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28 November 2022 - 29 November 2022
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GAME WAVE FESTIVAL 2022
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Nordic Game Discovery Contest Season VI

Building on seventeen years of organizing successful games industry activities, including the annual Nordic Game conference and exhibition, regional funding programs, overseas networking events and other developer support initiatives, we introduced the Nordic Game Discovery Contest (NGDC) in 2016 - an exciting, competitive challenge where selected game projects are showcased live in pitch competitions at partner events across the world.

Now in our sixth season, the unique contest format has been established - instead of just pitching a game the traditional way, contestants compete live in an entertaining, online, round-based battle for points. 

Want to be a part of NGDC? 

For the first time, the final pitch battle of the Nordic Game Discovery Contest Grand Finals will take place in the Baltics countries on 28th November 2022 during Game Wave Festival.

As a developer attending Game Wave Festival you have a chance to earn a seat!

Submit your game right here: https://forms.gle/bjpURRjV8pMgVAsk7

Deadline: 14 October 2022

Contest format & rules, special qualifier

  • The NGDC Board will choose one game from the pool of submissions.
  • The application form must be used and submitted in English.
  • No parts of the form may be removed or reformatted.
  • The application must be submitted to Nordic Game before the given deadline.
  • The applicant must be registered for Game Wave Festival and should be ready to present/showcase the game in Game Wave Festival expo area.
  • The applicant must own or control the intellectual property rights to the game submitted
  • You will receive a confirmation email one week prior to the event if you've made the cut.

Important notes:

Games on any platform, developed by any company or single person can participate, but:

  • You must have a working demo of your game to show.
  • No illegal or plagiarized content in your game (such as trademarked content, etc.).
  • Your company is financially stable (no threat of liquidation or bankruptcy exists).

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.

Good luck!


NGDC Background

Structure

NGDC partners with regional games industry events across Europe and abroad throughout the year to discover the most promising games with the best potential for becoming global hits. These "qualifying round" winners go on to compete for "Game of the Year" in the NGDC Finals at the Nordic Game conference.

Developers, why should you participate?

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. Should your team be chosen to pitch live on-stage, you'll be sure to attract the attention of industry professionals in the audience as well.

In both the NGDC qualifiers (except specials) and finals, you'll pitch your game to an expert jury on stage before a live audience. In an exciting, round-based format, you will compete live against three other contestants, presenting your game and answering questions from the jury. If you can beat your opponents and rack-up the biggest score, you'll be declared winner of the qualifying round - and go on to the NGDC Finals. If you take the final "Game of the Year" award, you'll also win some nice prizes and extend your visibility globally.

Wildcards

For developers not able to join events on the NGDC tour, a number of wildcards will once again be chosen through an online submission process (details for NGDC Season VI to be announced).

Venue

Qualifiers: At partner events across the world - full tour plan can be found at discovery-contest.nordicgame.com

Grand Finals (NGDC Season VI): 28 November 2022

Participation

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 online for a qualifying round - and maybe all the way to the NGDC Finals!

Benefits:

  • Get your game and team discovered.
  • Meet potential partners and investors among the many companies following the contest.
  • A part of the online NGDC Season VI Finalists Expo, with even more opportunities to get discovered!
  • As the winner of a qualifier, you and your game will be presented in media around the globe.
  • As a finalist, even more great prizes! Including a full scale International branding campaign from Games Branding.

Submit your game right here: https://forms.gle/bjpURRjV8pMgVAsk7

Deadline: 14 October 2022

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