Nordic Game Jam

Nordic Game Jam to be part of the new Copenhagen Games Festival


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Normally by this point down the year, we would be super thrilled about how quickly we are selling out of Nordic Game Jam tickets. But 2016 is different from the rest.

If you’ve been following the announcements so far, Nordic Game Jam has changed its plans for it’s 10th anniversary, moving away from the cold winter of Copenhagen in February and right into the much warmer month of April. And while the nicer weather is surely a better way to celebrate the anniversary, there is a much bigger reason why we are moving the event to a different date than usual.

That reason is the newly formed Copenhagen Games Festival, the result of a collaboration between IGDA Denmark, Interactive Denmark and Producent Foreningen.

So what is this Copenhagen Games Festival? It’s a celebration of everything games, setting the spotlight on Danish Games. It gathers Nordic Game Jam 2016, the Spilprisen (Danish game awards), a games business conference, a games expo and much more, finishing big with a huge awards ceremony at the end of Nordic Game Jam 2016. We are planning really big for that one, so we hope you can plan ahead and stay in Copenhagen to enjoy it all!

Five days in April 2016 Copenhagen will turn into a hot spot for game designers, programmers, graphic artists, business experts, gamers and game interested locals and tourists. More than 1000 people will fill Copenhagen and other cities in Denmark, with games, creativity, technology and innovation.

With 190 Danish Game companies, 735 full time designers, programmers and innovative talents and a turnover increase of 196 % in the last six years, this is reason enough to put the Danish Game Industry on the national and international map, both geographically, politically and in business terms. Copenhagen Games Festival is set up to do just that.

We are also looking for partners and sponsors to help make it all happen, so you can also be a part of this too! You can contact us via our Contact Page and we will put you through with the organization team for the festival.

Don’t forget to book the week of April 6-10 2016 for what is surely going to be the biggest games event in Denmark!

Nordic PocketGamer Connects



Get an IGDA discount of 40% !

Do you also think the danish summer is too hot? Want to take a weekend away from the heat and go for a nice, cooler weather? Then join Pocket Gamer’s conference PGConnects conference in Helsinki from the 7th to the 8th of September 2015.

It’s organised by the team behind Pocket Gamer, PG.Biz, AppSpy (the ones who bought drinks at the last bar meetup). If you are making a mobile game (or maybe a VR game for the new mobile platforms) then this is the place to be!

The event brings together the whole spectrum of the mobile games ecosystem, but is especially focused on the indie developers with a whole host of benefits including:

The Big Indie Pitch – chance to pitch your game face-to-face with media, publishers and experienced devs to get instant feedback, press attention and maybe win prizes!
Developer Showcase expo space - show off your games and discover the next big thing
Celebrate the best of the Nordics – Meet the Finnovators and other leading companies from the region.
Indie Inspiration track - Learn from expert indies such as Rami Ismail, Creative Mobile and the developer of Her Story who’ve made the grade. Discuss how to create and deliver new ideas and to keep your studio afloat
Network like crazy! Our free pitch and match meeting system allows you to organise meets and make the most of your time at the show!
Meet the press! We’ll have at least 20 press outlets represented at the show inc PG, AppSpy, Guardian, Develop plus the local press and a couple of You Tuber
Learn about China market + Meet publishers and investors - We have a number of leading publishers from China attending the event as well as the East meets West track dedicated to explaining new markets and opportunities.

Connect and have fun! After hours networking drinks and parties to let your hair down and have fun (You might end up in sauna… )
Plus there’s a whole host of other stuff as well to check out over the 2 days including a main expo, 5 other conference tracks (looking at everything from publishing in Asia to acquiring and monetising users plus looking ahead to emerging tech like mobile VR and wearables).

Check out for more info!

IGDA is sponsoring w00t- Copenhagen play Festival and we have 4 free full festival tickets for you!


IGDA has the pleasure to sponsor w00t, Denmark’s first and biggest festival for play and games in the public space.



It’s full of sugar and spice and everything nice, including board games and talks about play and games but also the so called Playful Constructions- human sized installations and work of art, with plays and games incorporated.

It works like this: be one of the first 4 people to comment on our Facebook post with a CAT PHOTO and we’re giving you a free full festival ticket.

Among the perks of joining the festival is also the party on Saturday, with a Concert Game that combines the 8-bit sounds of old game boy with physical play and 5 other games spread throughout the venue.

The event takes place May 29-31st of May at Frederiksberg Søpark.

You can read more about the festival at the official w00t – Copenhagen Play Festival website


General Assembly for IGDA Denmark (Foreningen af Spiludviklere i Danmark)


UPDATE: The date for the General Assembly has been moved to May 5th at 19.00. The reason for the delay is because that will allow us to close the previous fiscal year at the end of April.

It is my pleasure, after a successful Nordic Game Jam, to call for our annual general assembly.

It will be held Tuesday the 5th of May 2015, from 19:00 at:

Knapnok Games

Pilestræde 43, 3. floor

1112 København K.

Our bylaws state the following agenda:

  1. Choice of moderator.
  2. Choice minutes taker
  3. Report of the Chairman
  4. Treasurer’s report and its approval
  5. Set membership fee
  6. Election of auditor and deputy auditor
  7. Election of Board
  8. Proposals
  9. Possibly

Proposals need to be sent in written and actionable form to the board (, no later that 2 weeks before the assembly.

Kind regards

Jesper Taxbøl


Want to be a core organizer for #NGJ15?



New year, new edition of Nordic Game Jam. And it’s time to make a call to all of you who want to be part of organizing the event for 2015!

This time we are having an online sign-up form where those interested can apply for specific core roles in the organization, and then the board of IGDA Denmark, our parent organization, will make the selection according to the responses.

This is not a call for volunteers to help during the event! That is something that will come later down the year. Instead, this is for filling in the main roles that will be working from now on and until a bit after the event is finished to make sure that everything goes as perfect as possible. And that includes managing sponsors, organizing ticket sales, doing PR, setting up the talks and workshops… It’s a small team of 5 to 7 people and we need your commitment to ensure that next year’s Nordic Game Jam is even better than the last!

2014 was a huge success (500 participants!!!) and we want to see the same level of excitement and passion that the organizers put last time.

So if you are up to the challenge, please let us know by filling in this online form!

On October 10 we will be announcing the final group, which will be briefed on the outline of the event (budget, size of the venue, etc.)

Spend your summer in Oslo learning how to run an indie studio


Game Studio Summer SchoolThe Norwegian School of IT in Oslo has an interesting proposition for students looking for something fun and productive to do over the Summer, and they are extending an invitation to the Danish games community.

Starting June 30th, they will be hosting the Game Studio Summer School, a 3-week Summer program focused on creating a small game studio and surviving as an independent game developer. This is an intensive course, taking place from June 30th to July 18th, where participants work every day towards the goal of creating a completed game with the focus of basing an indie game studio around it, learning how to survive as an indie game developer, and being able to successfully pitch it and make it marketable.

Students (or recent graduates) from any programme are encouraged to apply.  No specific technical expertise is required, but a passion for games and a great work ethic is essential! Those who have not created games before will be able to join teams where they can learn to work with middleware solutions, whereas those more experienced can take their ambitions further. The big focus is how to make your game marketable and monetizable.

If this piques your interest, you can contact NITH at before May 31st 2014 for further information. While the course is organized as a non-profit, there is a registration fee of €100 for the whole program. The number of admissions is limited, so reach out to them now and let us know with a comment below!

General Assembly for Foreningen af Danske Spiludviklere


It is my pleasure, after a successfull Nordic Game Jam, to call for our annual general assembly.

It will be held Tuesday the 8th of April from 18:00 at Pilestræde 43, 3. floor, 1112 København K

Our bylaws state the following agenda:

  1. Choice of moderator.
  2. Choice minutes taker
  3. Report of the Chairman
  4. Treasurer’s report and its approval
  5. Set membership fee
  6. Election of auditor and deputy auditor
  7. Election of Board
  8. Proposals
  9. Possibly


Proposals need to be sent in written and actionable form to the board (, no later that 2 weeks before the assembly.


Kind regards


Jesper Taxbøl


Nordic Game Jam 2014 preparations begin


As you all probably know the biggest event we organize here at IGDA Denmark is the Nordic Game Jam without a doubt.

Last year we held the event for the first time at Aalborg University Copenhagen and it was a fantastic success, marking our biggest game jam yet.

Now we’re ready to announce the dates for the upcoming NGJ14: February 14-16!

If you want to stay updated with all the news about upcoming talks, volunteers call, ticket sales and join the hype don’t forget to visit the official Nordic Game Jam website as well as the Facebook and Twitter pages!

Kvasir Games wins the 10K prize for their NGJ game


From left to right, Anders Lystad Brevik, Kristín Guðmundsdóttir, Ioana Marin and Simon Cutajar of Kvasir Games. Not pictured,  Tróndur JustinussenFrom left to right, Anders Lystad Brevik, Kristín Guðmundsdóttir, Ioana Marin and Simon Cutajar of Kvasir Games.
Not pictured, 
Tróndur Justinussen

Back in January during Nordic Game Jam 2013 (and again in a blog post on the NGJ website) we announced a contest to win 10.000 DKK for those who managed to publish and sell their jam games.

Today we were pleased to announce at the w00t Copenhagen Play Festival the winners of the contest.

Out of all the entries we got, Kvasir Games with their board game Wanted: Igor, got the prize after managing to produce and sell copies of the game. Wanted: Igor received the award for “Best Sellable Game” during that year’s Nordic Game Jam. In it, up to 5 players have to build a Frankenstein-inspired monster by collecting cards.

The group got their first hands-on making board games together during Nordic Game Jam in 2012, where they created Mussades, an Arabian-themed race-to-the-finish game which won them the Best Board Game Award and the Jury’s Choice Award from David McCarthy of GREE.

The recently-established company is looking to further push distribution of both their games in stores. “We want to put Mussades on Kickstarter and we aim to have both games on shelves in stores as soon as possible“, said Simon Cutajar, co-founder of the company.

From IGDA Denmark and Nordic Game Jam we want to give the entire group a big congratulations and we hope they will continue producing board games in the future.

You can also follow Kvasir Games on both their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Come to Unite Nordic with Nordic Game Jam, Exile and Unicorn7


Unite Nordic

EDIT: We are really happy with the amount of participation we are getting! Since we would love for everyone to be able to come, we are extending the offer by making more tickets available! You can still apply for the tickets until SATURDAY, MAY 11TH, so hurry up if you still haven’t applied through this form HERE.

Unite conferences have always been the biggest, most important Unity developer events worldwide, and the May 21-22nd Unite Nordic conference is shaping up to be packed full of talks and inspirational breaks from the likes of Rovio, Mojang, Nintendo and more, all with a focus on making great interesting games using the Unity game engine.

The programme will kick off with a keynote from Unity CEO and co-founder David Helgason and will continue with talks focused on taking your game development and business skills to the next level on subjects like sound design, publishing in the Chinese market, starting up your own company and more.

If you have been to any of the events we organize at IGDA Denmark such as Nordic Game Jam and Exile, you will have probably noticed that Unity is a big supporter of game jams.

True to form, we’ve teamed up with to give away 15 free tickets to Unite Nordic to lucky Nordic Game Jam and Exile participants.

How do you apply for this scholarship? Easy: you just have to fill in your details in this form and we will choose the 15 people who will be attending Unite Nordic free of charge!

Still not convinced? You can check more information about the event at Unite Nordic’s website, such as the full program schedule, venue and more.

And as a bonus, just by attending you will enter a draw for a giveaway of 10 Unity Pro licenses and 2 Unity Pro bundles which include iOS Pro, Android Pro, and the upcoming Windows Store Pro add-on.

So what are you waiting for? Apply now for a chance to go to Unite Nordic now!

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