Second round of funding distributed between seven Nordic studios

Nordic Game Program awards DDK 3m grants

The Nordic Game Program has awarded seven qualifying studios a share of DDK 3m (£350,000) in the second round of its annual industry financial grants.

The awards were given at a ceremony in Malmo, Sweden last night.

228 studios entered titles into the 2010 funding contest, surpassing the expectations of its organisers by quite some way.

While this level competition is undoubtedly sign of a healthy industry, the fund will be discontinued in 2011, cutting of a vital lifeline that may well leave smaller Nordic studios floundering in years to come.

A full list of the winners can be found below:

* Erik Svedäng – (Sweden), DKK 600,000 (£67,582) for "else { Heart.break }" – A philosophical adventure for PC/Mac set in a place where bits have replaced atoms.

* Locatify – (Iceland), DKK 500,000 (£56,318) for "Treasure Hunt" – Locatify will build a new platform for the next generation SmartPhone game.

* Snow Castle AS – (Norway), DKK 500,000 (£56,318) for "Winds of Edéa: The Escape" – the first episode of a multi platform video game for children aged 8-12.

* Traplight Ltd. – (Finland), DKK 450,000 (£50,686) for "The Great Escape" – a physics based rollercoaster game with puzzle elements, intuitive controls, cute graphics and funny sounds.

* Image & Form International AB – (Sweden), DKK 400,000 (£45,054) for "Anthill" – a strategy game for iOS. As King of the Anthill, you control your ant minions through a series of sunny outdoor environments.

* Copenhagen Game Productions ApS – (Denmark), DKK 300,000 (£33,791) for "Slow Moe’s Showdown" – a Wild West gunslinging game designed for Microsoft’s Kinect.

* Sarepta Studio AS – (Norway), DKK 250,000 (£28,167) for "Shadow Puppeteer" – a co-op puzzle adventure game for the Xbox. One player acts in a full 3D environment while the other acts as his shadow.

Information about the next round of funding can be found here.

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