Nordic Game Award Nominees Say Goodbye to Retail

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Only a single of the many nominated games for this year’s Nordic Game Awards has been released as a retail title, leaving the rest of the field to digital distribution-only titles.

 

Today, the nominees for this year’s Nordic Game Awards was revealed. And while the list has a nice diversity regarding genres and platforms, one particular kind of game seems to be missing from the list.

Only one of the nominated games on the list has been released as a normal retail title. Wolfenstein: The New Order from Sweden’s Machine Games have had the honor of a full blown retail release. Every other title on the list of nominees, however, has focused on digital distribution.

 

With that in mind, it seems that the list of nominees underlines and reinforces a general direction in the Nordic games industry these days. Almost all growth is happening outside of the traditional AAA segment. While AAA, and thus retail releases, remain strong in Sweden, it seems to be losing importance in the rest of the Nordic games industries.

Further underlining that tendency is the news that came out of Norway today, where the GAME stores today announced that they will be pulling out of the Norwegian market, to concentrate solely on Sweden.

 

The full list of nominees for the Nordic Game Awards are as follows:

Best Nordic Game of the Year
Among the Sleep by Krillbite Studio – NO
Dreamfall Chapters: Book One by Red Thread Games – NO
Kalimba by Press Play – DK
Leo’s Fortune by 1337 and Senri LLC – SE
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood by Press Play – DK
Shadow Puppeteer by Sarepta – NO
The Silent Age: Episode 2 by House on Fire – DK
Wolfenstein: The New Order by Machine Games – SE

Best Nordic Children’s Game
DragonBox Elements by WeWantToKnow – NO
Inventioneers by Filimundus AB – SE
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood by Press Play – DK
Toca Nature by Toca Boca AB – SE
Wuwu & Co. by Merete Helle – DK

Best Nordic Handheld Game
The Silent Age: Episode 2 by House on Fire – DK
Size DOES Matter by DOS Studios – NO
Leo’s Fortune by 1337 and Senri LLC – SE
Heartbeats by Kong Orange – DK
The Sailor’s Dream by Simogo – SE

Best Artistic Achievement
Amphora by Moondrop – NO
Back to Bed by Bedtime Digital Games – DK
Heartbeats by Kong Orange – DK
Among the Sleep by Krillbite Studio – NO
The Sailor’s Dream by Simogo – SE

Best Nordic Innovation
Kalimba by Press Play – DK
Among the Sleep by Krillbite Studio – NO
Goat Simulator by Coffee Stain Studios – SE
Heartbeats by Kong Orange – DK
Size DOES Matter by DOS Studios – NO

 

The awards will be handed out during this years Nordic Game Conference in Malmö, May 21st.

(Photo credit: Nordic Game)

Jesper K. Kristiansen

Multi-passionate game developer and journalist. Has been writing about the Danish games industry for more than ten years, and creating audio design for both Danish and International games for almost as long.

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