Last Updated: 15 Apr 2021

Crusader Kings, Deep Rock Galactic and Amnesia: Rebirth are among the games nominated for the 2021 Nordic Game Awards celebrating the best games talent in the Nordic region

April 15h 2021, Malmö, Sweden – The organiser of Nordic Game 2021 today announced the finalists of its annual Nordic Game Awards, which will be streamed live on May 27th. The awards form one of the highlights of the Nordic Game 2021 conference. The shortlisted finalists represent the very best of Nordic developed titles that have been selected by a jury of industry peers. Additionally, 2021 brings a brand new award category that showcases the best European game outside of the Nordic market.

Nordic Game is Europe’s leading games conference and the only event in the world with a dedicated focus on the entire Nordic industry. Following a very successful NG20+ in November, Nordic Game returns online with the spring edition of NG21 on 26-28 May.

The NGA21 jury is composed of judges selected by the Nordic Game Institute, a group consisting of the producer’s associations of the Nordic countries. The judges have worked hard to play through all the shortlisted games and have now voted on this year’s award nominees, which are as follows:

Nordic Game of the Year nominees:

Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games (DK)

Mørkredd from Hyper Games (NO)

Crusader Kings III from Paradox Development Studio (SE)

Teardown from Tuxedo Labs (SE)

Noita from Nolla Games (FI)

Nordic Game of the Year – Small Screen nominees:

Moving Out from DevM Games (SE)

Huntdown from Easy Trigger Games (SE)

Terror Squid from Apt Games (NO)

#AkiRobots from FlatPonies (DK)

Fancade from Martin Magni (SE)

Best Art nominees:

Huntdown from Easy Trigger Games (SE)

Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games (DK)

Mørkredd from Hyper Games (NO)

Lightmatter from Tunnel Vision Games (DK)

Stilstand from Niila Games (DK)

Best Game Design nominees:

Mørkredd from Hyper Games (NO)

Terror Squid from Apt Games (NO)

Noita from Nolla Games (FI)

Crusader Kings III from Paradox Development Studio (SE)

Teardown from Tuxedo Labs (SE)

Best Technology nominees:

Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games (DK)

Teardown from Tuxedo Labs (SE)

Noita from Nolla Games (FI)

Main Assembly from Bad Yolk Games (SE)

Mørkredd from Hyper Games (NO)

Best Audio nominees:

Amnesia: Rebirth from Frictional Games (SE)

Apple Slash from Agelvik (NO)

Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games (DK)

Stilstand from Niila Games (DK)

Teardown from Tuxedo Labs (SE)

Best Fun for Everyone nominees:

Moving Out from DevM Games (SE)

Fancade from Martin Magni (SE)

#AkiRobots from FlatPonies (DK)

Mørkredd from Hyper Games (NO)

Tanknarok from Polyblock Studio (NO)

Best Debut nominees:

Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games (DK)

Huntdown from Easy Trigger Games (SE)

Main Assembly from Bad Yolk Games (SE)

Lightmatter from Tunnel Vision Games (DK)

Company of Crime from Resistance Games (FI)

Best European Game (NEW category for 2021)

Ori and the Will of the Wisps from Moon Studios (Austria)

Dreams from Media Molecule (UK)

Factorio from Wube Software (Czech Republic)

Knights and Bikes from Foam Sword (UK)

Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red (Poland)

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About the Nordic Game conference

Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2021 marks its nineteenth and twentieth editions. Gathering thousands of industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Nordic Game doubles up again with NG21 on 26-28 May and in November, following last year’s digital debut at NG20 and twice the knowledge, emotion and business at NG20+.

About Nordic Game Awards

Since 2006, Nordic Game has presented the Nordic Game Awards, an annual celebration of the year’s very best Nordic games in different categories, selected by a jury of games industry peers chosen in cooperation with the Nordic Game Institute.

The Nordic Game Awards 2021 is sponsored by Epic Games/Unreal Engine.

About the Nordic Game Awards 2021 jury

The following industry profiles from the Nordic region served as nominee jurors for the Nordic Game Awards 2021:

Gísli Konráðsson, Iceland – Gísli Konráðsson is the Creative Director of Arctic Theory. As a game industry veteran specializing in multiplayer games and virtual worlds, Gísli has worked on a range of projects all around the world.

Audun Rodem, Norway – Audun Rodem is editor-in-chief of Gamer.no.

Jaakko Kemppainen, Finland – Jaakko works as the regional artist of Games as Art. He has almost twenty years of experience in the games industry and education. Game design as an art form is his not-so-secret love.

Alicia Andersson, Sweden – Powerful trans woman who writes about video games for @loadingse and @KULTURNYHETERNA. Produces video essays for @transparencyboo.

Christina Majcher, Denmark – Writer, visionary artist and professional optimist. Writes passionately about electronic music, computer games, VR, travelling and stuff that glows in the dark.