Nordic Game Indie Day and Night 2016


After six very successful editions of the Nordic Game Indie Night, it’s time to expand and shake things up a bit. We have showcased many wonderful Nordic indie games and thrown many great parties. Traditionally it has been a pre/party to Nordic Game, but this year we have evolved! For Nordic Game 2016 we have taken over Friday, to expand to a whole Nordic Game Indie Day. During the day there will be multiple tracks of indie focused talks and we will finish off Nordic Game, indie style, with an after party. Remember to check out the Indie Showcase in the Dining Hall all day. Read more »

OPEN CALL: 7th Annual Indie Showcase and Nordic Indie Day

Nordic Game Indie Night 2015. Photo credit Gemma Thompson

Nordic Game Indie Night 2015. Photo credit Gemma Thompson

We are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Indie Night Showcase, and the new Nordic Indie Day in collaboration with Nordic Game Conference.

That’s right, Nordic Indie Night has grown to a full Indie Day and we are looking forward to spending a whole day surrounded by inspiring games and people, having important discussions and creating a lot of fun!

Of course there will be a party!


The Indie Night showcase has been celebrating the variety of exciting indie projects from the Nordic region for the last 7 years, so if you have been working on something extraordinary lately we want to see it!

The Open Call is CLOSED! The deadline for submissions was 23:59 on the 1st April.

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Nordic Game is soon approaching and we are proud to announce the program for the Nordic Game Indie Night 2015.
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This year we introduced boardgames into the Nordic Game Indie Night and the duration process was a little different form the digital games. We had a team of dedicated board game experts playing all the physical prototypes.  These guys were looking for well designed, original games with interesting game play. They narrowed the submissions down to six excellent Nordic board games.

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Nordic Game Indie Night 2015: The Curators



Every year when we open the call for Nordic Game Indie Night we get flooded with amazing entries by people from all over the Nordics. From lone individuals to small or medium sized teams, we get short, long, mobile, adventure, arcade, story, space, zombie, strategy, art,.. -games dropped on our desk that we are then asked to make a selection out of.

It’s kind of like being presented with a huge bowl of all different kinds of candy, and being asked to say something profound about each one of them. After a few, it becomes harder and harder to keep finding ways to describe things. “This one is sweet, but that last one was also sweet, but in a different way.” You’ll end up saying things like “well this one tastes kind of pink, while that one was more… happy”.

To avoid this scenario, we call in the help of our expert external judges, whom we now have the honor to present to you:
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NGIN 2015 Board Game Finalists

For the first time we will also be showcasing board games, along with the digital games, at the Nordic Game Indie Night. Submissions were open for unpublished board games from the Nordic region, and it has been very excited to see all the different designs that were submitted. In the end we received a diverse group of 20 very different titles. There were card games, euro-style games, games about love, games about war, fantasy games, quiz games and cross-platform analogue-digital games. Something for every taste.

Playing board games is a very physical, tactile experience and it was a pleasure to open all the packages and play around with so many different components. It was taxing as well to read so many pages of rules (always being the downside of game systems you have to assimilate in your head!).

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NGIN 2015 Digital Finalists

The wait is over, we are ready to announce the 8 digital games that we have nominated to feature at the showcase. 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. The process has been a tough one as over 100 diverse and interesting games were submitted.

The games have been chosen based on a number of different qualities ranging from stunning visuals, to unique experiment. Each of the games are projects that we felt deserved some more attention and they show the diversity of the Nordic indie scene. We don’t wish to make any value about whether or not these games are the “Eight Best Nordic Indie Games” but rather, we believe each of these games has something unique worth showing.

Unfortunately there were way more interesting games than we are able to showcase, and we wish all the applicants who didn’t get in the best of luck. You are of course welcome to apply again next year with the same, further developed or new games.

The 2015 Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award Nominees:

Awkward Ellieby Team Awkward (Denmark)

Foot-To-Ball N+1, by Neat Corporation (Sweden)

Interplanetary, by Team Jolly Roger (Finland)

Manual Samuel, by Perfectly Paranormal (Norway)

Myriad, by Bifrost Entertainment (Norway)

Pavilion, by Visiontrick Media (Sweden)

The Gentleman, by Cape Copenhagen (Denmark)

Zero-G, by Søren Trautner Madsen (Denmark)

The eight selected games will be showcased Wednesday May 20th 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. 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 days, stay tuned.


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We are pleased to announce that the deadline for substitution to Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 has been extended to 1st April.

We have also made a couple of changes to the board game submission rules.

  • It´s OK to change rules and design of a board game after submission – as long as you inform the curators.
  • Designers can get their physical prototypes back if they personally collect them in Copenhagen. Just contact the curator-team.

More information about submission and the event can be found here.

Games can be submitted using this form.


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. Read more »


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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