On 24 May, Nordic Game presented the sixth annual Nordic Game Awards during the annual conference in Malmö, Sweden. Highlight of the conference’s gala dinner, the Nordic Game Awards was hosted by Morten Skovgaard, who presented prizes in six categories and entertained the more than 800 conference visitors who had reserved a seat in the dining hall of Slagthuset.
…and the winners were:
Best Nordic Game
The competition in the main category was fierce this year with an especially strong Swedish presence. Games such as “Syndicate” by Starbreeze, Mojang’s “Minecraft”, and “Renegade Ops” from Avalance were among the nominees, but in the end “Battlefield 3” from EA DICE came out on top and added yet another trophy to the long list.
Best Nordic Children’s Game
The Nordic region has a proud history of producing quality games for children. This year the Icelandic developers from Plain Vanilla took the prize for their iOS game “Moogies”.
Best Nordic Handheld Game
Among the Nordic countries, Finland has the edge when it comes to great success stories on the handheld formats. Another scalp was taken as Housemarque could cheer on stage after receiving the Best Nordic Handheld Game for “Super Stardust Delta”.
Best Artistic Achievement
Among the nominees for this category were titles such as Danish ”Where's my Heart?”, “Anthill” from Swedish Image&Form, and the cute “Gnarts World”, developed by Snowcastle in Norway , but it was the colorful “Trine 2” from Finnish Frozenbyte which took the prize. As the jury motivation wrote: ”An artist’s job is to make fantasies come alive. This year's best artistic achievement blends light with magic and paints a world of color for you to enter.”
Best Nordic Innovation Award
“Human civilization is based on hard work and the use of tools, however the big leaps were possible due to innovative minds.” Thus read the motivation by the jury when they awarded Minecraft (Mojang, Sweden) the award for Best Nordic Innovation.
Nordic Indie Sensation Award
The Nordic Indie Sensation Award is a special public award. Visitors of the Nordic Game Indie Night and the Nordic Game 2012 conference were be able to try a list of eight nominated games and vote for their favorite. The winner, who took away a Unity Pro License as well as the honor, was “Laza Knitez”, developed by Team Buttfighter from Denmark, Belgium, and US.