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Nordic Game Program hands 11 games a share of DKK 5 million

Nordic Game Program hands 11 games a share of DKK 5 million
Unveiled at the Nordic Game Conference in Malmö, Sweden, organisers behind 2012's Nordic Game Program have lifted the lid on the 11 games to benefit from a share of DKK 5 million.

A total of 159 separate projects were submitted to this year's program, with a final 11 – chosen by the 'expert group' – taking home between DKK 600,000 and DKK 300,000.

No knocking Nordic

"The Nordic computer and video games market is now the sixth or seventh largest in the world; per capita sales are tied with Japan, and approaching UK and US consumption levels," details the Program on its website.

"By decision of the Nordic Ministers for Culture, representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the Nordic Game Program was launched on 1 January 2006. The Program is planned to run until 2012, and all funds come from the Nordic Council of Ministers."

Three games have been awarded a total of DKK 600,000 each – Boldai AB's Blocksworld for touchscreen devices, Zordix AB's Box Car Kids for 3DS and Skyrock Games' Malko and Luna for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Apex Virtual Entertainment's The Olsen Gang Online for multiple platforms has been awarded DKK 500,000, while two games – Refactored Games' Conlan's Claim for PC and Midas Touch's Pathfinder – will take home DKK 450,000.

Games galore

A further DKK 400,000 will make its way to Kuuasema Oy – the studio behind the family friend Gigglebug - and Company of Mammals studio Virtual Game Worlds, while Spin the Bottle for Wii U by Knapnok Games and multiplayer release Vennevillaen by Copenhagen Bombay Rights now have an additional DKK 350,000 behind them.

Finally, Spin Demon for iOS by Image & Form International has been awarded DKK 300,000 in funding.

Further details on both the program itself and the games set to benefit can be found on the Nordic Game Program website.

With a fine eye for detail, Keith Andrew is fuelled by strong coffee, Kylie Minogue and the shapely curve of a san serif font.

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