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Nordic Game Program Awards 8 Funding Winners

Eight game projects have been granted support through the Nordic Game Program, which offers funding to local developers chosen from among this round's 84 applicants -- a record year for the program.
Eight game projects have been granted support through the Nordic Game Program, which offers funding to local developers. The selected companies were chosen from among 84 applicants, a record for a program where the ratio of applicants may be beginning to outstrip available funding. The program consists of two rounds, which together totaled 170 applicants in 2009 -- more than five times what the organization was designed to evaluate. Established in 2006, Nordic Game has a planned six-year mandate, of which it is on its fourth. The funding winners are as follows: Virtual Air Guitar Company Oy (Finland), DKK 500,000 ($98,959) for Kung-Fu Live - "A game set in the mythical world of martial arts. The player's movements are tracked by a camera, which replaces the gamepad as control mechanism and puts the player inside the game." APEX Virtual Entertainment ApS (Denmark), DKK 500,000 ($98,959) for Riders & Ranches Online – "A game mixing the passion for horses with strong gameplay and MMORPG features." Gogogic ehf (Iceland), DKK 400,000 ($79,167) for Rapture - Collectable Card Game – "A classic-style collectable card game for the iPhone and Facebook. Prepare for a 'Magic the Gathering meets the iPhone' experience." Everyplay Oy (Finland), DKK 400,000 ($79,167) for Kamu Town – "Lead the Kamus to build your dream town! Take care of the them, gather resources to create a thriving town with your friends, and use your creativity." Uplause Ltd (Finland), DKK 400,000 ($79,167) for Uplause Crowd Game – "Introducing a brand new game genre, the MMCPG (Massively Multiplayer Crowd Playing Game), this game is played by spectators in large arenas." Cockroach Inc (Sweden), DKK 300,000 ($59,375) for The Dream Machine - "A classical point and click adventure. A compelling world in claymation style and a dark story for 'grown ups' makes this a unique game experience." GuppyWorks (Denmark), DKK 200,000 ($39,583) for GuppyLife - "A free-to-play 3D virtual world appealing to tween girls, where they meet with friends and care for a virtual character, the Guppy." Unified Game ApS (Denmark), DKK 200,000 ($39,583) for Pinball DJ - "A casual music game and composition toy for handheld & mobile platforms, based on a new music-interaction concept that will appeal to kids without any necessary prior musical skills. A ninth applicant will receive DKK 100,000 ($19,792) to improve their project. The deadline Nordic Game Program applications for 2010 will be March 1, and interested parties can find more information -- as well as info on the games from previous rounds -- can be found at the program's official website.

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