giving the stage to projects and people that we think deserve the spotlight.
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Nordic Game Indie Night 2014 program

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We are proud to announce the program for the Nordic Game Indie Night 2014!

Wednesday May 21nd from 18:00 – 24:00 at Slagtehuset in Malmø is the evening when we will celebrate Nordic Indie Games .

During the night the 8 finalist games will be showcased and the audience will be able to vote for their favorite to win the Nordic Indie Sensation Award at the Nordic Game Awards May 22rd.

This year our event sponsor is Unity Technologies and we want to thank them for all the love and support.

Don’t forget that the event is free and open to the public, so no reason not to show up.

 

PROGRAM

Indie Night Summit

18:00 – doors open
18:30 – 18:45 – “welcome, by the Copenhagen Game Collective”
18:45 – 19:00 – “introducing the nominees”
19:00 – 19:15 – “random is the best choice, by Martin Jonasson”
19:15 – 19:30 – “lovebird performance, by the Indie Bird Game Collective”
19:30 – 19:50 – “this is how we do it: audio for indie games, by Martin Kvale, Joonas Turner, Eirik Surkhe (Jury Prum unfortunately could not make it)”
19:50 – 20:05 – “fear and loathing in Malmö, by Simon Gustafsson & Bram Michielsen”

Indie Night Game Expo

18:30 – 00:00 – game exhibition open

DJ Program

Ssl (DK) – new and old synth with rock’n’roll, sleaze, exotica and soundtracks
Lobst3r (FI) – hip hop
Brainchild (NO) – gameboy + synth
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Meet the NGIN 2014 external jury

It is time to reveal our secret external jury for NGIN 2014, which included past Indie Night finalist and winners as well as game thinkers and critics. Their task was to play and evaluate the submitted games by commenting and voting. The core members of the collective are also participating in the evaluation process of the games, you can see the CPHGC core members here.
The final step of selecting the eight finalist games is done by the core CGC members. The process includes meetings and discussion about each submitted game, while also considering the game evaluations and votes by the jury, and creating a short lists of potential finalists.

Choosing the final eight nominees is never easy since there are so many good games that are developed in the Nordic region every year. Our main intention is to curate an exhibition and competition that represents a healthy diversity in geography, scope, budgets, target demographics, development methods, company structures, design sensibility, genre (or not), aesthetic goals and artistic intent. We hope you enjoy our selection of games this year :)

And now finally here is an introduction to our incredible external jury that helped us in finding the “The Eight Best Nordic Indie Games” that will be shown at NGIN 2014, from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö (Read more about the finalist games here).

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NGIN 2014 Finalists

Whew! This year the Nordic Indie Sensation had almost a hundred game submissions. The jury included CPHGC members, past winners as well as game thinkers and critics; their task has been to evaluate each entrant on its own merits. When selecting for a category as nebulous as “Indie Sensation”, even without taking the diversity of submitted games into account, that has been a challenge. An exciting one.

Just like every year, we have no intention of promoting our shortlist  as “The Eight Best Nordic Indie Games”. We have instead tried to celebrate the diversity that we found in the submissions – you’ll find larger and smaller projects, made by newly established as well as experienced studios, released and in development. In this competition, we are not looking for what is on top of the ladder, rather we go digging for the creamy filling which sits at the core of exactly what Nordic indie games are to us. Common to all of them is that they have a hearty experimental core, that they try for something out of the ordinary, be it a novel aestethic, a twist on an old mechanic, a fresh narrative, or are just so plain well-tuned that they bowled us over.

They all do what they set out to do, and they do it well. Common to all of them is that they are worth showcasing and celebrating.

Now, as for the submissions that didn’t make the nominees list, we have no doubts that we’ll see quite a few of the teams or games in the regular Nordic Game Awards in the years to come. Time may yet prove that we missed some real sensations – but we’ll gladly be proven wrong.

As the dust is settling, it’s obvious to us that Nordic indie games are alive and well, and that there exists a healthy diversity in geography, scope, budgets, target demographics, development methods and company structures. Not to mention stuff like game design sensibility, genre (or not), aesthetic goals and artistic intent.

Again, thanks for all the submissions!

The 2014 Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award Nominees:

Among The Sleepby Krillbite (Norway)

Chronologyby osao games (Denmark)

else { Heart.break() }, by Erik Svedäng, Niklas Åkerblad, Tobias Sjögren, Oscar Rydelius (Sweden)

Future Unfolding, by Spaces Of Play (Sweden)

Goat Simulator, by Coffee Stain Studios (Sweden)

ORBITby 4Bit Games (Norway)

Savant – Ascentby D-Pad Studio (Norway)

Shiftlings,  by Rock Pocket Games (Norway)

The eight selected games will be showcased Wednesday May 21st from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö. One of the games will be selected by public voting during the night to receive the “Indie Sensation Award” at the Nordic Game Awards May 22nd. The evening is free and open to the public and will features inspirational and experimental speakers. We will release more information about the program for the evening in the following weeks, stay tuned.

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NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2014 OPEN CALL FOR GAMES

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We are pleased to announce the 5th annual Nordic Game Indie Night 2014 showcase and summit in collaboration with Nordic Game Conference. The purpose of the showcase is to call attention to talented indie developers from around the Nordic region. Last year’s showcase featured a variety of different Nordic indies and their awesome games, and over 500 attendees.

We are looking forward to another amazing NGIN showcase and therefore we are proud to announce this year’s open call for game submissions.
Are you an indie developer based in the Nordic region? Are you working on a game that’s innovative, special, fun, or noteworthy in some way?  Submit it! We want to see it!

To submit your game, this year we made a submission form which you can find below in this blog post. 
The information we are looking for in the submission is:

  • Title and description of the game
  • Background about you or your team, including where you’re based
  • Links to screenshots/video/demo

The submission deadline was Friday, March 28nd, but we extended it for a week.
The new deadline is Friday, April 4th.

We’ll send out notifications by late April.
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2013 – a retrospect

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When I look back at 2013 I lose my breath. It has been a tremendously great year for us. Not in the sense of releasing professional games (albeit some of us have had some success in our companies with that. Read: KnapNok Games’ Spin the bottle and Cloud Chamber). But more in the sense of building community and experimenting with games and last but not least, just getting new experiences and meeting new people. Read more »

Nordic Game Indie Night 2013 program

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Nordic Game Indie Night 2013 is starting to look like a blast. Wednesday May 22nd from 18:00 – 24:00 is squeezed in between Unite Nordic and Nordic Game. We expect a lot of people showing up, either as a final party of Unite, a kick-off of Nordic Game, a nice bridge between the two events or just a solo event in Malmö. The event is free and open to the public, so no reason not to show up.

During the night the 8 finalist games will be showcased and the audience will be able to vote for their favorite to win the Nordic Indie Sensation Award at the Nordic Game Awards May 23rd.

If you are traveling from Copenhagen by train you will be able to get a great ticket discount. Check out this link with all the information.

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NGIN 2013 Finalists

We are happy to announce this years finalists for the Nordic Game Indie Night Showcase. Our jury of Copenhagen Game Collective members, as well as previous finalists have selected eight games representing the breadth and quality of the Nordic Indie Scene:

Badland, By Frogmind [Finland]

Clairvoyance, By Erik Svedang, Johannes Gotlen, Niklas Akerblad and Oscar Rydelious [Sweden]

Flowstorm, By Neat Corporation [Sweden]

The Mission, By Xavier V Lafont, [Denmark]

The Plan, By Krillbite Studio, [Norway]

Rymdkapsel, By Grapefrukt Games, [Sweden]

The Silent Age, By House on Fire [Denmark]

Stikbold, By Team Stikbold, [Denmark]

The eight selected games will be showcased Wednesday May 22nd from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö. The evening is free and open to the public and will features inspirational and experimental speakers and party all night. We will release more information about the program for the evening in the following weeks, stay tuned.

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NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2013 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We are pleased to announce the 4th annual Nordic Game Indie Night showcase and summit in collaboration with Nordic Game Conference. The purpose of the showcase is to call attention to talented indie developers from around the Nordic region. Last year’s showcase featured a variety of different indies and their awesome games, and over 400 attendees.

We are looking forward to another amazing NGIN showcase and therefore we would like to announce an open call for game submissions.  Are you an indie developer based in the Nordic region? Are you working on a game that’s innovative, special, fun, or noteworthy in some way?  Submit it! We want to see it!

To submit your game, submit the following info here:

  • Title and description of the game
  • Links to screenshots/video/demo
  • Background about you or your team, including where you’re based

The submission deadline is Friday, March 22nd.

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