February 12: Start of Game-Submission and Jury-Registration

March 1: Judging starts

March 12: Submission Deadline
March 26: Submission Deadline

March 30: Judging ends

April 9: Announcement of Yonderplay Showcase titles

May 25: Yonderplay Day


Yonderplay showcase

Yonderplay is a brand new format by the Copenhagen Game Collective that will be part of Nordic Game Conference. Yonderplay will be a one day showcase of outstanding games in a hygge environment. We will chill together, play together, have a couple of short intimate presentations and will demonstrate that the games industry can be a cozy and nice place.

We are looking for games that break the rules. Games that redefine what games can be. Games that have a, possibly tiny, spark of novelty that changes everything.

More specifically, we are looking for games that:

  • Have a simple but groundbreaking idea and execute on it (e.g. Fingle)
  • Revive or invigorate an existing genre (e.g. 80 Days)
  • Are personal and expressive games (e.g. Depression Quest)
  • Feature mechanics that affect you in real life (e.g. Pokemon Go)
  • Use game mechanics against you (e.g. What the Golf?)
  • Are so obscure we don’t even know what we are looking at but it’s great (e.g. Caves of Qud)

If you have a game that fits into any of the above categories – or does not fit but is nevertheless a breath of fresh air – and you have at least one team member from a Nordic country, then you owe yourself and the world at large to submit your game. See previous year nominees.


The Yonderplay Day – May 25th

The games selected will be on showcase for the whole day (10-18). During this time we will have 2 sessions with presentations of the developers. A kind of show-and-tell in our Yonderplay Room hygge-area. Your game will need to be manned there and you will need to prepare a 10 min presentation of your game. However, we are creating this cozy intimate space, so it will more be a show-and-tell session where you play 10 min well prepared sections of your game while explaining what sets it apart, or what you learned, or what you did wrong, anything you and the audience find interesting. At the end of the day we will have a 30 min sit down session with all developers and have an informal Q&A session. It will all be very low key, nice and a great way for you to show your game to fellow developers.


What do I win?

As a nominee for the Yonderplay Showcase you get to exhibit your game at the Nordic Game Conference. You get 2 free tickets for the full conference for 2 from your team. We would prefer 1-2 of the core designers or developers to be present at the event.
You also get one of those amazing award leaves thingy from the best games showcase in the world from the most amazing games collective in the world (*sarcasm over ;)).

Finally and most importantly you get the warm cozy feeling of being part of a movement that the Copenhagen Game Collective stands for – you help demonstrating that games are a medium that can go far beyond mere entertainment.