Nordic Game 2009 was recently declared one of the most important annual global events for the games industry. The conference offers a glittering parade of both local and international heroes.
Amongst the international highlights you will be able to experience Suda 51, one Japan’s most innovate game designers and the man behind the critically acclaimed No More Heroes, Ian Bowden from Rockstar, the games company known for the controversial Grand Theft Auto game, who very rarely appears in public, as well as Alex Evans whose company Media Molecule has produced the creative and innovative LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation 3.
Nordic success stories
One of the goals of the Nordic Game conference is to give the region’s games companies a presentation window to the outside world, and this year it once again offers a number of speakers from the most successful games developers in the Nordic countries. The audience will be able to pick up gold nuggets from Lars Gustavsson, DICE (Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge etc.), Calle Lejdfors, IO Interactive (Hitman-series), Nathan Richardsson, CCP (EVE Online), Christofer Sundberg, Avalanche (Just Cause) and not least Nicholas Francis from Danish Unity, which has just had major international success in creating development tools for game production.
Funding for new games
The Icelandic Minister of Culture, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, will give the official opening speech at the conference on 19 May. She will take this opportunity to give out DKK 3 million to six new Nordic games projects as part of the support scheme which, like the actual Nordic Game conference, is an important part of the Nordic Computer Game Programme.
As well as speakers and seminars, Nordic Game 2009 packs in a large number of other events and activities. A huge exhibition hall will present new Nordic games and related products; the best Nordic games of the year will be chosen at Nordic Game Awards 2009; the business area Nordic BizLounge will facilitate networking and private meetings for participants; and students from the region's creative training schools are invited to a special Career Expo day for a rewarding and potentially career-making experience.