The Nordic Game Awards, a prestigious event recognizing excellence in the Nordic games industry, took place on May 25th during NG23 Spring, the annual games industry conference held in Malmö, Sweden. The awards ceremony, now in its fifteenth edition, brought together industry professionals to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Nordic game developers.
The standout winner of the night was Skábma – Snowfall, a captivating game that draws inspiration from the rich traditions and folklore of the indigenous Sámi people. This Finnish creation not only claimed the Best Nordic Game of the Year award but also secured the highly coveted Best Art accolade. Skábma – Snowfall stood out among its competitors, showcasing the talent and creativity of its developers, Red Stage Entertainment.
The Nordic Game Awards distinguishes itself as the only global event with a specific focus on the Nordic games industry. Each year, a jury of esteemed industry peers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden carefully selects the finalists and winners in various categories.
The award show was expertly hosted by Thomas Bense from PixelTV and featured the renowned voice actor David Bateson, famous for his portrayal of Agent 47 in the acclaimed Hitman game series. Their engaging presence and entertaining banter delighted the live audience as they announced the winners of the Nordic Game Awards 2023.
Here is a comprehensive list of the winners in their respective categories:
Best Nordic Game of the Year: Skábma – Snowfall, developed by Red Stage Entertainment, Finland
Best Nordic Game of the Year, Small Screen: Source of Madness, developed by Carry Castle, Sweden
Best Art: Skábma – Snowfall, developed by Red Stage Entertainment, Finland
Best Game Design: Metal Hellsinger, developed by The Outsiders, Sweden
Best Technology: Virtuoso, developed by Really Interactive, Sweden
Best Audio: Metal Hellsinger, developed by The Outsiders, Sweden
Best Fun for Everyone: Time on Frog Island, developed by Half Past Yellow, Denmark
Best Debut: Raft – The Final Chapter, developed by Redbeet Interactive, Sweden
The Nordic Game Awards not only recognizes the outstanding achievements of Nordic game developers but also serves as a platform for showcasing the innovation and creativity present in the region’s gaming industry. The winners represent the pinnacle of excellence in their respective categories and exemplify the high standards set by Nordic game developers.
The event successfully highlighted the diversity and talent within the Nordic games industry and celebrated the exceptional contributions made by developers from across the region. As the gaming landscape continues to evolve, the Nordic Game Awards will undoubtedly remain a significant event in recognizing and honoring the achievements of Nordic game developers.
Congratulations to all the winners of the Nordic Game Awards 2023, and may their remarkable accomplishments continue to inspire and shape the future of the gaming industry in the Nordic region and beyond.