On 11 May, Nordic Game presented the fifth annual Nordic Game Awards. Highlight of the conference’s dinner and party, the Nordic Game Awards was hosted by Jason Della Rocca, who presented prizes in five categories and entertained an audience of more than 1000 conference visitors.
…and the winners were:
Best Nordic Game
The competition in the main category was fierce this year with games such as Remedy’s“Alan Wake”,“Battlefield Bad Company 2” from DICE, and“Dead Nation” from Finnish Housemarque among the nominees. In the end Danish“LIMBO” came out on top and added yet another trophy to the impressive list.
Best Nordic Children’s Game
The Nordic region has a proud history of producing quality games for children. This year it was the cute world of XBLA title“Ilomilo”, developed by Swedish Southend, which took the prize.
Best Nordic Handheld Game
With the recent success of Finish Rovio and their“Angry Birds” franchise in mind, this was a highly anticipated category. Would the audience witness the birth of yet a new Nordic handheld success story? Time will tell for Danish“Axe in Face”, developed by Blue Carrot Design.
Best Artistic Achievement
Among the nominees for the this category were titles such as”Kung-Fu Live”,“LIMBO”, and“Kane&Lynch 2”, but it was the huge Swedish indie success“Minecraft” which took the prize. As the jury motivation wrote:”In a ridiculously simplistic game world the beauty lies in the artistic empowerment of the player.”
Nordic Indie Sensation Award
This premiering award is a special public award. Visitors of the Nordic Game Indie Night and the Nordic Game 2011 conference were be able to try all the nominated games and vote for their favorite. The winner, who took away a Unity Pro License as well as the honor, was“Vikings on Trampolines”, developed by D-Pad Studios, Norway.
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