Nordic Game Developer Resource Kit

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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and dive into the career of your dreams. You’ve successfully navigated a game development education, jumped ship at an established studio or simply decided to make a game with no experience whatsoever and harbor hopes of creating the next great indie title. Before you trawl through the list of resources here is some Legal for Indies Follow that by binging on the list of links, reading material and useful resources to set you off on your merry way.

FINANCING
As romantic as the notion of surviving on blood, sweat and tears may be, it’s simply not sustainable, so you’ll need to seek out funding. Here are a few alternatives that could prove useful depending on where in the Nordic region you’re based.

Nordic Game Program
The Nordic Game Program may no longer exist, however Nordic game harbours plans to introduce a funding platform. Track back occasionally as the community unveils details.
Kickstarter
The premier crowdfunding platform. Still yet to really take off in the Nordics, but if your game resonates with backers, you’ll get it funded.
Funded By Me
FundedByMe offers several methods of crowdfunding, Equity, Loan, and Reward-based crowdfunding, to investors and entrepreneurs. FundedByMe is a global platform for entrepreneurs and investors to meet, specialising in cross-border investments.
Indiegogo
Crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a campaign and build a pool of fans and supporters. Multiple funding models and payment options like PayPal make it easy to choose what works best for you.
Patreon
Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love.
SOLID
SOLID is a program that helps you strengthen your business. The course is specifically designed for creative digital businesses working with the development of digital media products.
National Danish Game Program
Financial support provided by the Danish government.
Rannis (ICELAND)
Rannis administers the main public competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland.
EU support
Creative Europe supports the development of video games, aiming to improve the competitiveness of the European video games industry by increasing its capacity to develop works with a high circulation potential, both in the EU and beyond.
Norwegian Film Institute
NFI gives grants to develop computer games and other interactive productions in Norwegian. We support all genres and on all platforms.

INCUBATORS AND DEVELOPER CIRCLES
Stugan
Stugan is a non-profit organisation, created by seasoned game developers, with the intention to build a platform where new talent can bloom.
Game City
Game Developers and friends in the Skåne/Blekinge area. Events and news and everything concerning the industry!
Gameport
Gameport works closely with Blekinge Institute of Technology, NetPort and other local actors to create a great environment where developers feel confortable enough to try their ideas and where companies get help they need to grow.
Sweden Game Arena
The aim of this initiative is to make Skövde, Gothia Science Park and the University of Skövde the natural choice for entrepreneurs, companies and investors. Both national and international. Skövde offers access to research and development expertise and know-how, all in the same environment.

PUBLISHING SUPPORT
Paradox Interactive
A publisher and developer – Paradox Interactive excels by churning out hardcore niche titles with a strong focus on gameplay. Signing and discovering new talent rests on the shoulders of Shams Jorjani, so if you believe your titles fit the mould, get in touch.
Might and Delight
The arty farty pick of the bunch. The Stockholm based outfit has a strong focus on design and narrative driven experiences.
Raw Fury Games
The unpublisher publisher are relative new entrants to this list, but have already experienced considerable success in their first year and open to unearthing new original titles from the indie community.
Incredicon -Tomas Ahlström
Incredible Concepts was founded 2014 by games industry veteran and serial entrepreneur Tomas Ahlström. The company is based in Sweden working closely with partners and friends to achieve incredibly cool things. The company is focusing on three areas; communication, innovation and events.

PRESS AND MEDIA SUPPORT
Gamasutra
Northland Square / The Square
Nordic Game Bits
PocketGamer Biz

INITIATIVES AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Diversi
The aim of Diversi is to create a collective force for greater diversity in the games industry, by enabling people from game companies, games education and gaming communities to encourage and support each other’s diversity efforts.
Copenhagen Game Collective
Copenhagen Game Collective is a multi-gender, multi-national, non-profit game design collective based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collective comprises a tight network of different companies, non-commercial projects, and creative individuals.
Bergen Game Collective
Relatively new Bergen based game collective with designs to support and collaborate on a variety of projects.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Press Kit
The Complete Nordic Developer List
Storefront
Unicorn7
Surviving and Thriving at Game conferences

Finally, and seek out an industry figure head for mentoring and business advice and support. However and most importantly have fun and love what you do and create.

3 Comments

  1. Erik

    Great list! Maybe you should add the available EU support as well:
    http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/opportunities/audiovisual-support/video-games_en.htm

  2. Vic

    Been added now :)

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