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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Nordic Game Indie Sensation 2012: LAZA KNITEZ!

So much stuff is going on right now so we have a hard time catching up. Nordic Game Conference is over and we had a blast. We kicked off the conference by organizing an indie summit, party and exhibition the day before the main conference and over 600 people showed up.

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Check out this video from GRTV which captures a lot of moments from the conference. 03:24: Me being hungover, 4:16: Nifflas talking about the game How the Game, and 09:45: Team Buttfighter receiving the Indie Sensation Award 2012 for their local multiplayer arcade game LAZA KNITEZ!. Team Buttfighter used the occasion on stage to knight the best LAZER KNITEZ! player in the lazerwerse, Simon Gustaffson from Redgrim.

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