The Nordic Game Program ran from 2006 to 2015, with the goal of securing access to quality Nordic computer and video games for children and young people. It was part of the official Nordic co-operation, and one of the most successful Nordic co-operative efforts ever in the cultural field. In addition to funding 112 game projects, selected from 1,345 applications, game development companies from the Nordic countries were assisted with joint-brand export missions to global game events in Europe, Asia and North America, and the support of the program also helped establish the Nordic Game conference as a, if not the, leading professional game developer conference in Europe.
The program was designed and then run by Nordic Game Resources AB, and the original six-year program was extended for four years, the last three of which were run by the for that purpose created Nordic Game Institute. The Institute's purpose is to secure long-term Nordic co-operation in the games industry, and it also serves in co-ordinating activities among the five national game developer trade organisations.
Nordic cooperation is one of the world’s most extensive forms of regional collaboration, involving Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and three autonomous areas: the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland. Nordic cooperation has firm traditions in politics, the economy, and culture. It plays an important role in European and international collaboration, and aims at creating a strong Nordic community in a strong Europe. Nordic cooperation seeks to safeguard Nordic and regional interests and principles in the global community. Common Nordic values help the region solidify its position as one of the world’s most innovative and competitive.
Below are the collected annual reports of the Nordic Game Program, which for policy reasons are for the most part in Swedish. In addition to financial reporting, they also give an overview of all the different activities supported and carried out each year.
Annual reports, which are published after officially submitted to the Nordic Council of Ministers, no later than April 1 of the following year (in Swedish or Danish):2006
The Nordic Game Program was overseen by a politically appointed group of experts, and this body also took the decisions on which development projects were granted support. Below are the collected minutes of all meetings of the expert group for the Nordic Game Program, which for policy reasons are for the most part in Swedish.
Minutes from meetings of the Expert Group for the Nordic Game Program, which are published upon their confirmation at the following meeting (in Swedish):060328
The Nordic Game Program was based on a survey of Nordic games and factors influencing the availabliity of Nordic-made, Nordic-langage games and a subsequent proposal for a support system for games and the industry that makes them. Several other reports were also made during the program, and many can be found below. Again, for policy reasons, they are for the most part in Swedish.Nordiska datorspelprogrammet, Plan 2006-2012 Nordiska Datorspel Notes on a Nordic creative industry strategy Nordisk Computerspilprogram Global public games support systems Conflict-of-interest in development support expert group decisions Datorspel för personer med funktionsnedsättningar Nordiske barnespill som merkevare The Nordic Game Facts